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Home Ministry: Seized Christian materials contain ‘Allah’, but cleared for release to Sabah owner

Cover Media Video: All well between Jennifer Aniston and beau Justin Theroux?
Jennifer Aniston was recently seen without her engagement ring is on, whether this could be a sign that things aren’t going so well with her and Justin Theroux has yet to be confirmed. ― Cover Media Read More

By Ida Lim
October 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — The Home Ministry has decided to release hundreds of Christian books and compact discs (CDs) back to its owner in Sabah with the latter to bear the cost, its officer confirmed today. Officer... Read more

UM hits student council president with nine violations over Anwar talk

October 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Universiti Malaya (UM) initiated today disciplinary charges against its student council president Fahmi Zainol and other undergraduates for organising a campus talk featuring controversial alumnus, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last Monday. News portal Malaysiakini reported this evening that the... Read more

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Protest against demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan

  • The group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan hold up signs at the entrance to Arus Embun Sdn Bhd in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    The group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan hold up signs at the entrance to Arus Embun Sdn Bhd in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • The group sprayed graffiti using a template that read “kapitalis bangsat” (capitalist bastard) and “pengkhianat bangsat” (traitorous bastard) on the gate to Arus Embun Sdn Bhd in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    The group sprayed graffiti using a template that read “kapitalis bangsat” (capitalist bastard) and “pengkhianat bangsat” (traitorous bastard) on the gate to Arus Embun Sdn Bhd in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • The group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan make their way to the office of developer Arus Embun Sdn Bhd in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    The group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan make their way to the office of developer Arus Embun Sdn Bhd in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Student activist Khairol Najib who spoke on behalf of the group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan speaks outside the Arus Embun Sdn Bhd office in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Student activist Khairol Najib who spoke on behalf of the group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan speaks outside the Arus Embun Sdn Bhd office in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • Some members of the group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan even tried to climb over the fence of the Arus Embun Sdn Bhd office in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Some members of the group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan even tried to climb over the fence of the Arus Embun Sdn Bhd office in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

  • The group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan caused quite a stir with their antics outside the Arus Embun Sdn Bhd office in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    The group protesting the demolition of Kg Chubadak Tambahan caused quite a stir with their antics outside the Arus Embun Sdn Bhd office in Sentul, October 31, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May Read More

TNB FY13 net profit increases to RM6.4b

October 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) net profit for financial year ended Aug 31, 2014 increased to RM6.4 billion from RM5.4 billion in the last financial year. Its revenue rose to RM42.79 billion from RM37.13 billion previously, it said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia today. TNB said the net profit increase was attributed to... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Miami’s luxury property boom
Craig Robins, chief executive officer at Dacra, discusses the rapid growth of the luxury real estate market in Miami, building culture and commerce. He speaks on ‘Market Makers’. ― Bloomberg Read More

Steven Gerrard admits he could leave Liverpool at the end of the season

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Oct 31 — Just when Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thought he had had enough of answering awkward questions about controversial striker Mario Balotelli and the club’s defence, talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard said he could leave Anfield at the end of the season. The 34-year-old Liverpool-born midfielder, a one-club man, is approaching 700 appearances in all competitions for the Reds. However, Gerrard — who joined the club’s... Read more

Burkina Faso president steps down, calls for elections

October 31, 2014

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 31 — Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced today that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with... Read more

Next Media Video: US cop-killer nabbed at abandoned airport hangar
Eric Frein, who was accused of shooting two state troopers in Pennsylvania on Sept 12, has been found and captured in an abandoned airport hangar in the Pocono Mountain area yesterday night. — Reuters Read More

UK’s The Wild Rabbit crowned Michelin’s pub of the year 2015

October 31, 2014

LONDON, Oct 31 — A recently renovated pub in the Cotswolds that serves “first-rate food” like traditional English pot roast, crisp pigs’ head croquettes, and crab lasagna has been crowned Pub of the Year in the 2015 edition of the Michelin guide. At The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, south central England, diners sink into leather sofas, and tuck... Read more

At the Zab Zab Boat Noodle restaurant off Jalan Kuchai Lama, this is average sight for a table for two. — Picture by Alan Wong

At the Zab Zab Boat Noodle restaurant off Jalan Kuchai Lama, this is average sight for a table for two. — Picture by Alan Wong Read More

Seth Rogen to star as Apple co-founder Woz in Steve Jobs biopic

October 31, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 31 — The Canadian actor is set to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the forthcoming feature on the life of Steve Jobs, who will be played by Christian Bale. The two Steves met in the early 1970s and quickly struck up a friendship over their shared interest in electronics. Six years later, they co-founded Apple. Wozniak... Read more

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BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his pregnant wife Susan pose at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his pregnant wife Susan pose at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Hailee Steinfeld poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Hailee Steinfeld poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Felicity Jones poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Felicity Jones poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Lea Thompson poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Lea Thompson poses at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Emma Watson accepts the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Emma Watson accepts the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Dame Judi Dench accepts the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment from actor Dustin Hoffman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Dame Judi Dench accepts the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment from actor Dustin Hoffman at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus accepts the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus accepts the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Mark Ruffalo accepts the Britannia Humanitarian Award, as presenters Josh Gad and Hailee Steinfeld watch, at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters p

    Actor Mark Ruffalo accepts the Britannia Humanitarian Award, as presenters Josh Gad and Hailee Steinfeld watch, at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters p

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr accepts the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Actor Robert Downey Jr accepts the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

Alfa Romeo celebrates Giulietta ‘s 60th anniversary with new Sprint model

October 31, 2014

PARIS, Oct 31 — The Alfa Romeo Giulietta turns 60 in 2014. To mark the occasion, the Italian carmaker has launched the new Giulietta Sprint, offered with several new features including a brand-new 150hp turbo fuel engine. The new sports car is available at a starting price of €28,600 (RM118,900) for the fuel versions or €28,600 in... Read more

AFP Video: Aeromobil 3.0 — the car that flies
The AeroMobil 3.0 flying car has been unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The latest prototype of the vehicle features significant improvements and upgrades since its last version, the AeroMobil 2.5. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

A bucket and soap — apt birthday gifts for leader of Ebola-zone

October 31, 2014

MONROVIA, Oct 31 — It has been a vexing problem for courtesans of queens, princesses and the powerful throughout history — what do you get for the woman who has everything? For the guests celebrating the 76th birthday of Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the answer was straightforward: a few buckets, some bars of soap and gallons... Read more

Bloomberg Video: How to grow the best beard for Movember
Movember is upon us — the month when men around the world grow facial hair to raise money for charity. Alex Glover, master barber at Murdock in London's Shoreditch district, tells Bloomberg how best to look after your facial hair. — Bloomberg Read More

Apple loses top tablet satisfaction spot to Amazon

October 31, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 — The online retailer’s Fire tablets have won the latest JD Power tablet satisfaction award, pushing the iPad into second place. Amazon’s tablets scored a very impressive 827 points out of a possible 1000 while the iPad range earned three fewer, and, with 821, Samsung managed to snag third place. The survey, which is... Read more

NYT Video: App Smart — Learn how to speak Spanish for free!
Kit Eaton reviews three apps that offer language lessons in entertaining, bite-size chunks. — New York Times Read More

Trip tips: Galway, an Irish getaway like no other

October 31, 2014

LONDON, Oct 31 — Known as Ireland's most Irish city, Galway is making a name as its cultural capital. Located 130 miles (210 km) west of Dublin, at the edge of Europe, the city's remote coastal position has not deterred visitors that over the years have included Christopher Columbus, John F. Kennedy and the Spanish Armada. Also known as... Read more

A jogger is seen below Jakaranda trees in Johannesburg October 30, 2014. Every October hundreds of Japanese, mainly retirees, fly in to see the blossoms, which are better known in Japan than other South African tourist attractions. — Reuters pic

A jogger is seen below Jakaranda trees in Johannesburg October 30, 2014. Every October hundreds of Japanese, mainly retirees, fly in to see the blossoms, which are better known in Japan than other South African tourist attractions. — Reuters pic

Book Talk: Living with the Dead… Black music, white culture and Highway 61

October 31, 2014

BOSTON , Oct 31 — Author Dennis McNally accompanied the Grateful Dead as a publicist and historian on the band’s “long strange trip,” and he chronicled Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation author of On the Road. For his latest book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally twice drove every mile of US Route 61,... Read more

A woman reads a newspaper while waiting for customers in her flower shop in Bucharest October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic

A woman reads a newspaper while waiting for customers in her flower shop in Bucharest October 31, 2014. — Reuters pic