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Malay NGO: Investigate student group seeking equality for all

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BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
January 31, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — A Malay non-governmental organisation today demanded authorities initiate a sedition investigation against a student group advocating equality and... Read more

AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Sources say captain left seat before plane crashed

January 31, 2015

JAKARTA, Jan 31 — The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said. Details emerging of the final moments of... Read more

Hoe Tuck Meng and his wife, Chua Bee Lam, select brightly-coloured Chinese New Year lanterns at a store in Kuantan, January 31, 2015. — Bernama pic

Hoe Tuck Meng and his wife, Chua Bee Lam, select brightly-coloured Chinese New Year lanterns at a store in Kuantan, January 31, 2015. — Bernama pic >view gallery

Panasonic exits production of TV sets in China, says source

January 31, 2015

TOKYO, Jan 31 — Panasonic Corp has stopped making TVs in China and plans to liquidate its joint venture in Shandong, a company source said today, the latest in a string of Japanese electronics companies exiting overseas TV markets amid strong pricing pressure. The source, who did not want to be identified because the move had not yet been... Read more

Bail bond businesses are pictured opposite the Los Angeles County Sheriff

Bail bond businesses are pictured opposite the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Super Bowl: Coin-toss wagers

January 31, 2015

PHOENIX (Arizona), Jan 31 — Super Bowl gamblers are betting heads, not necessarily with their heads. “Bettors favour heads so much that some sports books are actually making it cheaper to bet tails in an effort to take even action,” according to RJ Bell, who runs betting information website Pregame.com. Such is the frenzy surrounding Super Bowl wagering, where betting by recreational gamblers dwarfs professionals. They are investing in... Read more

Manila: On final day of meetings, Moro rebels agree on disarmament plan

January 31, 2015

MANILA, Jan 31 — The Philippine government believes the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is still committed to the peace process after a clash that killed 44 policemen in the nation’s south. Negotiators from MILF and the government signed an arms decommissioning protocol during a meeting Thursday in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, where... Read more

Pictures of the Day

America's first all-women mosque

  • Women sit down before the prayer service at the Women

    Women sit down before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A woman takes a photo before the prayer service at the Women

    A woman takes a photo before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Donna Auston, waits for the prayer service to start at the Women

    Donna Auston, waits for the prayer service to start at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Women wait for the prayer service at the Women

    Women wait for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Armani Barakat of Ventura, sits with her 10-week-old granddaughter, Maya, before the prayer service at the Women

    Armani Barakat of Ventura, sits with her 10-week-old granddaughter, Maya, before the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Women enter the Women

    Women enter the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Sana Muttalib, co-president, and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and co-president of the Women

    Sana Muttalib, co-president, and M. Hasna Maznavi, founder and co-president of the Women's Mosque of America prepare for prayer service in downtown Los Angeles, California, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women

    Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Muslim women arrive for the prayer service at the Women

    Muslim women arrive for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Muslim women kneel for the prayer service at the Women

    Muslim women kneel for the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Winging it: Philadelphia eating record smashed

January 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 31 — A professional competitive eater from Chicago downed 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, narrowly edging out his nearest rival and shattering the record of 363 wings set a year earlier. “I have the sweats but I feel a lot better because I know I don’t have to eat any more... Read more

Pictures of the Day

23rd Annual Wing Bowl

  • Defending champion Molly Schuyler (second from left) and Patrick

    Defending champion Molly Schuyler (second from left) and Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti (right) compete in the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Patrick

    Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti celebrates after winning the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Crowds cheer during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Crowds cheer during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Supporters of participants at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl wait for their turn to parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Supporters of participants at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl wait for their turn to parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Patrick

    Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti reacts after winning the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A supporter of a participant at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl hurls beads into the crowd during a parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A supporter of a participant at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl hurls beads into the crowd during a parade at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Lukeja Wnuleowski (right), 18, a cheerleader supporting a participant, dances on stage during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Lukeja Wnuleowski (right), 18, a cheerleader supporting a participant, dances on stage during a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Cheerleaders supporting participants wait for their turn at a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Cheerleaders supporting participants wait for their turn at a parade before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Defending champion of the 23rd annual Wing Bowl Molly Schuyler (centre) parades through the Wells Fargo Center before the competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Defending champion of the 23rd annual Wing Bowl Molly Schuyler (centre) parades through the Wells Fargo Center before the competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Cheerleaders supporting contestants throw beads to the crowd while parading through the Wells Fargo Center before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Cheerleaders supporting contestants throw beads to the crowd while parading through the Wells Fargo Center before the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Fans geek out as full ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 trailer leaks online (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 — Fans and critics are going crazy online after HBO’s first full-length trailer for the new “Game of Thrones” Season 5 was leaked online, promising even more madness coming to the lands of Westeros and Essos.  CNET reported that the trailer was exclusively shown to those who ventured out to movie theaters to watch the... Read more

Next Media Video: Time to get everybody moving! G.E.M. dazzles Singapore fans
Hong Kong singer Gloria Tang, better known by her sparklier stage name, G.E.M, performs in Singapore for the first time. ― Reuters Read More

Honda confirms Takata air bag inflator rupture in Texas fatal crash

January 31, 2015

DETROIT, Jan 31 — Honda Motor Co Ltd yesterday said it has confirmed that a Takata Corp air bag inflator ruptured in a Jan 18 crash in Texas that killed the driver. Prior to the incident that took place near Houston, Takata air bags had been linked to at least five deaths. On Thursday, Honda issued a statement about the fatal crash... Read more

A woman and a child get out of a classic American car in a street of Havana on January 31, 2015. — AFP pic

A woman and a child get out of a classic American car in a street of Havana on January 31, 2015. — AFP pic Read More

From steel elephants to dying tree branches ― India hopes to conquer contemporary art scene

January 31, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jan 31 ― With a giant stainless steel elephant, a graffiti mural and a dying tree branch, the Indian Art Fair opened yesterday hoping to tap into the country's growing demand for contemporary art. Growing wealth has fuelled an interest in art collecting among India's super rich, but the New Delhi fair's organisers said a rapidly... Read more

‘Photographs' ― What happens when an elderly woman meets a Polaroid?
“Photographs” is a touching story about an elderly woman reliving her younger days by snapping instant photo selfies with an old Polaroid camera. ― PetaPixel Read More

Google Glass on hold, not dead, just yet

January 31, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 31 — Although reports of its demise may have been greatly exaggerated, the development of Google Glass is definitely on hold. On Jan 15, Google announced that its Glass Explorer programme, where developers and well-heeled members of the public tested Google Glass in exchange for a US$1,500 (RM5,447) deposit, was being... Read more

A man walks on an advertisement of Canon digital cameras at an electronics retail store in Tokyo, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man walks on an advertisement of Canon digital cameras at an electronics retail store in Tokyo, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Trip Tips: Head to Gdansk for a slice of its communist past

January 30, 2015

GDANSK (Poland), Jan 30 — Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a key centre of opposition to Communist rule. This momentous history has left its mark on the city, and traces of key events and personalities from that era can still be seen if you follow the trail of these main... Read more

Next Media Video: Pro-ice climber Will Gadd scales Niagara Falls
Professional ice climber Will Gadd scaled the world famous Niagara Falls on Tuesday (January 27), becoming the first person ever to climb the massive waterfall. ― Reuters Read More

Ian Fleming’s children’s classic celebrates its 50th anniversary (VIDEO)

January 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31 ― A children's classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang,” about the adventures of a magical car and its owner, has been commemorated with the publishing of a special anniversary edition. But while many are familiar with the story ― and its 1968 film version ― few realise that the author of... Read more

Next Media Video: Ian Fleming’s ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ celebrates 50 years
A children's classic is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang,” about the adventures of a magical car and its owner, has been commemorated with the publishing of a special anniversary edition. ― Reuters Read More