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Anwar won’t seek excuse for parliamentary absence, lawyer confirms

Adam Sandler fights Bob Barker for charity
In this hilarious Comedy Central sketch for the Night of Too Many Stars, Adam visits a sick Bob in the hospital, and the two get into another over the top fight, all in the name of charity. Read More

By Ida Lim
March 6, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 — Jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not ask the Dewan Rakyat to excuse his absence from this month’s sitting as he intends to... Read more

In Sunday rally, analysts see move to shore up Umno

BY JOSEPH SIPALAN and SHAUN TAN
March 6, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 — This Sunday’s solidarity meeting for Umno chiefs is a clear indication that all may not be well in the ruling party, political analysts said, despite repeated denials by party leaders of internal strife. The analysts pointed out there would be no reason to hold such an event if Umno's current leadership commanded... Read more

MMOTV: Nurul Izzah Anwar speaks during a vigil outside Sungai Buloh prison
Nurul Izzah Anwar speaks during a candlelight vigil in support of her father, jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, outside the Sungai Buloh prison tonight (March 5). — Video by Mayuri Mei Lin Read More

Assurance on Singapore’s ‘good fiscal position for rest of decade’

March 6, 2015

SINGAPORE, March 6 — Allaying concerns over how Singapore would fund higher social spending in the years to come, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam reassured the House that the Government is in a good fiscal position for at least the rest of the decade. Fiscal prudence and discipline — which are responsible for the Republic’s... Read more

Yelp Inc CEO and co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman (left) shakes hands with Chicago

Yelp Inc CEO and co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman (left) shakes hands with Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel at an opening ceremony of their offices in Chicago, March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

Canada’s Raonic to face Japan’s Ito in Davis Cup opener

March 6, 2015

VANCOUVER, March 6 ― Canadian number one Milos Raonic will take on Tatsuma Ito today in the opening match of Canada's Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Japan. The big-serving Raonic, who is ranked sixth in the world, will be followed on court by team-mate Vasek Pospisil, who will face world number four and US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori in the second singles rubber. Tomorrow, Pospisil and Daniel Nestor will team for the... Read more

E-mailgate: State Dept reviewing if Hillary Clinton broke rules

March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 6 — The US State Department has begun a review of whether Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email for work while she was secretary of state violated policies aimed at protecting sensitive information, the Washington Post reported today. The Post quoted a senior department official as saying Clinton’s use of personal email... Read more

A protestor stands outside a police facility called Homan Square, demanding an investigation into a media report denied by police that the site functions as an off-the-books interrogation compound, in Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

A protestor stands outside a police facility called Homan Square, demanding an investigation into a media report denied by police that the site functions as an off-the-books interrogation compound, in Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

Burger fast gaining popularity in baguette-crazy France

March 6, 2015

PARIS, March 6 — It’s enough to make any self-respecting French gourmet spit out his lunch with disgust: a new report published yesterday showed the French are chomping nearly as many burgers as their cherished ham baguette. The "jambon beurre" (ham and butter), a staple of the French diet for centuries, is fast losing ground in the... Read more

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Harrison Ford injured in small plane crash outside LA, say reports (VIDEO)

March 6, 2015

LOS ANGELES, March 6 — “Star Wars” star Harrison Ford was injured yesterday when the actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a local airport, a source told Reuters. The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it went down shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport, about 1.6 km away,... Read more

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Actor Chris O'Donnell (left) with co-star LL Cool J from the television series 'NCIS: Los Angeles' after unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

Electric vehicles create buzz at Geneva Motor Show

March 6, 2015

GENEVA, March 6 ― At this year's Geneva Motor Show, there is clearly a bigger buzz among mainstream manufacturers about electric vehicles. According to Mercedes-Benz executive Harald Kroger, who oversees the company's e-drive vehicles, this growing interest could be because a battery-power breakthrough is on the horizon. The driving range... Read more

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85th Geneva International Motor Show

  • A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘La Finale’ is seen at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘La Finale’ is seen at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • A BMW i3 electric car is seen during the opening of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. ― Reuters pic

    A BMW i3 electric car is seen during the opening of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. ― Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • The QUANT e-Sportlimousine by nanoFlowcell AG is pictured at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva, March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

    The QUANT e-Sportlimousine by nanoFlowcell AG is pictured at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva, March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • A BMW 116i with Connected Drive remote-services system is seen during the opening of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A BMW 116i with Connected Drive remote-services system is seen during the opening of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • The new Qoros 3 City SUV is seen at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

    The new Qoros 3 City SUV is seen at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

  • An employee connects a mobile device with the Connected Drive remote-services system of a BMW 116i at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic

    An employee connects a mobile device with the Connected Drive remote-services system of a BMW 116i at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More >view gallery

Hyperactive Japanese ‘pear fairy’ Funassyi plans to conquer the world

March 6, 2015

TOKYO, March 6 — From the country that brought you Godzilla, Hello Kitty and Pokemon, comes a hyperactive “pear fairy” with a love for heavy metal that has taken Japan by storm — and now plans to conquer the world. “Funassyi”, a devil-may-care life-size fruit mascot who risks life and limb by performing eye-watering stunts, has just... Read more

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Paris Fashion Week 2015

  • A model presents a creation by Israeli-American designer Alber Elbaz as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women

    A model presents a creation by Israeli-American designer Alber Elbaz as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Lanvin during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation by French designer Julien Dossena as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women

    A model presents a creation by French designer Julien Dossena as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Paco Rabanne during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Models present creations by French designer Julien Dossena as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women

    Models present creations by French designer Julien Dossena as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Paco Rabanne during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women

    A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women

    A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Experts: Hackers threaten phone in your pocket

March 6, 2015

BARCELONA, March 6 — The boom in smartphones among often careless users has made happy hunting for hackers, whose virus attacks and hijacking of unprotected mobiles are multiplying, experts warn. Security analysts and companies at this week’s Mobile World Congress, a top wireless telecom fair in Barcelona, Spain, said phone makers and users... Read more

A customer conducts a mobile money transfer, known as M-Pesa, inside the Safaricom mobile phone care centre in the central business district of Kenya

A customer conducts a mobile money transfer, known as M-Pesa, inside the Safaricom mobile phone care centre in the central business district of Kenya's capital Nairobi. — Reuters pic

36 hours in majestic Rome (VIDEO)

March 6, 2015

ROME, March 6 — The old collides with the new in Rome, where visitors can sample both traditional and creative cuisine, classic architecture, avant-garde galleries and endless nightlife options. — New York Times

Tourists visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, March 6, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Tourists visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, March 6, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Cloud Atlas author hails autistic Japan teen’s memoir as ‘revelatory godsend’

March 5, 2015

KISARAZU, March 5 — David Mitchell remembers the day he read the memoir of a 13-year-old boy with autism — hailing it a "revelatory godsend" that offered a window on the life of his own autistic son. The best-selling author of "Cloud Atlas" said Naoki Higashida was "one of the most helpful and practical writers on the subject of autism in... Read more

A national health official shows a children

A national health official shows a children's book about dengue prevention to a girl during a house inspection for mosquitoes in Sao Paulo March 6, 2015. The official number of dengue fever cases in Sao Paulo tripled to 120. — Reuters pic