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Spurning third vote ignores Malay urbanisation wave, says Kit Siang

Bloomberg Video: ‘Deflate-gate’ is free publicity for Gilette
On today’s ‘The Roundup’ Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, Matt Miller, Alex Barinka and Lisa Abramowicz wrap up the day’s top market stories on ‘Street Smart.’ — Bloomberg Read More

January 25, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Opponents, citing racial polarisation will result if local government elections are restored, are ignoring the migration of the Malays from the... Read more

In violent outburst, Jelatek residents say ‘no’ to Chinese neighbours

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
January 25, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Fearing their Malay-majority city neighbourhood may soon be overrun by Chinese, a group of residents in Taman Keramat marched to the construction site of upscale condominium project Datum Jelatek here and violently tore down its cladding today. The group had warned of “bloodshed” last November if the luxury condo... Read more

MMOTV: Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo reiterates stance against Kidex
Selangor lawmakers from the state ruling Pakatan Rakyat bloc, including Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, were today snubbed by residents protesting against the construction of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) and Damansara-Shah Alam Expressway (Dash) highways. — Video by Melissa Chi Read More

When bad publicity is great publicity for Gilette (VIDEO)

January 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 25 — On today’s ‘The Roundup’ Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, Matt Miller, Alex Barinka and Lisa Abramowicz wrap up the day’s top market stories on ‘Street Smart.’ — Bloomberg

A woman sells statues of the Ekeko, god of fortune, at the traditional ‘Alasitas’ fair in La Paz, January 25, 2015. During the fair, Bolivians buy miniature versions of goods like cars, money and houses they would like to own in real life during the year. — Reuters pic

A woman sells statues of the Ekeko, god of fortune, at the traditional ‘Alasitas’ fair in La Paz, January 25, 2015. During the fair, Bolivians buy miniature versions of goods like cars, money and houses they would like to own in real life during the year. — Reuters pic

Balotelli has to prove himself, says Rodgers

January 25, 2015

LONDON, Jan 25 —Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli needs to improve in training if he wants to get back into the squad, manager Brendan Rodgers has said. Italian Balotelli, who is yet to score a league goal in 12 appearances since his £16 million pounds (RM86.4 million) move from AC Milan in August, was left out of the squad that drew 0-0 with second-tier Bolton Wanders at Anfield in the FA Cup fourth round... Read more

Modi and Obama announce end to nuclear impasse

January 25, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jan 25 — Indian Prime Minister Narendra and US President Barack Obama announced they had reached an agreement today to break the deadlock that has been stalling a civilian nuclear power agreement. “I am pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with... Read more

Protesters in front of the Prime Minister’s Official residence in Tokyo chant ‘Save Kenji’ January 25, 2015. Around 200 people took part in the demonstration in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants, after the other captive, Haruna Yukawa, was apparent killed. — Reuters pic

Protesters in front of the Prime Minister’s Official residence in Tokyo chant ‘Save Kenji’ January 25, 2015. Around 200 people took part in the demonstration in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants, after the other captive, Haruna Yukawa, was apparent killed. — Reuters pic Read More

Michelin star-studded dinner to honour Paul Bocuse

January 25, 2015

LYON, France, Jan 25 — For one night in a couple of days, a group of some of the top chefs in the world, representing a blindingly bright constellation of 250 Michelin stars, will gather in Lyon to honour a man considered one of the fathers of modern French gastronomy, chef Paul Bocuse. The Diner des Grands Chefs du Monde (Dinner of World’s... Read more

The 3D durian cake is often mistaken for the pungent fruit by many until they reach out and tentatively touch the thorns to discover it’s cream! — Pictures by Choo Choy May

The 3D durian cake is often mistaken for the pungent fruit by many until they reach out and tentatively touch the thorns to discover it’s cream! — Pictures by Choo Choy May Read More

Rihanna drops surprise single with McCartney and West

January 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 25 — Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney. Rihanna unexpectedly late yesterday released the new single, “FourFiveSeconds,” which features the Barbados-born singer’s signature robust voice but has a minimal... Read more

NYT Video: Telling a story in ‘Selma’
Ava DuVernay narrates a sequence from “Selma,” featuring David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo. — New York Times Read More

All-new Nissan X-Trail gets all-wheel drive again

By YS Khong
January 25, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) has unveiled the all-new third-generation Nissan X-Trail crossover SUV, and this time they have put back the 3-Mode Terrain switch, which it now calls the 4x4-I system for the higher-spec model, an item sorely missed by X-Trail enthusiasts when it was omitted in the... Read more

The 2015 Audi R8 Spyder is a force to be reckoned with
On the cutting edge of design, the 2015 Audi R8 is a supercar fit for daily driving thanks to its German precision and unrivalled performance. Read More

From cold shoulder to bear hugs: How US-India relations thawed

January 25, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jan 25 — At first glance, they might appear unlikely friends or allies. One is a right-wing nationalist and long-time international pariah, while the other is an unabashed liberal and Nobel peace laureate. But as Barack Obama and Narendra Modi clasped each other in a bear hug today, the US and Indian leaders highlighted a bond... Read more

NYT Video: Fighting malaria and hunger with nets
Millions of mosquito nets are given out fight to malaria in Africa, yet many faced with hunger use them as fish nets, creating potential environmental problems. — New York Times Read More

Microsoft aims to captivate holograms with HoloLens goggles

January 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 25 — Microsoft’s HoloLens goggles have hit a sweet spot between Google Glass and virtual reality headgear, immersing users in a mesmerizing world of augmented reality holograms. The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as “magical” and “unbelievable,”... Read more

Special glasses lets blind mum see newborn son for the first time
A video that went viral this week showed a legally blind mother in Canada getting to look at her newborn child for the first time thanks to vision-enhancing glasses. Read More

Attaining Zen at a hot springs resort in Taiwan

By Vivian Chong
January 25, 2015

TAIPEI, Jan 25 — The form-fitting T-shirt clings to Luo Sang Xi Rang’s muscled form like a second skin as he takes his place in front of the taiko drum placed poolside at Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort in Wulai, an idyllic town 30 minutes by train from Taipei. The al-fresco deck overlooks the Nashi River, whose chameleonic waters... Read more

Tranquil Meeting of the Minds is a ‘conversation’ using musical stones — Photos by Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort

Tranquil Meeting of the Minds is a ‘conversation’ using musical stones — Photos by Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort Read More

Israeli book chain drops plans for Charlie Hebdo promotion

January 25, 2015

TEL AVIV, Jan 25 — An Israeli book chain has dropped plans for an in-store promotion for the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, with a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad, local media said yesterday. Public Radio said that the Steimatzky chain had intended to hold a promotional event in a branch in the Tel Aviv... Read more

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook book trailer
Here's an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook.