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After dogs, indie collective wants Malaysians to ‘touch books’

Cover Media Video: Keanu Reeves plays ex-assassin in ‘John Wick’
Keanu Reeves stars in this action movie as an ex-hitman John Wick, who is planning on tracking down the gangsters that took everything away from him. — Cover Media Read More

By Zurairi AR

October 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Banking on the hype generated by a recent pet-a-dog event, an independent library collective plans to hold an “I Want to Touch a Book” event tomorrow to continue the conversation sparked by the... Read more

Fomca: Clear definitions needed for rules on subsidised RON95 petrol

October 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — The government should provide a clear definition on those referred as “high income earners” before implementing new regulations on the subsidised RON95 petrol. Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) deputy president, Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman said this was because the definition of this group differed... Read more

Shopkeeper, Chong, checks on the condition of the altars sold at his shop in Klang, October 24, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Shopkeeper, Chong, checks on the condition of the altars sold at his shop in Klang, October 24, 2014. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Euro rises on bank health report as investors continue covering short-positions trend

October 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 25 ― The euro rose yesterday ahead of an official report on the health of the euro zone's main banks as investors continued a trend of covering their short-positions leading to buying of the currency against the US dollar. Despite yesterday's weakness, the dollar is on track to close the week with a gain. Concerns about the... Read more

Bloomberg Video: The battle for prime London property
Property can make or break a market. One of the world’s strongest is London. But as the UK capital’s most valuable real estate gets snapped up, where does it leave Londoners? Bloomberg's Tom Gibson reports. — Bloomberg Read More

‘Special One’ Mourinho is a self-made man insists van Gaal

October 25, 2014

MANCHESTER, Oct 25 — Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho deserves all the credit for his emergence as one of the leading coaches in world football, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said as he prepares for the pair’s meeting at Old Trafford tomorrow. Mourinho has previously attributed much of his success to the footballing education he received at Barcelona under van Gaal and his predecessor Bobby Robson. Portuguese boss Mourinho spent... Read more

Washington state student opens fire, kills one and himself

October 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Oct 25 — A student opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school yesterday, killing a classmate and wounding at least four others before taking his own life amid the chaos of students scrambling to safety, authorities said. All of the victims of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School were young... Read more

A state trooper walks by a grieving student following a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Washington October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

A state trooper walks by a grieving student following a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Washington October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Bunless meat monster sandwich from Korea KFC

October 25, 2014

SEOUL, Oct 25 — KFC may have outdone themselves this time with the release of a monstrous, amped up version of its infamous Double Down sandwich: A beef burger patty between their signature deep-fried chicken “buns.” The colossal bunless burger called the “Zinger Double Down King,” launched in South Korea last week and purportedly weighs in... Read more

A vendor prepares a stack of mshabak sweet pastries in Sidon, south Lebanon October 25, 2014.  — Reuters pic

A vendor prepares a stack of mshabak sweet pastries in Sidon, south Lebanon October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Elton John launches new fund for HIV services in South Africa

October 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25 ― Rock star Elton John teamed up with the Obama administration yesterday to launch a new US$7 million (RM22.9 million)  fund to provide access to HIV services in South Africa. The fund will be established for men who have sex with men and transgender people in the nation, the only African country where same-sex marriage... Read more

Cover Media: JLo busy with Vegas
Jennifer Lopez is apparently in the middle of negotiations to start a residency in Las Vegas, which will reportedly earn her an impressive US$26 million. — Cover Media Read More

1,000hp-plus LaFerrari XX to debut in December?

October 25, 2014

ROME, Oct 25 — Spotted running test laps at the Adria Raceway in Italy, a new modified version of the LaFerrari hybrid supercar packs over 1,000hp according to Czechexotics.com, which published photos of the vehicle to Facebook. Dubbed the LaFerrari XX, this exceptionally high-performance model differs from the original LaFerrari through... Read more

A man stands next to piled up vehicles after a storm in Athens, October 25, 2014.   — Reuters pic

A man stands next to piled up vehicles after a storm in Athens, October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

African immigrants ostracised in US Ebola reaction

October 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 25 — When Zuru Pewu picked up her 4-year-old son, Micah, from kindergarten at a Staten Island, New York, public school recently, a woman pointed at her in front of about 30 parents and their children, and started shouting. “She kept screaming, 'These African bitches brought Ebola into our country and are making everybody... Read more

Stockings and slippers belonging to Napoleon II, son of Napoleon Bonaparte, displayed at the Osenat auction house in Paris October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Stockings and slippers belonging to Napoleon II, son of Napoleon Bonaparte, displayed at the Osenat auction house in Paris October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Microsoft: Dropping Nokia name from Lumia smartphones

October 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 ― Microsoft said yesterday it was dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphones, rebranding following the acquisition earlier this year of the Finnish group's handset division. The rebranding is “a natural progression as all devices that once came from Nokia now come from Microsoft,” said Tuula Rytila, senior vice... Read more

A journalist takes a picture with a mobile phone of the painted roof at the Domus Aurea (House of Gold) complex in Rome, October 25, 2014. ― Reuters pic

A journalist takes a picture with a mobile phone of the painted roof at the Domus Aurea (House of Gold) complex in Rome, October 25, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Enjoy musical meals aboard British Airways

October 25, 2014

LONDON, Oct 25 — Starting in November, the British carrier will offer travellers a new way to enjoy their in-flight meal: a musical playlist curated to match specific dishes. And according to the airline's online magazine Highlife.ba.com, the soundtrack may even enhance the flavours of the food. Referring to an Oxford University study... Read more

People cross a bridge before entering Indios Verdes Metro station in Mexico City, October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

People cross a bridge before entering Indios Verdes Metro station in Mexico City, October 25, 2014. — Reuters pic

Knightley to appear in Broadway play based on Emile Zola’s novel

October 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 24 — British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, based on the novel by Emile Zola. Knightley, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Pride & Prejudice, will begin previews of the play commissioned  by Roundabout Theatre Company... Read more

A man reads an order of service as he listens, over a public address system, to the funeral service of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill, in Woodstock, southern England October 25, 2014. ― Reuters pic

A man reads an order of service as he listens, over a public address system, to the funeral service of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill, in Woodstock, southern England October 25, 2014. ― Reuters pic