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Chaos at PAS Youth meet as delegates challenge party poll results

MMOTV: Kamal reflects on ‘Are Malaysians racists?’
Kamal shares his thoughts about the ‘Are Malaysians racists?’ video.

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
September 16, 2014

KOTA TINGGI, Sept 16 — The PAS Youth annual muktamar got off to a rocky start tonight as several delegates contested the validity of last year’s party election results that saw Suhaizan Kaiat elected as the wing’s... Read more

As pressure group gathers steam, Mat Sabu asks PAS members to keep the faith

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
September 16, 2014

KOTA TINGGI, Sept 16 — PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu today urged members not to abandon the party to form a rival simply over a clash of opinions, as a nascent movement appealing to the Islamist party’s malcontents gains momentum. The PAS deputy president said that it was normal for members in the same party to have differences, but the... Read more

Pictures of the Day

#SaySomethingNice campaign

  • Datuk Lat and representatives from Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd at the closing ceremony of #SaySomethingNice campaign at PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Datuk Lat and representatives from Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd at the closing ceremony of #SaySomethingNice campaign at PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Children from PPR Kota Damansara at  the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Children from PPR Kota Damansara at the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Sri Kuala Lumpur School students perform during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Sri Kuala Lumpur School students perform during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Guests enjoying the performances during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Guests enjoying the performances during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Datuk Lat gives a speech during the closing ceremony of Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd’s #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Datuk Lat gives a speech during the closing ceremony of Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd’s #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Sri Kuala Lumpur School students perform during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Sri Kuala Lumpur School students perform during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Guests enjoying the performances during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Guests enjoying the performances during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Sri Kuala Lumpur School students perform during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Sri Kuala Lumpur School students perform during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Guests enjoying the performances during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Guests enjoying the performances during the closing ceremony of the #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Datuk Lat and Zubedy representatives take a selfie at the closing ceremony of #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    Datuk Lat and Zubedy representatives take a selfie at the closing ceremony of #SaySomethingNice campaign at the PJ Live Arts Centre, September 16, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Europe stocks fall to two-week low before Fed meet, Scotland vote

September 16, 2014

LONDON, Sept 16 — European stocks fell to a two-week low amid speculation about the timing of a US interest-rate increase before a two-day Federal Reserve meeting, and this week’s vote on Scottish independence. US stock futures were little changed, while Asian shares fell. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated 0.7 per cent to 341.55 at... Read more

Bloomberg Video: How Alibaba works — Explained with 280 pairs of pants
Alibaba’s IPO could be the biggest in history. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart explains how Alibaba works through the experience of ordering 280 pairs of pants manufactured overseas. — Reuters Read More

Champagne hopes to bring football’s inequality into focus

September 16, 2014

BERNE, Sept 16 — FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne wants to tackle the many problems that lie behind football’s glittering facade and which, until now, have been rarely discussed by football’s governing body. The Frenchman, who confirmed yesterday that he will stand against Sepp Blatter in next year’s presidential election, has repeatedly spoken of football’s growing inequality. He has warned that football is in danger of... Read more

Kurdish forces recapture Christian villages from IS jihadists

September 16, 2014

ARBIL, Sept 16 — Kurdish peshmerga forces today recaptured several Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said. Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians, most of them Chaldeans, fled their homes when IS militants launched a renewed drive in the north in early August. Iraq’s... Read more

Next Media Video: Two British tourists found murdered on Thai beach
The bodies of two young British tourists were found naked with brutal head wounds early Monday (September 15) on a beach in Koh Tao, a resort island in southern Thailand. — Reuters Read More

Interview with LA chef Roy Choi: Improving food in inner cities

September 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Los Angeles chef Roy Choi sparked a nationwide food movement with his Kogi BBQ food trucks that peddle short rib tacos, kimchi quesadillas and other Korean/Mexican mash-ups and turned Americans’ view of the “roach coach” on its head. Choi, 44, spent his youth wandering and eating his way through LA’s ethnic... Read more

A participant removes Spanish ham during the WorldFood Moscow 2014, an international food and drinks exhibition covering sectors of the food industry, in Moscow, September 16, 2014. — Reuters pic

A participant removes Spanish ham during the WorldFood Moscow 2014, an international food and drinks exhibition covering sectors of the food industry, in Moscow, September 16, 2014. — Reuters pic

Count me in if Christian Bale is starring, says Swedish actress

September 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Noomi Rapace would sign up to a film without seeing the script if Christian Bale was in it. The Swedish actress has made a name for herself in cinema thanks to roles in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Prometheus. Although she’s starred alongside some of the most handsome faces in Hollywood, including Michael... Read more

Cover Media Video: Celebrity cameos to watch out for
Daniel Craig will have a secret cameo role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ And Will Ferrell will take part in a sequel to Ben Stiller’s ‘Zoolander.’ — Cover Media Read More

2015 Geneva Motor Show reveals forward-thinking poster

September 16, 2014

GENEVA, Sept 16 — Organisers have revealed the poster for the international car show’s 85th edition, set to take place from March 5 to 15, 2015 in Geneva. The poster was designed by Monika Regina Nef and Nico Bucci, both students of the Zurich University of the Arts, who decided to zoom in on the details of a car’s headlight, calling to... Read more

AFP Video: The new 5-door Mini Cooper fit for a family
The Mini Cooper 5-Door is nothing short of a revolution for the brand, which is slowly but surely edging towards the premium compact family car segment. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Angry Pakistani passengers offload VIPs for delaying plane departure

September 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Sept 16 — Angry Pakistani airline passengers have forced two lawmakers off a plane for delaying its departure by almost two hours, sparking a passionate debate about the country’s so-called ‘VIP culture’ after footage was posted online. The Monday night Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Karachi to the capital... Read more

A brown bear walks near a watching hide located in an area of around 700 Estonian brown bears, near Alutaguse, Estonia, September 16, 2014. Visitors can join watching tours to observe the bears. — Reuters pic

A brown bear walks near a watching hide located in an area of around 700 Estonian brown bears, near Alutaguse, Estonia, September 16, 2014. Visitors can join watching tours to observe the bears. — Reuters pic

Koreans invent jacket that reacts to wearer’s alcohol intake (VIDEO)

September 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — At a hackathon in Seoul, South Korea, the emerging smart clothes industry reached a new milestone with the demo of Metamorphosis, a prototype capable of reacting according to the quantity of alcohol imbibed by the wearer. Developed by an artist collective led by Younghui Kim, the Metamorphosis concept consists for the... Read more

The Samsung response to Apple iPhone 6 plus
SAMSUNG has come up with an advertisement on YouTube that looks very much like a sarcastic knee-jerk reaction to Apple's recent launch of the iPhone 6 Plus with a larger 5.5.-inch display. Read More

Venezuela airline crisis makes travellers ever more inventive

September 16, 2014

CARACAS, Sept 16 — Buses across jungle borders, boats through Caribbean waters and private flights from small airfields have become a new norm for departing Venezuela as a multi-billion dollar pay dispute turns the country into something of a ‘no-fly’ zone. Major international airlines have slashed seat availability by half since last year,... Read more

A visitor walks past sculptures by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle during an exhibition at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. —Reuters pic

A visitor walks past sculptures by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle during an exhibition at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. —Reuters pic

Japan set to export YO-Kai Watch monster craze

September 15, 2014

TOKYO, Sept 15 — Move over Pokemon, a legion of new cutesy monsters is haunting Japan and set to break out all over the world after trampling the competition at home. “YO-Kai Watch” is a nexus of manga comics, anime cartoons and computer games that revolve around the life of a school boy and the monsters — “Yokai” — that he summons with his... Read more

French Member of the European Parliament Brice Hortefeux reads a newspaper during a voting session on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 16, 2014. — Reuters pic

French Member of the European Parliament Brice Hortefeux reads a newspaper during a voting session on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 16, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More