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Home Minister wants communications taps to be admitted as evidence in terrorism cases

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BY JOSEPH SIPALAN
November 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — Putrajaya is working towards allowing information gleaned from communications tapping to be admitted as hard evidence in courts of law, as it ramps up efforts to contain the growing threat of... Read more

‎Don’t impose fuel sales tax if global oil price falls, DAP lawmaker tells Putrajaya

November 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 ― A DAP lawmaker told Putrajaya today not to impose a petroleum sales tax in the event that global crude oil prices fall further. Kluang MP and DAP's National Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong‎ said that the government should not attempt to impose the said tax as means to just fill the revenue gap, as a result... Read more

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is draped in a Palestinian scarf in conjuction with the International Islamic Art and Cultural Festival Putrajaya 2014 (PIIACuF), November 1, 2014. Standing beside him is the Palestinian ambassador, Dr Anwar Al Agha (left). ― Bernama pic

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is draped in a Palestinian scarf in conjuction with the International Islamic Art and Cultural Festival Putrajaya 2014 (PIIACuF), November 1, 2014. Standing beside him is the Palestinian ambassador, Dr Anwar Al Agha (left). ― Bernama pic Read More

Ferrari’s US$3.5m fine largest ever imposed on an automaker

November 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 ― Ferrari SpA’s US$3.5 million fine by the US government is the largest ever imposed on an automaker for failing to quickly report customer complaints, injuries and alleged defects to regulators. Among the violations were three fatalities that were never logged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: A... Read more

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo November 1, 2014. ― Reuters pic

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo November 1, 2014. ― Reuters pic

EPL: In derby clash, Manchester supremacy on line

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — Manchester football supremacy will be at stake at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow when Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United face off in a potentially momentous derby showdown. United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, who also played for their cross-town rivals, opined this week that City’s status as champions meant that they are presently “a bigger club” than United. His words echoed a claim made in... Read more

If planes failed like spacecraft, 272 would crash a day

November 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 1 — If US airlines had the same failure rate as the now-retired space shuttles, there’d be 272 fatal crashes a day. As investigations begin into the crash of a Virgin Galactic LLC test vehicle yesterday and the explosion of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp rocket seconds after liftoff this week, the history of space travel... Read more

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Virgin down!

  • Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two (SS2), the world's first commercial spaceship owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments PJC is shown in this April 29, 2013 file photo. — Reuters file pic Read More

  • A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Sheriff

    Sheriff's deputies gather near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A search and rescue crew drives near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    A search and rescue crew drives near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic

    Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Champagne bubbly inspired by… umami?

November 1, 2014

TOKYO, Nov 1 — A champagne house in France has borrowed the concept of umami to produce a limited run of bubbly that likewise aims to replicate the fifth taste and serve as a pairing for umami-rich foods. Launched this fall, Champagne De Sousa’s wine Umami is made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and attributes its minerality, salinity... Read more

An offering for the Day of the Dead is pictured on display at the Tambo Quirquincha in La Paz, November 1, 2014. Traditionally, Bolivians celebrate Day of the Dead with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads, fresh fruit and coca leaves and flowers. — Reuters pic

An offering for the Day of the Dead is pictured on display at the Tambo Quirquincha in La Paz, November 1, 2014. Traditionally, Bolivians celebrate Day of the Dead with a feast of home-baked, doll-shaped breads, fresh fruit and coca leaves and flowers. — Reuters pic Read More

As aristocratic as Downton Abbey, Kimye to name their home Highclere Castle

November 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Nov 1 — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are apparently naming their home Highclere Castle.
 The power couple are big fans of popular television show Downton Abbey, with 34-year-old Kim once claiming she even wanted to be on the ITV period drama. And now, they’ll be able to feel as though they’re a part of it.
 “[Kanye] wants... Read more

Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford (left) and Hoda Kotb dressed as Saturday Night Live characters Wayne and Garth from

Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford (left) and Hoda Kotb dressed as Saturday Night Live characters Wayne and Garth from 'Wayne's World' during NBC's 'Today' show in New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Lister to build new car, challenge Ferrari and McLaren

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — Less than a year after being resurrected as a brand, the British sportscar company's new owners are already talking about challenging the likes of Ferrari and McLaren with an all-new model. Although Lister is keeping the exact plans under wraps, it has confirmed that in terms of power and performance it wants to rival the... Read more

Liu Fulong tests his home-made wooden electronic vehicle in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Liu Fulong tests his home-made wooden electronic vehicle in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Want to hit the snooze button on your biological clock? Freeze your eggs!

November 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 1 — She is 44 and single, but journalist Sarah still dreams of having a child, while TV producer Susanah, 38, is waiting for her younger boyfriend to be ready.  To keep their hopes alive, these New York women have spent tens of thousands of dollars on freezing their eggs in a practice that has become increasingly... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Happy Halloween!

  • Children in costume take part in the 24th Annual Greenwich Village Children

    Children in costume take part in the 24th Annual Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama receive children on the South Lawn for a Halloween trick-or-treating celebration in Washington November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama receive children on the South Lawn for a Halloween trick-or-treating celebration in Washington November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Canada

    Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen greet a Halloween trick-or-treater at his official residence, 24 Sussex Drive, in Ottawa November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Children dressed in costumes eat pizza at the Flint family

    Children dressed in costumes eat pizza at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People with masks celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    People with masks celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • People in plush costumes celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    People in plush costumes celebrate Halloween in Berlin November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Children dressed as a witch and Harry Potter play with bubbles at the Flint family

    Children dressed as a witch and Harry Potter play with bubbles at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Aaron Rocamp, dressed as Superman, dumps leaves on his brother Benjamin, dressed as Batman, at the Flint family

    Aaron Rocamp, dressed as Superman, dumps leaves on his brother Benjamin, dressed as Batman, at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A child dressed as a tiger dances at the Flint family

    A child dressed as a tiger dances at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A girl dressed as Wonder Woman walks with her father at the Flint family

    A girl dressed as Wonder Woman walks with her father at the Flint family's annual Halloween block party in Silver Spring, Maryland November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Google to improve on US flu trend prediction

November 1, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1 — Google Inc. is updating the software model it uses to estimate the spread of the flu to improve its accuracy, so that public health officials can quickly respond to outbreaks. The company introduced Google Flu Trends in 2008 to help track the spread of the virus by using Web-search data. Now, Google will incorporate... Read more

A researcher prepares DNA in a laboratory at the Bioaster Technology Research Institute in Lyon, November 1, 2014.  — Reuters pic

A researcher prepares DNA in a laboratory at the Bioaster Technology Research Institute in Lyon, November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

Space tourism pushed back by years after Virgin crash (VIDEO)

November 1, 2014

LONDON, Nov 1 — The deadly crash of Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft has dealt a devastating setback to the cause of space tourism, delaying the first commercial flights to the stars by years, experts said yesterday. After several delays, Virgin Galactic had hoped to start ferrying passengers to the edge of space in 2015, ushering in a new era... Read more

Pictures of the Day

New York's Village Halloween Parade

  • A participant in the Village Halloween Parade waits to ride the subway after the parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant in the Village Halloween Parade waits to ride the subway after the parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A participant takes part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Participants take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Participants take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Participants take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Participants take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Participants take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Participants take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A combination of photos show participants dressed in

    A combination of photos show participants dressed in 'Dia de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead) themes posing for portraits as they take part in the Village Halloween Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York November 1, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

After 75 years, Mammy finally gets her moment in ‘Gone with the Wind’ prequel

November 1, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 1 — Nearly eight decades after she became one of the most famous supporting figures in American popular literature, Mammy has become the heroine of her own story in a prequel to Gone with the Wind. Ruth’s Journey by novelist and poet Donald McCaig comes 75 years after the film version of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning... Read more

Richard Branson poses for a portrait in support of his book,

Richard Branson poses for a portrait in support of his book, 'Screw Business As Usual' at the Virgin Offices in New York. — Reuters pic Read More