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MH370 families: Draw new search zone if still no debris found

Bloomberg Video: The maps that tell you when it’s safe to breathe
The battle for mobile supremacy has China’s internet giants competing to be THE maps app on the mainland. And that’s leading to cooler-than-Google innovations. Bloomberg’s Christine Hah checks into the mapping scene. — Bloomberg Read More

BY IDA LIM
April 18, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — A new search zone for Flight MH370 should be drawn up if those hunting for the plane that went missing over a year ago are still unable to find any... Read more

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Help us search for MH370, kin ask of rich countries and firms

BY IDA LIM
April 18, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — As a year-long hunt for Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370 remains fruitless, the families of its passengers and crew today pleaded for rich countries and private companies to help speed up the search for answers. Voice370, the group representing the families of those aboard the missing plane, said it appreciated the... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest

  • Participants pose for the cameras before the start of the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawanGST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Participants pose for the cameras before the start of the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawanGST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar (centre) attends the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar (centre) attends the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar (centre) leads the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar (centre) leads the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar (centre) participates in the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar (centre) participates in the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • A participant gives a thumbs-up gesture during the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    A participant gives a thumbs-up gesture during the Kayuh Bantah #‎KitaLawan GST protest in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

China, Malaysia extend currency swap deal for next 3 years

April 18, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — China and Malaysia have renewed their currency swap arrangement for a further three years, according to a statement on the website of the Malaysian central bank. The swap exchanges 180 billion yuan for RM90 billion according to the report, unchanged from the previous swap arrangement in 2012, which increased the... Read more

A man holds a placard with images of Spain

A man holds a placard with images of Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Rodrigo Rato during a protest in front of People's Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Messi nets 400th goal as Barca edge past Valencia

April 19, 2015

BARCELONA, April 18 — Lionel Messi scored the 400th goal of his Barcelona career as the Catalans beat Champions League-chasing Valencia 2-0 to move five points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga today. Luis Suarez got Barca off to a flying start as he slotted home the opener after just 54 seconds from Messi’s through ball. However, it was Valencia who enjoyed the majority of the chances thereafter and they were left to rue Dani... Read more

Police clash with Sewol ferry disaster protestors in Seoul

April 18, 2015

SEOUL, April 18 — Hundreds of protestors clashed with police in Seoul today after families of the victims of South Korea’s ferry disaster were prevented from marching to the president’s residence. An crowd of about 3,000 forced their way through police barricades in their attempt to join a group of some 50 other families who had been... Read more

People run for cover after an explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

People run for cover after an explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

A very exclusive coffee kick on St Helena island

April 18, 2015

JAMESTOWN, April 18 — Most coffee snobs can only dream of sipping on a brew made from Saint Helena beans. Imported from Yemen in the 18th century, the tiny South Atlantic island’s green-tipped Bourbon Arabica coffee plant produces some of the world’s most expensive — and most delectable — beans. St Helena coffee’s most famous fan was... Read more

A displaced Somali woman prepares the traditional Somali breakfast ‘Anjero’ at a camp on the outskirts of Bosasso in Somalia’s Puntland, April 18, 2015.  — Reuters pic

A displaced Somali woman prepares the traditional Somali breakfast ‘Anjero’ at a camp on the outskirts of Bosasso in Somalia’s Puntland, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer gets early release after online leak (VIDEO)

April 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES, April 18 — The official trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been released early after an online leak. The trailer shows Superman (Henry Cavill) is now looked at with distrust instead of as a hero by the public because of his powers. Batman (Ben Affleck), who sees himself as a protector of the public, confronts... Read more

Cover Media Video: Ryan Gosling in talks to join cast of Blade Runner 2
Ryan Gosling is apparently in negotiations to join the cast of ‘Blade Runner 2’, alongside Harrison Ford. — Cover Media Read More

BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers in US over air bag flaw

April 18, 2015

NEW YORK, April 18 — BMW of North America LLC will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the US to fix a flaw with the floor mat that may prevent the passenger air bag from deploying, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall, posted on NHTSA’s website today, affects about 59,270 Mini Cooper and Cooper S... Read more

VisionGTI: Get ready to burn rubber!
A veritable laboratory for automobile manufacturers around the world, the ‘Gran Turismo 6’ video game just added a new model by Volkswagen to its fleet. — AFP Read More

Relic or hoax, Turin Shroud pulls million-strong crowd on return to public view

April 18, 2015

TURIN, April 18 — The Turin Shroud goes on display for the first time in five years tomorrow with more than a million people already booked in to view one of Christianity’s most celebrated relics. Devotees believe the shroud, which is imprinted with the image of a man who appears to have been crucified, to be the burial cloth of Jesus... Read more

Pictures of the Day

World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering

  • Fans help set a new world record for the largest global gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes during the World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering in Manila April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Fans help set a new world record for the largest global gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes during the World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering in Manila April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants wearing superhero costumes adjust their appearance at the men’s room before joining the World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering in Manila April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Participants wearing superhero costumes adjust their appearance at the men’s room before joining the World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering in Manila April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • A participant wearing a Superman costume checks his mobile phone before joining the World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering in Manila April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    A participant wearing a Superman costume checks his mobile phone before joining the World DC Comics Super Heroes gathering in Manila April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015, to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the very first Superman story. — Reuters pic

    Participants attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015, to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the very first Superman story. — Reuters pic

  • Participants wearing superhero costumes attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Participants wearing superhero costumes attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants wearing superhero costumes pose before the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Participants wearing superhero costumes pose before the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants wearing superhero costumes attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Participants wearing superhero costumes attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Participants wearing superhero costumes attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Participants wearing superhero costumes attend the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

Limited banking on Apple Watch… for now

April 18, 2015

NEW YORK, April 18 — About a dozen banks are joining the hoopla around the new Apple Watch by offering apps that will let their customers extend their financial lives to their wrists. For now, however, the bank-by-watch apps will only provide financial snapshots, rather than a full suite of banking options. The apps will allow users to peek... Read more

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (right) is reflected in a supporter’s mobile phone as he poses for a ‘selfie’ at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, England, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (right) is reflected in a supporter’s mobile phone as he poses for a ‘selfie’ at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, England, April 18, 2015. — Reuters pic

Replica of French general’s historic US independence ship sails again

April 18, 2015

BOSTON, April 18 — A replica of the 18th-century ship that took a French general on his voyage to become a hero of the American war of independence was to set sail again today, cheered off by thousands of well-wishers and President Francois Hollande. Big crowds gathered to wish “bon voyage” to the painstakingly recreated tall ship Hermione,... Read more

Chilean dancers from Temuco walk in Larcomar shopping mall in the Miraflores district of Lima, April 18, 2015. The dancers are in Lima to participate in an event to promote the Copa America soccer championship to be held in Chile in June 2015. — Reuters pic

Chilean dancers from Temuco walk in Larcomar shopping mall in the Miraflores district of Lima, April 18, 2015. The dancers are in Lima to participate in an event to promote the Copa America soccer championship to be held in Chile in June 2015. — Reuters pic

Moleskine unveils ‘Alice in Wonderland-inspired’ notebooks

April 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES, April 18 ― A new collection from the premium notebook maker inspired by Lewis Carroll's timeless children's classic are now on sale in the US and in Europe. The series consists of four hardcover books, each featuring a faithful reproduction of a John Tenniel illustration. Tenniel was the man to whom Carroll turned to bring... Read more

Children learn to read and recite the Quran in the Sunehri Mosque in Peshawar April 18, 2015. ― Reuters pic

Children learn to read and recite the Quran in the Sunehri Mosque in Peshawar April 18, 2015. ― Reuters pic