• How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to ...

    Associated Press 47 mins ago
  • Not so incy wincy: spider kills snake in Outback duel

    A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn't matter by taking on -- and beating -- a much larger venomous snake, in a very Australian telling of the story of David and Goliath. The spindly Daddy Long Legs spider appeared to have come out on top after going head-to-head with a brown snake in rural New South Wales. Farmer Patrick Lees said he was astonished to discover the expired reptile dangling from a web at his outback home in Weethalle, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Sydney, on Saturday.

    AFP News
  • Petition for probe against Najib gains 30,000 signatures

    A petition to reopen the investigations into Datuk Seri Najib Razak's donation has gained 30,000 signatures as of yesterday, according to the Facebook page "1Juta Desak Buka Kembali Siasatan Terhadap Najib Razak" (one million urge investigations against Najib Razak be reopened). PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, who announced the petition...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Japan paternity leave trailblazer quits over bikini model affair

    A Japanese politician who made headlines over his quest to take paternity leave quit on Friday after confessing to an affair with a bikini model while his wife was pregnant. Kensuke Miyazaki, 35, shook up Japan's conservative political scene when he sought to take a month's leave to help his then pregnant wife, a first for a male Japanese lawmaker. Miyazaki, however, won the backing of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who supported his trailblazing idea.

    AFP News
  • Afobe's attitude no problem for Bournemouth, says Howe

    (Reuters) - Bournemouth have had no problems with the attitude of striker Benik Afobe who left his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers with question marks over his commitment, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday. The Arsenal academy graduate and Bournemouth's club-record signing in January has made an instant impact at Dean Court, scoring three goals in his first five Premier League games. When we signed Benik we acted in the right way and I'd rather talk about how well he's done," Howe told reporters.

    Reuters
  • Justin Bieber quits taking Adderall

    Justin Bieber's doctors were concerned he grew a dependency on the amphetamine.

    Cover Media
  • Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.

    Associated Press
  • United would have told me about Mourinho talks - Van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said it is unlikely that the club have spoken to Jose Mourinho about replacing him. Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December, has been heavily tipped to take over from Van Gaal by British media in recent weeks but the Dutch coach said he had heard nothing of the sort from United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Old Trafford board. "I can only say that I have spoken with Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that they have spoken with each other.

    Reuters
  • Shedding light on the occupancy rates of new condos

    Vacancy rates for private non-landed homes climbed to 9.4% in 4Q2015, a 10-year high. The North East Region fared the worst, with vacancy rates of its condominiums hitting 16.5% in 4Q2015. This could be due to the completion of the 610-unit River Isles and the 393-unit Kovan Regency, where residents have yet to move in. On a weekday evening, The Edge Property visited five condos that were completed in 2015 to shed light on their occupancy rates.Two of the projects — A Treasure Trove and The Luxurie — are located near an MRT station. ...

    The Edge Property
  • Lamar Odom makes first public appearance at Kanye West's fashion show

    Lamar Odom is back on the scene after being hospitalised for a drug overdose.

    Cover Media
  • Despite no-show, PAS reiterates support for Anwar

    PAS has reiterated its support for former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim despite being absent at a solidarity gathering outside the Sungai Buloh prison on Tuesday. Its deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said party leaders were absent as they did not receive any formal or informal invitation. He also rejected Selangor...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland voluntarily

    By Tuomas Forsell HELSINKI (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country. Germany and Finland's neighbour Sweden have taken in many of the migrants but Finland too saw the number of asylum seekers increase nearly tenfold in 2015 to 32,500 from 3,600 in 2014. Almost two thirds of the asylum seekers last year were young Iraqi men, but some are now having second thoughts, so Finland will begin chartering flights to Baghdad from next week to take them home.

    Reuters
  • Einstein's gravitational waves detected in landmark discovery

    By Will Dunham and Scott Malone WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers said they identified gravitational waves coming from two distant black holes - extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein - that orbited one another, spiraled inward and smashed together at high speed to form a single, larger black hole. The waves were unleashed by the collision of the black holes, one of them 29 times the mass of the sun and the other 36 times the solar mass, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth, the researchers said.

    Reuters
  • Will my foot grow back, Mummy? Asks boy who lost foot in escalator mishap

    PETALING JAYA, Feb 12 —  The father of the three-year-old boy who lost half his foot in an escalator mishap at KL Sentral on Monday is struggling to find the right words to explain to his son what...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Maid flees via rubbish chute, employer disputes claims

    According to The Straits Times, the 27-year-old Indonesian maid, named Rindu, attempted to climb down a rubbish chute in a seventh floor flat last November and fell into a rubbish heap. Rindu’s employers, who had only employed her for two and a half months, dispute her claims and have engaged a lawyer, according to the paper.

    Nicholas Yong
  • Oil prices rally after plumbing new depths

    Oil surged more than five percent in Asia Friday, a day after tanking towards 13-year lows and following a report suggesting the OPEC producers' club was open to working towards cutting output to stabilise ...

    AFP
  • Female tiger killed by mating partner at Sacramento Zoo

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said.

    Associated Press
  • Coca-Cola stops making drinks at three Indian plants

    Coca-Cola has halted manufacturing at three plants in India temporarily on lower sales, company officials said Thursday, as the US giant faces challenges from activists over alleged depletion of groundwater. Nearly 300 people work at the three plants in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Rajasthan, where activists have waged a more than decade-long battle against the fizzy drinks company. "Manufacturing at three units have been temporarily suspended," Kalyan Rajan, spokesman for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, which bottles drinks in India for the US giant.

    AFP News
  • What makes Ranieri tick? Chelsea old boys give their views

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City were 5,000-1 outsiders to win the Premier League at the start of the season but, with 13 games left, they hold a five-point lead at the top of the table. Ranieri is sparking a remarkable turnaround in Leicester's fortunes and Reuters has asked three players who worked under him during a previous Premier League stint at Chelsea from 2000-04 to offer an insight into the Italian coach's methods. FORMER NETHERLANDS DEFENDER MARIO MELCHIOT (made 165 appearances for Chelsea between 1999-2004) "A player's fitness is important to Ranieri because he wants to make sure you can handle the game at your best and that you can focus until the end.

    Reuters
  • Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer

    Rescuers are still digging through the rubble of the toppled Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan which collapsed during Saturday's quake -- 30 residents remain missing and the death toll has climbed to 94. Tainan's district court Friday gave the city government the go-ahead to freeze up to Tw$30 million ($908,623) in assets belonging to the building's developer Lin Ming-hui and three associates, according to a government statement. "The Tainan district court handled it quickly, and granted... provisional seizure up to Tw$30 million of the assets of the related people," the statement said.

    AFP News