• Former political detainee Poh Soo Kai launches memoir

    It took almost seven years of writing and two changes of venue before former political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai finally launched his memoir on Saturday (13 Feb). Almost 300 people were in attendance at the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, where “Living In A Time Of Deception” was launched. Written by Poh and edited by historian Hong Lysa and playwright Wong Souk Yee, the memoir covers much of the history of Singapore during the turbulent 1950s and 60s, as well as Poh’s 17 years’ imprisonment without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

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  • Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: report

    Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria. The Zelyony Dol, a patrol ship armed with Kalibr cruise missiles that only joined the Black Sea fleet in December, departed for the Mediterranean, the Black Sea fleet said in a statement. RIA-Novosti news agency further quoted a security source in Crimea -- where the Black Sea fleet is based -- saying that the ship is bound for Syria and may take part in Russia's campaign to support the Syrian army.

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  • MH370 never crashed, say Chinese families

    The lack of evidence as well as the ineptitude of the Malaysian authorities indicate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ‎never crashed, say the kin of Chinese passengers on board the missing Boeing 777. They said the surface search from March 8, 2014 to April 28, 2014 and underwater search from October 6, 2014 up until now, have not un‎earthed...

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  • Dr Mahathir, patron of Umno group seeking Najib’s ouster

    Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has officially become the patron of the Coalition of Branch Chiefs Malaysia (GKCM), a group of Umno branch leaders demanding party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak's resignation. Dr Mahathir's new role in GKCM will see him attending their programmes and coming up with strategies to "save" the Malay...

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  • Outsourcing has led to depressed pay for many low-wage workers: NTUC’s Zainal Sapari

    The outsourcing trend has created market failure, contributing to stagnant and depressed wages for many low-wage workers, said National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Assistant Secretary-General Zainal Sapari. Outsourcing may make good business sense, but Zainal said it has also led to a situation whereby a winning service provider in a tender typically tries to keep its operating costs down – with labour constituting a major cost component - to service the contract.

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  • LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge

    Minnesota forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the United States to a 157-154 victory over the world team in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto. LaVine was named Most Valuable Player of the contest featuring many of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players, which launched the festivities of All-Star weekend. Sunday's All-Star Game will cap the action at Air Canada Centre, but before then LaVine will defend the title he won last year in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest.

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  • Malaysian nabbed by Aussie police over 20-year rape allegation

    A Malaysian man was transferred to Perth yesterday to face allegations of rape that occurred 20 years ago, Australia's Perth Now reported. The man, whose name emerged as a result of a cold case review, is wanted over a sex attack in March 1996 when he allegedly broke into a villa and assaulted a woman, then aged 38, in her Scarborough home....

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  • Roses are red, elbows are blue: Japanese women fight for their Valentines

    Elbowing each other in the stampede to buy Valentine's Day chocolate for the men in their lives, Japanese women brought stores to a standstill Saturday. In Japan, the menfolk do sweet nothing on February 14 while the women do battle in heaving aisles, loading up on confectionery treats for the object of their desire. "My feet hurt, my arms hurt, and my head hurts!" winced Kana Shimizu, clutching two dainty bags of Belgian chocolate that cost more than 10,000 yen ($90) at a plush store in Tokyo's Ginza district.

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  • Farewell to last of Borneo’s Big Three

    KUCHING, Feb 13 — They came back to their alma mater after 10, 20 or 30 years, quickly filling up the school auditorium, to say their last goodbye to their beloved ex-principal. Some sat, many...

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  • Bulgaria hard man Ivanov, 50, dies after heart attack

    Former hard-man defender Trifon Ivanov, who was instrumental in helping Bulgaria reach the 1994 World Cup semi-finals, died on Saturday at the age of 50 after suffering a heart attack. The Bulgarian Football Union announced the death of Ivanov who was a fearsome sight during his playing career with long hair, a wild beard and a cold, sinister stare. Ivanov won three domestic league titles, the Bulgarian Cup and the Super Cup with CSKA Sofia between 1989-92.

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  • Taylor Swift 'cautioned Kanye West about releasing a misogynistic song about her'

    Taylor Swift's best friend Jaime King has tweeted her support for the singer after Kanye West debuted a new song in which he offensively name drops her.

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  • Mat Sabu threw mike at Anwar event because he’s had enough of voters’ fears

    Mohamad Sabu said his microphone-hurling stunt during a solidarity gathering for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday was done out of his frustration that Malaysians were not brave enough to stand up against tyranny. The Parti Amanah Negara president, who is affectionately known as Mat Sabu, said this at a gathering in Kelantan last night. He...

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  • Sarawak minister still bitter over ‘expired biscuits’ post

    Sarawak Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah was upset after a social media user said the Welfare Department had sent her a packet of expired biscuits as part of the flood aid assistance programme. Although Facebook user Thieya Christisya Ingkin issued an apology yesterday, Fatimah said the unfounded allegation...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • 114 bodies pulled from toppled Taiwan building; 1 missing

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Workers have pulled out 114 bodies from the rubble of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed in an earthquake in Taiwan's oldest city, leaving only one missing, authorities said Saturday, a week after the disaster.

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  • Apple is replacing MacBook charging cables for free

    REUTERS/Rick Wilking Tim Cook, Apple CEO at the … Continued The post Apple is replacing MacBook charging cables for free appeared first on Business Insider.

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  • How to maximise your public holiday for travel in 2016

    It is the start of a new year and this is usually the time when we start working on various bucket lists such as an exercise or diet regime, career goals, travel plans and more. Appropriate rest and leisure is important to lead a happy and fulfilling life with work-life balance. Hence planning for your […]

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  • 'Star Wars' film company in court after Harrison Ford broke leg

    The production company behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is being prosecuted in Britain over an incident on set which left actor Harrison Ford with a broken leg, health and safety officials said Thursday. Ford, 73, was struck by a heavy door at Pinewood Studios west of London on the film's Millennium Falcon spaceship set in June 2014 and airlifted to hospital afterwards. Now Foodles Production UK will appear in court in May to face four charges alleging that it breached health and safety law as Ford reprised his role as Han Solo.

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  • Stunning New Image Shows Gravitational Waves As Two Black Holes Merge

    A gorgeous new image released by NASA reveals the momentous first detection of gravitational waves rippling through space-time. "We have detected gravitational waves," David Reitze, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, said today in a news briefing. The telltale signs of relativity in action showed up as a teensy blip in the data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory — a set of two separate detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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  • 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.

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  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — 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 the North's recent long-range rocket launch to keep its impoverished neighbor from using the money factories provided to fund its nuclear and missile programs.

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