• 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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  • 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
  • Rebel Umno leaders to pressure branches to bolster bid to oust Najib

    A group of Umno grassroots leaders unhappy with party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak are ramping up efforts to lobby for his resignation by pressuring branches to submit a motion urging him to step down and for elections to be held immediately. The Coalition of Umno Branch Chiefs Malaysia (GKCM) intends to do this when Umno branches across...

    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.

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  • 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
  • Elton John: ‘Bieber was hanging by his fingertips’

    Sir Elton John loves Justin Bieber’s latest album Purpose and is thrilled he has got his career back on track.

    Cover Media
  • 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
  • South Korea warns North over 'illegal' asset freeze

    South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted "illegally" in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone. Seoul's Unification Minister Hong Yong-Pyo said Pyongyang's decision to kick out the South Korean firms was "very regrettable" and added the North would have to take full responsibility for any consequences. North Korea on Thursday said it was closing Kaesong completely and placing it under military control.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively fell in love on double date

    Ryan Reynolds things anything can materialise through disciplined hard work.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Clear existing illegals before bringing in 1.5 million Bangladeshis, Putrajaya told

    Putrajaya should clear illegal foreign workers in the country before bringing in large number of Bangladeshi workers, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) said today. The group, representing more than 2,600 manufacturing and manufacturing services companies, said it did not want the entry of such a large number of Bangladeshis to add to...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Cannavaro sacked by Saudi side

    (Reuters) - Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has been sacked as manager of Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr after a four-month spell in charge, the Asian Football Confederation said. Cannavaro's final game was Thursday's 4-3 loss to Najran that left the defending champions well off the pace in sixth place in the table with 10 games remaining. The former Italian defender, who led his country to World Cup success in 2006 and played for Juventus and Real Madrid, only managed six wins in his 14 games in charge of the Saudi side, who kick off their Asian Champions League campaign later this month.

    Reuters
  • European stocks rebound at end of brutal week

    European stocks rebounded Friday on higher oil prices and solid German economic growth, regaining some ground lost this week on fears of a global recession. Frankfurt, London and Paris all rose by nearly 2.0 percent, brushing off another slump in Asia, as investors welcomed news that the German economy grew by a solid 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter. Europe's main stock markets were buoyed also by bargain-hunting after another calamitous day on Thursday, when Frankfurt shed 2.9 percent, Paris slumped 4.1 percent and London dived 2.4 percent.

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