• CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

    CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday. The network added that he told "60 Minutes" the CIA believes that the IS group has the ability to make small amounts of mustard or chlorine gas for weapons.

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  • Asian markets battered as Tokyo tanks again

    A more than five percent plunge in Tokyo led another Asian rout Friday, bringing to an end one of the most painful weeks for investors as fears about the global economy -- and possible recession -- stalk trading floors. The steep losses in Japan came as the yen pushed to more than 16-month highs against the dollar and dealers continued a flight to safe havens. The measure -- effectively charging lenders to park cash with it -- follows similar moves by the European Central bank and Switzerland.

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  • Robinho agrees two-year deal with Atletico Mineiro

    REUTERS - Former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Robinho has signed for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, the club confirmed on Thursday. "Robinho is Atletico's new signing," the Belo Horizonte team said in a short statement. "Robinho will sign for two seasons." The 32-year-old Brazil international, who also had a spell at AC Milan, became a free agent at the start of the month after a six-month deal with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande expired. ...

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  • Najib’s survival depends on Sarawak polls, says report

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak can no longer take Sarawak for granted if he wants to secure his political future, says The Myanmar Times. Najib, who once said Sarawak was Barisan Nasional’s (BN) “fixed deposit”, reportedly toned down his bold stance as the ruling coalition had lost seven state seats to the opposition. The Umno...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Justin Bieber quits taking Adderall

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

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  • Dangerous precedent, MP says of Federal Court custody ruling in Deepa case

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 ― The Federal Court’s decision to grant custody of S. Deepa’s son who was snatched away by his father will encourage other parents in similar disputes to take the same...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • 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
  • No 'reason to doubt' N. Korean army chief executed: US

    There is "no reason to doubt" that North Korea's army chief of staff was executed, a US State Department official said Thursday following reports of the death. "This is, again, par for the course in North Korea, that you've got a leader who carries out purges of his cabinet, or of his administration periodically," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, but stopped short of confirming an execution. South Korean media reported Wednesday that Ri Yong-Gil, chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) General Staff, had been executed earlier this month for forming a political faction and corruption.

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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.

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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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  • Freed from sedition charge, Azmi Sharom says ‘common sense’ won

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 ― Universiti Malaya law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom today hailed the victory of “common sense” in Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision to drop the sedition...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Penang businessman who rebuked JPJ officer shot dead, says report

    A 46-year-old businessman who was charged in court recently for uttering foul language at a Road Transport Department (JPJ) officer, was shot dead this morning at Jalan Datuk Keramat in Penang, The Star reported. Syed Amen Jainul Abdin, who owns a nasi kandar restaurant and a car wash centre, was shot five times in his head, chest and arm....

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Bakke resigned twice as 1MDB chairman, says Seng Giaw

    Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that he had resigned from his post twice because he was not satisfied with the company's management, said PAC vice-chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw. The DAP lawmaker said Bakke told the committee members this during the proceedings...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • 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.

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  • NBA: Thunder down Pelicans as both teams play with heavy hearts

    Westbrook was one rebound shy of his ninth triple double of the season as he collected 10 assists and nine rebounds. Durant connected on 10 of 17 from the field and also handed out six assists as Oklahoma City improved to 40-14. The Thunder are one of three Western Conference teams heading into the All-Star break with at least 40 wins, behind the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and San Antonio Spurs (45-8).

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  • 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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  • Kanye West takes aim at Taylor Swift again with new track

    Kanye West has made some more incendiary comments about Taylor Swift.

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  • Mahdzir: Malay teacher allegedly attacked at Chinese school to be transferred

    PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 ― A Malay teacher who lodged a report that she was attacked by the parent of a student at SJKC Pai Chee in Mersing will be transferred out along with two others, Education...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • NS evader sentenced to 1.5 months jail

    A 25-year-old who evaded National Service (NS) for more than six years to pursue his studies in Australia was sentenced to 1.5 months’ jail on Thursday (11 February), according to local media reports.

    Yahoo Singapore
  • California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

    PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."

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