• 7 dead, hundreds rescued and injured as quake rattles Taiwan

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers raced to find additional survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday and collapsed a high-rise residential complex, killing at least seven people and sending scores to hospitals.

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  • Funds in Najib’s accounts an investment, not donation, says Saudi minister

    Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir does not think that the US$681 million which made its way into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bank account was from the Saudi government or that it was a political donation, The New York Times reports today. He was also quoted as saying the money went to an “investment in Malaysia”. “It...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Bhutan's royal couple announce birth of baby prince

    Bhutan's royal couple on Saturday announced the birth of their first child, a baby prince, delighting the remote Himalayan kingdom where the monarchy is revered. The newest royal, the son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, was safely delivered at Lingkana Palace in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu on February 5, the royal media office said. "Their majesties and members of the royal family are filled with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness," it said in a statement.

    AFP News
  • Manchester United hold talks with Mourinho -- reports

    Jose Mourinho's representatives have held talks with Manchester United about replacing Louis van Gaal as manager of the Premier League club, according to reports on Friday. Mourinho has been strongly linked with the Old Trafford post since being sacked by Chelsea in December and the BBC and Manchester Evening News claim discussions have started with a view to the Portuguese coach taking over at the end of this season. Van Gaal has endured stinging criticism from former United players and the club's fans for his conversative tactics, with reports suggesting he was twice talked out of quitting by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward earlier this term.

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  • Furniture giant IKEA loses its trademark in Indonesia

    There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide. The furniture giant, founded in Sweden in 1943, ...

    Associated Press
  • Stephen Chow apologises for cancelling event

    The director releases a statement explaining the reason for cancelling a fan meeting in Xi'an

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  • Bradley seals Celtics' stunning win over Cavs

    Boston's Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as the Celtics rallied to stun NBA Eastern Conference leaders Cleveland 104-103 on their home floor. The Celtics snatched the victory after trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds. The Cavaliers, led by superstar LeBron James, had trailed by seven with four minutes to play.

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  • Doctor sentenced after victims die from pain drugs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.

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  • As Syria rebels face rout, allies Saudi, Turkey may send troops

    With rebel forces facing the prospect of a crushing defeat by Syria's Russian-backed regime, their allies Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send in limited numbers of ground troops, analysts say. Riyadh on Thursday left open the possibility of deploying soldiers, saying it would "contribute positively" if the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Syria decides on ground action. "I think Saudi Arabia is desperate to do something in Syria," said Andreas Krieg, of the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London.

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  • 3 people believed aboard 2 planes that collided off LA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two small planes with three people believed to be aboard collided over the ocean just outside the port of Los Angeles, prompting a massive search by dozens of boats and divers. There was no sign of survivors after hours of searching.

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  • Sofia Vergara's red carpet dresses make her bleed

    Sofia Vergara claims her large bosom requires gowns with "structure".

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  • Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

    BEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.

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  • 1,500 auctioneers at risk of losing jobs

    PETALING JAYA, Feb 6  —  About 1,500 auctioneers in the country are waiting with bated breath to know if they will still have a job in the coming days. Their predicament comes after receiving a...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Criticise, don’t insult, observers say of satirical cartoons

    As it gets harder to attract people’s attention in the age of social media, artists say biting, satirical cartoons are effective means of getting a political message across. However, some observers warn that going too far or getting too personal could invite backlash in a society like Malaysia, which is unused to the unfettered freedom of...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Malaysians continue to hope, says Muhyiddin

    Malaysians still harbour hope that the country will bounce back from the controversies and difficulties faced by the nation of late, said former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. In his latest Facebook message last night, the Umno deputy president acknowledged that with all his experience in politics, he had never thought that...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • I never asked Swiss A-G to stop 1MDB probe, says Apandi

    Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has denied allegations that he had persuaded his Swiss counterpart to abandon investigations into debt-ridden state-investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at a meeting in Zurich last September. Apandi said it was never the subject of discussion at the meeting. "And I categorically deny...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • The flyers most likely to be a member of the Mile High Club and lie about being single are

    The results of a new travel survey released ahead of Valentine’s Day reveals a few golden nuggets on American behavior, including the fact that 11 percent of travelers have pretended to be single while on the road, and that the highest percentage of members in the Mile High Club can be found in the 65-plus set. The fantasy of getting their rocks off at 35,000 feet is also stronger among men, with 43 percent of male respondents expressing interest, compared to half that percentage of women.

    AFP Relax
  • Singapore-registered vessel released after hijacking

    Nigerian authorities have secured the release of a Singapore-registered container vessel that was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast. At the time of the incident, the vessel was on its way from Pointe Noire, Congo to Port Onne, Nigeria with 25 crew.

    Nicholas Yong
  • China governor fired for 'disloyalty' as Xi tightens grip

    BEIJING (AP) — The governor of a major Chinese province has been accused of disloyalty to the ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have likened to a personality cult.

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  • In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

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