• Despite bad press, Najib remains unshaken, say observers

    The international media coverage on Malaysia and its financial scandals are affecting the country and its economy, but despite this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak appears to have a stronger hold on power, say political observers. They added that while Putrajaya was putting up a brave front against all the negative reporting, there was...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Slumping NBA Knicks sack head coach Fisher

    The slumping New York Knicks sacked Derek Fisher on Monday, promoting Kurt Rambis to the job of interim head coach in a bid to reverse their sagging NBA fortunes. "It's time for us to make a change, turn this team around and move forward," Knicks President Phil Jackson said Monday afternoon, hours after the team confirmed the move in a statement posted on its website. The decision to axe Fisher, who was hand-picked by Jackson prior to the 2014-15 season despite his lack of coaching experience, came a day after the Knicks fell 101-96 to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden -- the Knicks' season-high fifth straight defeat and their ninth defeat in their last 10 games.

    AFP News
  • Stocks fall sharply as banks, tech sector take a beating

    Wall Street rode another wave of selling Monday that sent U.S. stocks sharply lower, before a late-afternoon pullback stemmed some of the losses. Investors unloaded materials, financials and other stocks, ...

    Associated Press
  • Chris Martin: 'Beyonce rejected my music'

    Chris Martin has described his divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow as "a weird one".

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  • Want cops to probe Dr M? Lodge a report, IGP says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — The police will investigate former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his recent blog post condemning the attorney-general if there is a report lodged against him,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Fresh blow for Van Gaal as United share price slumps

    Embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal suffered a fresh blow on Monday when the Premier League club's share price dipped to its lowest level in over three years. Van Gaal has been engaged in a battle to hold onto his job for much of a troubled season and that struggle was hardly helped by news that United's share position isn't much healthier than their league status. United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dented on Sunday when Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored in stoppage-time to rescue a 1-1 draw against Van Gaal's team, who are now six points adrift of the top four with 13 matches remaining.

    AFP News
  • North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

    TOKYO (AP) — Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

    Associated Press
  • UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

    A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would ...

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  • Surrounded by diamonds, villagers go hungry in drought-hit Zimbabwe

    By Andrew Mambondiyani MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shylet Mutsago, a 63-year-old who lives near the diamond fields of Marange, cannot hide her anger over how mining in this gem-rich part of eastern Zimbabwe has failed to improve the lives of local people. Amid frequent drought, people in Marange had hoped the diamond industry would invest in reviving irrigation schemes. National law requires mining companies to help local communities develop.

    Reuters
  • Inmate recaptured after mistaken release in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Los Angeles County jail last month was recaptured Monday in Nevada, authorities said.

    Associated Press 43 mins ago
  • Somalia plane bomber was meant to board Turkish flight - airline executive

    By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber who blew a hole in the fuselage of a Daallo Airlines plane last week and forced it to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu was meant to be on a Turkish Airlines flight, Daallo's chief executive said on Monday. The bomber was sucked out of the plane through the 1-metre-wide (1-yard-wide) hole when the blast ripped open the pressurised cabin in flight, officials said. No group has so far taken responsibility for the attack but U.S. officials said on Monday the United States suspects Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which has links to al Qaeda, was responsible for the blast.

    Reuters
  • Ministers clash over A-G’s plan to rein in info leakers

    There appears to be disagreement within the Cabinet over the attorney-general's (A-G) proposal for harsher punishment under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), as two ministers in the Prime Minister's Department gave contradicting views on the plan which drew condemnations from civil society and journalist groups. Minister in the Prime Minister's...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • This is how you can increase your odds of winning Blackjack this CNY

    Probability of winning stands at 42.42% for each hand of Blackjack. The post This is how you can increase your odds of winning Blackjack this CNY appeared first on DollarsAndSense.sg.

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  • 26 Indonesians die after drinking bootleg alcohol

    More than two dozen Indonesians have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in central Java, police said Monday. Investigators said a majority of the victims died after purchasing home-made liquor from a couple in Sleman, a town north of Yogyakarta city, local police said. "Most of the victims were students," Sleman police chief Yulianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.

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  • Loan rejection may have been early warning of Taiwan building collapse

    By Yimou Lee TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Before their apartment tower collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake at the weekend, a young couple living on the 14th floor had already been given a clue that the building was unsafe. Chen Yi-ting and her husband bought the apartment in the centre of Tainan city five years ago, having relocated from an outlying district.

    Reuters
  • Klopp, Sturridge, Coutinho return for Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will return to the dugout for Tuesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay at West Ham United after missing the draw with Sunderland due to illness and he hopes to be joined by Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. The German, who said he would have to keep his emotions in check on the sidelines after being treated for an appendicitis at the weekend, confirmed that striker Divock Origi had also resumed training after undergoing knee surgery. "I had one not too good night but I feel good," Klopp told reporters on Monday.

    Reuters
  • Hawking Wants to Power Earth With Mini Black Holes: Crazy or Legit?

    If you answered, "Get a mini black hole to orbit Earth," then you and physicist Stephen Hawking may be thinking on the same wavelength. In a lecture on Feb. 2, the famed scientist said tiny black holes, about as massive as the average mountain, could power all of the world's energy needs. "There is nothing technically wrong with this idea, but it is not very practical, at least within the next 10,000 years," said Sabine Hossenfelder, a physicist at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, who blogs at backreaction.blogspot.com.

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  • Malaysia’s economic growth at risk as household debt soars, say analysts

    Malaysian household debt is soaring, placing the country's economic growth at risk, say analysts. In a report by The Financial Times, co-head of Asian economic research at HSBC Hong Kong Frederic Neumann said, "Household debt is a growth problem, not a financial system problem." The report warned that if debt became unsustainable and...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Apandi behaving like Najib’s legal hitman, says global human rights body

    Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has become the prime minister's legal hitman with the aim of intimidating would-be whistleblowers who could expose corruption within the government, an international human rights body said. Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia Phil Robertson (pic, right) said this when commenting on news...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Mother, sons freed from debris, dark and confusion in quake-toppled Taiwan home

    By J.R. Wu TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - When an earthquake struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, Chang Chun-jung thought it was all over. All three are being treated in hospital for lacerations.

    Reuters