• 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, ...

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  • 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.

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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,...

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  • Chris Martin: 'Beyonce rejected my music'

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

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  • 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.

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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
  • Fan eyes large windfall if Leicester complete fairytale

    (Reuters) - Leicester City fan Leigh Herbert will pocket a cool 25,000 pounds if his team complete their fairytale run and win the Premier League title. Herbert placed a five-pound bet on Claudio Ranieri's men to lift the trophy at the start of the season at odds of 5000/1. The Foxes are five points clear at the top with 13 games left following Saturday's 3-1 win at Manchester City and the 39-year-old carpenter feels he is on the verge of a "life-changing" win.

    Reuters
  • Air strikes help force IS to halve fighters' pay - Glaser

    U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money Islamic State (IS) makes from oil, and have helped force the militant group to cut its fighters' pay by up to 50 percent, a senior U.S official said on Monday. Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the U.S. Treasury Department, said the strikes had hit the group's ability to extract, refine and transport oil from territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria. "When you look at difficulties that we know that they are having with respect to the transport, with respect to the extraction, I think it's fair to say they are no longer able to make money the way they used to be able to," Glaser told a London conference.

    Reuters
  • The Latest: Divers found 2 bodies, wreckage of 1 plane

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a midair collision between two small planes (all times local):

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  • 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.

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  • Philippine mayor shot in pre-election ambush

    A Philippine town mayor was shot and wounded in an ambush in the conflict-wracked south on Sunday, two days before the official campaign for general elections in May kick off, police said. A gunman riding a motorcycle opened fire on Mayor Jasper Que as he drove with his two bodyguards in the port city of Zamboanga at around 9 am, city police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Helen Galvez told AFP. The mayor is a member of President Benigno Aquino's Liberal Party.

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  • Leopard injures five at Indian school

    A male leopard which strayed into a school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore injured five people during an hours-long attempt to catch the beast, a wildlife official said. Photos of the incident show the animal prowling around the closed school on Sunday and trying to maul forestry officials, a wildlife activist and others who came too close. Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife officer in the state of Karnataka, said the leopard appeared to have got into the school from a nearby forest area by jumping over the compound's wall.

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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
  • Messi undergoes kidney stone treatment

    Lionel Messi is undergoing treatment on kidney stones which floored the Argentina superstar at the Club World Cup in December, Barcelona announced on Monday. The five-time world Player of the Year "will be submitted to various tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the development of kidney problems he suffered last December", the Spanish champions said in a statement. Messi is due back on Wednesday, when Barca face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, with the Catalans firmly in control after the 7-0 first leg drubbing they handed Gary Neville's team as Messi bagged a hat-trick.

    AFP News
  • 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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  • 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.

    LiveScience.com
  • 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
  • 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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  • Japan steps up bid to win Australia submarine contract

    Japan has assured Australia it will share its most secret stealth technology if it wins a contract to design and build Canberra's next generation of submarines, a report said Monday. Three international bidders are competing for the project worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to replace Australia's current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines which are set to be retired from about 2026. Japan's Deputy Defence Minister Kenji Wakamiya said Tokyo ordinarily only shared details of its Soryu class submarine with the United States, but Australia was also considered a deeply trusted ally.

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  • MCMC not amused by artist Fahmi’s latest parody

    Dissident artist Fahmi Reza has again irked the authorities, this time over a parody poster warning the public that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would act against those spreading humiliating pictures of the country's leaders. MCMC strategic communication division chief Sheikh Raffie Abd Rahman has denied...

    The Malaysian Insider