• N. Korea expels S. Koreans from industrial zone, seizes assets

    North Korea on Thursday expelled all South Koreans from the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone and placed it under military control, saying Seoul's decision to shutter the complex had amounted to a "declaration of war". Pyongyang said it was seizing the assets of all the 124 South Korean companies operating factories in Kaesong, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) across the border inside North Korea. It also cut two key communication hotlines with Seoul, preventing any further official discussion of the situation at the complex.

    AFP News
  • '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.

    AFP News
  • 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
  • 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
  • Einstein's gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone

    By Will Dunham and Scott Malone WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized 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 detected 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. "Ladies and gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves.

    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
  • 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
  • No mercy for Kobe in Cleveland farewell

    LeBron James spoiled Kobe Bryant's Cleveland finale as the Cavaliers cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers in a victory overshadowed by an injury to Kevin Love. Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and James added 29 as the Cavs romped home 120-111 against the Lakers, before the Cleveland fans bade a fond farewell to the retiring Bryant. Bryant finished with 17 points and six rebounds while shooting just five of 16 for the Lakers.

    AFP News
  • China warns on South China Sea as U.S., India consider patrols

    China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability. "Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarisation of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the region." The United States wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to adopt a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tension has spiked since China's construction of seven islands in the Spratly archipelago. China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

    Reuters
  • Miley Cyrus purchases home for her and Liam Hemsworth - report

    Rumours that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have rekindled their romance continue to build pace.

    Cover Media
  • Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen

    HOUSTON (AP) — For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • 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.

    AFP News
  • US markets dive amid global selloff

    U.S. stocks opened sharply lower following steep market declines all around the world as concerns about global economic weakness intensified. Bank stocks were hit hard Thursday as investors worried that ...

    Associated Press
  • Don’t be deceived by Tabung Haji dividends and bonuses, depositors told

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 ― Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) insisted today that Lembaga Tabung Haji’s (LTH) reported cash flow problems are “real”, despite its recent dividend and bonus payout...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Asia markets suffer fresh rout as Hong Kong, dollar dive

    Asian markets extended their rout and the dollar hit 15-month lows against the yen Thursday after Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen raised concerns about the global economy, essentially quashing the chances of another US rate hike any time soon. Hong Kong led a broad sell-off across the region, while an ongoing supply glut and production splurge saw oil prices sink below $27 a barrel. Dealers continued their flight to safe investments that has played out across trading floors from Asia to the Americas this week as they fret about a possible global recession.

    AFP News
  • Bosch's works reunited in hometown 500 years after death

    For the first time in 500 years, and probably ever, some of the most gut-wrenching, tormented works of Hieronymous Bosch have been brought together for an unprecedented exhibition. "It's the first time that there has been an exhibition with so many of the works of Heironymous Bosch," museum director Charles de Mooij told AFP Thursday, as the collection was unveiled to reporters. The exhibition opens Saturday in the Noordbrabants Museum in Bosch's hometown of s'-Hertogenbosch and marks the culmination of a nine-year quest by De Mooij to reunite the unique artistic legacy of the man dubbed "the devil's painter." It also kicks off a year of events in the medieval town in southern Holland to honour its most famous son who was born Jheronimus van Aken in around 1450 and died exactly 500 years ago this year.

    AFP News
  • Najib ticked me off over 1MDB, RM2.6 billion, Mukhriz tells supporters

    Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the prime minister rebuked him for raising questions about debt-ridden state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). In a video, the former Kedah menteri besar is seen telling supporters this was why he had to vacate his menteri besar post. Mukhriz is heard saying, in the clip uploaded on the Mukhriz...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Curry magic as Golden State Warriors down Rockets

    Stephen Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season. The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he stripped the ball inside the Warriors paint and then darted forward to launch an attack.

    AFP News
  • Scandals, weak ringgit spurring Malaysians abroad to cash out EPF funds

    When Joanne Koo first emigrated to Australia with her young family six years ago, she never planned on renouncing her citizenship as she was eager to hold on to her Malaysian ties, savings and investments. However, earlier this month, Koo and her husband made a trip to Kuala Lumpur to surrender their Malaysian passports for the sole purpose of...

    The Malaysian Insider