• Umno not worth joining anymore, says mother of DAP’s Dyana Sofya

    Umno is not worth joining anymore, said the mother of former DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, a year after she was sacked from the Malay party. But Yammy Samat said her removal from Umno was over something far more trivial than what was committed by Langkawi Wanita Umno member Anina Saaduddin, who was sacked after he filed a suit against...

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  • DAP wants minister to explain advice to Najib to skip graft conference

    Datuk Paul Low owes Malaysians a proper explanation over his advice to prime minister Datuk Seri Najib against attending the on-going 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya, DAP said today. Low, the minister in charge of integrity and governance, said he had advised Najib not to attend the meeting due to "possible...

    The Malaysian Insider 45 mins ago
  • GE2015: Scenes at PAP’s East Coast GRC rally

    Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say (photo above), who is anchoring the PAP team for the GRC, said he and his fellow candidates champion “taking care of residents” as well as “giving ample opportunities to residents for a bright future.” Areas under East Coast GRC include Bedok, Simei, Changi, Siglap and Chai Chee. Lee Yi Shyan assured voters that the PAP will help residents enrol in subsidised courses to improve their skill sets.

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  • Don’t dismiss impact of Bersih 4, says Singapore daily

    Don’t dismiss the impact of the Bersih 4 rally, a Singapore financial daily warned today, less than a week after the 34-hour protest which saw hundreds of thousands convening to demand institutional reform. In an editorial today, The Business Times said that as long as scandals involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6...

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  • 'My children slipped through my hands': father of drowned Syrian boy

    It was dark and everyone was screaming," Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey's Dogan news agency of the moment the dinghy began to sink. "We tried to cling to the small boat, but it was deflating." Abdullah cut an inconsolable figure sitting outside the morgue in Bodrum on Thursday, staring blankly into his mobile phone as he waited for the coffins of his family to be loaded onto a municipal van, an AFP photographer reported. Abdullah had been trying to cross along with his family and up to three other Syrians from the flashpoint town of Kobane that last year was the subject of a months-long battle between Kurdish militias and jihadists, Turkish media said.

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  • 60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And No One Knows Why

    When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground. "But since there happened to be die-offs of limited extent during the last years, at first we were not really alarmed," Zuther, the international coordinator of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative, told Live Science. But within four days, the entire herd — 60,000 saiga — had died.

  • Special Report: Thai junta hits royal critics with record jail time

    By Aubrey Belford BANGKOK (Reuters) - Just minutes after being locked up for 30 years for insulting Thailand’s monarchy, Pongsak Sriboonpeng described what he thought was the cause of his capture: a poorly chosen Facebook friend. For at least a year, the self-described "red shirt" supporter of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had posted angry commentary on the social networking site, including six postings that were later deemed to have defamed the royal family. As the bus idled at a station in the northern province of Phitsunalok on December 30, soldiers and police swarmed the vehicle and took him to a Bangkok army base.

  • TI president Ugaz was rude, says PCM leader

    Huan said the Peruvian could do well to address the level of corruption in his own country before putting down Malaysia as he did in his speech at the International Anti Corruption Conference in Putrajaya yesterday. "As the president of Transparency International, he should have all the facts at his fingers before behaving so rudely," said Huan. "His own country, Peru, has declined in the corruption perceptions index (CPI), from 80th to 85th between 2011 and 2014, while Malaysia has improved from 60th to 50th.

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  • ‘Hypocrites’, Nazri says of Umno leaders calling for Muhyiddin’s removal as deputy president

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 ― Umno division leaders demanding for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's removal as party deputy president are “hypocrites” who have failed to realise that he cannot be unlawfully...

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  • Confirmed: Wing Part Is From Missing Malaysian Flight

    French authorities confirmed today (Sept. 3) that a piece of debris that washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean in July came from the Malaysia Airlines plane that mysteriously disappeared last year. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 seemingly vanished without a trace on March 8, 2014, and the airplane part that washed ashore is the first piece of physical evidence recovered from the flight. In August, a week after the wing part washed ashore on the French island of Réunion, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the part belonged to the missing aircraft.

  • Spain call on misfiring Costa for key Slovakia clash

    European champions Spain can take a big step towards securing the right to defend their title in France next year when Slovakia travel to Oviedo on Saturday defending a 100 percent record in qualifying Group C. Vicente del Bosque's men trail the Slovakians by three points in the battle to top the group thanks to their 2-1 defeat in Bratislava in October last year. Spain's preparations have been overshadowed by David de Gea's failed move from Manchester United to Real Madrid as both clubs pinned the blame on each other for not formalising the deal before the transfer window closed at midnight on Monday night. De Gea has been included in Del Bosque's squad despite not playing a minute of competitive action this season as United boss Louis van Gaal claimed the 24-year-old's concentration had been affected by his proposed move.

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  • French investigators confirm wing part from MH370

    PARIS: French investigators have formally identified a washed-up piece of airplane debris found in July on a remote island in the Indian Ocean as part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people aboard. Investigators have been examining the wing part, called a flaperon, since it was flown to a French aeronautical research laboratory near Toulouse last month. Malaysian authorities had already declared that the wing fragment was from the missing jet, but until now French investigators couldn’t say with certainty that it was the case.

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  • Kylie Jenner's New Hair

    Kylie Jenner has debuted yet another new look!

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  • Goal glut as Bhutan, Malaysia suffer

    Qatar recorded their biggest victory in international football when they eased past tiny Bhutan 15-0 while the UAE handed Malaysia a 10-0 rout in the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. Qatar's win in Doha bettered their earlier record against Afghanistan and Lebanon whom they had beaten 8-0 in the 1980s. Bhutan, a remote Himalayan kingdom, known more for its philosophy of Gross National Happiness than for any notable sporting achievement – its national sport is archery – endured a nightmarish outing in Doha and trailed 8-0 at half-time in the Group C match that saw Ali Asad and Mohammed Muntari notch up hat-tricks for the hosts.

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  • This hybrid smartwatch has a 6-month battery life

    A new startup from Singapore is finding success on Kickstarter with a smartwatch of a very different kind.

    Tech in Asia
  • New refugee proposals as photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world

    The heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank brought home the horror of the refugee crisis -- the worst of its kind since World War II. With tensions growing in Europe over how to handle the situation, France and Germany said they had agreed that the EU should now impose binding quotas on the numbers that member states should take in, having failed to reach such a deal in June. "We agree that... we need binding quotas within the European Union to share the burden. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will next week unveil a plan for the relocation of at least 120,000 more refugees to ease the burden on frontline EU nations Greece, Italy and Hungary, a European source told AFP.

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  • Wrong to declare Dr Hatta's divorce, says Amanah leader

    SEREMBAN: The Kelantan Syariah Court chief judge Datuk Daud Muhammad was wrong in declaring Kuala Krai member of parliament Dr Hatta Ramli’s divorce with his wife, a senior Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) leader said today. Negri Sembilan Amanah chairman Zulkefly Mohamad Omar said this was because Dr Hatta’s act of breaking his ‘bai’ah’ (oath of allegiance) with Pas had not yet been brought to court. Zulkefly said the judge did not have the right to pass judgment on Dr Hatta’s marital status before the matter was in court.

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  • Halep, Wawrinka beat the heat while Sock wilts

    By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka beat the heat with straight-sets wins to reach the third round of a sweltering U.S. Open on Thursday while American hope Jack Sock wilted under the punishing conditions, collapsing on court. Third seed Murray came out ice cold on a broiling afternoon but caught fire and rallied for a five-set 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Konta, meanwhile, provided the upset of the day after toiling for three hours and 27 minutes under a blazing sun to see off ninth-seeded Spaniard and Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 6-2.

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  • Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

    Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. Whatever the truth behind these prominent men's mental health, multiple studies have found a link between creativity and neuroticism — a tendency toward rumination and negative thinking. Now, British researchers have proposed a possible reason for the connection: Creativity and neuroticism could be two sides of the same coin.

  • Justin Bieber breaks first-week Spotify record

    Justin Bieber on Thursday broke the record for biggest first week on streaming service Spotify, proving the pop star's enduring popularity despite his slew of controversies. Bieber enjoyed a spike in streams after he performed two songs including "What Do You Mean?" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. Triggering much commentary on social media, Bieber was visibly crying toward the end of his choreographed performance.

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