• 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.

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  • I never ordered investigations to close, former A-G reacts to Apandi

    Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman today said he had never directed investigation agencies, including the anti-graft body, to stop their probes. "My principle is to assist them in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. "It was also my directive not to prefer any criminal charge on any suspect unless the...

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  • Is Dr Mahathir provoking action against himself, asks Annuar Musa

    Umno Supreme Council member Tan Sri Annuar Musa today warned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his recent allegedly seditious blog posting, saying that the former Malaysian premier deliberately wanted the authorities to act against him to garner sympathy. Annuar said anyone who had basic knowledge of Malaysian laws would know that Mahathir’s blog...

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  • Leicester can emulate Forest's 1978 triumph, says O'Neill

    Former Leicester City manager Martin O'Neill believes Saturday's stunning victory over Manchester City could spur the Foxes to become the most unexpected English champions since his Nottingham Forest side of 38 years ago. O'Neill, currently manager of Ireland, compared Leicester's 3-1 away win over title rivals City to an equally stunning success just before Christmas 1977 when the Forest team he played in under Brian Clough won 4-0 at Manchester United.

    Reuters
  • Forget the Apple TV, this dirt-cheap Google gadget revolutionised my living room

    Paul Townsend/Flickr (CC) Looking to spruce up your … Continued The post Forget the Apple TV, this dirt-cheap Google gadget revolutionised my living room appeared first on Business Insider.

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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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  • Mukhriz pleads with rulers to call up 1MDB investigators

    Former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has pleaded with the Conference of Rulers to order various agencies investigating 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to report to them on the outcome of their probe. "Ahead of the Conference of Rulers' meeting that will be held on February 17 and 18, with all due respect, I plead to your...

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  • North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes.

    Reuters
  • Pilot's husband doesn't believe she survived collision

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The husband of a pilot who was involved in a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles says he believes she did not survive the accident.

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  • Van Gaal dismisses Mourinho-Man Utd reports

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed reports that the club have approached Jose Mourinho about succeeding him at Old Trafford, in comments published by British newspapers on Sunday. The BBC and regional newspaper the Manchester Evening News reported on Friday that United have held preliminary talks with Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December. "There has been such nonsense created about me," said Van Gaal, whose side were due to visit Chelsea in the Premier League later on Sunday.

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  • China forex reserves fall almost $100 bn in January

    China’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest level in more than three years, the central bank said Sunday, as Beijing sells dollars to stop the yuan from depreciating further. The world's largest currency hoard shrank by $99.5 billion in January to some $3.2 trillion, the People’s Bank of China said on its website, the lowest since May 2012. Worries about China's economy have pushed the yuan to a five-year low.

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  • Turkey delivers aid across border as Syrian forces step up Aleppo assault

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Lisa Barrington ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid trucks and ambulances entered Syria from Turkey on Sunday to deliver food and supplies to tens of thousands of people fleeing an escalating government assault on Aleppo, as air strikes targeted villages on the road north to the Turkish border. Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city - Syria's largest before the war - could soon fall. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said air strikes, thought to be from Russian planes, hit around the villages of Bashkoy, Haritan and Kfr Hamra north of Aleppo on Sunday, the latter two lying near the road to Turkey.

    Reuters
  • 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, ...

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  • Volkswagen's family investors 'have too much power': Norway fund

    The head of Norway's sovereign wealth fund -- one of the biggest capital pools in the world -- on Sunday lashed Volkswagen's ownership structure as giving too much power to family shareholders and disadvantaging minority shareholders. As VW battles a global emissions-cheating scandal, the fund's chief executive, Yngve Slyngstad, slammed the carmaker's shareholder structure. "This cannot be a role model for Germany," Slyngstad told the Sunday newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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  • Doctor gets 30 to life after painkiller overdose deaths

    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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  • Seriously? That Ancient Greek Statue Does Not Depict a Laptop

    There's a new conspiracy theory out there, but instead of invoking big government or aliens, it questions whether there's a laptop carved into an ancient Greek statue. The theory, proposed by the anonymous YouTube user StillSpeakingOut, ventures that the ancient Oracle of Delphi may have foreseen the invention of laptops, and told people about it. "Just so we are clear, I'm not saying that this relief was depicting an ancient laptop computer," StillSpeakingOut said in the 100-second-long video.

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  • The New 'Deadpool' Movie Will Make You Want To Cuss

    "Deadpool," the new R-rated superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds, very much wants to be edgy and different. Does It succeed?

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  • Some spare cash now, but bigger loss later, say experts of 3% EPF option

    About RM14,000 plus compound interest over 30 years – that is how much a worker who makes RM5,000 a month stands to lose if he decides to cut his Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution by 3% a month, according to financial planners. This is based on the assumption that the EPF declares a constant annual dividend of 5% over 30 years. The...

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  • A-G keen to protect wrongdoers and punish whistle-blowers, says group

    The attorney-general’s (A-G) proposal that harsher penalties be imposed on those who leaked secrets appears to be an attempt to protect those who committed wrongdoing, said National Oversight and Whistle-blowers (NOW). The centre’s director, Akmal Nasir, said people risked coming forward with official secrets because they wanted those who...

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  • Tough 2016 for job seekers, worse for fresh grads, warn experts

    Almost all job seekers will find it difficult to get work this year, but the hardest hit will be fresh graduates, say career experts and the private sector employers’ group, as more and more firms freeze recruitment. Career websites, such as JobStreet.com, said companies were still advertising openings in the first quarter of this year, which...

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