• Malaysian central bank urged criminal prosecution of state fund 1MDB

    By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's central bank said on Friday it had urged the country's attorney general to begin criminal prosecution of troubled fund 1MDB after completing its investigation, piling more pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak who chairs the fund's advisory board. At the centre of a political crisis over its debt of nearly 42 billion ringgit ($11.5 billion) and alleged financial graft, 1MDB is the subject of several probes by different authorities, including Malaysia's central bank. The central bank's statement comes just one day after the attorney general said it had seen a report of the central bank's investigation and concluded that 1MDB officials had not committed any offence.

  • Dr Mahathir questions if Najib behind A-G’s clearance of 1MDB

    The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) is not being transparent in clearing state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) of making false disclosures, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today, and asked if the prime minister was behind the decision. Writing in his blog this evening, the former prime minister also said the attorney-general (A-G)...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Boy abducted in Kajang found by taxi driver

    KAJANG: A five-year-old boy who was abducted in Jalan Cempaka, Kajang this morning was returned to his family by a taxi driver at about 5.35pm today. Loud honkings were heard as the taxi driver, who only wanted to be known as Nizam entered the road leading towards the victim's house and the victim's uncle was seen running to grab the victim as Nizam opened the door and held the child. The family members of the victim, clearly shaken by the discovery were seen thanking Nizam for his help.

    New Straits Times
  • U.S. and Mexico vie for Confederations Cup spot

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Much more than just bragging rights and a title will be on the line when the United States and Mexico resume their intense soccer rivalry on Saturday with a CONCACAF Cup playoff match in Pasadena, California. Also up for grabs will be a coveted spot to represent the CONCACAF region at the 2017 Confederations Cup, an eight-nation event to be held in Russia as a prelude to the 2018 World Cup. "It can't get any bigger in our region," United States coach Juergen Klinsmann, 51, told reporters while preparing his 23-man squad for the heavily anticipated showdown at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

    Reuters 31 mins ago
  • Mother of dead Hong Kong teen jailed

    The Filipina mother of a teenager who plunged to her death from an upmarket Hong Kong apartment was jailed Friday for a visa violation which surfaced in the wake of the tragedy. Herminia Garcia, 53, was sent to prison for a year for outstaying her permit to live in the city, despite the defence seeking mitigation in the wake of the "awful" loss of her daughter. In emotional scenes at Eastern Magistrates' Court, Garcia was hugged by her tearful surviving young daughter as she was led away.

    AFP News
  • The Latest: Slain Iran general was key figure in Syria war

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The latest developments as Syrian troops and other nations battle militants in Syria. (All times local in Syria).

    Associated Press
  • 1MDB acknowledges BNM’s right to revoke earlier permissions

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) fully acknowledges and respects Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) right to revoke its earlier permissions and issue any direction it deems fit under the Financial Services Act 2013. This is despite the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) confirming that no offence had been committed by 1MDB officials. “1MDB commits to cooperate and continue engaging with BNM, to address their concerns and seek a viable resolution of this outstanding matter,” it said in a statement here today.

    New Straits Times
  • 'Normal One' Klopp wins over fans and legends

    Liverpool's new manager Juergen Klopp appeared to win over supporters and former club heroes in just half an hour of his first news conference on Friday. There was laughter from the packed room at Anfield when he resisted comparisons with Chelsea's self-styled "special one" Jose Mourinho by insisting, "I'm the normal one". "He seems very, very impressive and supporters will need to fasten their safety belts," Dalglish told Sky Sports.

  • Olivia Newton-John’s magic music sessions with daughter

    Olivia Newton-John is thrilled to be back in the Billboard dance chart top 10 with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

    Cover Media
  • Doctor Who Survived Ebola Describes Disease's Aftermath on the Body

    Ebola survivor Dr. Ian Crozier says he continues to experience long-term effects of the disease, including hearing loss and seizures. In a speech Wednesday (Oct. 7), Crozier provided his unique perspective on the devastating illness, from the point of view of a doctor who treated patients in West Africa who also became a patient himself. "It ain't over, even when it's over," Crozier said here at IDWeek 2015, a meeting of several organizations focused on fighting infectious diseases.

  • Ex-Alur Limbat assemblyman dies, shot in own home (Video)

    KUALA TERENGGANU: Former Alur Limbat assemblyman Alias Abdullah died after he was shot in the head in his home today. An eyewitness, Abdul Wahab Mohamad, 35, said he saw two men on a black motorcycle stop in front on Alias’ house.

    New Straits Times
  • RM50,000 kidnap victim found dead

    Johor Baru Utara acting police chief Superintendent Beh Eng Lai said the results of a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test conducted on the body revealed the victim was Cheung Zi Hong of Taman Timur, Skudai. Beh said that Cheung's friend received a call from Cheung's handphone number at 1am on Sept 28, informing the friend that Cheung had been kidnapped by an unknown person who was asking for a ransom of RM50,000.

    New Straits Times
  • Where is Singapore getting its opposition leaders (Part 3: Beyond PAP)

    In this three-part series, Yahoo Singapore explores the backgrounds of the country’s past and present political leaders, as well as the possible backgrounds of future leaders. In this article, we focus on the leaders of the opposition.

    Yahoo Newsroom
  • Myth Busted: Conspiracy Theorists Do Believe Stuff 'Just Happens'

    The sheriff of Douglas County in Oregon where a mass shooting occurred on Oct. 2 is in hot water after the discovery that he posted a "Sandy Hook truther" video to Facebook in 2013. Contrary to popular opinion, the research finds, people who think conspiratorially aren't more likely to assume everything happens for a reason, rejecting the likelihood of random chance, than people who don't hold conspiracy beliefs. "What we show is that the psychology of conspiracy theories is located in a rather high level of cognition, perhaps at the level of beliefs and ideology and not at the level of a deeper personality or perception mode," said study researcher Sebastian Dieguez, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

  • Court upholds decision to keep brain-damaged Frenchman alive

    A French court on Friday upheld a hospital's decision to keep a brain-damaged man alive in a case that has divided his family. The judges said Vincent Lambert's doctors were within their rights, based on their "professional and moral independence," to suspend an earlier court decision that would have seen them cut the intravenous food and water keeping the 38-year-old alive. The European Court of Human Rights had in June backed an earlier decision by a French court to allow Lambert to be taken off life support.

    AFP News
  • Italy's Pirlo out of Azerbaijan clash

    Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out of Italy's penultimate Euro 2016 qualifier in Azerbaijan on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury in training, according to coach Antonio Conte. New York City FC midfielder Pirlo became the first Major League Soccer (MLS) player to feature for Italy, in a 1-0 win over Malta last month.

    AFP News 27 mins ago
  • Ringgit rally helped by strong exports, minister says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 -- Three consecutive months of strong export output contributed to the ringgit’s recent recovery after it fell to record lows, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today. The...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Deal with IPIC will shave off RM16 billion debt, says 1MDB

    The deal where International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) will pay the interests due in October and November this year for a US$3.5 billion bond held by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) will reduce the state investor's debt by about RM16 billion, it said in a statement today. ...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • 'He's back': Hitler mockumentary touches nerve in Germany

    Imagine Hitler wakes up in today's Berlin, is mistaken for a hilarious impersonator of the Nazi leader and ends up a TV celebrity, widely cheered for voicing his demented worldview. In the bestselling what-if novel published three years ago, Hitler is baffled to find himself in a multicultural Germany led by a woman, Chancellor Angela Merkel. The film, however, goes a step further and sprinkles the story with documentary-style scenes -- in the style of Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 comedy "Borat" -- giving the screen version a more disturbing twist.

    AFP News
  • Bukit Bintang monorail station now called ‘AirAsia-Bukit Bintang’

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The Bukit Bintang monorail station was renamed today as “AirAsia-Bukit Bintang” after operator Prasarana gave naming rights to the budget airline. AirAsia said visuals of...

    The Malay Mail Online