• Thousands rally in Taiwan, call for referendum on independence from China

    The rally, one of the largest seen on Taiwan this year, was organized by a group called Formosa Alliance founded six months ago, and the protesters gathered near the headquarters of President Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Kenny Chung, a spokesman for Formosa Alliance, described the turnout as "very successful". Relations with Beijing have deteriorated since Tsai came into office in 2016, with China suspecting that she wants to push for formal independence, a red line for Beijing.

  • Video of police officer punching teen girl shocks the internet: 'He went completely overboard'

    The police say that social media is "rushing to judgment" and that the teen was resisting arrest.

  • New study says not exercising is pretty much the worst thing you can possibly do

    It's no secret that there are a lot of things that can potentially impact your overall health. What food you eat, what habits you adopt or drop, and even how much sleep you get can have serious impacts on your wellbeing, but a new study by cardiologists reveals that of all the things you can do that might negatively impact your health, a sedentary lifestyle is the most deadly. The research, which was published in JAMA Network Open, surveyed a whopping 122,007 patients between early 1991 and late 2014. The doctors recorded fitness levels of the individuals and then followed up to track mortality rates. The numbers were, as one of the authors of the paper put it, "extremely surprising." According to the data, lack of cardiovascular fitness is a huge risk factor for death. That might not sound shocking, but keep in mind that it's being compared to things like hypertension and even being a smoker. Lack of exercise is, as far as this study is concerned, actually worse than being a current smoker. "Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker," Dr Wael Jaber, a senior author of the research, told CNN. "We've never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this." The researchers insist that a sedentary lifestyle should be seen like a disease, with the obvious treatment being exercise. On a related note, the study also looked at the potential risk of being overactive. The researchers looked at the possibility of diehard gym rats and marathoners being at risk from pushing themselves too hard, but found that there's no link between an abundance of exercise and an early grave. Put simply, you can never get too much exercise, but it's definitely possible to get too little.

  • Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi was killed in fight at consulate

    Saudi Arabia has admitted that its operatives had killed Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, and announced a string of arrests but insisted that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, had no involvement. 

  • Newfound species of ancient piranha-like fish would have made a meal of you, very slowly

    It goes without saying that you could find some pretty dangerous animals if you were to travel back in time tens of millions of years ago, but not all of the creatures that lurked in prehistoric times were dramatically different from what we can still find on Earth today. A newly-discovered species of ancient fish that swam Earth's waters roughly 150 million years ago actually doesn't look all that different from some that still exist today, but that doesn't mean you'd ever have wanted to take a swim with them. The species has been named Piranhamesodon pinnatomus, and if you couldn't tell from its name, it was a lot like a piranha. The fish, which was found in German, would have lived during the late Jurassic period. That means it would have been around at roughly the same time as some pretty iconic dinosaurs, like the allosaurus, stegosaurus, and brachiosaurus, but the animal itself was not a dinosaur. What it was, however, was a pretty serious nuisance for fellow fish. The researchers that discovered the species - whose work is published in Current Biology - found what they believe are some of the fish's victims nearby. Rather than being torn apart and feasted on, the prey fish weren't outright killed. Instead, the sharp-toothed predator apparently nibbled away at their fins, allowing them to regrow before biting away once again. "This is an amazing parallel with modern piranhas, which feed predominantly not on flesh but the fins of other fishes," Dr. David Bellwood, a co-author of the research, said. "It's a remarkably smart move as fins re-grow; a neat renewable resource." Piranhas tend to be portrayed as bloodthirsty beasts that swarm to attack anything that comes close, but the reality is that most of the time the carnivorous fish take small meals whenever they can. This new discovery would seem to suggest that the same was true of similar fish going back 150 million years. Maybe time doesn't change that much after all?

  • Love conquers all: Zairil, Dyana to marry in December

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 - DAP couple Zairil Khir Johari and Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud are getting married on December 9, after announcing their engagement earlier this year. Dyana confirmed the news to...

  • Chelsea vs Manchester United, Premier League: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

    Chelsea vs Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The latest instalment in the fascinating adventures of Jose Mourinho and his underperforming Manchester United team as they play against Chelsea in the early Saturday kick-off.