• Any laws contradicting Islamic scriptures invalid, ex-CJ claims

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Any laws which run contrary to Islamic scriptures are null and void, said a controversial former chief justice who had once proposed that the English Common Law be...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Singaporean teen dissident granted US asylum

    A Singaporean teenager who was jailed twice after insulting the island's late leader Lee Kuan Yew and religious groups has been granted political asylum in the United States, his US lawyer said Saturday. Amos Yee, 18, shocked Singaporeans in March 2015 after posting an expletive-laden video attacking Lee as the founding prime minister's death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in the city-state. The Singapore government had no immediate reaction to the ruling, which is still open to an appeal by the US government.

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  • Two months in, Trump suffers string of defeats

    President Donald Trump suffered a bitter defeat in his first major legislative challenge as Republican lawmakers shot down his effort to repeal Obamacare. - Travel bans - Just one week after his inauguration, Trump issued an executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries and all refugees.

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  • Dwayne Johnson drops everything to comfort partner after dad's death

    The action man considered rocker Sib Hashian his 'second dad'.

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  • Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers

    Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Around 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the world's busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports said. Dubai International Airport expects 89 million passengers this year.

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  • Naked group slaughters sheep at Auschwitz death camp

    A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, before being detained by police, officials have said. A spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, Bartosz Bartyzel, said their motives were not clear as they briefly stood and then sat down by the notorious Arbeit Macht Frei (“Work sets you free”) gate in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim. Auschwitz inmates passed through the gate when they were taken into the camp and when led by armed Nazi guards to slave labour sites.

    The Independent
  • Suns guard Booker scores 70 points to join elite club

    (Reuters) - Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker became the unlikeliest member of an elite scoring club when he erupted for 70 points on Friday against the Boston Celtics. Just the sixth NBA player to ever reach the scoring mark, Booker joins hallowed players Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson. It was an astounding performance from Booker, a 20-year-old second-year player, and one few could predict coming.

    Reuters
  • Pension fees: ‘I’ll have to pay £14,000 to switch because I'm too young'

    Some of Britain’s biggest pension companies are still charging “exit penalties” of tens of thousands of pounds when customers try to move their savings, despite a new cap imposed by the Government. Following the launch of the “pension freedom” rules in April 2015, the Government capped the exit penalty at 1pc so people were free to use the new flexibilities. Some firms have voluntarily gone further and capped or scrapped exit charges for all customers.

    The Telegraph
  • Zhou Dongyu smiles at being called "Little Zhou Xun"

    The Chinese star admits she is a big fan of Zhou Xun's movies

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  • Queen honours British minister who tried to save policeman

    (Reuters) - British foreign affairs minister Tobias Ellwood who tried to resuscitate a police officer stabbed to death in the attack on Britain's parliament has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth, the prime minister's office said on Friday. Ellwood and security minister Ben Wallace, who helped coordinate the government's response to Wednesday's attack, were appointed to the Privy Council, which has advised the monarch since the Norman era and is comprised of senior politicians, judges and bishops. Ellwood, a former captain in the British army, received widespread public attention when he was pictured with blood on his face and hands after joining unsuccessful attempts to revive PC Keith Palmer, one of four people killed by Khalid Masood who ploughed a vehicle into pedestrians on a bridge and than ran through the gates of parliament armed with a knife.

    Reuters
  • Hamilton grabs pole, Vettel raises Ferrari hopes

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but Sebastian Vettel raised hope of a Ferrari renaissance by grabbing a spot on the front row. Hamilton's flying lap of one minute 22.188 seconds set a new record at Albert Park but was only 0.268 seconds in front of German Vettel, offering the tantalising prospect of a competitive championship after three years of domination by the Silver Arrows. Vettel left Hamilton's new team mate Valtteri Bottas frustrated in the second row, the meat in a Ferrari sandwich next to fourth fastest Kimi Raikkonen.

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  • Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

    LONDON (AP) — The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Middle Eastern country's embassy said.

    Associated Press
  • With healthcare bill dead, U.S. Republicans turn to taxes

    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After failing to repeal Obamacare, Republicans in the U.S. Congress quickly pivoted on Friday to President Donald Trump's next priority: overhauling the federal tax code, but their plan has already split the business community. Division among Republicans was the chief cause of the embarrassing setback on Obamacare, and similar fault lines have been evident for months in the Republicans' tax plan, mainly over an untested proposal to use the tax code to boost exports. House of Representatives tax committee Chairman Kevin Brady conceded the demise of a Republican plan to roll back Obamacare could make the path to tax reform harder.

    Reuters
  • I'm a schmuck, 'distracted' Harrison Ford told tower after plane blunder

    Actor Harrison Ford called himself a "schmuck" and said he was "distracted" when he mistakenly landed his private plane on an airport taxiway, an audio recording has revealed. The star of Indiana Jones and Star Wars narrowly avoided a passenger plane carrying 116 people on board during the mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. "I'm the schmuck that landed on the taxiway," Ford told an air traffic controller after the incident on February 13.

    The Telegraph
  • Man sentenced in death of pregnant ex-girlfriend in Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — A judge sentenced a man Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the murder of his ex-girlfriend who disappeared while pregnant with his child in Hawaii.

    Associated Press
  • Filipino rescued in PNG after 56 days adrift: report

    A Filipino fisherman has been rescued in Papua New Guinea after drifting at sea for 56 days, but his uncle died during the ordeal, a report said Saturday. The men left General Santos in the southern Philippines in January but hit bad weather and were swept out to sea, the PNG Post Courier reported after a fishing boat spotted Roland Omongos, 21, on March 9.

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  • 11 smuggled puppies confiscated at Woodlands Checkpoint

    A 43-year-old Malaysian is under investigation after he was caught attempting to smuggle 11 puppies into Singapore through the Woodlands Checkpoint on Thursday (23 March), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said. The driver, the puppies and the car were handed over to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). In response to Yahoo Singapore‘s queries, an AVA spokesman said, “The puppies are being cared for and quarantined at AVA’s facilities.

    Yahoo News Singapore
  • Spurs' Dele Alli hit with three match UEFA ban for horror tackle

    Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was banned for three European club matches by UEFA on Friday for his sending off against Gent last month. Alli received a straight red card in the 2-2 draw at Wembley for his horror tackle on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere, which saw the Premier League club knocked out of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate loss. The 20-year-old speared his right foot high into Dejaegere's shin.

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  • South Korea's sunken Sewol a step closer to reaching port

    South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry has been successfully hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship, officials said Saturday, a step towards returning the vessel to port. Nearly three years after it went down killing more than 300 people, the wreck was safely placed onto a semi-submersible ship that will finally bring it to shore. "The vessel was successfully loaded onto the semi-submersible as of 4:10 a.m. (1910 GMT)," completing one of the most delicate stages of the salvage operation, said Lee Cheol-Jo, a Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official in charge of the salvage.

    AFP News
  • Dialysis supplies dwindle for besieged Syrians

    Dania, 14, was writhing in pain ahead of her first ever dialysis session. Renal insufficiency limits the kidney's ability to filter waste out of the bloodstream or regulate hormones, and is typically treated with several dialysis sessions per week.

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