• A-G behaving like Najib’s legal hitman, says global human rights body

    Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has become the prime minister's legal hitman with the aim of intimidating would-be whistleblowers who could expose corruption within the government, an international human rights body said. Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia Phil Robertson (pic, right) said this when commenting on news...

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  • With Mukhriz gone, millionaire drops plan to sponsor Kedah football team

    Dherbs Holding (M) owner Datuk Aliff Syukri Kamarzaman said he has withdrawn his plans to sponsor the Kedah football team, citing the change in the state menteri besar position. The millionaire businessman, famous for his tagline "terlajak laris" (overwhelming sales), said he had changed his mind because Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had been a...

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  • 'Crazy' Chinese spending spree just the start - Cahill

    The spending splurge by Chinese clubs to secure top Europe-based talents is "crazy" and will do little to benefit the players or the game in China, according to Australia's Shanghai-based striker Tim Cahill. Since Cahill re-signed for Shenhua last October, CSL clubs have spent over 130 million euros ($145 million) in transfer fees on just four players, with Jiangsu Suning shelling a Chinese record 50 million euros to secure Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira in a move completed last week. Cahill said it was only a matter of time before a Chinese club spent $100 million to secure a player.

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  • Oil prices dip as supply fears offset Saudi-Venezuela talks

    Crude prices edged down in Asia on Monday as worries about the ongoing supply glut offset news that the oil ministers of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela had held talks on stabilising the beleaguered market. ...

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  • The Latest: Divers found 2 bodies, wreckage of 1 plane

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a midair collision between two small planes (all times local):

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  • This is how you can increase your odds of winning Blackjack this CNY

    Probability of winning stands at 42.42% for each hand of Blackjack. The post This is how you can increase your odds of winning Blackjack this CNY appeared first on DollarsAndSense.sg.

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  • 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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  • Oil down, Japan stocks pare losses as dollar strengthens

    A report Friday, showing that the US jobless rate had fallen to an eight-year low and wage growth had picked up, fuelled speculation of another US interest rate rise next month despite the recent chaos on global stock exchanges. Crude climbed almost one percent after major exporter Saudi Arabia said its oil minister Ali al-Naimi had met his Venezuelan counterpart Sunday to discuss the South American country's talks with other producers to boost prices. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and Brent both climbed 0.9 percent, but analysts said there was unlikely to be a real recovery in prices any time soon.

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  • US missile shield spotlights divisions on handling N. Korea

    Official moves towards the deployment -- fiercely opposed by China -- of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say. Hours after North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep. The rationale was a clear necessity to upgrade the defence posture of the South Korea-US military alliance "against North Korea's advancing threats," said Yoo Jeh-Seung, Seoul's deputy defence minister for policy.

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  • United showing they can play attractive football - Mata

    Manchester United have shown they are capable of playing an attractive and attacking brand of football in their recent games, midfielder Juan Mata said after Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at his former club Chelsea. United's style of play has come under heavy scrutiny this campaign and has been labelled 'dull' and 'boring' by former players Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand. With pressure mounting on manager Louis van Gaal, United have showed more intent to break down the opposition's defence in recent weeks, resulting in just one loss in their last nine matches in all competitions.

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  • Khloe Kardashian shares inspiring message after hike with Lamar Odom

    Khloe Kardashian thinks relying on faith while pressing through hard times builds strength of character.

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  • Insight: Doctors puzzle over severity of defects in some Brazilian babies

    By Bill Berkrot and Anthony Boadle NEW YORK/BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil. Consultations among doctors in Brazil and the United States have increased in the last two weeks, and some of the leading authorities on the condition are finding patterns of unusual devastation in scans of the newborns' malformed brains. While it's not known how representative the scans are, the early observations of these doctors point to a tough road ahead for the babies, their families and their communities and heighten the concern surrounding Zika, which is suspected of causing microcephaly.

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  • Malaysia’s economic growth at risk as household debt soars, say analysts

    Malaysian household debt is soaring, placing the country's economic growth at risk, say analysts. In a report by The Financial Times, co-head of Asian economic research at HSBC Hong Kong Frederic Neumann said, "Household debt is a growth problem, not a financial system problem." The report warned that if debt became unsustainable and...

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  • To protect Chinese investment, Pakistan military leaves little to chance

    By Syed Raza Hassan GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic corridor of roads, railways and pipelines from northwest China to Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast is a huge challenge in a country where Islamist militants and separatist gunmen are a constant menace. The armed forces and interior ministry have sent hundreds of extra soldiers and police to Gwadar, the southern hub of the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and more are on their way.

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  • Lunar New Year turbulence as 'fire monkey' swings into action

    Hong Kong's respected feng shui masters expect an incendiary mix as the monkey combines with the fire element, but also say the year ahead will be a boom time for clever innovation and women will be in the ascendant. Tsai won a landslide victory in January, unseating the ruling Kuomintang to become the island's first female president.

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  • 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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  • Liam Hemsworth remains tight-lipped over Miley Cyrus reunion

    Liam Hemsworth is saying nothing about his rumoured reconciliation with Miley Cyrus.

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  • Dr M powerless in Umno, analysts say after Kedah crisis

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s unceremonious removal from the Kedah mentri besar post shows that his father Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the man who once ruled Malaysia for 22...

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  • Hiddink all but concedes Champions League qualification

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Until Sunday's draw with Manchester United, Chelsea's Guus Hiddink believed his side could qualify for next season's Champions League with a top-four finish but he has now virtually written off their chances. A new head coach will be at Stamford Bridge next season after interim manager Hiddink's tenure ends, but the next incumbent is unlikely to oversee a 14th successive season of Champions League football according to the Dutchman. Hiddink now thinks it is unlikely Chelsea will finish in the Premier League top four and also believes they have a huge task ahead of them against runaway French league leaders Paris St Germain when they meet in the last 16 over the next few weeks.

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  • Malaysians urged to sign petition to reopen probe against Najib

    One million Malaysians have been invited to sign a petition requesting the Agong and Conference of Rulers to assist in reopening investigations into the funds transferred to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's private accounts. They have also been invited to "like" a Facebook page called "1Juta Desak Buka Kembali Siasatan Terhadap Najib...

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