• You're not special any more, Mourinho is told

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - If, as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, a week is a long time in politics, four and a half months in football clearly represents an eternity. It was only in mid-May that Jose Mourinho's status as the self-styled 'Special One' was rubber-stamped when his Chelsea side finished eight points ahead of their nearest rivals as they romped to the Premier League title. It is early October and already the Londoners have lost six matches in all competitions this season and Mourinho acknowledges his players are going through a crisis of confidence.

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  • KL to Singapore in just 90 minutes

    Visualise yourself travelling in ultramodern, hassle-freehigh-speed trains sprinting more than 250kph from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in just 90 minutes, door to door. A train will leave for Singapore every 15 minutes. Once you arrive at the Singapore HSR terminus in Jurong East, head to the Jurong East MRT station and, in no time, you will be in the Singapore city centre.

    New Straits Times
  • Go ahead and slap the Chinese if you have the guts, Dr M tells Umno deputy minister

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today scoffed at an Umno leader who is getting flak after saying the ethnic Chinese should be “slapped”, and challenged Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman to...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • China win Asia Basketball title, qualify for Olympics

    China's men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late on Saturday to secure a place at the 2016 Olympics.

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  • Don’t get upset if China funds parties to oust Umno, says veteran leader

    Umno should not get upset if China donated to Chinese-based parties in Malaysia in order to oppose its rule, veteran party leader Tan Sri Sanusi Junid said today, since the ruling Malay party accepted political donations from foreigners. Sanusi said Umno, which heads the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, had as part of its practice, received...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Malaysia not just for Malays, but for Muslims, says hardline Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir

    SERI KEMBANGAN, Oct 3 — The Malaysian chapter of hardline Islamists Hizbut Tahrir chided local Muslims today for their preoccupation with race, warning that tribalism is stopping the community...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • DPM: Three years too long a wait for Indonesia to solve haze problem

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — Indonesia’s plan to resolve the annual haze crisis in three years’ time through measures such as cracking down on open fires in its forests may prove to be too slow, Datuk...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • MCA members not affected by Ling’s call to oust Najib, says party sec-gen

    MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan today expressed confidence that members would abide by the party's stand to support the Barisan Nasional (BN) led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, despite former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik's call yesterday for Najib's removal. The International Trade and Industry Minister II, who...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Survivor: Gunman spared 'lucky one' to give police message

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The 26-year-old killer who gunned down classmates at an Oregon college spared a student and gave the "lucky one" something to deliver to authorities, according to the mother of a student who witnessed the rampage.

    Associated Press
  • Bitcoin flounders in Australia as regulatory worries bite

    By Byron Kaye and Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian businesses are turning their backs on bitcoin, as signs grow that the cryptocurrency's mainstream appeal is fading.     Concerns about bitcoin's potential crime links mean many businesses have stopped accepting it, a trend accelerated by Australian banks' move last month to close the accounts of 13 of the country's 17 bitcoin exchanges. The development is a blow to hopes of bitcoin fans that the currency can play a significant role in everyday business transactions in developed economies, with Australia once seen as one of its most promising markets. "We've got a squeaky clean reputation, and that's actually worth a lot more to us than dipping into this," said James Snodgrass, principal of Sydney's Forsyth Real Estate, which ditched the currency in late 2014 after the firm was investigated by the federal tax office.

  • Haze: Shah Alam’s API reaches hazardous level

    KUALA LUMPUR: The air quality in Selangor and the capital city continues to worsen as at 9am today, with Shah Alam recording hazardous Air Pollutant Index (API) readings of 308. At 9am today, the Air Pollutant Index reached 308, hitting the hazardous level.Air quality in another 25 areas is at unhealthy level of above 200 API readings.  In Selangor; Banting (249), Port Klang (243), Petaling Jaya (256)  Putrajaya (235) recorded highest API readings. ...

    New Straits Times
  • British PM Cameron signals he will push for vote on Syria military action - Telegraph

    British Prime Minister David Cameron signalled that he would push ahead with plans for a vote in the British parliament to approve military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, The Daily Telegraph newspaper said. Cameron was quoted as saying that British military attacks in Syria "may well become possible." Previously, Cameron has said he sees a strong case for extending British air strikes to Syria from Iraq. Cameron lost a parliamentary vote on the use of force in Syria in 2013.

  • Bye bye Google, hello Alphabet

    (Reuters) - Google Inc has morphed into Alphabet Inc. After U.S. markets closed on Friday, Alphabet replaced Google as the publicly traded company that will house Google's search and Web advertising businesses, maps, YouTube and its "moonshot" ventures such as driverless cars. Google's class A shares and class C shares will automatically convert into the same number of Alphabet class A shares and class C shares and start trading on the Nasdaq from Monday. The structural overhaul, announced in August, is intended to separate the company's core businesses from ventures such as the driverless cars, glucose-monitoring contact lenses and Internet-connected high-altitude balloons.

  • England coach faces exit after World Cup exit

    England coach Stuart Lancaster apologised and admitted his future is uncertain after Australia inflicted his side's second devastating World Cup defeat in a week. The 33-13 loss at Twickenham on Saturday saw England become the first host nation to exit a World Cup before the knockout stage. Asked if he was considering his position after the loss, Lancaster said: "Yeah, obviously I think I've got to.

    AFP News
  • Sultan Johor: Progress cannot be achieved if fighting continues

    BATU PAHAT: No country in the world can achieve progress and development if its people are fighting with each other, said Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.He said tolerance, a culture of respecting and helping each other as well as avoiding being vengeful are values that need to be practiced by all parties in the country."Even though we live in a society that are multi-racial and with different religions and customs, we can still live in unity and with a high spirit of tolerance that is practiced by all level of society. ...

    New Straits Times
  • South Korea: Flying the bullet train from Seoul

    SEOUL: PASSENGERS begin boarding a South Korean high-speed train (called the KTX) minutes before it departs the Seoul station, bound south of the country to Daejeon, enroute to Busan. It took just one hour three minutes to reach Daejeon, South Korea’s fifth largest metropolis with a population of about two million. Located in the centre of the country, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation and is at the crossroads of major routes.

    New Straits Times
  • Utusan calls for Umno to decide on sacking Saifuddin

    Umno should make up its mind to sack Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, said party mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia, following the former deputy minister's actions in attending an opposition event recently. Although columnist Awang Selamat, a pseudonym for its collective editorial team, did not clearly state his call to sack Saifuddin, nevertheless he felt...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Maldini slams Ballon d'Or over Buffon blunder

    AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini joined a chorus of ex-players in slamming Ballon d'Or chiefs after former Italy teammate Gianluigi Buffon was left off a long list of potential winners of FIFA's prestigious trophy. Buffon, considered one of the world's best goalkeepers, modestly admitted his surprise on Friday by saying he believed he felt himself to be "among the top five" goalkeepers in the world. Maldini said players who did not deserve to be nominated included goalkeepers Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) and David Ospina (Arsenal).

    AFP News
  • Missing Orang Asli children cannot survive in jungle, says community leader

    With each passing day, the parents of seven Orang Asli children who disappeared in the jungles of Kelantan more than a month ago are growing in despair over their children's chances of survival in the dense forest. In the second and final part of the series, The Malaysian Insider looks at how changing lifestyles and demands have landed...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Will Deloitte be replaced as 1MDB’s auditor, asks Tony Pua

    DAP's Tony Pua has questioned if global auditing firm Deloitte will be replaced following the 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) delay in submitting its latest financial statements to regulators. Pointing to 1MDB's record of changing three auditors since its inception in 2009, the Petaling Jaya federal lawmaker asked if Deloitte had been...

    The Malaysian Insider