• Tearful Theresa May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU

    Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union. May's departure deepens the Brexit crisis as a new leader, who should be in place by the end of July, is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the EU and potentially a snap parliamentary election. Her voice cracking with emotion, May, who endured crises and humiliation in her failed effort to find a compromise Brexit deal that parliament could ratify, said she would resign on Friday, June 7 with a leadership contest beginning the following week.

  • Malaysian man set to hang in Singapore gallows today granted stay of execution

    Malaysian prisoner Pannir Selvam Pranthaman had been scheduled to hang this morning in Singapore, having been found guilty of drug trafficking into the city state, and meted out the most severe punishment despite having cooperated with authorities. Last week, a letter from Singapore's president had stated that his appeal for clemency was not granted, and notifying him of his execution date, the following Friday. A Chief Justice, along with two Judges of Appeal, heard the case, and agreed that Pannir should be granted a “reasonable opportunity to take advice on whether he can mount a successful challenge” against his charges.

  • IGP to Jho Low: Don’t worry, police will protect you if you come back

    Inspector-General of police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador today urged Low Taek Jho better known as Jho Low to return to the country, saying he can guarantee the safety of the fugitive businessman and his family. Abdul Hamid said Jho Low should return to Malaysia to assist ongoing investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) since he has claimed innocence. I encourage them (Jho Low and his accomplices) to come back; don't waste our time, for they can't run forever,” he told reporters during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

  • Drop in latest COE prices, with premiums of smaller cars falling sharply

    Prices closed lower across the board in the most recent Certificate of Entitlement (COE) bidding exercise on Thursday (23 May). Premiums for smaller cars saw the biggest drop. COE for Category A cars (1,600cc and below, with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp) ended at $27,000, a sharp drop from $36,704 in the previous exercise two weeks ago.

  • Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

    Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of times in a group of chimpanzees at Loango National Park in Gabon bolsters the notion that humankind's distant cousins develop their own distinct cultures. Tobias Deschner, one of the authors of the paper, said that while chimpanzees and tortoises coexist elsewhere - and other primates such as baboons and mandrills are known to feed on young, soft tortoises - scientists have never before spotted any that crack open and eat the reptiles.

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    High School Spends $53,000 To Reprint Yearbooks After Students Flash Racist Sign

    While the intent of students at Oak Park and River Forest High School remains unclear, the photos were jarring enough that administrators withheld the books.

  • Nomura CEO to take 30 percent pay cut after information leak

    The chief executive of Nomura Holdings will take a 30% pay cut for three months over its improper handling of market information, marking the latest headache for CEO Koji Nagai, as he struggles to turn around the Japanese investment bank. The incident comes a month after Nomura reported its first annual loss in a decade and said it would not pay out bonuses to directors. Nagai, under pressure as Nomura wrestles with a restructuring plan that includes cutting $1 billion in costs from its wholesale business, told a news conference that he accepted responsibility for the information leak but would not step down.