• Stocks fall sharply as banks, tech sectors take a beating

    Steep losses in financial, technology and other companies sent U.S. stocks sharply lower in midday trading Monday. The decline followed drops in Europe and set the market on course for its second big loss ...

    Associated Press
  • Want cops to probe Dr M? Lodge a report, IGP says

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — The police will investigate former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his recent blog post condemning the attorney-general if there is a report lodged against him,...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

    TOKYO (AP) — Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

    Associated Press
  • Slumping Knicks sack head coach Fisher

    The slumping New York Knicks sacked Derek Fisher on Monday, promoting Kurt Rambis to the job of interim head coach in a bid to reverse their sagging NBA fortunes. The move, announced by Knicks president Phil Jackson in a statement posted on the team's website, comes a day after the Knicks fell 101-96 to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden -- the Knicks' season-high fifth straight defeat and their ninth defeat in their last 10 games.

    AFP News
  • Surrounded by diamonds, villagers go hungry in drought-hit Zimbabwe

    By Andrew Mambondiyani MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shylet Mutsago, a 63-year-old who lives near the diamond fields of Marange, cannot hide her anger over how mining in this gem-rich part of eastern Zimbabwe has failed to improve the lives of local people. Amid frequent drought, people in Marange had hoped the diamond industry would invest in reviving irrigation schemes. National law requires mining companies to help local communities develop.

    Reuters
  • Fan eyes large windfall if Leicester complete fairytale

    (Reuters) - Leicester City fan Leigh Herbert will pocket a cool 25,000 pounds if his team complete their fairytale run and win the Premier League title. Herbert placed a five-pound bet on Claudio Ranieri's men to lift the trophy at the start of the season at odds of 5000/1. The Foxes are five points clear at the top with 13 games left following Saturday's 3-1 win at Manchester City and the 39-year-old carpenter feels he is on the verge of a "life-changing" win.

    Reuters
  • Ministers clash over A-G’s plan to rein in info leakers

    There appears to be disagreement within the Cabinet over the attorney-general's (A-G) proposal for harsher punishment under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), as two ministers in the Prime Minister's Department gave contradicting views on the plan which drew condemnations from civil society and journalist groups. Minister in the Prime Minister's...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Air strikes help force IS to halve fighters' pay - Glaser

    U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money Islamic State (IS) makes from oil, and have helped force the militant group to cut its fighters' pay by up to 50 percent, a senior U.S official said on Monday. Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the U.S. Treasury Department, said the strikes had hit the group's ability to extract, refine and transport oil from territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria. "When you look at difficulties that we know that they are having with respect to the transport, with respect to the extraction, I think it's fair to say they are no longer able to make money the way they used to be able to," Glaser told a London conference.

    Reuters
  • 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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  • Giant red carpet for Egypt leader's motorcade sparks uproar

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is facing criticism after a massive red carpet was laid over public roads for his motorcade during a trip to open a social housing project in a Cairo suburb.

    Associated Press
  • Hawking Wants to Power Earth With Mini Black Holes: Crazy or Legit?

    If you answered, "Get a mini black hole to orbit Earth," then you and physicist Stephen Hawking may be thinking on the same wavelength. In a lecture on Feb. 2, the famed scientist said tiny black holes, about as massive as the average mountain, could power all of the world's energy needs. "There is nothing technically wrong with this idea, but it is not very practical, at least within the next 10,000 years," said Sabine Hossenfelder, a physicist at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, who blogs at backreaction.blogspot.com.

    LiveScience.com
  • Leopard injures five at Indian school

    A male leopard which strayed into a school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore injured five people during an hours-long attempt to catch the beast, a wildlife official said. Photos of the incident show the animal prowling around the closed school on Sunday and trying to maul forestry officials, a wildlife activist and others who came too close. Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife officer in the state of Karnataka, said the leopard appeared to have got into the school from a nearby forest area by jumping over the compound's wall.

    AFP News
  • Apandi 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...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • 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.

    Reuters
  • One of Apple’s UK partners is in full-blown crisis mode and shares are tanking

    Getty/Justin Sullivan Imagination supplies graphics chips to Apple … Continued The post One of Apple’s UK partners is in full-blown crisis mode and shares are tanking appeared first on Business Insider.

    Business Insider
  • 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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  • 26 Indonesians die after drinking bootleg alcohol

    More than two dozen Indonesians have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in central Java, police said Monday. Investigators said a majority of the victims died after purchasing home-made liquor from a couple in Sleman, a town north of Yogyakarta city, local police said. "Most of the victims were students," Sleman police chief Yulianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.

    AFP News
  • '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.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Reuters
  • Somalia plane bomber was meant to board Turkish flight - airline executive

    By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber who blew a hole in the fuselage of a Daallo Airlines plane last week and forced it to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu was meant to be on a Turkish Airlines flight, the Daallo chief executive said on Monday. Mohamed Yassin, Daallo Airlines chief executive, said most of the passengers who were on the bombed flight were scheduled to fly with Turkish Airlines, but were flown to Djibouti by one of his planes after the Turkish carrier cancelled its flight, citing bad weather. "That particular passenger (who was behind the blast) boarded the aircraft on a Turkish Airlines boarding pass and was on the list for the Turkish Airlines manifest," Yassin told Reuters by telephone from Dubai.

    Reuters