• Saudi King Salman calls for others not to interfere in kingdom

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom's internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh's main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest. Salman did not elaborate, but his remarks seemed aimed at Iran, which Riyadh accuses of destabilising Arab states and spreading sectarianism by backing militias in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen and fomenting unrest in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

  • 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.

  • Arsenal win at Bournemouth, United held by Chelsea

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal got their title bid back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory at lowly Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday before Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw after conceding a stoppage time goal at Chelsea. A first win for Arsenal in four games took them level on 48 points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, their bitter local rivals who have a superior goal difference. Surprise package Leicester City are five points clear at the top after their 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday.

  • I never ordered investigations to close, former A-G reacts to Apandi

    Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman today said he had never directed investigation agencies, including the anti-graft body, to stop their probes. "My principle is to assist them in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. "It was also my directive not to prefer any criminal charge on any suspect unless the...

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  • Philippine mayor shot in pre-election ambush

    A Philippine town mayor was shot and wounded in an ambush in the conflict-wracked south on Sunday, two days before the official campaign for general elections in May kick off, police said. A gunman riding a motorcycle opened fire on Mayor Jasper Que as he drove with his two bodyguards in the port city of Zamboanga at around 9 am, city police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Helen Galvez told AFP. The mayor is a member of President Benigno Aquino's Liberal Party.

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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.

  • Unconvincing wins for Barcelona, Real, more woe for Valencia's Neville

    Barcelona equalled a club record of 28 games unbeaten to move three points clear at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid remain four points behind the leaders in third thanks to Luka Modric's stunning strike five minutes from time to snatch a 2-1 win at Granada. Meanwhile, the pressure continues to build on Valencia boss Gary Neville after his winless La Liga streak stretched to nine games with a 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Real Betis.

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  • Is Dr Mahathir provoking action against himself, asks Annuar Musa

    Umno Supreme Council member Tan Sri Annuar Musa today warned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his recent allegedly seditious blog posting, saying that the former Malaysian premier deliberately wanted the authorities to act against him to garner sympathy. Annuar said anyone who had basic knowledge of Malaysian laws would know that Mahathir’s blog...

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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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  • Voluntary English programme will be forced on every school, say critics

    Putrajaya's latest English programme, the dual language programme or DLP, will eventually be forced on every school, its critics said, adding that the government was repeating the failed policy to teach Science and Mathematics in English. This has spurred opponents of DLP to launch a campaign on February 15, aimed at pressuring the government...

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  • Pua baffled by PAC’s plan to close 1MDB hearing

    DAP lawmaker Tony Pua has expressed surprise that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was planning to wrap up investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) after calling up two more witnesses this month. Pua, who is also a PAC member, said the matter was never discussed in the past meetings. "I am surprised by PAC chairman Datuk...

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  • Pilot's husband doesn't believe she survived collision

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With bright sunshine, warm temperatures and a deep blue sky, Friday was the kind of Southern California day made for just about anything. For Mary Falstrom, a longtime pilot, that meant flying.

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  • Hingis joy as Switzerland set up Czech Fed Cup semi-final

    Martina Hingis rolled back the years on Sunday as her doubles win alongside sealed a 3-2 win over Germany to put Switzerland in the Fed Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998. Teenager and Hingis, 35, who won her 12th Grand Slam doubles title in last weekend's Australian Open final alongside India's Sania Mirza, needed just over an hour to seal their 6-3, 6-2 win over Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Anna-Lena Groenefeld. "I was cheering them on for the first four matches and then I had to go out there," said a delighted Hingis after the tie in Leipzig.

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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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  • Mukhriz pleads with rulers to call up 1MDB investigators

    Former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has pleaded with the Conference of Rulers to order various agencies investigating 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to report to them on the outcome of their probe. "Ahead of the Conference of Rulers' meeting that will be held on February 17 and 18, with all due respect, I plead to your...

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  • China forex reserves fall almost $100 bn in January

    China's foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest level in more than three years, the central bank said Sunday, as Beijing sells dollars to stop the yuan from depreciating further. The world's ...

  • South Korea says retrieves suspected fairing from North Korean rocket

    South Korea retrieved on Sunday what it believes to be a fairing dropped by a rocket North Korea launched earlier in the day, its defence ministry said. Retrieving parts of the rocket that carried what the North says is a satellite into space would help provide clues into isolated Pyongyang's rocket programme. The object was found southeast of South Korea's Jeju island by a navy ship, a defence ministry official said.

  • Blac Chyna 'reaches out to Rob's family'

    Kris Jenner is reportedly urging her son Rob Kardashian to make up with his sisters, amid rumors they've fallen out over his romance with Blac Chyna.

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  • Paul powers NBA Clippers to victory at Miami

    Chris Paul scored 22 points and passed out seven assists to spark the Los Angeles Clippers to their sixth victory in seven games, a 100-93 triumph Sunday at Miami. Jamal Crawford added 20 points while J.J. Redick netted 14 points and DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich each grabbed 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for the 11th time in their past 13 road games. The Heat (29-23) were denied a seventh win in eight games despite 17 points each from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Slovenia's Goran Dragic plus 15 from Britain's Luol Deng.

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  • Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.

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