• Einstein's gravitational waves detected in landmark discovery

    By Will Dunham and Scott Malone WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers said they identified gravitational waves coming from two distant black holes - extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein - that orbited one another, spiraled inward and smashed together at high speed to form a single, larger black hole. The waves were unleashed by the collision of the black holes, one of them 29 times the mass of the sun and the other 36 times the solar mass, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth, the researchers said.

    Reuters
  • 'Star Wars' film company in court after Harrison Ford broke leg

    The production company behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is being prosecuted in Britain over an incident on set which left actor Harrison Ford with a broken leg, health and safety officials said Thursday. Ford, 73, was struck by a heavy door at Pinewood Studios west of London on the film's Millennium Falcon spaceship set in June 2014 and airlifted to hospital afterwards. Now Foodles Production UK will appear in court in May to face four charges alleging that it breached health and safety law as Ford reprised his role as Han Solo.

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  • Maid flees via rubbish chute, employer disputes claims

    According to The Straits Times, the 27-year-old Indonesian maid, named Rindu, attempted to climb down a rubbish chute in a seventh floor flat last November and fell into a rubbish heap. Rindu’s employers, who had only employed her for two and a half months, dispute her claims and have engaged a lawyer, according to the paper.

    Nicholas Yong
  • Penang businessman who rebuked JPJ officer shot dead, says report

    A 46-year-old businessman who was charged in court recently for uttering foul language at a Road Transport Department (JPJ) officer, was shot dead this morning at Jalan Datuk Keramat in Penang, The Star reported. Syed Amen Jainul Abdin, who owns a nasi kandar restaurant and a car wash centre, was shot five times in his head, chest and arm....

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Seoul: N. Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military’s general staff, would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. Details about North Korea’s opaque government are notoriously difficult for outsiders to get, even national governments, and South Korean officials have a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea.

    Associated Press
  • Bakke resigned twice as 1MDB chairman, says Seng Giaw

    Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that he had resigned from his post twice because he was not satisfied with the company's management, said PAC vice-chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw. The DAP lawmaker said Bakke told the committee members this during the proceedings...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Coca-Cola stops making drinks at three Indian plants

    Coca-Cola has halted manufacturing at three plants in India temporarily on lower sales, company officials said Thursday, as the US giant faces challenges from activists over alleged depletion of groundwater. Nearly 300 people work at the three plants in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Rajasthan, where activists have waged a more than decade-long battle against the fizzy drinks company. "Manufacturing at three units have been temporarily suspended," Kalyan Rajan, spokesman for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, which bottles drinks in India for the US giant.

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  • Female tiger killed by mating partner at Sacramento Zoo

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said.

    Associated Press
  • Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's romance isn't exclusive

    Justin Bieber is afraid he will harm Hailey Baldwin if they commit to each other.

    Cover Media
  • Mahdzir: Malay teacher allegedly attacked at Chinese school to be transferred

    PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 ― A Malay teacher who lodged a report that she was attacked by the parent of a student at SJKC Pai Chee in Mersing will be transferred out along with two others, Education...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Explain how you handle reserves, PKR tells Tabung Haji chairman

    Lembaga Tabung Haji must explain to the public its financial reserves policy, following Bank Negara's request that the haj fund should come up with one, PKR's Rafizi Ramli said today. Rafizi said throughout the debate on the fund's finances over the last month, many missed the fact that Bank Negara had actually written to it on December 19,...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • No mercy for Kobe in Cleveland farewell

    LeBron James spoiled Kobe Bryant's Cleveland finale as the Cavaliers cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers in a victory overshadowed by an injury to Kevin Love. Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and James added 29 as the Cavs romped home 120-111 against the Lakers, before the Cleveland fans bade a fond farewell to the retiring Bryant. Bryant finished with 17 points and six rebounds while shooting just five of 16 for the Lakers.

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  • 2 Uber execs facing jail in France amid tensions with taxis

    Two top Uber executives appeared Thursday in court in charges that could send them to prison and offer the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France. The San Francisco-based ...

    Associated Press
  • Asia markets suffer fresh rout as Hong Kong, dollar dive

    Asian markets extended their rout and the dollar hit 15-month lows against the yen Thursday after Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen raised concerns about the global economy, essentially quashing the chances of another US rate hike any time soon. Hong Kong led a broad sell-off across the region, while an ongoing supply glut and production splurge saw oil prices sink below $27 a barrel. Dealers continued their flight to safe investments that has played out across trading floors from Asia to the Americas this week as they fret about a possible global recession.

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  • China warns on South China Sea as U.S., India consider patrols

    China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability. "Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarisation of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the region." The United States wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to adopt a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tension has spiked since China's construction of seven islands in the Spratly archipelago. China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

    Reuters
  • Oil tumbles close to 13-year low

    World oil prices tumbled once more Thursday, nearing a 13-year low in New York, with no end in sight to the global supply glut. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in March hit $26.32 a barrel, ...

    AFP
  • Will Deepa’s daughter be allowed to practise Hindu faith, asks Teresa

    With the dust barely settled on the custody battle between Hindu mother S. Deepa and her Muslim convert ex-husband, many questions remain unanswered over the fate of their two children, DAP said today. The party's vice chairperson Teresa Kok who described yesterday Federal Court decision as “disappointing overall” said that one poser now was...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Man Utd chief defends transfer policy, says academy still at heart of club

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League leaders Leicester City have become a 'reference point' for their rivals but Manchester United are unlikely to copy their blueprint in the transfer market, United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said on Thursday. Leicester have assembled a title-challenging side for around 22 million pounds ($32 million) -- a fraction of what United's under-performing squad cost to put together -- but Woodward dismissed suggestions United could follow their lead.

    Reuters
  • Scandals, weak ringgit spurring Malaysians abroad to cash out EPF funds

    When Joanne Koo first emigrated to Australia with her young family six years ago, she never planned on renouncing her citizenship as she was eager to hold on to her Malaysian ties, savings and investments. However, earlier this month, Koo and her husband made a trip to Kuala Lumpur to surrender their Malaysian passports for the sole purpose of...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Japan camera makers battle smartphone onslaught

    Highschooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years -- she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot understand why anyone would bother with a separate device for photos. "It is easy to take your smartphone out of your pocket if you want to take a picture of someone or something. The selfie-stick toting pair are the camera industry's worst nightmare.

    AFP News