• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Arsenal back in title race with win at Bournemouth

    Arsenal re-established themselves as serious contenders for their first Premier League title since 2004 with a comfortable victory at lowly Bournemouth on Sunday. A first win in four games took them level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, their bitter local rivals who have a superior goal difference. After more than five hours without a league goal, Arsenal scored two in little more than a minute midway through the first half by Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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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...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • Pilot after Somalia emergency: Airplane security is "zero"

    The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a three-foot hole on its fuselage said Sunday he never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security surround the airplane at Mogadishu ...

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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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  • 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...

    The Malaysian Insider
  • 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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  • 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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  • Elizabeth Hurley: 'Losing weight is hard'

    Elizabeth Hurley feels naked without the diamonds she wears on TV show The Royals.

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

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The husband of a pilot who was involved in a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles says he believes she did not survive the accident.

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  • Mourinho says he will be back soon

    Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management. "(London) is an amazing place to live and for the family to be together," said Mourinho. "As a professional, I am ready to move," added the former Real Madrid coach.

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  • North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes.

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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 largest currency hoard shrank by $99.5 billion in January to some $3.2 trillion, the People’s Bank of China said on its website, the lowest since May 2012. Worries about China's economy have pushed the yuan to a five-year low.

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  • Seriously? That Ancient Greek Statue Does Not Depict a Laptop

    There's a new conspiracy theory out there, but instead of invoking big government or aliens, it questions whether there's a laptop carved into an ancient Greek statue. The theory, proposed by the anonymous YouTube user StillSpeakingOut, ventures that the ancient Oracle of Delphi may have foreseen the invention of laptops, and told people about it. "Just so we are clear, I'm not saying that this relief was depicting an ancient laptop computer," StillSpeakingOut said in the 100-second-long video.

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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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  • Volkswagen's family investors 'have too much power': Norway fund

    The head of Norway's sovereign wealth fund -- one of the biggest capital pools in the world -- on Sunday lashed Volkswagen's ownership structure as giving too much power to family shareholders and disadvantaging minority shareholders. As VW battles a global emissions-cheating scandal, the fund's chief executive, Yngve Slyngstad, slammed the carmaker's shareholder structure. "This cannot be a role model for Germany," Slyngstad told the Sunday newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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  • Leicester can emulate Forest's 1978 triumph, says O'Neill

    Former Leicester City manager Martin O'Neill believes Saturday's stunning victory over Manchester City could spur the Foxes to become the most unexpected English champions since his Nottingham Forest side of 38 years ago. O'Neill, currently manager of Ireland, compared Leicester's 3-1 away win over title rivals City to an equally stunning success just before Christmas 1977 when the Forest team he played in under Brian Clough won 4-0 at Manchester United.

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