• Asian stocks extend global rout as traders flee to safety

    Tokyo stocks led a rout across Asian markets Tuesday, while Japanese government bond yields turned negative, the dollar dived against the yen and gold jumped as fears about the global economy sent investors scrambling to safety. While most the the region is closed for the Chinese New Year holiday, trading remained thin but dealers took their lead from New York and Europe where banking shares were battered. The latest round of blood-letting came on the back of worries about the financial sector as the global economy slows down, without the support of the Federal Reserve's easy monetary policies.

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  • No business as usual with Najib, press for Anwar’s release, Obama told

    US President Barack Obama must urge Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Razak to release Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from prison and drop all politically motivated charges, says a global human rights body ahead of the US-Asean Summit. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Najib's invitation to the summit, which will be held in the US in five days, had...

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  • Liam Neeson finds love with 'super famous' girlfriend

    Liam Neeson is finally in a serious relationship following the death of wife Natasha Richardson in 2009.

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  • Emperor’s clothes sees Selangor rep in hot water with PAS ulama

    Selangor PAS assemblyman Mohd Khairuddin Othman has apologised for wearing a Chinese emperor costume for Chinese New Year, saying he was unaware it resembled one of the eight immortals of the Tao pantheon, Cao Guojio. He said he was prepared to face any action from the PAS central committee and the Shura Council for his mistake, party organ...

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  • Why I’m choosing a hotel over Airbnb for my next business trip

    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images At 8:30 p.m., I pulled … Continued The post Why I’m choosing a hotel over Airbnb for my next business trip appeared first on Business Insider.

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  • We have enough information to conclude 1MDB probe, says PAC

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has enough information to make an "objective, transparent and fair conclusion" on its probe into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, said its chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin. He said the committee did need not call any more witnesses for its probe as suggested by fellow PAC member Tony Pua. Pua had...

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  • Fresh blow for Van Gaal as United share price slumps

    Embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal suffered a fresh blow on Monday when the Premier League club's share price dipped to its lowest level in over three years. Van Gaal has been engaged in a battle to hold onto his job for much of a troubled season and that struggle was hardly helped by news that United's share position isn't much healthier than their league status. United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dented on Sunday when Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored in stoppage-time to rescue a 1-1 draw against Van Gaal's team, who are now six points adrift of the top four with 13 matches remaining.

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  • Hong Kong police 'fire warning shots' in street clash

    Baton-wielding Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots and pepper spray early Tuesday after a riot erupted in a busy district when officials tried to shift illegal hawkers on Chinese New Year. Television footage showed one officer pointing his gun at crowds of protesters on the streets of Mongkok who hurled bricks, bottles and pieces of wooden pallets at police in the worst clashes since pro-democracy demonstrations in late 2014. Police fired at least two warning shots in the air, multiple news outlets reported, while footage showed protesters removing bricks from pavements, charging police lines with homemade shields and setting rubbish on fire in the middle of the road.

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  • Oil tumbles after Saudi-Venezuela talks, WTI below $30

    Crude oil prices slid lower Monday, pushing US oil below $30 a barrel, after weekend talks between OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and Venezuela dashed hopes for a reduction in production. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for March delivery sank $1.20 (3.9 percent) to $29.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The meeting between Venezuela and Saudi oil ministers appeared to be a washout as Saudi Arabia continued to show unwillingness to support an emergency OPEC meeting on low prices, said Tim Evans of Citi Futures.

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  • Bonuses no proof of Tabung Haji’s financial position, says Rafizi

    Tabung Haji's 5% annual bonus and 3% pilgrimage bonus is no guarantee that its financial position is stable, said PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, days after the pilgrims' fund insisted the payouts were proof of its strong finances. The Pandan MP (pic, right) said based on his analysis, Tabung Haji's reserve levels were expected to remain...

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  • 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.

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  • Rules change for Oscars acceptance speeches

    We've all yawned each year as Oscar winners rush through the names of the people they want to thank during their brief acceptance speeches, hoping no one is forgotten. The producers of the annual Academy Awards announced on Monday that this year's winners will be able to hand over a list of the people they wish to thank, and the names will be scrolled at the bottom of the screen. The new rule was announced at the annual Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, a star-studded affair taking place this year against a backdrop of controversy over diversity in Hollywood and talk of boycotting the Oscars ceremony on February 28.

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  • Propaganda can’t fix Malaysia’s rep, says former envoy

    Putrajaya and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak are facing an unprecedented onslaught amid the negative reporting globally about Malaysia’s financial scandals, says a former envoy. Dennis Ignatius, who was with the Malaysian foreign service for more than three decades, said there was increasing dismay and disappointment internationally...

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  • Rescuers race for Taiwan quake victims as 'golden window' closes

    Rescuers deployed heavy machinery Tuesday in a renewed effort to locate more than 100 people trapped in the rubble of a Taiwan apartment complex felled by an earthquake as the 72-hour "golden window" for finding survivors passed. More than 210 have been pulled from the 16-storey Wei-kuan building -- the only high-rise in the southern city of Tainan to crumble completely when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck before dawn Saturday, killing more than 40 people. Tainan mayor William Lai ordered rescuers to start using diggers and extractors to remove giant concrete slabs to better detect signs of life, which they have found in three different areas.

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  • 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,...

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  • Honda to recall new Civics because engines can fail

    Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the U.S. and Canada because the engines can fail and stall while being driven. The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with 2-liter ...

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  • What is the cabotage policy and why is it a big deal in Sabah?

    KOTA KINABALU, Feb 9 ― Last year, a Sabah electrical appliance manufacturer closed shop after more than a decade. Not because it had no customers, but it simply cost too much to fulfil orders....

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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