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  • Families of slain Muslims demand US hate crime probe

    CHAPEL HILL, U.S.A., Feb 12 (AFP)–The families of three murdered Muslim students called for the horrific triple-homicide to be investigated as a hate crime on Wednesday as US police indicated a parking dispute had triggered the killings. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot [...]

  • Taiwan pilot hailed as a hero as wreckage scoured

    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Feb 5 (AFP)–Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday as the pilot was hailed as a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting built-up areas shortly after issuing a “mayday” call. Hundreds of rescuers in boats, as well as divers and soldiers mounted the search [...]

  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up

    MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out contestants from 87 other countries. Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha were the runners-up during Sunday’s competition. Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen were also among the top five. Vega said the contests leading to [...]

  • Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind [...]

  • Muslim man hailed for life-saving courage during Paris siege

    PARIS (AP) — At a kosher supermarket in Paris, a quick-thinking Muslim employee hides several Jewish shoppers in the basement before sneaking out to brief police on the hostage-taker upstairs. In the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, a poker-faced businessman fools a pair of gunmen into believing they’re alone in the building before being allowed to leave [...]

  • NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system, tantalising possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size as Earth and are in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold “Goldilocks Zone” for liquid [...]

  • How ‘The Interview’s’ VOD grosses could change the game

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony appears to have a win-win with “The Interview.” Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days. On Friday, [...]

  • Flight 8501: Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here’s a look at the key developments: __ Air Asia Flight 8501 took off from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, at 5:31 a.m. Sunday (2231 GMT Saturday), bound for Singapore. __ The last communication [...]

  • Guessing game: What are OPEC nations thinking?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Does Saudi Arabia have it out for frackers in the U.S.? Or Iran? Or Russia? Will low oil prices make it easier to fight the Islamic State? Or harder? Trying to guess what OPEC members are thinking in the run-up to Thursday’s meeting in Vienna is a high stakes parlor game [...]

  • ABNxcess launches ABN4U – ‘Access for All Schools’ programme (video)

    SUBANG, Nov 11–Asian Broadcasting Network (ABNxcess) today launched the ABN4U ‘Access for All Schools’ programme as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to provide high-speed internet access to all. Under this initiative, schools which are located in its Home Serviceable (HS) area will be connected with the 10 Mbps fixed high-speed internet and [...]


    By Balan Moses IN a couple of months, the haze will hit Malaysia and Singapore, no thanks to open burning in Indonesia. Every year, Indonesia will send out messages at such time to explain away the smoke that will inevitably get into our eyes and lungs and why we should not hold the country responsible [...]

  • Maybank hosts the elderly for special CNY celebration

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 4–Maybank ushered in the Lunar New Year by organising a special celebration for the elderly at the lobby area of the Menara Maybank. Fifty senior citizens from Rumah Sri Kenangan Cheras and House of Joy joined in the festivities which included lion dance performances that thrilled the audiences. The Yee Sang tossing [...]

  • 5.5 billion people have limited access to pain relief medications

    UNITED NATIONS, March 4– The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned an estimated 5.5 billion people worldwide have limited or no access to pain relief medications, Xinhua news agency reported. A report released Tuesday shows around 92 percent of morphine used worldwide is consumed by only 17 percent of the world population. “Governments have an obligation to address [...]


    By Balan Moses CUTTING off the nose to spite the face. The popular idiom among Tamils comes to mind when I read about the antics of the two factions fighting for supremacy in the MIC. Supporters of both sides of the divide do not seem to care that their actions may affect the very existence [...]

  • Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of Japan ‘miracle pine’

    TOKYO, Japan, Feb 26 (AFP)–Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a “miracle pine” tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. The news comes as Japan readies to mark the fourth anniversary of a disaster that [...]

  • Lego sales boosted by blockbuster movie

    BILLUND, Denmark, Feb 26 (AFP)–Lego, the world’s second-largest toy maker, said on Wednesday annual revenue rose by 13 percent, boosted by its blockbuster movie and toys from its Star Wars and Friends ranges. Chief executive Joergen Vig Knudstorp danced on stage and sang the theme song from last year’s “The Lego Movie”, called “Everything is [...]

  • Australia warns women Islamic State no ‘romantic adventure’

    SYDNEY, Australia, Feb 26 (AFP)–A worrying number of Australian women are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group “jihadi brides”, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday, warning against notions of a “romantic adventure”. At least 110 Australians have left to fight alongside militants in the Middle East and security officials said [...]

  • Hot weather expected to ease by late March – Met Dept

    PUTRAJAYA, Feb 24– The hot and dry spell experienced now in many areas is in the final phase of the monsoon season which is expected to abate by the end of March, said Meteorological Department director-general Datuk Che Gayah Ismail. “It is now the tail end of the northeast monsoon which causes many areas to receive less rain over [...]

  • Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia’s Barrier Reef

    SYDNEY, Australia, Feb 24 (AFP)–Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are eating small plastic debris in the ocean, Australian researchers said Tuesday, raising fears about the impact the indigestible fragments have on their health and other marine life. The scientists found that when they placed corals from the reef into plastic-contaminated water, the marine life [...]

  • Malaysia to have five more public parks by 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24– The National Landscape Department is to open five more public parks in four states in the effort to turn Malaysia into a land of beautiful parks by 2020. The department’s director of promotions and industrial development, Mansor Muhammad, said the new parks would be set up in Kota Belud, Sabah; Tanjung Agas and Tasik Tenggara, [...]