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Reuters Video: Blade runner dog given new lease of life
A dog that lost its front legs in a violent attack has been given a new lease of life with a pair of high tech carbon fibre racing blades, similar to those used by paralympic athletes. Stuart McDill reports. — Reuters Read More

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
December 17, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) told the Human Resources Ministry that private corporations cannot be punished if they do not provide 90... Read more

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VEP implementation for vehicles from Singapore, Thailand postponed

December 17, 2017

KLUANG, Dec 17 — The vehicle entry permit (VEP) scheduled to be implemented on foreign registered vehicles entering Malaysia via Singapore and Thailand beginning January has been deferred, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said the deferment was to standardise its implementation for both Malaysia-Singapore and... Read more

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Cosplay gathering at Comic Fiesta 2017

  • Cosplay participants pose during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    Cosplay participants pose during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • Visitors and cosplayers at the Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    Visitors and cosplayers at the Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • Cosplay participants pose during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    Cosplay participants pose during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A cosplay participants getting help with makeup during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A cosplay participants getting help with makeup during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • Visitors and cosplayers at the Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    Visitors and cosplayers at the Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • Cosplay participants pose during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    Cosplay participants pose during Comic Fiesta 2017 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur December 17, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is in town

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is in town

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A man dressed as Santa Claus waves, at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is in town
Red carpet looks that made the headlines in 2017

Red carpet looks that made the headlines in 2017

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British singer-songwriter Rita Ora poses on the red carpet arriving to attend the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) at Wembley Arena in London. — AFP pic

Red carpet looks that made the headlines in 2017
A foggy evening in Macedonia

A foggy evening in Macedonia

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Ethereal sights as fog engulfs the city of Skopje, Macedonia December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

A foggy evening in Macedonia
Goodyear airship’s journey to new home

Goodyear airship’s journey to new home

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The Goodyear Airship ‘Wingfoot Two’ arrives at its new home at the Goodyear air operation base in Carson, California December 16, 2017. — Reuters pic

Goodyear airship’s journey to new home
Chocolate with a luxurious hint of gold

Chocolate with a luxurious hint of gold

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Confectioner Wencke Schmid of Wenckeschmid patisserie displays a gold leaf-decorated Petit Four D’or chocolate at her bakery in Basel, Switzerland December 15, 2017. — Reuters pic

Chocolate with a luxurious hint of gold
UK royals attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims

UK royals attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims

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Duchess of Cambridge leaves St Paul’s Cathedral after a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, in London December 15, 2017. — Reuters pic

UK royals attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims

S.Africa’s ANC party wrestles over choice of new leader

December 17, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 17 —Thousands of delegates from South Africa’s ruling ANC party prepared today to elect their next leader in a vote widely seen as a decisive moment in the country’s post-apartheid history. The front-runners in the tight race are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a wealthy businessman, and former minister Nkosazana... Read more

People protest during a demonstration organised by the US Council of Muslim Organisations in opposition to Donald Trump

People protest during a demonstration organised by the US Council of Muslim Organisations in opposition to Donald Trump's announced intention to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More

Malaysia’s young players on par with those from world’s top clubs, says Khairy

December 17, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Supermokh Cup shows that Malaysia’s young players are on par with players from some of the world’s top football clubs. “Although the results were not in our... Read more

French skipper Francois Gabart celebrates as he sails the trimaran Macif into Brest harbour following his successful solo, non-stop around the world record of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, in Brest December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic

French skipper Francois Gabart celebrates as he sails the trimaran Macif into Brest harbour following his successful solo, non-stop around the world record of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, in Brest December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More

UBS boss says bitcoins ‘not money’, urges regulators to act

December 17, 2017

GENEVA, Dec 17 — The chairman of Swiss banking giant UBS said in an interview published today that he does not consider the soaring cryptocurrency bitcoin as money and called for regulators to intervene. Bitcoin prices have surged this year  from less than US$1,000 (RM4,080) in January to US$17,000 last week, after trading in the digital... Read more

Reuters Video: Wall Street jumps to highs on tax-cut hopes
Wall Street's three major indexes tallied record closing highs as hopes rose for the Republican tax bill to pass. ― Reuters Read More

Fancy a food hunt in Butterworth?

By Opalyn Mok
December 17, 2017

SEBERANG PERAI, Dec 17 — Visitors to Penang island gush about the excellent hawker food found there but hardly anyone — outside of those who live in the area — mentions the food in Butterworth. Old town Butterworth used to be a bustling trading town and government administrative centre so naturally there are many hawker food stalls,... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Three great wines for under US$30
Bloomberg Pursuits’ wine guru, Elin McCoy, has three great wines to pour at your holiday party, or to sip while cooking. Cheers! — Bloomberg Read More

Will Smith on asking strangers for money (VIDEO)

December 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 — When Hollywood star Will Smith recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he was asked about what he thought about asking strangers for money. This came after his wife of 20 years Jada Pinkett Smith had a few months ago been on the show and talked about how Smith has no qualms walking up to a stranger to ask for money... Read more

Walt Disney Co displays Porg merchandise at a press event to promote the new movie ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Los Angeles December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic

Walt Disney Co displays Porg merchandise at a press event to promote the new movie ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Los Angeles December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic

Thor Trucks wants to throw down an electric hammer on Tesla (VIDEO)

December 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 — Start-up Thor wants to beat Tesla to the market with electric semi-trucks. Thor’s custom models are due in 2019 and meant for short hauls. — Bloomberg

A motorcyclist rides amid the snow in Dalian, Liaoning province December 17. 2017. — Reuters pic

A motorcyclist rides amid the snow in Dalian, Liaoning province December 17. 2017. — Reuters pic

Sleek and stylish Christmas gifts for swimmers

December 17, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec 17 — Help the swimmer in your life get their New Year off to a healthy start with a selection of sleek and stylish swimming gifts for Christmas. Here we round up our pick of essential swim kit items to boost performance this holiday season. Stella McCartney mesh-panelled swimsuit With a supportive racer back and a lower... Read more

Reuters Video: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day set
UK's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle will marry on May 19, Kensington Palace said in a statement. Jacob Greaves reports. ― Reuters Read More

India restaurant replaces waiters with robots (VIDEO)

December 17, 2017

NEW DELHI, Dec 17 — Hello. This robot will be your server today. At the Robot Theme Restaurant in southern India, a team of rolling robots will bring your food and drinks right to your table. They’ll even take away the dirty dishes. While service robots are not new, some imaginative people are finding all kinds of new uses for... Read more

Humanoid robots are pictured at Akinrobotics, the country’s first-ever factory to mass produce humanoid robots, in Konya December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic

Humanoid robots are pictured at Akinrobotics, the country’s first-ever factory to mass produce humanoid robots, in Konya December 17, 2017. — Reuters pic

In Finnish Lapland, tourists fill Santa’s sack with cash

December 17, 2017

ROVANIEMI (Finland), Dec 17 — In the run up to Christmas tourists from around the world flock to the Santa Claus Village, an amusement park in Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can hit nearly -15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).  They buy soft toys and souvenirs from pricey gift shops while a bearded Santa receives hundreds of admirers a... Read more

Tourists take pictures outside the Government Palace in Lima December 17-, 2017. — Reuters pic

Tourists take pictures outside the Government Palace in Lima December 17-, 2017. — Reuters pic

Dr Hilmi: Ketum macam morfin, salah guna jejas otak

December 17, 2017

BALIK PULAU, 17 Dis — Kementerian Kesihatan tidak bercadang untuk menjadikan ketum sebagai ubat penahan sakit dan rawatan penagihan dadah. Timbalan Menterinya Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya berkata ini kerana ketum mempunyai kesan yang sama seperti morfin. “Ketum dan morfin adalah sama, kesannya juga sama .Ia untuk energetik, tahan sakit... Selanjutnya

Seekor kucing Soll-Jovi Ucool berusia empat bulan dari jenis baka Ragdoll dari Pusat Kucing CaramellaDolls memenangi 3 kategori dalam Seremban Pets Fiesta di Majlis Perbandaran Seremban kelmarin. — Foto Bernama

Seekor kucing Soll-Jovi Ucool berusia empat bulan dari jenis baka Ragdoll dari Pusat Kucing CaramellaDolls memenangi 3 kategori dalam Seremban Pets Fiesta di Majlis Perbandaran Seremban kelmarin. — Foto Bernama

New York Times publisher stepping down, handing over to son

December 15, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec 15 — New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr announced yesterday that he was stepping down after 25 years at the helm of the renowned newspaper and handing over to his son. Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 37, known as AG, will take over as publisher on January 1, 2018, the New York Times Co said in a statement. AG... Read more

A Saudi woman looks at a book during the International Jeddah Book Fair on December 17, 2017. — AFP pic

A Saudi woman looks at a book during the International Jeddah Book Fair on December 17, 2017. — AFP pic