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Reuters Video: Democrat Jones wins US Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump
Democrat Doug Jones wins a bitter fight for a US Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama, as US media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump. — Reuters Read More

December 13, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — Most of the thousands of running events held in the country are not approved by the Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) and the Sports... Read more

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Jerusalem should rightly be capital of Palestine, says Najib

December 13, 2017

ISTANBUL, Dec 13 — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) must unite in its cause to reject any move to proclaim Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel as it ultimately should be the capital of Palestine, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The Prime Minister said Malaysia condemns and totally rejects the unilateral decision by the... Read more

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Christmas shopping at Petaling Street

  • Shoppers and traders are pictured at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    Shoppers and traders are pictured at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A trader arranging Christmas decorations for sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A trader arranging Christmas decorations for sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A shopper looking for Christmas decorations on sale at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A woman is pictured walking out from a shop selling Christmas decorations at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A woman is pictured walking out from a shop selling Christmas decorations at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

  • A woman is pictured walking out from a shop selling Christmas decorations at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

    A woman is pictured walking out from a shop selling Christmas decorations at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ cast hit high note at LA premiere

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ cast hit high note at LA premiere

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Cast member Anna Kendrick poses at the premiere for ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ in Los Angeles December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ cast hit high note at LA premiere
European premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

European premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

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Actors Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill pose for photographers as they arrive for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

European premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
At the ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ premiere in Los Angeles

At the ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ premiere in Los Angeles

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Cast members Dwayne Johnson (right), Kevin Hart and Jack Black arrive at the premiere for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ in Los Angeles, California December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

At the ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ premiere in Los Angeles
‘Darkest Hour’ premieres in London

‘Darkest Hour’ premieres in London

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Actor Lily James is given a coat as she arrives at the UK premiere of ‘Darkest Hour’ in London, December 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

‘Darkest Hour’ premieres in London
At the red carpet premiere of ‘Ferdinand’

At the red carpet premiere of ‘Ferdinand’

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Cast member Anthony Anderson poses with the character of Ferdinand at the premiere for ‘Ferdinand’ in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2017. — Reuters pic

At the red carpet premiere of ‘Ferdinand’
Central Park’s winter wonderland

Central Park’s winter wonderland

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A couple looks at the snow in Central Park during a pre-winter storm in New York City December 10, 2017. — Reuters pic

Central Park’s winter wonderland

Life ‘stopped in tracks’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, say Red Cross

December 13, 2017

GENEVA, Dec 13 —Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and other communities in the violence-racked region are so terrified of each other that life has basically ground to a halt, the Red Cross said today. More than 620,000 of Myanmar’s Muslim minority have fled across the border to Bangladesh since late August, when... Read more

Democratic Alabama US Senate candidate Doug Jones and wife Louise acknowledge supporters at the election night party in Birmingham, Alabama, December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

Democratic Alabama US Senate candidate Doug Jones and wife Louise acknowledge supporters at the election night party in Birmingham, Alabama, December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More

Most fans comfortable with gay players, poll shows

December 13, 2017

LONDON, Dec 13 — More than three-quarters of football fans across the globe would have no problem if a player in their national team came out as gay or bisexual, a poll showed today. Conducted by fan-opinion platform Forza Football and... Read more

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) shoots as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the third quarter at Barclays Centre, Brooklyn December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) shoots as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the third quarter at Barclays Centre, Brooklyn December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More

Dollar drops before Fed, after Alabama poll

December 13, 2017

LONDON, Dec 13 — The dollar dropped today awaiting the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting and after a shock Democrat election win in a staunchly Republican senate district fuelled fears about US President Donald Trump’s tax cut plans. European stock markets were mostly lower after Tokyo posted losses, as investors also looked... Read more

A man feeds money into a Bitcoin ATM at the Bitcoin Centre in New York December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

A man feeds money into a Bitcoin ATM at the Bitcoin Centre in New York December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

In food waste fight, Brits turn bread into beer

December 12, 2017

DRIFFIELD (United Kingdom), Dec 12 ― At a brewery nestled in rolling farmland in northern England, the process of making beer begins with dropping dozens of unwanted loaf ends, thrown away by a sandwich factory, into a large stainless steel tank. Add water, hops and yeast, and out comes the unmistakable golden beverage popular the world... Read more

Seagulls fly over a man having a hot drink next to the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

Seagulls fly over a man having a hot drink next to the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

Woody Harrelson in talks to join ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff

December 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 —The American actor is currently in talks to join the cast of Venom, the Spider-Man spinoff based on the popular villain, reports Variety. He would join Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Woody Harrelson could be set to add another major movie franchise to his acting CV. After Hunger Games, Planet of the Apes... Read more

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', at the Royal Albert Hall in London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic Read More view gallery

Mercedes gives G-Class its biggest-ever update

December 13, 2017

BERLIN, Dec 13 — Although it might not look like it from the outside, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has undergone a huge transformation since it was first launched almost 40 years ago. It started off as a hardcore, rough-and-ready off-roader for the German military and utility companies, but it’s now morphed into an entirely new life as a... Read more

Cars drive as high waves hit the waterfront in Marseille, France December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

Cars drive as high waves hit the waterfront in Marseille, France December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

India draws flak for banning ‘indecent’ condom ads on daytime TV

December 13, 2017

NEW DELHI, Dec 13 — India’s decision to ban condom ads on daytime television drew widespread ridiculetoday as a retrograde step that threatened progress on sexual and reproductive health. India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Monday ordered television channels not to air condom adverts between 6 a.m and 10 p.m. as they... Read more

Reuters Video: Otters learn by copying ‘friends’, study shows
Smooth-coated otters learn to get food by copying how others in their group perform tasks, according to what’s thought to be the first study into social learning in the species. — Reuters Read More

Report: South-east Asia’s internet economy growing faster than predicted

December 13, 2017

SINGAPORE, Dec 13 — Driven by the explosive growth of the online travel business and e-commerce, South-east Asia’s internet economy has expanded far quicker than expected to reach US$50 billion (RM204.4 billion) this year, according to a report by internet giant Google and Temasek Holdings. Noting that the expansion of the region’s... Read more

Reuters Video: China's craze for e-sports paves way for gaming college degrees
Some Chinese universities are rolling out gaming degrees as China's booming video game market shows no signs of slowing. — Reuters

Why Sundays and Fridays will be particularly important travel days in 2018

December 13, 2017

NEW YORK, Dec 13 — Here's a general rule of thumb for booking air travel in 2018: To score the best international economy fares, clear out your Sunday, and book your departure flight for Friday. And whatever you do, avoid making any kind of reservations on Friday. That's the latest advice from a major report released jointly by Expedia... Read more

The Angkor Wat temple is seen during sunrise in Siem Reap, Cambodia December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

The Angkor Wat temple is seen during sunrise in Siem Reap, Cambodia December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

SPRM: Tidak cukup bukti dakwa Annuar kes taja bola Kelantan

December 13, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, 13 Dis — Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) berkata pihak pendakwa raya memutuskan untuk tidak mendakwa bekas pengerusi Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), Tan Sri Annuar Musa berhubung isu penajaan pasukan bola sepak Kelantan, The Red Warriors (TRW). Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya (Operasi) SPRM, Datuk Seri Azam Baki berkata... Selanjutnya

Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin (tiga, kanan) bersama Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Kadamaian Jeremmy Malajad (dua, kiri) dan Pengarah  Kawasan Pembangunan Pertanian Bersepadu (IADA) Kota Belud Salmah Labulla (dua, kanan) menyertai gotong-royong menuai padi di Kampung Tambatuon, Kota Belud 12 Disember, 2017. — Foto Bernama

Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin (tiga, kanan) bersama Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Kadamaian Jeremmy Malajad (dua, kiri) dan Pengarah Kawasan Pembangunan Pertanian Bersepadu (IADA) Kota Belud Salmah Labulla (dua, kanan) menyertai gotong-royong menuai padi di Kampung Tambatuon, Kota Belud 12 Disember, 2017. — Foto Bernama

Garcia Marquez archive now accessible online

December 13, 2017

AUSTIN, Dec 13 — A US university has made more than 27,000 images from the late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s archive available online. They include materials from all of his works of fiction, personal scrapbooks, a memoir, screenplays and photographs. The project was carried out by the Harry Ransom Centre, the literary... Read more

Paperback books are displayed on a shelf in a bookstore in Eymet, France December 13 2017. — Reuters pic

Paperback books are displayed on a shelf in a bookstore in Eymet, France December 13 2017. — Reuters pic