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November 3, 2017 7:10 AM Pimped-up trishaws a tourist hit in Malacca

MALACCA — Decked out with flashing lights and cartoon characters, with loud music pumping, rickety bicycle rickshaws have become a hit with tourists visiting the historic Malaysian city of Malacca. Once a common sight in many parts of Malaysia, the three-wheelers, known locally as trishaws, have largely phased out as cars become more affordable and take over the country's 431

October 27, 2017 2:01 PM Microsoft hits a record high after crushing earnings (MSFT)

The Washington-based company on Thursday reported adjusted earnings per shares of $0.84 versus the $0.72 expected by Wall Street. Revenue was $24.5 billion compared to an expected $23.56 billion. Shares spiked more than 8% Friday morning, trading as high at $86.19 after the opening bell. The previous record was $79.34, hit earlier this week. The results 130

October 27, 2017 4:32 AM Australian court rules deputy PM ineligible for parliament, government loses majority

CANBERRA: Australia's High Court ruled on Friday that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is ineligible to remain in parliament, a stunning decision that cost the government its one-seat parliamentary majority and forced a by-election. The Australian dollar fell a quarter of a U.S. cent after the court announced its ruling and ordered that Joyce must seek a new mandate 63

October 25, 2017 9:05 AM Thais, their late king, and the last goodbye

Context will be hard to come by this week as Thais bid farewell to their late monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and his 70-year reign whose light gave out on Oct 13 last year. There is a mismatch of seeing Thailand today with all of its modernity and cosmopolitanism compared to how the country was shaped and formed in earlier decades. To understand the spectacle 50

October 23, 2017 7:09 PM Future Flooding Will Be Deeper and More Frequent and Cities Aren't Prepared

It’s no coincidence that work on that paper started just a few months after Sandy’s arrival on October 29, 2012. "We can't really ignore this because it's something that's already happening and it's going to get worse,” lead author Andra Garner, a climate scientist at Rutgers University, told Newsweek. "We need to be planning for this kind of thing 93

October 21, 2017 9:27 PM Typhoon 25W (Lan), # 34

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, Japan time: Typhoon Lan is losing its punch as it continues rapidly rumbling north-northeast toward the Tokyo area. Landfall is forecast for around 3 a.m. Monday between Shizuoka and Hamamatsu west of Tokyo with Lan still packing 98-mph sustained winds and 121-mph gusts at center as it rams ashore. At 3 p.m., Lan was 337 miles 57

October 20, 2017 1:09 AM The Reason Hayao Miyazaki Came Out of Retirement Will Bring You to Tears

According to Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer, Toshio Suzuki, Miyazaki wanted to do one last anime film — the upcoming project “Boro the Caterpillar” — because he wanted to leave it as a legacy for his grand son. “Miyazaki is making the new film for his grandson. It’s his way of saying ‘Grandpa is moving on to the next world, but he’s leaving behind 409

October 16, 2017 3:19 PM Two killed, thousands without power as freak storm hits Ireland

DUBLIN (AFP) - Ireland was hit by an "unprecedented storm" on Monday (Oct 16) that left two people dead, 120,000 homes and businesses without power and closed every school in the country. A police spokesman said one woman was killed outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, apparently by a tree falling on her car. "It's a woman in her 50s. A female 43

October 16, 2017 11:03 AM If Trump doesn’t want a nuclear war with North Korea, a ‘No First Use’ pledge might work better than threats

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea with “fire and fury” should it cross some ambiguous tripwire. By being vague about where that tripwire lies, Trump seems to believe that his threat, coupled with harsher economic sanctions, will force Kim Jong Un to back down. But just the opposite seems to have occurred. Instead, a war of words 43

October 16, 2017 9:53 AM Hurricane Ophelia: Every part of Ireland will bear brunt of Ophelia 'for three hours'

Ophelia is 'moving quickly', heading towards south-west coast "It is not the tail end of a hurricane, which is what we are used to, this is coming straight at us with all its energy still intact. "It is potentially life-threatening, especially at the coasts with storm surges. Joanna Donnelly told RTE Radio One that "rain is not the main concern" 37