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November 2, 2017 1:46 PM Catalonia crisis a 'political win' for Rajoy as party sees popularity rise

Although the pro-independence movement in Catalonia has been a thorn in the side of the Spanish government for decades, tensions came to a head in October when the Catalan government held a referendum on independence despite a ban by Spain's constitutional court and attempts by Madrid to stop the vote. The vote took place regardless and there were violent 25

November 2, 2017 11:02 AM Malaysian Islamic preacher seeks audience with Johor Ruler to defend himself

KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian Islamic preacher wants to seek an audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar and the Johor religious authorities after he was banned from preaching in the state. Mr Haslin Baharim said he wanted to explain himself in case the Sultan had been given the wrong advice, leading to a decree on Wednesday (Oct 2) which prohibits 6

November 1, 2017 11:05 PM Football: Spurs stun Madrid, join Man City in last 16

PARIS: Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday (Nov 1) as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City. Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo's late consolation. The result ensured 5

November 1, 2017 10:18 PM Mardan and chasing pack enjoy Warren greens

The vastly-improved green conditions at Warren Golf and Country Club helped leading local professionals register good scores on both days of the $30,000 SPGA President's Cup. And as the event moves into the final day today, leader Mardan Mamat faces a chase from the closing pack, namely Choo Tze Huang, Zaw Moe, Quincy Quek and leading amateur Marc Ong, who is turning 5

November 1, 2017 8:29 PM Amid soaring profits, Facebook vows to curb abuse

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Wednesday (Nov 1) reported profits leapt on booming revenue from online ads in the third quarter, topping investor forecasts and buoying shares already at record highs. The leading social network said it made a profit of US$4.7 billion in the quarter that ended on Sep 30, a jump of 79 per cent from the same period a year earlier 3

November 1, 2017 10:16 AM How the Chinese media invaded the Song-Song wedding and made it less than private

SEOUL - On the day China and South Korea agreed to end a dispute over the deployment of an American missile defence system in the South, the Chinese media invaded K-drama stars Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki's highly-anticipated wedding. Although the star-studded ceremony in the garden of Yeong Bin Gwan at The Shilla hotel in Seoul on Tuesday (Oct 31) was a closed-door 6

November 1, 2017 10:12 AM Korean stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo got married. Here's what they wore

Renowned South Korean stars Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki looked to Dior for their wedding on Oct 31. The couple wore matching creations from the French fashion house to tie the knot in Seoul. Hye Kyo wore a breathtakingly beautiful dress epitomising the unique savoir-faire that Dior's haute couture ateliers are rightfully famed for. Joong Ki, on the other 6

November 1, 2017 5:18 AM Dentistry professor studies medical benefits of nanodiamonds

UCLA researchers are using microscopic carbon molecules for medical procedures and experiments ranging from cancer drug delivery to root canals. These microscopic carbon molecules, known as nanodiamonds, are five nanometers in diameter and shaped like soccer balls with sharper edges, said Dean Ho, a professor in the School of Dentistry. Ho, who has researched 25

October 31, 2017 1:50 PM How nuclear deterrence can work in Northeast Asia

IN A recent commentary, Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote a thought-provoking piece entitled ‘To deter North Korea, Japan and South Korea should go nuclear’. The article’s title completely captures Mr Kausikan’s core proposal. In fact, his analysis actually stands 16

October 31, 2017 7:17 AM 3 ex-Trump aides charged as US special counsel steps up probe of Russian links

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has moved into a new and more perilous stage for the White House after three aides to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, including a former chairman, were charged. Ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Rick Gates appeared in court on Monday (Oct 30), pleading 4