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Minister says stationers, booksellers cannot increase price as they fancy
Friday, December 27, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 -- The Federation of Stationers and Booksellers Association of Malaysia faces action under the Competition Act 2010 should they increase prices as they like.
 
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek stressed that among the actions which could be taken were a fine, closure of the business premises or confiscation of goods....

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With selfies, the world turns the camera on itself
Friday, December 27, 2013

Stuck on a ledge halfway up a 3,000-foot (1,000-meter) cliff in Oman, his climbing rope sliced in two by sharp rocks, Jimmy Chin did what anyone else would have done in his predicament.
He took a selfie.
 
"I had some time to figure out what I was going to do," said Chin, a National Geographic photographer whose images of extreme climbing by the Straits of Hormuz appear in the magazine's January issue....

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Uphold The Amman Message
Thursday, December 26, 2013

The recent proposal by some political and religious leaders to amend the Malaysian Constitution to specify that Article 3 which states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation” refers only to the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah(ASWJ)  has far-reaching implications.  Does it mean that non-Sunni, minority sects will not be recognised as Islamic?...

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Christmas documentary reveals Sex Pistols' cuddly side
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

LONDON - Notorious punk rocker Sid Vicious dances to Christmas hits with a gaggle of children, while fellow Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten hands out presents. It sounds implausible, but this is how the British punk band spent Christmas Day 1977. Unseen footage of Sex Pistols in this unlikely scenario will be broadcast for the first time in a new documentary to be aired on BBC television on December 26....

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Khodorkovsky the freed tycoon leaves a different Russia
Monday, December 23, 2013

MOSCOW: Mikhail Khodorkovsky may have trouble recognising Russia should he ever decide to return after a decade in prison that saw his oil empire dismantled and political ambitions smothered by arch foe Vladimir Putin.
 
The Kremlin supremo pardoned post-Soviet Russia's most famous inmate in an apparent bid to mute criticism of his own rights record ahead of February's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi....

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Rodman back from N. Korea without meeting 'awesome' Kim
Monday, December 23, 2013

BEIJING - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returned from North Korea on Monday, saying he did not meet "awesome" Kim Jong-Un on his third visit to the reclusive state but was unfazed by the lack of contact....

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Tom Cruise settles lawsuit over 'abandoning' daughter
Saturday, December 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES - Tom Cruise has reached a settlement with a magazine publisher he sued for $50 million in libel damages over claims he abandoned his daughter Suri after his divorce, the star's lawyer said Friday. Terms of the agreement remain confidential, but a statement said German publisher Bauer acknowledged that it 'never intended" to suggest the "Mission Impossible" star abandoned his daughter....

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Malaysia Airlines fulfils Shahrul’s wish
Thursday, December 19, 2013

SEPANG: An 11-year-old boy who has a complex congenital heart disease was flown to Langkawi for a dream holiday with his family by Malaysia Airlines through its affiliation with Make-A-Wish Malaysia.  Despite his illness, Mohammad Shahrul Fahmy had not stopped living a normal life, albeit at a slower pace than other children.  ...

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Lostprophets singer jailed 35 years for child sex abuse
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LONDON: British rock singer Ian Watkins, the former Lostprophets frontman, was jailed for 35 years on Wednesday for the attempted rape of a baby and several other incomprehensible child sex offences.
 
Watkins, who admitted 13 offences at Cardiff Crown Court, had plumbed new depths of depravity, his judge said.
 
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China's graft crackdown hits watches, luxury market
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SHANGHAI: Luxury watch sales fell in the key Chinese market this year in the face of a crackdown on corruption and extravagance, a global consultancy said.
 
Watches account for over one fifth of China's domestic luxury market and dropped by 11 per cent to 27 billion yuan ($4.5 billion) in 2013, Bain & Company said in a report.
 
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