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The zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, is home to a unique animal — the liliger. That’s a big cat breed where the father is a lion and the mother is a lion-tiger hybrid, called a liger.
JOHOR BARU: All 211 schools involving some 15,000 students in Muar will close for two days as the Air Pollution Index in the district was 383 as of 11am today.
WASHINGTON : A day after the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, U.S. lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills in the Senate and House of Representatives that would require Medicare to cover more obesity treatment costs.
KUANTAN: The National Service (NS) camps in Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, and Johor have been ordered to halt all outdoor activities immediately due to the current haze problem.
JAKARTA: Indonesia on Thursday accused Singapore of “behaving like a child” by complaining about severe haze from raging forest fires on Sumatra island that has cloaked the city-state.
NEW YORK : The American Medical Association joined the effort to discourage consumption of sugary drinks on Wednesday with a pledge to work to get them off U.S. government food aid programs for the poor.
PHNOM PENH: UNESCO on Thursday added six ancient sites in Syria including a fortress of Saladin and a Crusader castle to the endangered World Heritage list, warning that more than two years of civil war had inflicted heavy damage.
MANILA : The Philippines financial capital banned disposable plastic shopping bags and styrofoam food containers on Thursday, as part of escalating efforts across the nation’s capital to curb rubbish that exacerbates deadly flooding.
LAGOS : Nigeria’s military says its troops have rescued a French sailor kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Togo.
SERI ISKANDAR : Malaysia is prepared to offer assistance to Indonesia to address the ongoing haze problem which is currently affecting several states.
GEORGE TOWN : Police will submit their findings of the missing Lim Chin Aik, 44, who has been reported to be missing by his family after the collapse of the mast of a building here last week, to obtain a death certificate.
NEW DELHI : The Delhi Zoo lost another tiger last week when a white tigress died of septicaemia which it contracted after delivering four cubs.
BUTTERWORTH: Foreign workers will be given special identification cards for better management of the workforce starting next month.
NEW YORK : New York unveiled a giant vegetable garden Wednesday in the Brooklyn borough’s largest public housing development, in a bid to fight a growing obesity epidemic among the poor.
KOTA KINABALU: The haze in several places in Sabah was reported to be at the moderate level today.
BEIJING: A Tibetan nun who last week set fire to herself in protest at Chinese rule has died, a US-based broadcaster and rights group said.
MIRI : An investigation is to be conducted into the case of a National Service Training Programme (PLKN) trainee who delivered a baby in the toilet of a training camp in Johor yesterday.
TOKYO : The head of Sony told shareholders Thursday the company’s board was studying from “all sorts of angles” a proposed plan to spin off part of its profitable entertainment arm but said it would not be rushed into a decision.
WASHINGTON : One of America’s premier documentary film festivals got underway late Wednesday with a fresh look back on the life and times of John F. Kennedy based on moving condolence messages to his widow.
WASHINGTON : The U.S. has accused China and Russia of failing to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking, ranking them on a par with North Korea and Syria.
JOHOR BARU: All 211 schools in Muar have been ordered closed for two days as the Air Pollutant Index reached a hazardous level of 383 in the district this morning.
SYDNEY : A funeral home in the Papua New Guinea capital came under fire Thursday for reportedly burning unclaimed bodies in an open pit after nearby residents complained of the stench.
IPOH: The police are prepared for the planned illegal Blackout 505 rally at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur this Saturday.
PEKANBARU: An official of the Pekanbaru Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (MBKG) said here on Wednesday that 148 hot spots of forest and plantation fires were detected in Riau Province, Indonesia's Antara reported.
CHICAGO : The U.S. introduction of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in 2006 has reduced infections with the human papillomavirus or HPV - the sexually transmitted virus that causes the disease - by more than half among girls and young women, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday.
LAHORE, Pakistan : In the intensive-care ward of Lahore’s Mayo hospital, pale, spotty children cry in the intense heat of the Pakistani summer — victims of a devastating measles outbreak.
AL-HUFUF, Saudi Arabia: People in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have again started greeting friends with the traditional kiss on the cheek, and face masks in public are becoming rarer, as panic subsides over the outbreak of a deadly respiratory disease that hit the country last year.
BEIJING: China has held its first classroom lecture from its orbiting space station as part of efforts to popularize the successful manned space flight program among young people.
ROME : An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced celebrated fashion house duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for avoiding taxes totalling 200 million euros ($268 million).
SEOUL : South Korea’s most famous footballer Park Ji-Sung, and one of its most eligible bachelors, used a packed press conference Thursday to announce he was dating a local TV sports presenter.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng lashed out at Menara Umno building owners for holding up the reopening of a closed stretch of Jalan Macalister earlier.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba: Children have been removed from an orthodox Mennonite community in Canada where adults have been charged with assaulting youngsters using items such as cattle prods and leather straps.
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Indonesia were scheduled to hold emergency talks Thursday after thick smog from forest fires on Sumatra island reached unprecedented levels in the city-state.
BEIJING: China says it has sentenced 11 people for inciting religious extremism and related crimes in the northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang.
KATMANDU, Nepal: A helicopter has crashed in remote northwestern Nepal, killing one passenger and injuring five other people on board.
OLINDA: Brazilians left behind by a vaunted economic boom have come to see next year’s World Cup not as a celebration of the country’s rising stature, but as a symbol of its lingering inequality.
LONDON : He may now be a doting dad marketing a range of jams and jellies, but Steve Carell’s Gru character in the sequel to the animated supervillain children’s comedy “Despicable Me” still longs for a little bit of the old criminal fun.
AMMAN : Belief that so-called honour killings are justified is still common among Jordanian teenagers, a Cambridge University study revealed on Thursday.
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE : U .S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged the Pentagon on Wednesday to stop force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and called the practice “out of step” with medical ethics and international norms.
SYDNEY: A radio station at the centre of a prank call targeting Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine that led to the suicide of a nurse is trying to block further investigation of its actions, Australia’s communications watchdog said Thursday.
CLEVELAND : A mentally disabled mother whom authorities said was enslaved for two years along with her daughter spent time in jail this year after pleading guilty to beating the girl, but her attorney told a judge that her captors forced her to do it.
HAVANA : A group of masked assailants has attacked a leading university in the Venezuelan capital, torching two buses and seriously damaging its rectory building.
MAPUTO: At least 208 prisoners died of AIDS inMozambique's jails last year, Mozambiqan news agency AIM reported.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky : Gunfire erupted Wednesday in a Louisville condominium building, leaving three people dead and a fourth person seriously injured, authorities said.
CLEVELAND : A cat caring for four newborn kittens is nursing an orphaned week-old pit bull puppy in Cleveland.
LOS ANGELES : British director Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct a movie version of erotic best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the studios behind the project announced Wednesday.
ALBANY, New York : U.S. authorities accused two men of assembling a portable X-ray weapon that they intended to use to secretly sicken opponents of Israel.
TOKYO: On the Internet, no one can save you from yourself. That is a lesson many Japanese politicians have learned recently in painful, awkward and at times costly fashion.
CARACAS, Venezuela : Venezuelan authorities say the undersea wreckage of a small plane that disappeared five years ago with 14 people aboard has been found.
SAN FRANCISCO: Prosecutors called them the “landlords from hell.” A U.S. couple accused of going to extreme lengths to drive tenants from a San Francisco apartment building — including cutting holes in one tenant’s floor with a power saw while he was still inside — have pleaded guilty to several felonies.
RECIFE, Brazil : Italy booked their place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup here Wednesday with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win over Japan that also sent Brazil into the last four.
LUCKNOW: Monsoon flooding that has stranded thousands of people and caused landslides in northern India has killed almost 120 people, and the prime minister said the toll could rise substantially.
FORTALEZA, Brazil : English referee Howard Webb was “really moved” by the acappella rendition of the Brazilian national anthem sung by fans before Brazil’s 2-0 Confederations Cup win over Mexico on Wednesday, according to Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
SAN FRANCISCO : Microsoft handed gamers a victory Wednesday by backing off plans for new-generation Xbox One consoles to require Internet connections and put restrictions on playing second-hand game disks.
LOS ANGELES : A former University of Southern California professor arrested in Mexico for alleged sex crimes involving two children in the Philippines has been deported to the United States after a Mexican citizen recognized his picture in the newspaper and informed the U.S. Embassy, federal authorities said Wednesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO : Brazils’ two biggest cities on Wednesday rolled back transit fare hikes that had triggered massive protests as demonstrators clashed with police outside a Confederations Cup match.
BOSTON : Eccentric former software pioneer John McAfee is back in the spotlight - lashing out at the anti-virus software that bears his name in a profanity-laced video.
WELLINGTON : Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says he’s “in tears” after a European company announced it had deleted all the data it was hosting from the shuttered file-sharing site.
LOS ANGELES : HBO and James Gandolfini’s managers say the actor famous for his role in “The Sopranos” has died in Italy.
UNITED NATIONS : The United Nations’ deputy secretary-general is urging countries to transform natural resource inequities that have fueled conflicts over oil, diamonds and precious metals and use those resources to finance economic development and provide basic services like health care and clean water.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the northernmost U.S. state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.
MOSCOW: Russian officials on Wednesday reacted coldly to the call by President Barack Obama to jointly reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles by a third, saying the United States should address Moscow’s concerns over missile defence first.
LONDON: A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors reported Wednesday after investigating the biggest outbreak in Saudi Arabia.
TOULOUSE, France: Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours as unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country on Wednesday.
MONTREAL: The first Holy door outside of Europe will soon grace one of the oldest Catholic parishes in North America, in the Canadian province of Quebec, a church official told AFP on Wednesday.
PARIS: One of the world’s most visited cities but also famous for its rudeness, Paris has embarked on a campaign to improve its reputation and better cater to the needs of tourists.
KOTA KINABALU: One of three tourists from Hong Kong, who were injured when their vehicle was hit by a train near the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal 1 at Jalan Lintas in Petagas at 5.35pm, today, has succumbed to injuries.
LONDON: Prince William and his wife Catherine do not know the sex of their baby, which is expected in mid-July and will be born by natural delivery, palace sources said Wednesday.
PARIS: A French diplomat says officials from the United States and other countries will meet in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday to decide how to respond to requests for help from the Free Syrian Army.
SINGAPORE: Smog levels in Singapore from Indonesian forest fires hit the highest level on record Wednesday as the air pollutant index breached the “hazardous” level.
MILAN: A Milan court has convicted the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion.
LONDON: With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July — and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch — officials at Clarence House have released some of the couple’s plans, although many details are still being kept private.
GROZNY, Russia: The father of a Russian man killed while being questioned about ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he has brought the body to Russia for burial.
YANGON, Myanmar: Authorities in Myanmar say a court has found two Muslim women guilty of sparking a recent outbreak of sectarian violence in the country, one of them by bumping into a novice monk.
CLEVELAND: A tentative Aug. 4 trial date has been set for a man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them in his home for about a decade.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota: Vince Flynn, a best-selling author of political thriller novels, has died at age 47 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.
NEW YORK: Madonna said there were days she was exhausted during her recent “MDNA” world tour, but she decided to press on.
MIAMI: Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy “Mars Attacks!,” died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90.
JOHANNESBURG: Togo have joined Ethiopia in admitting that they fielded a suspended player in a 2014 World Cup Africa zone qualifier.
NICE, France: French nature officials have shot dead a female wolf in the foothills of the Alps in the first such killing since the government authorised increased culling of the protected species.
PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has mobilised the health monitoring system nationwide, specifically in areas badly affected by haze to detect increases in related diseases.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah has proposed that Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) be rebranded as School of Oriental Studies open to all Malaysians where they can learn Bahasa Melayu, English, Mandarin and Tamil under one roof.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today proposed the setting up of a Penang State Commission of Enquiry to probe the two separate civil structural failures which occurred within the last week.
MUAR: A trainee who was undergoing a National Service (NS) Training Programme at the Sri Ledang Camp in Jementah, Segamat gave birth to a baby boy in the toilet of the camp today.
PARIS: A suspected member of the notorious Pink Panther gang of international jewel thieves has been arrested near Paris, police sources told AFP on Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven people, including two women, were rounded-up by the police for alleged involvement in drug trafficking activities in Cheras since Monday.
DHAKA: Owners of a Bangladesh garment factory were forced to offer prayers and distribute food to the poor on Wednesday in a bid to drive out what workers believed was a ghost at the plant, police said.
GEORGE TOWN: Nearly 7,000 Facebook users have shared a short video clip on the anxious moments of the collapsed lightning arrestor pole incident in Jalan Macalister, here which occurred on last Thursday.
PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has ordered 3,447 dirty eatery to be closed down last year due to appalling hygiene standard.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Malaysia Global Service (EMGS) is in the midst of working on a plan to have dedicated immigration officers placed in the same office to speed up the international student visa application process.
SIBU: Nearly 1,000 residents of Kampung Hilir and Kampung Datu Lama here were left homeless after fire razed around 100 houses today.
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has given a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome the ride of his life — sort of.
ALOR STAR: The State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Department has busted a ring which buys subsidised petrol and diesel before smuggling it into Thailand.
KUALA LUMPUR: A specially set up MCA Team will hold closed door dialogues with MCA members throughout the country to carry out a transformation agenda aimed at restructuring the party's road map.
KUALA LUMPUR: The police are tracing a Latin American woman suspected of being involved in a robbery attempt in which two of her countrymen were detained at Jalan Ampang, last Friday.
KOTA BARU: A student of Maahad Tahfiz Darul Anuar, a religious school in Pulau Melaka, who went camping at Bukit Bakar in Machang last month, died yesterday due to leptospirosis virus infection.
JERANTUT: Police today nabbed eight foreign masseuses for offering sexual services at a licensed massage parlour in Inderapura here.
KUALA LUMPUR: Three foreigners who had been conning men into buying pig penises, which they claimed as tigers’, were nabbed by Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) officers here on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) was upset when it learnt that the Finance Ministry had in 2001 suddenly changed its plan to compulsorily acquire a land earmarked for the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.
JOHOR BARU: A 35-year-old security guard was sentenced by the Sessions Court to 10 years’ jail and five strokes of the rotan for raping his then nine-year-old stepdaughter.