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October 20, 2017 5:52 AM Plate numbers of vehicles in Koh’s abduction likely fake, inquiry told

The wife of the missing pastor says she was shown photos of three vehicles taken by a camera mounted on an advertisement board near the scene of the abduction. KUALA LUMPUR: The plate numbers of three vehicles allegedly used in the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh were not found in the vehicle registration records, a public inquiry was told today 21

October 19, 2017 3:45 PM Lyft says Alphabet leads latest US$1 billion round of funding

REUTERS - Uber rival Lyft said on Thursday Capital G, the growth investment fund of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, led a US$1 billion round of financing, boosting the valuation of the ride-hailing service to US$11 billion. The company already received an investment from GM but it looks like Lyft is shifting more to Alphabet, which has its own autonomous 10

October 19, 2017 2:57 PM Morgan Freeman to star in Colin Powell biopic

Actor Morgan Freeman has played roles as iconic as Nelson Mandela as well as played God himself— Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Oct 19 — He’s been South African president Nelson Mandela in Invictus, prison wise man Red in The Shawshank Redemption, and determined detective Somerset in Se7en; Morgan Freeman is now set to become US Secretary of State Colin Powell 64

October 19, 2017 1:40 AM Ascott buys Silicon Valley hotel for S$81.5m to cater to tech companies' demand

SINGAPORE: The Ascott is investing S$81.5 million to acquire and refurbish The Domain Hotel in Silicon Valley, California, to capture the fast-growing demand from global technology companies and multinational corporations. The 136-room freehold hotel will be Ascott’s fourth acquisition in the United States in five months, according to its press release 18

October 19, 2017 12:00 AM Ascott invests in its first Silicon Valley hotel for S$81.5m

THE Ascott Limited (Ascott) on Thursday said it would acquire and refurbish The Domain Hotel, a freehold hotel in Silicon Valley, California, for a sum of S$81.5 million. The aim is to capture the fast-growing demand from global technology companies and multinational corporations. The 136-unit hotel will continue to operate as it undergoes refurbishment 14

October 18, 2017 1:12 PM Xi’s Grand Vision for China Prioritizes Party Power Over Reform

President Xi Jinping laid out a sweeping vision to transform China into a strong global power while guaranteeing Communist Party rule for decades. Investors are skeptical it will lead to any major economic reforms. In a speech to party cadres that went on for more than three hours, Xi on Wednesday outlined a three-decade road map to entrench China’s 30

October 18, 2017 7:48 AM MRT Corp pledges to be corruption-free, sets rail benchmark

Chief executive Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar leads board members and employees of MRT Corp in pledging to uphold integrity and good governance practices before MACC. — Picture courtesy of MRT CorpKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — About 500 board members and employees of the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) have pledged to uphold integrity and good governance 12

October 16, 2017 11:04 PM In Malaysia’s best-ever performance, QS ranks five varsities in Asia’s top 50

Universiti Malaya moved up three spots from the 27th to the 24th rank in the latest listing of Asia's top 50 varsities. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 ― Five local universities are now ranked among the top 50 institutions in Asia by QS, marking Malaysia's best-ever performance in the annual listing. Two universities which were already 10

October 14, 2017 3:29 PM Anti-kleptocracy rally ends, organisers claim 25,000 attended

Pakatan Harapan will attempt to stage their first major rally today, dubbed the "Anti-Kleptocracy rally," in protest against the lack of action taken over the 1MDB saga. The rally is scheduled for 4pm at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya. Rally organisers have been holding talks throughout the country in recent months in an attempt to mobilise 100,000 people 86

October 13, 2017 3:21 PM Policies of Austria's main parties in Sunday's election

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's parliamentary election on Sunday involves three large parties polling above 20 percent and a host of smaller parties that polls show on roughly 6 percent or less, with 4 percent being the threshold for obtaining seats. The frontrunner, the conservative People's Party, has been polling on roughly a third of the vote, and it is highly 15