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April 1, 2018 3:23 AM For GE14, Perak Pakatan hopes for swing in Malay votes

PH is hoping for a 5 per cent swing in Malay votes, with Perak PKR election bureau vice-chief Tan Kar Hing saying it would lead to the Opposition pact winning between 35 and 40 seats. — Picture by Ham Abu BakarIPOH, April 1 — With Barisan Nasional leading just by three seats, Pakatan Harapan (PH) are hoping for a swing in Malay voters to help it win the state 15

March 29, 2018 5:31 AM This boy is on fire: Vietnam drag queens electrify Hanoi

HANOI: Makeup artist by day, cross-dresser by night, Betty is among a vanguard of Vietnamese drag queens shaking up Hanoi's nightlife — and social norms — in a city where such performances remain little known. In a lime green barely-there mesh dress and towering silver heels, the 22-year-old hopes to bring drag into the mainstream with regular performances 6

March 9, 2018 3:07 AM Top Republican Ryan leads GOP backlash against Trump tariffs

WASHINGTON: The top Republican in the US Congress, Paul Ryan, publicly denounced President Donald Trump's imposition Thursday of steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. "I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences," the speaker of the House said in a statement, while welcoming the temporary exemptions granted to Mexico and Canada 19

March 9, 2018 1:17 AM India's top court overrules annulment in 'love jihad' case

NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a woman who converted to Islam should be allowed to live with her Muslim husband in a case that sparked debate about inter-religious relationships and women's rights. Judges overturned a lower court's ruling that the December 2016 marriage between Akhila Ashokan and Shafin Jahan was illegal 17

March 7, 2018 2:39 AM Movie review: Cease Fire 2

MOST of us who are familiar with Iranian films usually know about their serious dramas, but not their comedies. This movie (initially released in 2014) is a great way to kick off the 2018 Iranian Film Festival, which begins today in selected GSC cinemas. Cease Fire 2’s simple storyline only focuses on a few characters, and their personal issues 10

February 26, 2018 3:52 PM Russian teacher dodges paedophilia sentence by marrying pupil

The professor had divorced his wife and married his student once she came of age. — Reuters picSAINT PETERSBURG, Feb 26 — A 55-year-old Russian teacher convicted for having sex with an underage pupil escaped jail time after marrying the teenager, a court said today. Yury Bondarenko, a former music conductor at an arts school in Saint-Petersburg, was convicted 10

February 22, 2018 9:09 AM Nedim Nazri and Nora Danish welcome newborn ‘NeyNey’

Nedim and Nora welcomes their bundle of joy. — Picture via Instagram/bettyrahmadKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Nedim Nazri and Nora Danish welcomed their newborn boy nicknamed “NeyNey” at a private hospital earlier today. Nedim shared the joyous moment on his Instagram (@boss_ned) while Nora’s close friend Betty Rahmad shared a picture of the trio in the operating 19

February 15, 2018 11:49 PM Hong Kong gay pop star says Malaysia show dropped over LGBT support

Singer Denise Ho, who is openly gay, said Malaysian officials told her promoter that her application to perform in Kuala Lumpur in April was refused due to her support for LGBT people. — Picture via Instagram/hoccgoomusicKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — A Hong Kong pop star said yesterday she had been denied permission to perform in Malaysia because she campaigns 12

February 13, 2018 11:08 AM Immigration busts syndicate fabricating forged documents

Mustafar said the raid in Ampang saw the seizure of passports from several foreign countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaIPOH, Feb 13 — The Immigration Department has busted a syndicate led by an Indonesian that produces falsified travelling documents including passports, it said today. Immigration Department 6

February 9, 2018 4:40 AM Actor Norman Hakim ‘shocked’ by marriage proposals for his 12-year-old daughter

Norman addresses internet users who are eager to marry his 12-year-old daughter on Instagram. – Picture via Instagram/normanhakim_786KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9— When actor Norman Hakim shared a photograph of his 12-year-old daughter Marissa Dania on social media, the last thing he expected was an inbox full of marriage proposals. Astonished, the Gerak Khas and Dia Bidadariku 13