‘Monday Afternoon Fever’ in South Korea’s old-age discos

SEOUL: As the mercury outside plunges to minus 10 degrees on an ice-cold Monday afternoon, the dance floor inside the Kukilgwan Palace is packed with grey-haired Korean couples moving to the rhythms of high-volume disco. “I come here every day of the week, except for Saturday and Sunday,” said 81-year-old Jun Il-Taek as he danced […]

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Roses are red, elbows are blue: Japanese women fight for their Valentines

TOKYO: Elbowing each other in the stampede to buy Valentine’s Day chocolate for the men in their lives, Japanese women brought stores to a standstill Saturday. In Japan, the menfolk do sweet nothing on Feb 14 while the women do battle in heaving aisles, loading up on confectionery treats for the object of their desire. […]

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US Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s death triggers political battle

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. Obama called Scalia a “larger-than-life presence” on the court and said he would nominate a successor. “I plan to fulfil my […]

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Strong winds, rough seas predicted in East Coast, S’wak and Sabah

KUALA LUMPUR: Strong winds and rough seas over the waters off the east coast states of the peninsula, Sarawak and Sabah are expected to persist from Wednesday until Friday. The areas that will be affected are Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor, Sarawak, Labuan and Kudat and the west coast and interior of Sabah, the Malaysian […]

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Man threatening to blow up PM’s residence remanded for five days

KUALA LUMPUR: The owner of a Facebook account, in which a statement threatening to blow up the Prime Minister’s residence was posted, has been remanded for five days beginning yesterday (Feb 13). According to the Royal Malaysian Police’s (PDRM) Facebook page, the suspect was detained to facilitate investigations under Section 130G of the Penal Code. […]

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Zika likely to spread to large Brazilian cities: expert

BRASILIA: The Zika virus, linked to a surge in infants born with abnormally small heads, is likely to spread this year to Brazil’s densely populated cities where it has barely surfaced, a top health official told AFP. Zika has struck hard in hot and humid southeastern and central Brazil, but largely spared bigger cities like […]

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Ambitious refugee documentary cheered at Berlin film fest

BERLIN: A searing Italian documentary on Europe’s refugee influx drew cheers Saturday at the Berlin film festival, which has rolled out the red carpet for pictures offering unique takes on the crisis. “Fire at Sea” by award-winning director Gianfranco Rosi, set on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, emerged as an early favourite among 18 contenders […]

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1,000 peserta sertai sukan rakyat

SIBU: Sukan Rakyat Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Nangka 2016 julung kali diadakan berlangsung di Dewan Lakis di sini. Aktiviti sukan rakyat itu merupakan inisiatif dan idea Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Nangka, Dr Annuar Rapa’ee. Dianggarkan seramai 1,000 orang peserta mengambil bahagian dalam sukan rakyat itu menyaksikan pelbagai permainan dan aktiviti dijalankan. Program itu bagi […]

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Valentine’s Day a bittersweet occasion for ageing Francis

KUCHING: Valentine’s Day has become a touching subject for 98-year-old Francis Losobom, despite never celebrating it with his wife Theresa Henry Salamat when she was still alive. He overheard his grandchildren talking about the celebration recently and quietly, he up and reached out with his trembling hands to pick up a framed, black-and-white portrait of […]

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‘Love’s not only in the air, but also on the road’

KUCHING: The phenomenon of roadside stalls decked out with cute plush toys and bouquets of flowers lends high romance to the wet spell of February, and culminating in Valentine’s Day which is today. This year is no exception with roadside tents springing up to sell various plush toys, mostly cuddly teddy bears in sizes ranging […]

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