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New Zealand goes to polls on Saturday, ending tight, volatile race

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealanders go to the polls on Saturday in the most volatile and hard-fought race in recent history, which could usher in a change in openness to migration and trade and the central bank's approach to monetary policy.

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

RAJA AMPAT (Indonesia) (AFP) - A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

'Jackpot Auntie' in legal tussle with firm she helped set up

SINGAPORE: "Jackpot Auntie" Choo Hong Eng, who was hailed for giving away $410,000 (RM1.2mil) in casino winnings to charity, is being sued for more than $200,000 (RM622,294) by the company she helped start.

Choo Hong Eng at the Kwan Inn (Geylang East) Vegetarian Food stall, which has been in operation since 1986. She had made headlines in 2011 when Marina Bay Sands Casino initially declined to pay her the $410,000 she won on its slot machines. She later donated the winnings to charity.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH.

TMJ meets with David Beckham

PETALING JAYA: Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim met with David Beckham and presented him with a Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) shirt bearing the former English football star's trademark No. 7.

Tunku Ismail (left) with David Beckham.

Suspected separatist bomb wounds 3 police in Cameroon's Anglophone region

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - An improvised bomb wounded three policemen in the main city of Cameroon's minority English-speaking region on Thursday, the regional governor said, in an attack a senior security source blamed on separatist militants.

Local and US scholars putting out book on M’sian Chinese literature

KUALA LUMPUR: Academicians from Malaysia and the United States are collaborating to publish a book about Malaysian Chinese literature.

Academically inclined: (From left) Dr Khor, Chan, Prof Wang, Dr Seng and Chia taking a photo together after their meeting.

Offering British education to China

NEGRI Sembilan’s Matrix Global Schools (MGS) is collaborating with China’s Hengshui No.1 High School to provide British education to 200 students from the republic every year.

Lee (second from right) exchanging documents with Hengshui Malaysia managing director Lei Ming after the signing ceremony. With them are (from left) China Hubei Macheng Bo Da Edu Group board/headmaster Li Yao Dong, Yan and MGS chief executive officer Felix Lee Eng Boon. — Photos: UU BAN/The Star

Fabulous fusion of flavours

GOING retro is certainly in vogue, but few eateries make it as tantalisingly delicious as the Charlie Chaplin-inspired 17 Kelawei in Penang.

For something adventurous, try the refreshing Spaghetti Al’ Chinese Dry Sausage pasta dish.

For the love of old-fashioned music

NESTLED on the third floor of the Central Market in Ipoh, is a small shop that still sells old vinyl records and cassettes.

Cheng’s huge vinyl collection in his shop.

Man Utd hunt for more trophies after revenues hit high

(Reuters) - English soccer club Manchester United said recent signings put it in a strong position on the pitch as it backed itself to match last year's record revenue off the field.

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