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The Goldman Lunch That Set the Scene for 1MDB’s Money Probe

In a private dining room at Singapore’s Taste Paradise restaurant, over a meal of abalone and suckling pig, two 1Malaysia Development Bhd., known as 1MDB, which had hired the New York bank to underwrite the bond sale. Now, people familiar with the matter say, investigators from Singapore to the U.S. are looking more closely at the roles of Ng and Leissner, who’ve both left Goldman. And they’re asking what happened in that private dining room named after the first emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang. In particular, they’re…

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Malaysian newspaper publishes ‘how to spot a gay’ checklist

Sinar Harian says LGBT people identifiable by beards, branded clothes and going to gym Malaysian newspaper publishes ‘how to spot a gay’ checklist Sinar Harian says LGBT people identifiable by beards, branded clothes and going to gym Hannah Ellis-Petersen South-east Asia correspondent Last modified on Mon 12 Feb 2018 09.14EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp LGBT rights activists have ridiculed the Sinar Harian article. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing…

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Resellers were already outside the Apple store just minutes after iPhone X launch

Image: yvette tan/mashable Just minutes after they got their hands on their new iPhone X devices, resellers were taking to the streets to sell them to the highest bidder. People began queueing at the Apple store in Singapore from as early as Thursday, with hundreds camping out overnight.  SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X: Tracking the launch around the world Plenty of resellers were among them, when Mashable went down to the venue. Past doors opening at 8 a.m. on Friday morning, the road outside the Apple store quickly turned into…

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Cakes with actual poppable pimples are apparently selling fast

You can squeeze one out.Image: The Cakescape/facebook The pimple popping craze is in full bloom, and now it’s on birthday cakes. Cakes with zit heads you can actually squeeze out with your thumbs. The Cakescape is a Malaysian bakery who’s been consistently pumping out these zit cakes for months. Its version has a face, with red, blotchy pimples on it.  SEE ALSO: Why people can’t stop watching pimples and blackheads getting squeezed The rather realistic looking pimples are also squeezable, and birth clumps of pale cake “heads” when you press…

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‘Going global’: China exports soft power with first large-scale university in Malaysia

Beijings push for overseas influence extends to the education sector, with the opening of Xiamen University outside Kuala Lumpur Near the classrooms at the original Xiamen University in China, there is a pleasant hill and lake. So, when the government-owned institution set out to build the first ever large-scale international branch of a Chinese university, an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur, they found a hill and built a lake. We would like to keep some aspects of our parent university, because it is part of the tradition and culture, said…

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New Zealand navy paid $700,000 to firm mired in Fat Leonard sex and bribery scandal

Exclusive: Royal New Zealand Navy says no investigation opened following US military bribery case The Royal New Zealand Navy paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over four years to a ship services company run by a man now imprisoned in the US for an enormous corruption and sex scandal, the Guardian has learned. US prosecutors say Leonard Glenn Francis, known as Fat Leonard for his wide girth, had sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for lying to investigators. Francis, who was lured to the US and arrested in…

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MH370: independent experts mistrust ‘confidence’ about plane’s location

Australian authorities accused of using report by countrys peak science agency to bolster preconceived ideas Independent investigators looking into the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have expressed scepticism about the Australian authorities statement they are newly confident about the planes location. On Friday Australias peak science agency, CSIRO, said in a statement that the 25,000 sq km area identified at its First Principles Review summit in December had been validated by the new CSIRO report as the most likely location of MH370. It went so far as to narrow…

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