July 21, 2014
The gall of Russian President Vladimir Putin can be unnerving. For example, take his response to the missile attack that destroyed a Malaysian jetliner flying over war-torn Ukraine: "This tragedy would not have happened if there was peace in this land. " He's right. But who is responsible for the absence of peace? Vladimir Putin. Putin's manufacture of Ukraine's civil war was as precise as a watchmaker's careful placement of intricate parts to ensure a timepiece's operation. If the missile was fired by Ukrainian rebels, as is believed, they likely were trained by Russians.
May 7, 2013 |
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's long-governing coalition won national elections Sunday to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process. The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 127 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats to win a majority Sunday. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance seized 77 seats, and other races were too close to call.
March 25, 2013 |
FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Busch earned his first victory of the season at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling NASCAR finish. Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol. Logano hit the outside wall and Hamlin hit the inside wall, with Hamlin getting attention in an ambulance and eventually being airlifted to a hospital.
April 6, 2012 |
FIFTY SOLD-OUT London arena shows were already in the bank. So what would Michael Jackson have done next with his big career comeback show, "This Is It," had a drug overdose not ended his life? "Kuala Lumpur was to be the next stop," said Travis Payne, then working on the show's choreography with its?"brilliant" star and director Kenny Ortega. "Michael wanted to revolutionize the way tours were being done. He was always thinking like a great producer, too. He was telling us we needed to design a way to maximize the audience that could see him with less travel time for him and the company.
January 10, 2012 |
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's surprising acquittal Monday on sodomy charges is good news not just for him. It is also a court-sent gift for the very government he wants to topple. The verdict will preempt the public outrage a conviction would have sparked in a likely election year, and it reinforces Prime Minister Najib Razak's claims that he does not interfere with the judiciary and that his promises of ensuring civil liberties are serious. After a two-year trial filled with explicit sexual allegations that captivated and polarized the country, the High Court judge took only two minutes to deliver the verdict.
September 14, 2010 |
We met on a bus. Rosila Ishmael was a recent graduate of one of Malaysia's universities. She was angling for a job on a newspaper. I was taking a break from newspaper work to live in her country as a volunteer for a nonprofit group. She was serene and friendly, and conversation made the miles pass by quickly. As the bus rolled into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city, she wrote her telephone number on a slip of paper and told me to get in touch if I needed anything. In fact, I needed a translator.
August 11, 2006 |
TATTLE HAS no idea why censorship-loving Malaysia allowed the Pussycat Dolls to perform there. But now they're outraged. A city council in Kuala Lumpur fined organizers for allowing the chart-topping singers to wear skimpy costumes and perform "sexually suggestive" routines at a concert last month. Of course, if the Pussycats don't wear skimpy costumes and perform "sexually suggestive" routines, it's a short show. But just like a few evildoers ruining it for everyone else who needs hair gel when flying, the Dolls have made it rough on future foreign artists visiting Malaysia, who will now have to follow strict guidelines in their onstage acts.
February 8, 2002 |
Bill Cosby has canceled performances in Cincinnati next month, honoring a boycott called by black groups unhappy with the city's response to last year's riots. "I feel very uncomfortable playing the concerts at this time in this climate," Cosby said. The Coalition for a Just Cincinnati, one of 14 groups that have called for economic sanctions, asked the Philly-born comedian and other performers to boycott Cincinnati until city leaders pay more attention to police, racial and economic issues.
May 27, 1999 |
Alex Ng, a tailor here who sings part-time in an a cappella group, is a passionate lover of classical music. That was obvious enough by the look of glee on his face Tuesday night as Philadelphia Orchestra music director Wolfgang Sawallisch signed his program after the concert here. "Thank you, Maestro!" Ng exclaimed as he bounded past the line of fellow autograph-seekers in the conductor's room of the ultra-modern concert hall at the foot of the world's tallest buildings. "I have about 300 CDs," Ng said.
October 16, 1998 |
Asia's newest political heroine, the wife of Malaysia's imprisoned former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, rushes into the living room of her spacious, modern, suburban home, briefcase in hand. Wan Aziza Wan Ismail, opthalmologist, mother of six, observant Muslim (head covered in white scarf, draped in a floor-length gold and white dress), says firmly, in clear, British-accented English, "This is about justice and fair play. " Wan Aziza refers to her husband, until recently the heir apparent to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, and a proponent of Western-style market economics.