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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has not ruled out seeking re-election to parliament within the next two years, he told Reuters in an interview, undetered by a corruption conviction that would block him from running. Najib's graft-tainted party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), clinched the premiership (https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/malaysias-king-expected-name-new-pm-after-rulers-meet-2021-08-20) last month after it was ousted from power three years ago over a multi-billion dollar scandal. Najib, who served as premier for nine years until 2018, was found guilty of corruption )https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-politics-najib-idUSKCN24T042) last year and sentenced to 12 years in jail over one of many cases over the misappropriation of funds from now-defunct state fund 1MDB.
Lesli Linka Glatter, a veteran TV director of shows such as “Homeland” and “Mad Men,” was elected president of the Directors Guild of America on Saturday night. Glatter will succeed Thomas Schlamme, the “West Wing” veteran who stepped down after two terms. She becomes the second woman ever to serve as president, following Martha Coolidge, […]
Pearl Jam’s first live show in more than three years was an eventful one on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Sea.Hear.Now festival beachside in Asbury Park, N.J., as the group debuted six songs from its 2020 album “Gigaton” and welcomed new touring member Josh Klinghoffer into the fold. Pearl Jam opened the 20-song set with […]
Halima Aden, the first supermodel to wear a hijab and pose in a burkini, has ripped up her lucrative contracts in an industry she feels lacks "basic human respect" and entered the world of modest fashion design instead.
Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that choose the city's leader in polls Sunday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam called “very meaningful” as the first under reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty. The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers in the city’s legislature during elections in December, as well as elect the Hong Kong leader during polls in March next year. The nearly 4,900 voters representing different professions and industries who went to polls Sunday under a heavy police presence will choose among just 412 candidates for 364 seats in the 1,500-strong Election Committee.
Emmy Awards host Cedric the Entertainer and the show's producers promise it will be a celebration for all. Each is considered a frontrunner Sunday for top series honors in their respective categories, and their casts received armloads of nominations. Victories in both the best drama and comedy series categories would mark a first for streaming services and reinforce their growing dominance, to the dismay of competitors.
World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering. As the coronavirus still rages amid an inequitable vaccine rollout, about a third of the 193 U.N. states are planning to again send videos, but presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel to the United States. The United States tried to dissuade leaders from coming to New York in a bid to stop the U.N. General Assembly from becoming a "super-spreader event," although President Joe Biden will address the assembly in person, his first U.N. visit since taking office.
The first citizen astronaut crew safely splashed down off the coast of Florida on Saturday after a three-day flight in SpaceX's "Resilience" spacecraft.It was the first launched into Earth's orbit without a career astronaut onboard, in an effort to ramp up space tourism.Applause was hard from mission control, as the SpaceX capsule parachuted into calm seas shortly before sunset.Within an hour, the four crew members were seen smiling, emerging from the capsule's side hatch.Each waved and gave a thumbs-up to the cameras.They were cheered again as they stepped onto the deck of the recovery ship.The amateur astronauts were then flown by helicopter back to land to reunite with loved ones.Onboard "Resilience" was 29-year-old physician assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor, Hayely Arceneaux, who became the youngest person to ever reach Earth's orbit.Alongside her was a former NASA astronaut candidate, an Air Force veteran and a billionaire who paid for the tickets, Jared Isaacman.Their successful mission marked the debut flight of SpaceX's new astro-tourism business.Time magazine estimates Isaacman paid roughly $200 million for the four spaceflight tickets.
Australia was "upfront, open and honest" with France about its concerns over a deal for French submarines, its defence minister said on Sunday, as a new deal with the United States and Britain continued to fuel a multinational diplomatic crisis. Australia ditched the 2016 deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines, announcing on Thursday a plan to build at least eight nuclear-powered ones with U.S. and British technology in a trilateral security partnership.
Hong Kong's political elite began selecting a powerful committee on Sunday which will choose the city's next leader and nearly half the legislature under a new "patriots only" system imposed by Beijing.
South Africa and the U.S. both went undefeated through the group stage and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Sevens world series tournament on Saturday, which is missing many of the top ranked teams due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Vancouver was the last tournament to be staged before the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the cancelation of the rest of the series in March 2020. Despite the series recommencing after an 18-month lay off, Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalists Fiji, silver medalists New Zealand, as well as Australia and Samoa are all absent due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.