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$250 million-dollar mansion is most expensive home listed in US

A newly-built Bel Air mansion has been listed for sale for $250 million in the US, making it the most expensive home currently on offer on the American market. The extravagant 38,000 square foot property features 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars and three kitchens and comes complete with its own moat, four-lane bowling alley and an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool fitted with an hydraulic t...

Can Europe survive the Trump effect?

As President Obama, comfortably aboard Air Force One, went wheels up from Berlin Friday, he left behind not just a cold and damp Germany, but a gloomy Europe. His departure ends a period where allies have been able to look across the Atlantic at one another and see themselves more or less reflected back. President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and subsequent election victory has sma...

Feds probing Clinton campaign hacking

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating a computer hack of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in addition to its examination of intrusions of other Democratic Party organizations, two law enforcement officials said Friday. The campaign said in a statement that its internal systems were not compromised. “An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our camp...

Abbas Kiarostami, award-winning Iranian filmmaker, dead at 76

Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, has died aged 76. “Abbas Kiarostami, who had travelled to France for treatment, has died,” reportedthe semi-official Isna news agency on Monday. Iran’s house of cinema confirmed the report, Isna said. Kiarostami had been diagnosed with gastrointestinal ...

EU referendum: Moody’s cut UK’s credit outlook to ‘negative’

The UK has had its credit rating outlook downgraded to “negative” by the ratings agency Moody’s after the country voted to leave the EU. Moody’s said the result would herald “a prolonged period of uncertainty”. Meanwhile, PM David Cameron is under pressure to speed up “divorce” talks with the EU after Brussels said exit negotiations should start imme...

Malaysia Today’s special: Kaveh Afagh

Kaveh Afagh, born in Tehran, a graduate of the mathematics from the most prestigious college and high school of Iran called Alborz, the educated Architect, musician, song writer and the player of electronic guitar. We will recognize soon whether we should add painting to this list or not.

70 years of sprezzatura: Vespa marks a milestone

A year before a fledgling company called Ferrari put its first prancing horse on an automobile, another future Italian icon made a much quieter, but no less auspicious debut. The Vespa, meaning “wasp”, was meant to be the mechanized equivalent of its insectoid inspiration — sleek, nimble and extremely efficient. Its parent company, Piaggio, founded in Sestri Ponente in 1884, init...