Chief Justice Heads List Of Penang State Honours

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GEORGE TOWN, Jul 22 – Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif heads the list of 1,481 recipients of state honours in conjunction with the 79th birthday celebrations of Yang Di-Pertua Negri Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. Md Raus, 66, is the sole recipient of the Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negri (DUPN) which

Indonesian President Orders Officers To Shoot Drug Traffickers

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JAKARTA, Jul 22 – Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country. “Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now,”

Kuwait Protests To Lebanon Over Hezbollah

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KUWAIT CITY, Jul 22 – Kuwait has protested to Lebanon over the alleged training by Hezbollah of 21 Shiites convicted last month on charges of forming a “terror cell” in the Sunni-majority emirate. It demanded that pressure be put on the Shiite militant group, which has ministers in the Lebanese government, to

White House Spokesman Spicer Out In Shake-Up

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WASHINGTON, Jul 22 – White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday in protest at a major shake-up of Donald Trump’s scandal-tainted administration, as pressure mounted from a broadening investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Spicer quit after Trump named Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and one-time

Trump To Host Lebanese Prime Minister

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WASHINGTON, Jul 22 – US President Donald Trump will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Washington next week for talks on issues including refugees and combatting terrorism, the White House announced Friday. Analysts also anticipate US aid will be high on the agenda of the July 25th talks at the White

MACC To Focus On Logging And Bauxite Mining In Pahang

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KUANTAN, Jul 22 – The Malaysian Corruption Commission (MACC) will continue to focus on curbing corruption related to critical sectors such as logging and and bauxite mining in Pahang. Pahang MACC director Datuk Alias Salim said the fight against corruption should be intensified to raise public confidence in the agency and to plug the leakages in

Philippine MPs To Vote On Martial Law Extension Bid

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MANILA, Jul 22 – The Philippine Congress opened a special session Saturday to vote on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid for an extension of martial law in the south to defeat Islamist gunmen. Duterte is widely expected to win approval for martial law in the region until the end of the year, with

Nearly 360 Hurt In Turkey By Quake

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ANKARA, Jul 22 – Almost 360 people were hurt in the Turkish resort of Bodrum after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook Greece and Turkey’s Aegean coast, the Turkish health minister said Friday. Ahmet Demircan said 358 people were hurt, of whom 272 were taken to hospital in ambulances. The rest went on

High-Tech Mystery: Is A Facebook Phone In The Works?

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 22 – Facebook could be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year. A Facebook unit devoted to hardware filed a patent application in January for a mysterious “modular electromechanical device” that could have speakers, cameras, microphones,

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