Philippines’ Duterte Honours Marcos On 100th birthday

MANILA, Sept 7 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte symbolically honoured Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday by declaring the late dictator’s 100th birth anniversary a public holiday in the ex-leader’s home province. It marked another step in the rehabilitation of Marcos 31 years after he was chased into exile in the US by a

Two Indonesian Hostages Walk Free In Philippines

JOLO, Sept 7 – Two Indonesian sailors abducted by Islamist militants off the southern Philippines walked free on Thursday after a firefight that left five kidnappers dead, the military said. The sailors were kidnapped nine months ago in Malaysian waters and taken to the remote southern Philippine island of Jolo, a stronghold

Mida Open Day 2017 Sets To Attract Over 5,000 Participants

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 – In commemorating its 50th Anniversary, the principal investment promotion agency of the country, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) will be holding an Open Day on 18 September 2017 to foster a better understanding of Mida’s roles, facilities and contributions. The one-day event will be officiated by YB

Kenya Shows Pitfalls Of Digital Elections

NAIROBI, Sept 7 – Allegations of computer hacking in Kenya’s Aug 8 election have reignited a debate around the use of digital technology in national votes, with experts wondering whether sticking to paper may be best. The discussion is no longer theoretical in Africa where an increasing number of countries are turning

Private Hospital Project: Public Consultation Required

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 7 – The Penang Citizens Awareness Chant Group today proposed that the state government do a public consultation for the construction of a private hospital in Lebuh Peel, here. Its adviser Yan Lee said the DAP-led Penang state government should explain to the people what they were planning to

Student Backlash In Hong Kong Independence Row

HONG KONG, Sept 7 – Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city’s independence from China were taken down from campuses. The move has fuelled fears that freedoms are being squeezed in the semi-autonomous city and that Beijing is tightening

Merkel Vows To Press On With Rallies Despite Jeers

BERLIN, Sept 7 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday to press on with election campaign rallies in places where she has been greeted with choruses of jeers and whistles, saying she intended to take a stand against hate. At several rallies, particularly in eastern states such as Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, protesters

443,794 Candidates To Sit For UPSR This Year

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 7 – A total of 443,794 candidates will be sitting for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah 2017 from Sept 11 to 14 and Sept 18. The Ministry of Education in a statement today said from the total, 433,536 were government and government-aided school candidates while 10,258 were private school candidates.

Najib Meets New DPMM Leadership

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 7 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today chaired a meeting with the new leadership of the Malaysian Malay Chamber of Commerce (DPMM) at Perdana Putra, here. The hour-long meeting, among others, discussed the direction of the DPMM under the new leadership elected last May. The Prime Minister also

North Korea Celebrates Nuclear Test

PYONGYANG, Sept 7 – North Korea held a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date, with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang. Citizens of the capital lined the streets Wednesday to wave pink and purple pom-poms and cheer a convoy of buses carrying

Asteroid Florence Has Two Moons

WASHINGTON, Sept 7 – Florence, an asteroid that came within 7.0km million of Earth last week, has two small moons, according to radar images obtained by Nasa. Radar images obtained between Aug 29 and Sept 1, when Florence came closest to Earth, reveal that the asteroid is about 4.5km in size, the

AirAsia Wins Asean Business Award For Tourism

MANILA, Sept 7 – AirAsia has won this year’s Asean Business Award for Priority Integration Sector – Tourism. The award recognises outstanding performance in the Asean priority integration sector of tourism. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes accepted the award on behalf of the company at the Asean Business Awards (ABA) 2017 ceremony held

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