Najib Launches Super High Income Programme For Bumiputeras

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PUTRAJAYA, Aug 18 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today launched a programme aimed at enhancing bumiputera involvement in careers providing a monthly income exceeding RM20,000. The Super High Income Programme (SHIP) would focus on middle-income earners with relevant working experience, he said at the launch after chairing a meeting

Anti-Migrant Ship Ends Troubled Med Mission

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ROME, Aug 18 – Defend Europe, the group which sent a ship to waters off Libya to protest and potentially block migrant flows to Europe, has ended its controversial and setback-plagued mission. The multinational network of far-right activists said the chartering of the boat, the C-Star, had been an unqualified success, despite

Beijing Defends Jailing Of Hong Kong Activists

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BEIJING, Aug 18 – China on Friday rejected international criticism of the jailing of three prominent Hong Kong activists, warning against using “so-called democracy” to conduct “illegal violent activities”. Joshua Wong and two other young leaders of Hong Kong’s huge Umbrella Movement protests were sentenced to months in jail on Thursday for

Zahid Reminds Umno Members Against Forming Factions

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SUNGAI PETANI, Aug 18 – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today reminded Umno members against breaking up and forming factions if the party wants to achieve a major victory in the next general election. Ahmad Zahid, who is an Umno vice-president performing the duties of the deputy president,

13 Dead, Over 100 Hurt In Two Spanish Seaside City Attacks

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BARCELONA, Aug 18 – Drivers ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city Thursday and Friday, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. In the first incident which police qualified as a “terrorist attack”, the driver of a white van sped into

Trump Memoir Ghostwriter Predicts US Leader Will Resign

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WASHINGTON, Aug 18 – The ghostwriter who penned Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir “The Art of the Deal” thinks the US president will throw in the towel before the end of his term. Writer Tony Schwartz tweeted that “Trump is going to resign” before investigators probing alleged ties between the Republican’s campaign team

First Eclipse In 99 Years To Sweep North America

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MIAMI, Aug 18 – The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent Aug 21, casting a shadow over millions of people from coast to coast. The event, coined the “Great American Eclipse”, is inspiring a surge in tourism in the United States,

PM Expresses Government Commitment Over Affordable Housing

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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 17 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today expressed the government commitment to continue to focus on providing more affordable housing for the low- and middle-income groups. He said the concept of comprehensive and holistic development was most necessary to ensure that these groups had the capacity

Three Airlines Interested In Air Berlin Assets

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Aug 17 – Air Berlin is in talks with three competitors about buying up its assets, the insolvent airline’s boss said Thursday, warning that not all jobs would be saved. “Aside from Lufthansa, we are in contact with two other interested parties from the aviation industry,” Air Berlin chief

Malala Wins Place At Oxford University

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LONDON, Aug 17 – Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls in her native Pakistan, announced Thursday she has won a place to study at Oxford University. “So excited to go to Oxford!!” the 20-year-old posted on Twitter, along with a picture of

Germany: Trump’s Far-Right Defence ‘A Huge Mistake’

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BERLIN, Aug 17 – Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday US President Donald Trump had made “a huge mistake” by failing to clearly condemn a white supremacist, neo-Nazi and “alt-right” rally. Trump on Tuesday said there had been “very fine people, on both sides” at a violent clash between the far

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