New WHO Director From Ethiopia Begins Work

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GENEVA, Jul 1 – The new director general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom, took over managing the UN health agency on Saturday, the WHO said. A specialist in malaria, Tedros served as health minister and later as foreign minister for Ethiopia. The 52-year-old is the first African to head the global

Penang PSSGM, Perkasa Unhappy With Prof Ramasamy’s Statement

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BUTTERWORTH, Jul 1 – Two non-governmental organisations today called on Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy to apologise to the relevant parties for allegedly politicising the termination of a food stall operator’s contract at Seberang Perai Polytechnic (PSP). The two NGOs were Pertubuhan Seni Silat Gayung Malaysia (PSSGM) Pulau

Najib Expresses Condolences To Ahmad Zahid And Family

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 1 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today expressed his condolences to the family of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on the demise of his brother-in-law, Kamarulzaman Khamis yesterday. “Condolences to @Zahid Hamidi and family on the demise of his brother-in-law, the

Obama Urges End To Division In Childhood Home Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Jul 1 – Former US President Barack Obama urged Indonesians on Saturday to resist divisive politics based on race and religion, saying the world’s most populous Muslim nation has a long history of tolerance that should be preserved. Indonesia’s reputation for pluralism has come under scrutiny since Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja

India Adopts GST

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NEW DELHI, Jul 1 – India today adopted the goods and services tax (GST), the country’s biggest tax reform in 70 years, which the government said would transform the US$2 trillion (RM8.6 trillion) economy in the coming years. Government and business leaders attended a midnight ceremony to launch the tax at the

Hong Kong’s New Leader Carrie Lam

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HONG KONG, Jul 1 – Carrie Lam’s swearing-in as Hong Kong’s new leader on Saturday marks the culmination of the lifelong civil servant’s career as she inherits a divided city fearful of China’s encroaching influence. Lam, 59, was widely seen as Beijing’s preferred candidate when she was elected in March by a

Carrie Lam Sworn In As New Hong Kong Chief Executive

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HONG KONG, Jul 1 – Carrie Lam was sworn in Saturday as Hong Kong’s new leader on the city’s 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule, in a ceremony presided over by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Lam’s inauguration as the semi-autonomous Chinese region’s fifth chief executive was partly overshadowed

Over 189 Million Domestic Visitors Recorded Last Year

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 30 – The 189.3 million domestic visitors recorded last year was an increase of seven percent compared with 176.9 million visitors registered in 2015. Based on the Domestic Tourism Survey 2016 handled by the Statistics Department, it was found that the five main objectives of domestic visitors are

Japan Reveals Plans To Put A Man On Moon By 2030

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TOKYO, Jun 30 – Japan has revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030 in new proposals from the country’s space agency. This is the first time the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has said it aims to send an astronaut beyond the International Space Station, an

Harmless Waterspout Causes Panic In Labuan

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LABUAN, Jun 30 – A waterspout in the waters off Labuan today caused some panic among some inhabitants of this duty-free-island. It lasted for less than 10 minutes, but it was more than enough time to frighten some islanders. The spout formed over the waters several hundred metres from the beach

Salleh Slams Pakatan Harapan Over RCI On Forex Losses

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PUTRAJAYA, Jun 30 – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak today told the opposition Pakatan Harapan not to politicise the decision to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to determine the truth behind the foreign exchange losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in the 1980s

Terengganu MB: Pulau Redang Airport Runway To Remain

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SETIU, Jun 30 – The Terengganu state government will not build a new runway on Pulau Redang, but will instead maintain the existing one, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman. He said the decision was made after taking into account the risk factors and views from relevant quarters,

Five Who Robbed Home Of Businessman Nabbed

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PETALING JAYA, Jun 29 – Five robbery suspects who broke into the home of a businessman in Kota Damansara last week were arrested by district police within two days after the incident. The businessman lost over RM100,000 in cash and valuables to the suspects, including one who is believed to be his

Trump Raises Funds For Trump At The Trump Hotel

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WASHINGTON, Jun 29 – The next US election is still more than 1,200 days away, but Donald Trump is already drumming up cash to pay for his campaign – and chose the Trump International Hotel, two steps from the White House, as a fundraising venue. On Wednesday, the 45th president of

South Korean President Arrives In Washington

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WASHINGTON, Jun 29 – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In arrived in Washington Wednesday on his first overseas trip since taking office, for planned talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump. Moon, who backs engagement with nuclear-armed North Korea, was to meet Thursday with Trump during his first foreign outing since being sworn

Sabah Wanita BN Lists 20 Candidates For GE14

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KOTA KINABALU, Jun 29 – Sabah Wanita Barisan Nasional has submitted a list of 20 old and new faces as possible candidates for the next general election to Wanita BN chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. Its chairperson, Datuk Armani Mahiruddin, said all the 20 had the potential to be fielded in

AirAsia X Touches Down In Honolulu, Hawaii

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HONOLULU, Jun 29 – Flight D7 001 from long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X landed at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport today with a remarkable load factor of over 90%, marking the airline’s first foray into the US. The four times weekly route departed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Honolulu, Hawaii via

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