Report: Japan Eyes Free Trade Talks With Britain

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TOKYO, Jun 25 – Japan wants to hold informal free trade talks with Britain as it also works to sign a deal with the European Union, a report said Sunday. Tokyo’s moves aim to minimise Brexit’s impact on Japanese companies as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU, the business daily Nikkei

After String Of Defeats, Democrats Rudderless In Trump Era

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WASHINGTON, Jun 25 – Frozen out of power in Washington and having lost a string of congressional races this year, Democrats are struggling to craft winning strategies to convert disillusionment with President Donald Trump into victory in 2018’s midterm elections. The party fielded a hodgepodge of candidates in four special elections

Teen Arrested Over Attempted Rape Of 8-year-old Girl

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MANCHESTER, Jun 25 – Police have arrested a teenage boy over the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in a park here yesterday. Greater Manchester Police said officers responded to reports of a girl being raped and the offender being chased off by members of the public. They were called to Nuthurst Park

Najib Outlines Five Risks, Challenges To Overcome

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 25 – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last night outlined five new risks and challenges that Malaysia has to face. The Prime Minister identified them as the issue of geopolitics; peace and security, the economy, placing the people’s interests first, and the future and National Transformation 2050 (TN50). In

China’s Xi To Attend Hong Kong Handover Anniversary

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BEIJING, Jun 25 – President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate 20 years since the former British colony’s return to China, state media confirmed Sunday, a trip that will stoke resentment among pro-democracy activists. It will be Xi’s first visit to Hong Kong since the head of the

UK Parliament Cuts e-mail Access After Cyberattack

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LONDON, Jun 25 – Britain’s parliament shut down external access to e-mail accounts on Saturday following a cyberattack. A House of Commons spokeswoman said that “the Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts. “We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking

Trumps Attend Treasury Chief Wedding In Glitzy DC Affair

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WASHINGTON, Jun 25 – President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania stepped out of the White House Saturday to toast newly weds US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Scottish actress Louise Linton at their glitzy Washington nuptials. The wedding, held in a historic auditorium near the National Mall, had been a closely

Afternoon Traffic Flow Slow Along Several Highways

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 24 – Traffic flow along several major highways continues at a sluggish pace as of 12pm today. According to a North-South Expressway Project Traffic Control Centre (PLUS) spokesman, traffic remained slow-moving northbound from Rawang to Bukit Beruntung, Bukit Beruntung to Lembah Beringin and Behrang to Gopeng. He said the

Malaysian Drug Smuggler Jailed For Life In Phnom Penh

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PETALING JAYA, Jun 24 – A 22-year-old Malaysian was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for trying to smuggle more than a kilogramme of heroin out of Cambodia last year. The heroin has a street value of around US$700,000 (RM3 million), the Cambodia Daily reported. Ahmad Johari Chung, from Sabah state, was arrested

Obama On Private Holiday In Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Jun 24 – Former United States President Barack Obama flew into the resort island of Bali Friday night on a family holiday trip to Indonesia. Local online media quoted Bali Police spokesman Hengky Widjaja as saying that Obama and his family came to the island in a private aircraft. He said

Morning Traffic Crawl Along Several Major Highways

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 24 – Traffic flow along several major highways this morning is reported to be slow, an inevitable phenomenon every festive season. A North-South Expressway Project Traffic Control Centre (PLUS) spokesman said northbound traffic along the North-South Expressway was at a crawl from Sungai Buaya to Bukit Beruntung, Bukit Beruntung

TNB Has 8,800 Staff On Standby During Hari Raya

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PETALING JAYA, Jun 24 – Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has 8,800 TNB employees will be on duty during Hari Raya. TNB distribution network senior general manager Wan Nazmy Wan Mahmood said the employees would be on standby for 24 hours starting yesterday. “TNB is preparing to minimise any potential electricity interruption

White House Dubs Gulf Crisis ‘A Family Issue’

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WASHINGTON, Jun 24 – The White House said Friday it considers the deepening crisis in the Gulf to be primarily “a family issue,” urging regional leaders to chart a way out while offering US help in enabling talks. When asked about a list of demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and

CIA Knew In August That Putin Sought To Boost Trump

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WASHINGTON, Jun 24 – The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported Friday. The intelligence shocked the White House and put US security chiefs on a top-secret crisis footing to figure

Zahid Cautions Against Allegations Of Foreign Media

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PUTRAJAYA, Jun 24 – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today advised Malaysians to be calm and prudent in evaluating the allegations and slander intentionally planned by the foreign media to undermine the country’s image. He said the people should be positive and fend off all the issues raised

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