New York Outlaws Child Marriage Under 17

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NEW YORK, Jun 21 – New York, the fourth most populous state in America, updated antiquated legislation on Tuesday to outlaw children as young as 14 from getting married. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation raising the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18 years old, with a caveat

MOA Will Disclose ‘Plastic Rice’ Lab Test Results

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PASIR SALAK, Jun 21 – The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry has stressed that it will not compromise and hide the results of laboratory tests on rice that were reportedly made of plastic. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said there was no reason for the ministry to hide

Top Glove Plans To Make Condoms

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SHAH ALAM, Jun 21 – Top Glove Corp Bhd, the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer, is looking to diversify into condom manufacturing with an initial capital injection of RM30 million by next year. Executive chairman Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai said production is slated to start within a year and it

Desperate Rohingya Seek New Escape Routes From Bangladesh

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DHAKA, Jun 21 – In squalid camps in Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence and persecution in neighbouring Myanmar dream of a better life abroad – and rely on increasingly high-tech trafficking networks to get them there. Dhaka denies new arrivals refugee status and, after a major crackdown

AirAsia World Champions For Ninth Time At Skytrax

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PARIS, Jun 21 – AirAsia is the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the ninth year in a row. Asia’s largest low-cost carrier won the accolades at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards in the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget Airport here yesterday. AirAsia Group Cabin Crew Head Suhaila Hassan,

Five Stars For AirAsia X At Skytrax Awards

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PARIS, Jun 21 – AirAsia X has scooped up the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat awards for the fifth straight year. The long-haul sister airline of AirAsia won the accolades at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards in the Musée de l’Air et de

Soldiers Shoot Attacker In Brussels ‘Terrorist’ Blast

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BRUSSELS, Jun 21 – Belgian soldiers shot a terror suspect after an explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels on Tuesday in the latest attack to hit Europe. Witnesses said the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) before causing the blast, with local media saying the individual had activated an

Liow: DOJ Must Prove Latest Allegations In A Court Of Law

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 – The United States’ Department of Justice (DoJ) must prove its latest allegations relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in a competent court of law, otherwise it will remain inconclusive, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said Malaysia has conducted multiple investigations into 1MDB

Azalina: Legal Aid Services Only For Target Groups

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BANGI, Jun 20 – The legal services provided by the Legal Aid Department (LAD) are meant for the target groups such as recipients of 1Malaysia People’s Aid and e-Kasih. In this regard, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, there was a need for the department to

Tajuddin: Anwar Declining PM Post Pure Gimmick

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IPOH, Jun 20 – An UMNO Supreme Council member sees the announced decision of PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to not offer himself as Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister if the opposition pact wins the next general election as a gimmick to garner support for himself. Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul

Sarawak CM: Tourism Tax Issue To Be Decided On Thursday

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PETALING JAYA, Jun 20 – An official announcement regarding the Tourism Tax (TTx) will be made following a state cabinet meeting on Thursday, said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg. Speaking to reporters after visiting the Sungai Tujuh Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Miri, yesterday, he said

Australia’s Military Suspends Air Operations Over Syria

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SYDNEY, Jun 20 – Australia’s military on Tuesday said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces. The decision came amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential “targets”, and

Stamp Fever In Hong Kong For Handover Tribute

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HONG KONG, Jun 20 – Enthusiasts in Hong Kong snapped up stamps issued to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain Tuesday with a design paying tribute to the Chinese military. The first stamp, released ahead of the July 1 anniversary, depicts marching troops from China’s

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