Sri Lanka Targets Unauthorised Builders After Monsoon Deaths

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COLOMBO, Jun 3 – Sri Lanka announced plans Saturday to prosecute a slew of companies and individuals behind illegal construction projects blamed for landslides and flooding that have killed at least 211 people following heavy monsoon rains last week. The urban development ministry said they will press criminal charges against those illegally

US Asks Visa Applicants For Social Media Handles

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WASHINGTON, Jun 3 – The United States has begun asking some would-be visitors applying for visas to provide their identities on social media, among other more vigorous screening methods. A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP new security procedures had gone into effect on May 25 for travellers

Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement

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WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a pernicious threat to the economy and American sovereignty. In

Trump Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Muslim Travel Ban

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WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – President Donald Trump’s administration asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate its temporary ban on travellers from six Muslim majority nations despite repeated setbacks in the lower courts. In its filing, the government asked the top US court to rule on the legal standing of Trump’s

Najib: I Will Never Sell Malaysia’s Sovereignty

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 1 – The real and transformative results of the excellent relations that Malaysia and China have built do not compromise the country’s sovereignty one bit, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said. “I will never sell Malaysia’s sovereignty,” he said before launching the opening of China Construction Bank

Trump Abandons Global Climate Pact; Allies Voice Dismay

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WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from US allies and business leaders. Trump, tapping into the “America First” message he

RHB-AmBank Merger Talks Boost Positive Sentiment

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 2 – RHB Bank Bhd (RHB) and AMMB Holdings Bhd’s (AmBank) proposed merger to create one of Malaysia’s biggest lenders has signalled positive development in Malaysia as well as the Asean region. Ushering an epoch of consolidation in the banking industry, IQI Global Chief Economist, Shan Saeed, said the

Malaysia Slowly Winning The Battle Against Forex Speculators

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SINGAPORE, Jun 2 – Foreign portfolio investors say they are coming back to Malaysia’s markets, six months after many of them revolted against the central bank’s crackdown on the offshore ringgit trading market. Foreigners, who had held about half of the outstanding Malaysian government bonds, fled the market between November 2016 and

Trump Will Not Move US Embassy To Jerusalem For Now

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WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – President Donald Trump postponed moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Thursday, avoiding a provocative step as he tries to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who welcomed Trump to the city last week, expressed disappointment at the delay but made it

AEK Athens Secure Champions League Berth

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ATHENS, Jun 2 – AEK Athens secured their place in next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds on Wednesday as they finished top in a four-team Greek Super League play-off. AEK beat another Athens side, Panionios, 2-1 to top the mini league ahead of PAOK, who lost 3-2 at home to Panathinaikos. Just

EU: Facebook, Google Crack Down On Hate Speech

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BRUSSELS, Jun 1 – Facebook, Google and other US internet giants have sharply boosted efforts to clamp down on online hate speech, a top European Union official said Thursday. The EU joined forces with the companies a year ago to combat online extremism, responding to growing alarm in Europe over the use

US Agency In Greece Hit By Sex Abuse Allegations

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ATHENS, Jun 1 – Greek officials are investigating allegations that two members of a US aid agency sexually exploited refugees, local press reported Thursday. The European Commission said it was taking the allegations against the US agency Mercy Corps “very seriously” and had suspended its funding. Mercy Corps itself said it had

Two New Faces Appointed In Perlis Exco Line Up

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KANGAR, Jun 1 – Two new faces were appointed as the state executive councillors in a minor Perlis state government reshuffle. Nurulhisham Yaakob and Asmaiza Ahmad who were appointed on May 12, will take over the roles of two senior Exco members. Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said Nurulhisham who

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