Trump’s Use Of Private Cellphone Raises Security Concerns

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WASHINGTON, May 31 – President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the US commander in chief’s communications. Trump has urged leaders

Three Suspects Released In Manchester Terror Probe

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LONDON, May 31 – Manchester police on Tuesday released three of the men arrested in connection with the May 22 terrorist attack at pop concert in the British city. A total of 11 people remain in British custody following the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena where US star Ariana Grande was performing.

Sri Lanka Appeals For Help As Floods Cripple Water Supply

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COLOMBO, May 30 – Sri Lanka appealed for volunteers Tuesday to help with a massive recovery operation in the wake of devastating flooding that left 183 dead and tens of thousands without clean drinking water. State television broadcast calls for public assistance to clean drinking wells contaminated by the monsoon floods, the

‘Jihadist Drug’ Seized For First Time In France

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PARIS, May 30 – French customs officials said Tuesday that they had intercepted 135kg (300 pounds) of Captagon, dubbed the “jihadists’ drug”, at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport this year, a first for France. Captagon, a type of amphetamine, is one of the most commonly used drugs among fighters in the Syrian

Bursa Malaysia Ends Mixed In Cautious Trading

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 – Bursa Malaysia ended mixed in cautious trading as gains in key heavyweights were offset by losses in small-cap stocks. The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) ended at 1,765.34, up 0.45 of-a-point from yesterday’s close of 1,764.89. After opening 0.5 of-a-point lower at 1,764.39, the market

Court Releases Van Driver On MACC Bail

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PUTRAJAYA, May 30 – A van driver who was remanded for six days to facilitate investigations in a corruption probe related to illegal gambling premises and massage parlours in Melaka, was released on bail yesterday. Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman allowed the 32-year-old man to be released on a Malaysian

EPF Investment Income Jumps 73.9% To RM11.79b In 1Q17

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 – The Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) investment income jumped 73.9% to RM11.79 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 (1Q17) from RM6.78 billion achieved in the same quarter last year. Chief Executive Officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the better performance was boosted by the significantly

KPDNKK Foils Attempt To Smuggle Out Subsidised Goods

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KENINGAU, May 30 – The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) foiled an attempt to smuggle out subsidised goods worth RM15,500 to a neighbouring country yesterday. Keningau KPNDKK chief K. Gunasegaran said the goods seized include dozens of packets of cooking oil, and tanks of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which were

N. Korea Says Ballistic Missile Test Successful

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SEOUL, May 30 – North Korea confirmed that its test-firing of a precision-guided ballistic missile was “successful”, the state-run news agency KCNA reported it on Tuesday (May 30), a day after the projectile landed in waters provocatively close to Japan.  North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un supervised the launch of the “new-type

6.6-Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi

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JAKARTA, May 30 – A shallow, 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit inland on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi Monday, US seismologists said, causing people to panic but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake hit at a depth of nine kilometres at 10.35pm, west of the town of Poso,

Genting’s Share Price Up 16 Sen On Strong Results

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 – Genting Bhd’s share price increased 16 sen in the early session today, following the release of its strong performance in the first quarter of this year. The stock, one of the top gainers so far, stood at RM9.89 with 166,700 shares traded as at 9.57am. Genting yesterday

Lawyer For Kim Murder Accused Slams Authorities

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 – A lawyer for one of two women charged with assassinating Kim Jong-Nam accused Malaysian authorities Monday of failure to share documents vital to the defence. Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, have been charged with the murder of Kim, the estranged half-brother of

Storms Kill 193 In Sri Lanka, India

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COLOMBO, May 29 – An intensifying cyclone churned north towards Bangladesh yesterday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed almost 200 people, with more torrential downpours forecast. Impoverished Bangladesh, hit by cyclones every year, warned that some low-lying coastal areas were “likely to be inundated by a

Fears For 2,000 People Trapped In Philippine City Battle

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MARAWI, May 29 – Security forces traded heavy gunfire with Islamist militants inside a southern Philippine city Monday, as fears grew for up to 2,000 people unable to escape a week of fighting that has left women and children among the dead. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern third

China Calls For Dialogue After N.Korea Missile Test

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BEIJING, May 29 – China pleaded again for dialogue on Monday to ease regional tensions after North Korea launched its latest missile test in defiance of UN sanctions. The Chinese foreign ministry urged Pyongyang in a statement to refrain from activities that go against United Nations Security Council resolutions. “We hope that related

2017 Taiwan Fellowship Open For Application Until June 30

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 –The 2017 Taiwan Fellowship, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will accept applications from May 1 to June 30. Experts and scholars from Malaysian government, think tanks/research institutes or universities are encouraged to apply for this fellowship to

Penang Fama Denies Coconut Price Increase

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BUKIT MERTAJAM, May 29 – The Penang Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) has denied there is a current shortage in the supply of coconuts in the state, causing a price hike. State central operations manager, Akbaruddin Nasurdin said Fama had increased coconut supply for Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri by 50% to

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