6,000 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean In Two Days

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ROME, May 7 – Some 6,000 migrants hoping to head to Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday and Saturday in dozens of frantic operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard. Some 3,000 were picked up Saturday by the navy, coastguard, EU border agency Frontex and several NGOs, the coastguard said in

Cannes Lions 2017 Jurors Announced

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LONDON, May 5 – The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has today announced the juries who will select the world’s best work to win the coveted Lions awards. The Lions’ winners will be honoured at awards ceremonies taking place across the eight day Festival, from 17-24 June. Encompassing a

Five Thais Charged With Royal Defamation For Facebook ‘Shares’

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BANGKOK, May 4 – Five men were charged with violating Thailand’s draconian royal defamation law for sharing Facebook posts written by an exiled dissident academic, a human rights lawyer said Thursday. The case is the largest known lese majeste prosecution so far under Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended the throne

Fake ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Creator Jailed Two Years

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NEW YORK, May 4 – A Massachusetts court on Wednesday sentenced a man for attempting to defraud a Hollywood studio of millions of dollars by falsely claiming to have created the characters from the 2008 movie Kung Fu Panda. Jayme Gordon, 51, from Boston, was found guilty last November on four counts

Use Touch ‘n Go’ To Reduce Congestion On PLUS

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BAGAN SERAI, May 4 – The Malaysian High Authority (MHA) is asking motorists to use the ‘Touch ‘n Go’ card facility being enforced on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) since April 26. MHA chairman Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the use of the card would reduce congestion, especially during festive seasons besides

Does BNM Condone Illegal Forex Trading?

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GEORGE TOWN, May 4 –  JJPTR, CYL, Richway Global Venture and BTC I-system all have one thing in common; they are major money game schemes that have been in the limelight recently BUT for the wrong reasons. The president of Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) S.M Mohamed Idris said CAP

JJPTR Investors Media Shy

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GEORGE TOWN, May 4 – An investor of the troubled high-yield investment company JJPTR refused to speak to the media over fears of making the situation worse. He was approached by reporters at the office in Jalan Perak here but declined to speak, claiming media attention would make things worse. He said

Ministry: ‘Money game’ not licensed

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PUTRAJAYA, May 4 – The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism never issued foreign exchange (forex) business licences to any company or individual, said its minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin. All businesses such as ”money game”, get-rich-quick, forex and ponzi schemes under the guise of direct selling business and multi-level marketing

China’s Xi Hails Ties With Philippines As Duterte Cools On US

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BEIJING, May 3 – China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday hailed the “dialogue” between Beijing and Manila over their border dispute in the South China Sea during a phone call with Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, state media reported. Duterte is loosening the Philippines’ long alliance with the United States while strengthening ties

Facebook, Apple Logos Removed From Thai Royal Funeral Statue

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BANGKOK, May 3 – Apple, Facebook and Google logos have been removed from a giant statue of a mythical beast that will stand inside the sprawling cremation complex being built for Thailand’s late king after their inclusion caused an online outcry. Dozens of palace artisans are working around the clock to produce

N. Korea State Media Confirms Arrest Of US Professor

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SEOUL, May 3 – North Korea on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a US professor for trying to “overturn” the regime, as tensions spike between the isolated nuclear-armed nation and Washington. Kim Sang-Duk, or Tony Kim, became the third American held in the North when he was detained at the capital’s airport

Abe Announces Plan To Revise Japan’s Pacifist Charter

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TOKYO, May 3 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday announced plans to seek the first-ever changes to Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution and said he wants the revisions to take effect in 2020. The changes, which would spell out the status of the nation’s “self-defence” military forces, were announced as Japan marked

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