Hishammuddin Appointed As Minister With Special Functions

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KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 12 – The Minister With Special Functions at the Prime Minister’s Department was necessary due to the current landscape of the country, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. Hishammuddin, who was appointed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to the portfolio yesterday said the position was a pro-active

Ringgit Closes Higher Against US Dollar

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KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 12 – The ringgit closed higher against the US dollar today as traders shifted their interests to Asian currencies, including the ringgit, on continued geopolitical tensions. At 6pm, the local unit stood at 4.4250/4300 against the greenback compared to 4.4310/4360 previously. A dealer said the greenback continued to remain

FBI Investigated Trump Campaign Adviser’s Russia Links

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WASHINGTON, Apr 12 – The FBI investigated Trump campaign adviser Carter Page last year over worries he could have been working for Russia, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. In the first confirmation that the government conducted surveillance on President Donald Trump’s team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a rare warrant to

Mahdzir: 92% Of Schools Exceed Parents’ Participation Target

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PUTRAJAYA, Apr 11 – About 92% of 10,180 schools exceeded the target of 65% parents’ presence and involvement in school activities last year. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pix) said the achievement involved six main activities under the Parents’ Toolkit, Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025). The activities are registration day, setting targets

Taiwan’s Ex-leader Ma Wins Libel Case

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TAIPEI, Apr 11 – Taiwan’s ex-president Ma Ying-jeou, who has faced a string of lawsuits since stepping down last year, scored a legal victory Tuesday in a defamation case against a commentator who claimed he had taken illicit donations. Ma filed the libel lawsuit in 2014 against radio show host Clara Chou

Trump Spokesman Apologises For ‘Insensitive’ Hitler Reference

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WASHINGTON, Apr 11 – White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologised Tuesday for “insensitive” remarks in which he seemed to favourably compare Adolf Hitler’s actions during the Holocaust to atrocities carried out now by strongman Bashar al-Assad in Syria. During a White House briefing Spicer sought to intensify criticism of Assad, painting

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