Suu Kyi’s New Govt Faces First Test At Myanmar Polls

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YANGON, Apr 1 – Aung San Suu Kyi’s government faced its first test at the ballot box on Saturday in by-elections around Myanmar seen as a barometer for growing disillusionment with her party’s first year in power. The euphoria that surrounded the democracy icon’s landslide electoral win in 2015 has ebbed as

Masir Kujat: Policy On Intake Of North Korean Workers Stays

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KUCHING, Apr 1 – The policy on the intake of foreign workers from North Korea for certain economic sectors is continued based on the existing procedure. Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat said the intake would depend on the need of the private sector in the construction and coal mining sectors. It is learnt

Ministry: S. Korea Cargo Ship Missing Off Uruguay

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SEOUL, Apr 1 – A South Korean cargo ship has gone missing in waters off Uruguay after making a distress call, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Saturday. The Stella Daisy with eight South Korean and 16 Filipino crew members on board disappeared Friday after sending a text message that it was sinking, the

Flash Floods Hit Penang Again

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GEORGE TOWN, Apr 1 – After two-hour of downpour this evening, just before 7pm, caused several parts of low-lying areas in the state were hit by flash floods.  Among the badly affected areas were Bayan Baru and Jalan Kampung Relau where cars were reportedly stuck in floodwaters that rose as high

17 Missing in Indonesia Landslide

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JAKARTA, Apr 1 – Seventeen people were missing and feared buried after a landslide struck Indonesia, the national disaster agency said Saturday. The landslide hit Banaran village in Ponorogo district, East Java on Saturday morning, damaging up to 30 houses. National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purno Nugroho said there are conflicting reports about

Penang Digital Library To Operate 24 Hours In May

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GEORGE TOWN, Apr 1 – The Penang Digital Library, the first digital library in Malaysia, will operate round the clock, effective this May 1, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today. He said the library was launched in August last year and had since, received up to 2,000 visitors a month. He

Ringgit Likely To Strengthen Next Week

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KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 1 – The ringgit is expected to strengthen against the US dollar next week, on expectations of positive Malaysian trade data, a dealer said. MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd’s Chief Economist Dr Kamaruddin Mohd Nor said however, the ringgit is likely to see range-bound trade between 4.4100 and 4.4200.

Australia Floods Still Rising With Two Dead, Four Missing

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BEENLEIGH, Apr 1 – Flooded rivers were still rising Saturday in two Australian states with two women dead and four people missing after torrential rains in the wake of a powerful tropical cyclone. Queensland police warned that the Logan River, which runs through Beenleigh south of Brisbane, would not hit peak flood

Malaysia-North Korea Ties Not Severed

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CHENNAI, Apr 1 – Malaysia did not sever relations with North Korea after the republic fulfilled the demands made in the negotiation process which led to the release of nine Malaysian nationals who were detained in Pyongyang recently. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said although faced with problems, the settlement reached

Trump To Name And Shame Trade ‘Cheats’

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WASHINGTON, Apr 1 – President Donald Trump will order staff Friday to pinpoint countries and goods responsible for America’s nearly $50 billion (RM221 billion) trade deficit, in a protectionist warning shot to trade partners like China. Top administration officials said Trump will issue a pair of executive orders aimed at rooting out

Bursa Malaysia Ends Lower On Profit Taking

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KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 31 – Bursa Malaysia closed lower today on profit-taking in heavyweights led by telecommunications and industrial stocks and in line with most Asian peers, dealers said. At 5pm, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) fell 9.16 points to 1,740.09 against Thursday’s close of 1,749.25, after moving between 1,740.09

Malaysia-North Korea Ties Not Severed

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CHENNAI, Mar 31 – Malaysia did not sever relations with North Korea after the republic fulfilled the demands made in the negotiation process which led to the release of nine Malaysian nationals who were detained in Pyongyang for more than nine months recently. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said

Former Trump Advisor Flynn Offers Testimony For Immunity

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WASHINGTON, Mar 31 – Ousted White House national security advisor Michael Flynn has agreed to provide testimony to officials investigating alleged ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, in exchange for immunity from prosecution, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. According to the daily, Flynn proposed his deal to the Federal

Ringgit Ends Lower Against US Dollar

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KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 31 – The ringgit closed lower against the US dollar today, in line with the performance of most regional currencies as demand shifted to the greenback, dealers said. At 6pm, the local unit stood at 4.4230/4280 against the US dollar compared with 4.4190/4220 on Thursday.  A dealer said the

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