US Ban On North Korea Travel Comes Into Force

SEOUL, Sept 1 – Washington’s ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea came into force on Friday, with the two countries at loggerheads over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions. The measure was imposed following the death of student Otto Warmbier, 22, in June, a few days after he was sent home in a

Mumbai Building Collapse Death Toll Jumps To 33

MUMBAI, Sept 1 – The death toll from a building collapse in India’s commercial capital Mumbai jumped to 33 Friday after rescuers pulled more than a dozen bodies from the rubble overnight. Officials said 22 men, eight women and three children died when the residential building gave way on Thursday morning in

Thailand Seizes 136 Pangolins, 450kg Scales Believed From M’sia

BANGKOK, Sept 1 – Thai Customs officers seized 136 pangolins and 450kg of the animal’s scales destined for Laos and China when they intercepted two pick-up trucks in Prachuabkhirikhan early today. According to Seized Goods Division acting director Vorachit Deachborvornlak, initial investigations have not ruled out the probability the seized pangolins and

Tropical Storm Lidia Heads For Mexican Resort

MEXICO CITY, Sept 1 – Tropical Storm Lidia bore down on the plush Mexican resort area of Los Cabos Thursday, dumping torrential rains on a wide swath of the country and prompting officials to evacuate residents. Lidia formed Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean and was already wreaking havoc along the coast and

Spain Orders N. Korea Embassy To Reduce Staff

MADRID, Sept 1 – Spain told the North Korean embassy on Thursday to reduce its staff in the country in protest against Pyongyang’s repeated missile launches and nuclear weapons tests. North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes “create a serious threat to peace in the region and to global security,” the foreign

Malaysia Marks National Day In A Show Of Love, Solidarity

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 – Malaysians from all walks of life today celebrated National Day 2017 around the country in an overwhelming expression of love for their motherland and solidarity, reminiscent of their forefathers’ patriotism and unity at the time the nation gained independence. Adults and children alike thronged the venues

Google’s Special Doodle On Merdeka Day

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PETALING JAYA, Aug 31 – Google celebrates Merdeka Day with a new doodle today bearing the Jalur Gemilang. It features an animated of of the flag with the number 60 underneath it, wrapped slight with three wavy red stripes. A Google Doodle is a temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage to

Beijing Slams Calls For New North Korea Sanctions

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BEIJING, Aug 31 – China condemned “destructive” calls for new sanctions on North Korea Thursday, warning Japan, the US and Britain that diplomacy was needed to avert crisis days after nuclear-armed Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said sanctions alone “cannot fundamentally resolve the issue”, amid reports

US Warned Spain Of Barcelona Attack Risk

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MADRID, Aug 31 – US security agencies warned Spain in May that the Islamic State group was planning an attack in Barcelona, where the jihadists claimed a deadly van rampage earlier this month, local media said Thursday. The daily El Periodico de Cataluna reported that the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) alerted

National Day 2017, A Nostalgic Trip In History

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 – For many people celebrating the 2017 National Day at Dataran Merdeka today, the reenactment of the historic moment in 1957 was like a trip back into history and imbued with the spirit of patriotism. Generally, those met by Bernama said the remarkable celebration highlighted today was nostalgic

PKR Will Not Cooperate With PAS In GE14, Says Azmin

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SHAH ALAM, Aug 31 – PKR will not cooperate with PAS in the General Election as the Pakatan Harapan presidential council has decided against it, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said. “We respect the council’s decision and will move on with the necessary implementation,” the PKR deputy president said on Wednesday. “Our focus

Penang State-Level Merdeka Parade At Esplanade

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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 31 – In conjunction with the 60th Merdeka celebration, Penang state hosted the state-level Merdeka parade on the Esplanade Road here this morning with the present of Yang-di Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. In the same time, Murad Mohd Kassim, a former soldier, who affixed

N. Korea Warns Japan Of ‘Imminent Self-Destruction’

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SEOUL, Aug 31 – Nuclear-armed North Korea has warned Tokyo against “imminent self-destruction” for siding with Washington, as tensions soar after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan. The North set off global alarm Tuesday when it fired an intermediate-range missile over the Asian island nation, triggering condemnation from world leaders including the

70,000 To Be Evacuated Over WWII Bomb In Frankfurt

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Aug 30 – Some 70,000 people in Frankfurt will have to leave their homes this weekend in one of the biggest such evacuations in post-war Germany, police said Wednesday, after an unexploded World War-II bomb nicknamed “blockbuster” was uncovered. The operation on Sunday will allow for the

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