PM Najib Announces Sept 4 As Public Holiday

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced today that Sept 4 is a public holiday at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, where the closing ceremony of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) was being held. It was the first time the National Day eve

Thai PM Defends Malaysia’s Gold Medal Haul

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BANGKOK, Aug 30 – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended Malaysia’s large haul of gold medals in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, saying that “it was normal” for the host country due to the better preparations they made. Although applauding the admirable performance put up by Thailand’s athletes in the biennial

Angry Birds To Hold ABC Challenge In October

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JOHOR BARU, Aug 30 – Similar to South Korea’s “Running Man” game-show, the Angry Birds Crew Challenge (ABC Challenge) set to take place here, in October, looks to boost self-esteem and confidence among students.  The programme by Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Baru and the Johor State Education Department has seen

North Korea’s Missile Launch: Why Japan?

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TOKYO, Aug 30 – When nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan this week, it sparked international condemnation. But it also raised the question: Why Japan? Location, location, location It might seem obvious, but geography is frequently a huge factor in geopolitical wrangling. The Japanese archipelago forms a long string

Australian Number Plate Sells For Nearly US$2 m

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SYDNEY, Aug 30 – A black-and-white number plate with the single digit “4” has sold at a Sydney auction for a record-breaking near US$2.0 million (RM8.5 million), reportedly to a Chinese-Australian sex toy entrepreneur. The sale shattered pre-sale estimates of up to Aus$1.5 million, with the auction hammer coming down at Aus$2.45

Missing In China Landslide Climbs To 32

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BEIJING, Aug 29 – The number of people missing after a landslide struck dozens of homes in rural southwestern China has climbed to 32, authorities said Tuesday. At least three people were found dead and seven were injured in Monday’s disaster in a township in Bijie city in Guizhou province, according to

Harvey Versus Katrina: A World Of Differences

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WASHINGTON, Aug 29 – They’re running out of superlatives and statistics to describe Harvey’s wrath: rainfall on an unprecedented scale, nine trillion gallons of water and forecasters adding new colours to their charts to better illustrate the maelstrom. But while the monster storm’s damage is projected to run into the billions,

Mexico Helped Push Vaquita Porpoise To Brink Of Extinction

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MEXICO CITY, Aug 29 – Mexican fishing authorities have been boycotted the effort to save the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, environmentalists said Monday, calling them “accomplices” in the near-extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise.  While Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has embarked on a much-vaunted campaign to save the estimated

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