Japan July Jobless Rate Flat At 2.8 Pct

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TOKYO, Aug 29 – Japan’s jobless rate was flat at 2.8 per cent in July and the availability of jobs improved for the fifth straight month to reach the highest level since 1974, government data showed on Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate matched economists’ median forecast, data by the Internal

Najib Congratulates Malaysian Contingent Over 111 Gold Haul

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak tonight congratulated all Malaysian athletes after the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 national contingent achieved its 111-gold medal target. He said the historic feat confirmed Malaysia as the overall champion of the Games this year. “I’m pleased to announce that we’ve

Two Dead, 25 Missing In China Landslide

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BEIJING, Aug 28 – A landslide struck some 34 homes in southwest China on Monday, killing two people and leaving another 25 missing in the latest natural disaster to hit the country, state media reported. Rescuers pulled six people out of the rubble, including two who died, in Bijie, Guizhou province, city

Police To Ramp Up Security At SEA Games Football Final

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ALOR STAR, Aug 28 – Police will be stepping up inspection at all entrances of Shah Alam Stadium for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games men’s football final between Malaysia and Thailand tomorrow. Without mentioning the number of personnel involved, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police are all

Canada’s Top General In Gay Pride First

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OTTAWA, Aug 28 – Canada’s top military official on Sunday for the first time took part in the Gay Pride parade in Ottawa, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also on hand. Army General Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, became the highest ranking military official

South Korea Media Divided Over Samsung Heir Verdict

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SEOUL, Aug 28 – South Korean media were divided Monday over the jailing of the heir to the Samsung empire, with some newspapers condemning the ruling and others accusing rivals of “kneeling” before the rich. Lee Jae-Yong, the de-facto head of Samsung Electronics, was convicted last week of bribing South Korea’s ousted

Toll-Free On Aug 31, Discount On Sept 1 For MEX Users

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 – In conjunction with National Day and Aidiladha celebrations, Maju Expressway Sdn Bhd (MESB) will offer a toll-free period and 10% discount to all its highway users for all classes of vehicles. In a statement today, MESB said the toll-free period for Maju Expressway (MEX) users would start

Houston Floods Spark Chaos, Much More Rain To Come

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HOUSTON, Aug 28 – Massive flooding unleashed by deadly monster storm Harvey left Houston – the fourth-largest city in the United States – increasingly isolated Sunday as its airports and highways shut down and residents were rescued from their inundated homes by boat. The city’s two main airports suspended all commercial

Malaysia Moves Up To 29th Spot In Global Peace Index

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JERANTUT, Aug 27 – Malaysia has moved up to 29th spot among 163 countries in the 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI), from the 30th spot last year. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the move was capable of giving the country a good image. “”The country’s achievement

Japanese Prodigy Wins Prestigious Piano Prize

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GENEVA, Aug 27 – A young Japanese pianist has been awarded the prestigious Clara Haskil Prize, organisers said Sunday. Mao Fujita, 18, will receive 25,000 Swiss francs (RM111,364) after beating Hong Kong-born Aristo Sham and Italian Alberto Ferro to win the coveted award. “With him, one forgets the competition and gives in

SEA Games: Thais Take Dig At Malaysia Over Medals

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 – Thailand took aim at table-topping Malaysia for stacking the sports programme in their favour as they conceded defeat in the Southeast Asian Games medals race. Thailand dominated the last edition of the 11-nation competition in 2015, when they claimed 95 gold medals to finish clear of hosts

PM Najib: Retired Leader Should Respect His Successor

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PEKAN, Aug 27 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said a retired leader should support his successor because his past strength was based on the support from Umno party members. Najib, who took over the country’s administration from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawai, said every prime minister has the obligation to

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