Moon Could Be Wetter Than Thought, Say Scientists

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THE Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday. “We found the signature of the lunar interior water globally using satellite data,” Shuai Li, co-author of a study by

Trump Won’t Let Assad Get Away With ‘Horrible’ Crimes

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WASHINGTON, Jul 26 – US President Donald Trump accused Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing “horrible” crimes against humanity and vowed to prevent his regime from carrying out any more chemical attacks. Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Trump also called the Lebanese

US House Votes To Slap Sanctions On Russia, Iran, N. Korea

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WASHINGTON, Jul 26 – The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, a move that will antagonize the Kremlin as well as European nations fearing economic ramifications. The measure notably constrains President Donald Trump’s ability to waive the penalties. The sanctions

Trump Ex-Campaign Manager Manafort Not Testifying Wednesday

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WASHINGTON, Jul 26 – A Senate committee investigating Russian election interference withdrew Tuesday its subpoena compelling President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to testify, saying he has begun cooperating. Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner are at the centre of probes about a closely scrutinised meeting they and other campaign

Building Collapse Kills Six In India’s Mumbai

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MUMBAI, Jul 26 – At least six people were crushed to death when a four-storey building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai Tuesday, the latest incident to highlight poor construction standards in the country. Rescuers pulled a dozen others out of the rubble alive, some seriously injured, after the structure gave

Trump Renews Attacks On Own Attorney General

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WASHINGTON, Jul 25 – US President Donald Trump resumed his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday, calling his one-time ally “VERY weak” in pursuing intelligence leaks and for failing to go after former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her email. Trump’s latest Twitter salvo followed a report in the

Thai Police Make US$30m Drug Haul Linked To Laos Suspect

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BANGKOK, Jul 25 – Thai police on Tuesday announced the seizure of drugs worth US$30 million (RM128.3 million), including seven million methamphetamine tablets, “ice” and liquid ketamine, from houses around Bangkok linked to an alleged Laotian drug lord. Seven Thais were arrested in the major two-day operation, which turned up 60kg

S. Korea Lifts Court TV Ban Ahead Of Park Sentencing

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SEOUL, Jul 25 – South Korea’s Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted a ban on the filming of trials, opening the possibility of live TV coverage of the sentencing of disgraced president Park Geun-Hye and Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong. At a rare meeting of justices presided over by Chief Justice Yang Sung-Tae, the

Thai Authorities Freeze Ousted PM Yingluck’s Bank Accounts

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BANGKOK, Jul 25 – Thai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a US$1 billion (RM 5 billion) fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday. The move is seen as unprecedented because it financially sanctions an elected leader for a

Japan Aims To Reduce Suicides By 30% In 10 Years

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TOKYO, Jul 25 – Japan aims to cut suicides by 30% over 10 years, with the government Tuesday approving a plan which seeks to curb extreme work hours seen as contributing to one of the world’s highest suicide rates. Japan has the highest suicide rate among Group of Seven (G7) advanced countries

Alphabet Profit Hit By EU Fine On Google

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 25 – Google parent Alphabet on Monday saw shares slide as the market reacted to a massive fine by the European Commission and word that success in mobile, cloud and YouTube is coming with higher costs. Alphabet reported a quarterly profit of US$3.5 billion (RM1.5 billion), in a sharp

Abe Denies Cronyism Allegations

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TOKYO, Jul 25 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pix), his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, said today he had never instructed officials to give preferential treatment to a long-time friend. Abe and his aides have repeatedly denied intervening to help Kake Gakuen, an educational institution whose director, Kotaro Kake,

Two H1N1 Flu Cases Suspected At Myanmar Hospital

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YANGON, Jul 24 – A hospital in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, is treating two patients suspected to have contracted H1N1 influenza, a doctor said on Monday, as the government began responding to a potential new outbreak of the virus known as swine flu. The virus caused alarm in 2009 when it spread

At Least 24 Killed In Kabul Car Bombing

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KABUL, Jul 24 – At least 24 people have been killed and 42 wounded after a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul Monday, an official told AFP, the latest attack to strike the Afghan capital. “The car bomb hit a bus carrying employees of the ministry of

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