Turkey Detains 21 Workers Over Mass Army Food Poisoning

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ISTANBUL, Jun 18 – Turkey on Sunday detained 21 employees of a catering firm after more than 700 soldiers required medical attention in an outbreak of food poisoning in the west of the country. The soldiers at the barracks in the western Manisa province ate a meal of soup, rice, chicken and

CIMB Introduces 1-month Paid Paternity Leave

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 18 – CIMB Bank Berhad today announced its enhanced paternity leave benefits to enable fathers to spend more time with their first-born, and share parental responsibilities in welcoming their new baby into the world. This is in tandem with CIMB’s efforts to continuously improve employee welfare through gender-balanced policies.

Development Bank Of Sarawak To Start Operating Next January

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KUCHING, Jun 18 – The Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) will be operational from January, next year. Its Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg reiterated that Sarawak needed to have its own bank in order to accelerate the state’s economic development in the urban and rural areas. “The bank’s

NCER Expects To Create Over 37,000 Jobs By 2025

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JITRA, Jun 18 – The Northern Corridor Economic Region’s (NCER) Development Blueprint 2016-2025 expects to create more than 37,000 jobs when two growth nodes in Kedah are completed. Its chief executive officer Datuk Redza Rafiq said over the 10-year period, a total of 80 high-impact projects would be implemented in Kedah,

Three Killed, 11 Hurt In Blast At Upscale Bogota Mall

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BOGOTA, Jun 18 – Three people including a young Frenchwoman were killed and 11 others wounded Saturday when an explosion rocked an upscale Bogota mall, the mayor said. “This cowardly terrorist attack at the Centro Andino mall is deeply distressing,” Mayor Enrique Penalosa said, without giving details on who may have been

US Lawmaker Shot By Anti-Trump Gunman Showing Improvement

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WASHINGTON, Jun 18 – Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise continued to show improvement as he recovers from being shot by a gunman angry about President Donald Trump, the hospital treating him said Saturday. Scalise and three other people were shot early Wednesday at a park in suburban Washington as they practised

Trump Family Pays Its First Visit To Camp David

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WASHINGTON, Jun 18 – President Donald Trump left Saturday with his wife and young son to spend the weekend at Camp David for the first time. Since taking power on January 20, Trump has spent most weekends at his resort estate Mar-a-Lago in Florida. But this time, Trump, First Lady Melania and

EC Chairman: EC Accepts Court’s Decision

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PUTRAJAYA, Jun 18 – The Election Commission (EC) accepts the decision of the Kuching High Court that Dr Ting Tiong Choon remains as the Sarawak assemblyman for Pujut, said EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah. In a statement today, he said, EC would take further action in line with the court’s

Amazon Whole Foods Deal Eats Into Supermarket Stocks

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NEW YORK, Jun 18 – Shares in groceries-selling retailers, including Wal-Mart, British chain Tesco and France’s Carrefour, tumbled on Friday after Amazon’s announced it will acquire Whole Foods Market. Amazon’s deal to buy the upscale US grocery chain for $13.7 billion throttled the broader retail sector on concerns the online retail

Amazon To Buy Upmarket Grocer Whole Foods For US$13.7b

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NEW YORK, Jun 18 – Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy US organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market Inc for US$13.7 billion, including debt, marking the internet retailer’s largest deal and biggest foray into the brick-and-mortar retail sector. The deal, which puts a 27 percent premium on Whole

Chief Commissioner: DoJ Has Not Contacted MACC

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 17 – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has not been contacted by the United States’ Department of Justice (DoJ) over its latest filing of lawsuits to recover assets allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said its chief commissioner, Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad. He said that until today MACC has

More Than 900 Migrants Rescued Off Libya

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TRIPOLI, Jun 17 – The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday. “A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday,” General Ayoub Qassem

Al-Jazeera Twitter Account ‘Suspended’

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DOHA, Jun 17 – Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said the Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel had been suspended on Saturday, in the latest “conspiracy” to hit the station. Yasser Abuhilalah, managing director of Al-Jazeera Arabic, confirmed the suspension on social media. The suspension comes at a time of diplomatic crisis in the

Water Supply In Petaling Fully Restored

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 17 – Water supply in several areas in Petaling, which was previously affected due to the electricity supply disruption at the Bukit Gasing Reservoir Pump House, has been fully restored. Kumpulan Air Selangor corporate communications head, Amin Lin Abdullah recorded his highest appreciation to all consumers for their patience

OCM Requests Zero-Rated GST For Sports Sponsorships

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 17 – The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has requested the government to consider zero-rated Goods and Services Tax (GST) for all sponsorship and donations given to national sports associations. OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar said the request was a resolution passed unanimously at the 36th

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