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

Trump Revamps Obama-era Cuba Deal, Turns Heat Up On Regime

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MIAMI, Jun 17 – US President Donald Trump vowed Friday to overhaul Barack Obama’s deal to restore ties with Cuba, promising to instead support the Cuban people against Raul Castro’s government. Trump flew to Miami’s Little Havana, spiritual home of the Cuban-American community, to denounce his predecessor’s “one-sided” settlement and pledge to

Trump Announces He’s Being Investigated

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WASHINGTON, Jun 17 – US President Donald Trump announced Friday he is under investigation in connection with a probe into alleged Russian election meddling that is gnawing away at his administration — and gathering pace. The Republican leader also lashed out at the Justice Department’s number two, the man tasked with organizing

Presidency A Boon For Some Trump Businesses

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WASHINGTON, Jun 17 – Becoming president forced Donald Trump to resign from a slew of corporate positions, but it also appears to have netted him much more income from his Mar-a-Lago resort and from book sales. According to a financial disclosure form released late Friday, Trump earned around US$37 million (RM158.2 million)

Five Teenagers To Be Charged With Nhaveen’s Murder

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GEORGE TOWN, Jun 16 – Five teenage boys allegedly involved in the bullying and subsequent death of T.Nhaveen, 18, will be charged with murder in court, said Penang Police deputy chief Roslee Chik. He said the case was initially classified under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with weapons

Anger Mounts Over London Tower Blaze

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LONDON, Jun 16 – Anger mounted in London on Wednesday over a devastating tower block blaze which killed at least 17 people, as police said some of the victims were left unrecognisable by the blaze. Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood where the

Brother: Singapore’s First Family Should Quit Politics

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SINGAPORE, Jun 16 – The Lee family which has dominated Singapore since its founding should quit politics after the current generation, the prime minister’s brother said Thursday as a bitter feud rages over their father’s legacy. The tightly ruled nation has been rocked by allegations from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings

Seven Killed, Dozens Hurt in China Kindergarten Blast

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BEIJING, Jun 16 – An explosion rocked a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens, authorities said, as state media published images showing bloodied and unconscious victims. The blast occurred near the kindergarten and victims were taken to hospital, according to the Fengxian county government

Nhaveen’s Death Gets International Attention

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 – The tragic news of the passing of student T. Nhaveen, who was brutally assaulted by a group of youths in Jalan Kaki Bukit in Georgetown, Penang last Saturday, received not only local but also international attention on the social media. The 18-year old died at the Penang

Britain, EU To Begin Brexit Negotiations On Monday

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LONDON, Jun 16 – Negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will begin between British and EU officials on Monday, the British government said in a statement. “The first round of talks that will see the United Kingdom leave the European Union will start on Monday June 19,” the Department for

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