Trump Abandons Global Climate Pact; Allies Voice Dismay

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WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from US allies and business leaders. Trump, tapping into the “America First” message he

RHB-AmBank Merger Talks Boost Positive Sentiment

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 2 – RHB Bank Bhd (RHB) and AMMB Holdings Bhd’s (AmBank) proposed merger to create one of Malaysia’s biggest lenders has signalled positive development in Malaysia as well as the Asean region. Ushering an epoch of consolidation in the banking industry, IQI Global Chief Economist, Shan Saeed, said the

Malaysia Slowly Winning The Battle Against Forex Speculators

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SINGAPORE, Jun 2 – Foreign portfolio investors say they are coming back to Malaysia’s markets, six months after many of them revolted against the central bank’s crackdown on the offshore ringgit trading market. Foreigners, who had held about half of the outstanding Malaysian government bonds, fled the market between November 2016 and

Trump Will Not Move US Embassy To Jerusalem For Now

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WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – President Donald Trump postponed moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Thursday, avoiding a provocative step as he tries to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who welcomed Trump to the city last week, expressed disappointment at the delay but made it

AEK Athens Secure Champions League Berth

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ATHENS, Jun 2 – AEK Athens secured their place in next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds on Wednesday as they finished top in a four-team Greek Super League play-off. AEK beat another Athens side, Panionios, 2-1 to top the mini league ahead of PAOK, who lost 3-2 at home to Panathinaikos. Just

EU: Facebook, Google Crack Down On Hate Speech

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BRUSSELS, Jun 1 – Facebook, Google and other US internet giants have sharply boosted efforts to clamp down on online hate speech, a top European Union official said Thursday. The EU joined forces with the companies a year ago to combat online extremism, responding to growing alarm in Europe over the use

US Agency In Greece Hit By Sex Abuse Allegations

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ATHENS, Jun 1 – Greek officials are investigating allegations that two members of a US aid agency sexually exploited refugees, local press reported Thursday. The European Commission said it was taking the allegations against the US agency Mercy Corps “very seriously” and had suspended its funding. Mercy Corps itself said it had

Two New Faces Appointed In Perlis Exco Line Up

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KANGAR, Jun 1 – Two new faces were appointed as the state executive councillors in a minor Perlis state government reshuffle. Nurulhisham Yaakob and Asmaiza Ahmad who were appointed on May 12, will take over the roles of two senior Exco members. Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said Nurulhisham who

Bus Express Accident, Passengers Escape Unhurt

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GUA MUSANG, Jun 1 – An express bus driver sustained injuries to the face while 14 other passengers escaped unhurt in a collision with a trailer at KM27 of Jalan Gua Musang-Kuala Krai, here today. Gua Musang police chief Supt Rajab Ahad Ismail said the incident occurred around 1am, when the bus

Trump And Hillary Trade Jabs In Twitter Skirmish

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WASHINGTON, Jun 1 – President Donald Trump has taken a swing on Twitter at one of his favorite punching bags, Democrat Hillary Clinton — and his former presidential rival has hit back with her own zinger. The trouble started Wednesday when Clinton raised questions over whether Trump’s campaign was linked to the

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