S. Korea Parliament Impeaches Scandal Hit President

SEOUL, Dec 9 – South Korean lawmakers on Friday passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests. The National Assembly ballot transfers Park’s authority to the prime minister, pending a decision by

Gemalto To Acquire 3M’s Identity Management Business

AMSTERDAM, Dec 9 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 – GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire 3M’s Identity Management Business for US$850 million. 3M’s Identity Management Business is comprised of 3M Cogent Inc., which provides a full spectrum of biometric solutions

Clinton Warns Of Danger Of Fake News ‘Epidemic’

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 – Hillary Clinton issued a stern warning Thursday against the proliferation of fake news, branding it an epidemic with “real world consequences” that must be addressed in order to protect the nation’s democracy. The Democrat Clinton lost last month’s presidential election to Republican Donald Trump in a shock upset,

Trump Meets Ohio Victims, Environment Pick Slammed

COLUMBUS, Dec 9 – President-elect Donald Trump sought Thursday to comfort victims of an apparent jihadist-inspired attack in Ohio while under fire for picking a global warming skeptic as his new environment chief. The 70-year-old property tycoon, who has never previously held elective office, has spent the majority of his time since

US Democrats Demand Intel On Russian Vote Interference

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 – Top US Democratic lawmakers have demanded that President Barack Obama release details on alleged Russian interference in last month’s election, fearing the issue will be swept under a rug when Donald Trump assumes office in January. The Republican president-elect has repeatedly rejected the idea that Moscow had

Perlis State Assembly Passes 2017 State Budget

KANGAR, Dec 9 – The Perlis State Legislative Assembly sitting today passed the State Development Expenditure totalling RM46,370,640 after a three-day debate by almost all the Barisan Nasional Assemblymen and opposition members. The State Assembly also passed the 2017 Supply Enactment, Islamic Religious Administration (Amendment) (Perlis) 2016 Enactment and the Mineral Enactment

Solomons Escape Serious Damage After Powerful 7.7 Quake

SYDNEY, Dec 9 – A major 7.7-magnitude quake struck Friday off the Solomon Islands triggering severe shaking and a tsunami warning, but there were no reports of any serious damage, officials said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said there could be possible “widespread, hazardous” tsunami waves, forcing villagers to flee to

Trump Taps China Ambassador, Consults Obama

NEW YORK, Dec 8 – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday selected a political ally with close ties to China as ambassador to Beijing, stressed his determination to create US jobs and revealed he consulted with Barack Obama on his cabinet picks. The Republican’s election victory shocked the US establishment and alarmed

RM2.38b Spent On Subsidy To Stabilise Cooking Oil Price

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 – The government spent RM2.38 billion on sudsidy from 2013 until April, this year to stabilise the price of cooking oil in the interest of the people. Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, Datuk Hasan Arifin said the government’s decision of getting the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism

Urgent Appeal For Supplies After Strong Indonesia Quake

MEUREUDU, Dec 8 – Aftershocks rattled the survivors of a devastating Indonesia earthquake that killed nearly 100 people, as officials urgently appealed Thursday for medicine and doctors to treat the hundreds injured. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake levelled hundreds of homes, mosques and businesses across Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected

Obama Praises Japan Ties On Pearl Harbour Anniversary

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 – President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the alliance between Japan and the United States exactly 75 years after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour that led to America’s entrance into World War II. President-elect Donald Trump also marked the milestone anniversary with a message praising the “American heroes”

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