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  • Myanmar junta curbs political parties meeting foreigners
    MYANMAR’S ruling junta has moved to restrict political parties from meeting foreigners or international organisations ahead of an election expected next year. The Southeast Asian nation has been plunged into turmoil and its economy is in tatters since a February 2021 coup, which ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s government. Read more »
  • Govt looking into proposal to lift chicken export ban, says PM
    THE government is looking into a proposal to lift the ban on export of chicken, said Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said poultry breeders had made an application to the government to review the ban on chicken export. Read more »
  • Education Ministry to prepare portal for bullying complaints
    THE Education Ministry will prepare a bully complaints portal by next week to enhance efforts to curb bullying in schools, Senior Education Minister Radzi Jidin said. Parents and teachers can lodge reports of bullying in school through the phone, email or the portal itself, he said, adding that these methods could… Read more »
  • PM says meeting with PN already held 2 weeks ago
    PRIME Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today he had already had a meeting with Perikatan Nasional (PN) representatives two weeks ago. He said the meeting that took place during the final week of the Dewan Rakyat session at the Parliament was attended by PN secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin and PN treasurer… Read more »
  • Iran conservative media hail Salman Rushdie attacker
    IRANIAN ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan today hailed the man who stabbed British author Salman Rushdie – the target of a 1989 Iranian fatwa calling for his death. Rushdie was on a ventilator after the attack during a literary event in New York state yesterday, more than 30 years after he went… Read more »
  • Taliban violently disperses rare women protest in Kabul
    TALIBAN fighters beat women protesters and fired into the air today as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists’ return to power. Since seizing power on August 15 last year, the Taliban has rolled back the marginal… Read more »
  • China renews red alert for high temperatures
    CHINA’S national observatory today continued to issue a red alert for high temperatures, the most severe warning in its four-tier weather warning system, as a scorching heatwave hits more regions of the country. During the daytime today, parts of Shaanxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, Henan, Hubei, Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian,… Read more »
  • No compromise on MRSM bullying issue, says Mahdzir
    THE Rural Development Ministry will not compromise with any Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) student who is involved in bullying, minister Mahdzir Khalid said. “According to the standard operating procedure, we will expel the student (involved in bullying) from MRSM,” he said after visiting the 2022 Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism… Read more »
  • Abuses-accused minister enters Indonesia presidential race
    INDONESIAN Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto has declared his entry into the country’s presidential race in 2024, his third bid for the top job in one of the world’s largest democracies. The powerful minister is a controversial figure at home and internationally, having been accused of human rights abuses including involvement… Read more »
  • Menara Alor Setar launches 2 new attractions for extreme sports fans
    MENARA Alor Setar launched two new attraction Dropzone & Snap-Sky today which is expected to draw extreme sports enthusiasts from all over the country. Menara Kuala Lumpur Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Ainol Shaharina Sahar said since the start of its operations in April, the response to both attractions has been… Read more »
  • US to boost Taiwan commerce, conduct air, sea transits
    THE United States will boost trade with Taiwan in response to China’s “provocative” behaviour, the White House said yesterday, as it insisted on the right of air and sea passage through the tense strait. A new trade plan will be unveiled within days, while US forces will transit the Taiwan… Read more »
  • Kelantan records 230% surge in dengue cases
    THE number of cumulative dengue cases in Kelantan as at epidemiological week (EW) 31 this year is 436, an increase of 232.82% over the 131 cases reported in the same period last year, according to a state executive councillor. Local Government, Housing and Health Commitee chairman Dr Izani Husin said, however, the number of dengue… Read more »
  • More than 50% of RM6 billion for combat ships spent on equipment
    MORE than 50% of the RM6 billion disbursed to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd was spent on equipment to outfit five out of the six littoral combat ships, its CEO Azhar Jumaat said. In a rare media tour of the shipbuilders’ yard in Lumut, Perak, the company showed where all… Read more »
  • ‘Dead fish everywhere’ in Germany, Poland, after feared chemical waste dump
    THOUSANDS of fish have washed up dead on the Oder river running through Germany and Poland, sparking warnings of an environmental disaster as residents are urged to stay away from the water. The fish floating by the German banks near the eastern town of Schwedt are believed to have washed… Read more »
  • Penang mufti says ‘senseless’ for woman to perform umrah in men’s clothing
    PENANG mufti Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor described the action of the woman who performed umrah clad in ihram (pilgrimage) attire for men as “senseless” and a deliberate act to mock Islam. “A Muslim is required to respect and glorify Islam. Intentionally doing an act that is contrary to Islamic law means… Read more »
  • Mexico prepares to begin underground search for trapped miners
    MEXICAN authorities said yesterday they were finally in a position to begin searching a flooded coal mine where 10 workers have been trapped for more than a week, offering fresh hope to anguished relatives. Several hundred rescuers, including soldiers and military scuba divers, are taking part in efforts to save… Read more »
  • Equipment for combat ships not obsolete, says shipbuilder
    BOUSTEAD Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd CEO Capt Azhar Jumaat today refuted claims that 15% of the equipment stored in its warehouses for the littoral combat ships (LCS) were obsolete. In a rare media tour of the shipyard in Lumut, Perak, Azhar sought to clarify where the RM6 billion for the… Read more »
  • Wan Junaidi tells anti-graft centre to ‘refine’ political funding bill
    MINISTER in the Prime Minister’s Department Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has instructed the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre to “refine” the political funding bill. The de facto law minister said in a statement today that he has also ordered the legal affairs division of the Prime Minister’s Department and the Attorney-General’s… Read more »
  • Taliban stronger than ever a year after takeover
    A YEAR since returning to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban is a stronger military force than ever, but threats to their rule do exist. To tighten its grip, the Taliban has poured thousands of fighters into the Panshjir Valley, home to the only conventional military threat the Islamists have faced… Read more »
  • Drought declared in parts of England as hot weather persists
    A DROUGHT was officially declared on yesterday across a large swathe of England, amid a new heatwave and prolonged dry weather. More restrictions are likely to be placed on water use in affected areas. Drought status is decided by the UK’s Environment Agency based on elements such as rainfall, river… Read more »
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