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  • Guessing game: What are OPEC nations thinking?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Does Saudi Arabia have it out for frackers in the U.S.? Or Iran? Or Russia? Will low oil prices make it easier to fight the Islamic State? Or harder? Trying to guess what OPEC members are thinking in the run-up to Thursday’s meeting in Vienna is a high stakes parlor game [...]

  • ABNxcess launches ABN4U – ‘Access for All Schools’ programme (video)

    SUBANG, Nov 11–Asian Broadcasting Network (ABNxcess) today launched the ABN4U ‘Access for All Schools’ programme as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to provide high-speed internet access to all. Under this initiative, schools which are located in its Home Serviceable (HS) area will be connected with the 10 Mbps fixed high-speed internet and [...]

  • MAICCI: Tun Mahathir’s criticism of Najib “unwarranted”

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23–Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent criticism of the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is “unwarranted”, said Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry Secretary-General, M. Davendran. He said the association will continue to voice its concerns regarding issues which could affect the Malaysian economy. &# [...]

  • World Ebola fears grow with Europe on alert; Peace Corps evacuates from affected areas

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) —There are mounting fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned [...]

  • Get paid for posts? Social networking’s new twist

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared —except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users [...]

  • Soup kitchens banned within Kuala Lumpur city centre, FT minister

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 3–Soup kitchens in the heart of Kuala Lumpur have been given until Monday to relocate their premises outside the city centre or face being fined, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Masor. He said that soup kitchens will no longer be allowed to operate within a 2km radius of [...]

  • S’pore to raise entry fees for foreign-registered cars, goods vehicles effective Aug 1

    SINGAPORE, July 1– Come Aug 1, the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for foreign-registered cars entering Singapore will be raised to S$35 from S$20 per day, while the Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) fee for foreign-registered goods vehicles will be raised to $40 from S$10 per calendar month, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA). In a statement today, LTA [...]

  • Verdict on use of “Allah”, Altantuya murder case on Monday

    By Suriati Sidek Ahmad PUTRAJAYA, June 21– All eyes will be on the Federal Court this Monday where proceeding of two high profile cases will be held, one on the use of the word “Allah” and the other on Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case. On that day the Federal Court, which is the highest court, has been [...]

  • Local products with ‘E’ code halal for Muslims – Jakim

    PUTRAJAYA, May 27  – Local products with the ‘E’ code in their halal certificate can be consumed by Muslims, according to the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim). Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said food products with the E code or number on the labels were not necessarily processed through haram or prohibited sources. “However, consumers shou [...]

  • Government releases satellite data on missing plane

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 (AP) — The Malaysian government today released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine the flight path of the missing jetliner, information long sought by relatives of some of the 239 people on board. But independent experts said the communication logs didn’t include key assumptions, algorithms and metadata [...]

  • MAICCI: M’sian govt should send diplomatic note to US over political interference

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19–The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) has asked the Malaysian government to send a diplomatic note to Washington expressing its disappointment over recent statements by its Vice President, Joe Biden and its Ambassador to Malaysia, Joseph Yun in relation to Malaysia’s decision to retain the Sedition Act 1948. [...]


    By Balan Moses PAKATAN Rakyat better pull its socks up in terms of intra-coalition unity or risk doing badly at the next general elections. The loose grouping of opposition parties, yet to be registered as an entity, is tearing at the seams with Pas on one side and the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat on [...]

  • Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn’t have been executed in US

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice. George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a [...]

  • Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

    TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and [...]

  • AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 Final: AirAsia-Twitter contest winners depart for Bangkok

    SEPANG, Dec 17–Thirteen winners of the AirAsia-Twitter contest departed from KLIA2 to Bangkok-Don Mueang today, for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 Final at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.   The winners left for Bangkok on flight AK 882 at 11.45am, serviced by AirAsia’s Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the Harimau Muda livery, as a mark of [...]

  • Aussie leader: System failed to track siege gunman

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terror watch list despite having a long criminal history. Man Haron Monis, a [...]

  • Review: ‘The Hobbit’ wraps with a Middle-earth melee

    With a sum total of 1,032 minutes, Peter Jackson’s six J.R.R. Tolkien films have earned more than $5 billion worldwide. They have made New Zealand synonymous with Middle-earth. And they have slaughtered enough orcs to constitute genocide. The sheer size of Jackson’s accomplishment — a majestic, fully realized fantasy world, from its lush landscapes down to [...]

  • Why oil is down by half, what it means for you

    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $56, down from [...]

  • Images capture drama of Australia hostage siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage siege in Sydney that began Monday morning and ended with a police raid 16 hours later unfolded before the world through a stream of nail-biting images. The photos of the standoff in a cafe that left three people dead — the gunman and two hostages — and four others wounded [...]

  • Obamas get into holiday spirit at benefit concert

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obamas are celebrating the holiday season with “The Rock” and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker. President Barack Obama and his family are attending the 33rd annual “Christmas in Washington” concert at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for the Children’s National Health System. Before the concert, Obama, [...]