Thursday, 23 June 2011

Obama's Afghan plan to start with 5,000 troops cut

2011-06-23 PRESIDENT Barack Obama (Picture) is expected to unveil plans to remove about 5,000 US troops from Afghanistan in July and up to 5,000 more by year-end as he lays out a broader withdrawal blueprint yesterday to Americans increasingly weary of the...

China frees dissident artist Ai Weiwei

2011-06-23 DISSIDENT Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, detained since April, was released on bail yesterday, state media said, citing Beijing police.The agency, in a late evening announcement, said the artist had been freed "because of his good attitude in...

Pakistan probes more officers over banned group links

2011-06-23 PAKISTAN'S army said yesterday that four more officers were being investigated on suspicion of links to banned Muslim political group Hizb ut-Tahrir.Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP that the majors were not under arrest. On...

Progress on missing Vietnam War journalists

2011-06-23 MILITARY investigators could be a step nearer solving the mystery of Hollywood legend Errol Flynn's journalist son, who disappeared in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.The fate of war photographer Sean Flynn and his colleague Dana Stone has been...

Saudi Arabia apologises over beheading: Indonesia

2011-06-23 SAUDI ARABIA has apologised for failing to inform Indonesia about the beheading of a maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer, Jakarta said yesterday.The apology came during a meeting between Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and...

Anwar's appeal on recusal of judge set for July 6

2011-06-23 THE hearing of the appeal of Anwar Ibrahim against the refusal of High Court judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah to recuse himself from hearing his ongoing sodomy trial has been fixed for July 6. One of his counsel, Sankara Nair, said the appellate court...

M'sia to fingerprint illegal workers

2011-06-23 MALAYSIA yesterday announced it will fingerprint illegal immigrants who come forward under an amnesty programme from next month.The programme, which will begin July 11, will allow some of the immigrants to gain employment legally and others to leave...

Aquino urges China to follow rules

2011-06-23 PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino vowed yesterday that the Philippines would press its territorial claims in the South China Sea, despite the vast military superiority of its rival China.Aquino also called on Beijing to follow international rules in seeking...

14 dead in Philippine floods

2011-06-23 WIDESPREAD flooding due to unusually heavy rains in many parts of the Philippines has killed 14 people in recent days, the government said yesterday.A total of 10 people drowned in villages lining the Pulangui, one of 11 rivers on the major southern...

1Malaysia People's Shop launched

2011-06-23 PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today opened the first "Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia", which will operate on a mini market format. !Operated by Mydin Mohamed Holdings, the shop will act as the medium for the government to control...

Prosecution closes case in Khir Toyo corruption trial

2011-06-23 THE prosecution closed its case yesterday in the corruption trial of former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo. !Deputy Public Prosecutor Abdul Wahab Mohamed called the last witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) acting...

Taib has 'no Swiss account'

2011-06-23 CHIEF Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said he would give his full cooperation to the Swiss Federation to clear his name and that of the Sarawak government over allegations of timber corruption by the Bruno Manser Foundation (BMF). !He said his...

Crocodile slays man in Philippine attack

2011-06-23 A SALTWATER crocodile has killed a man and apparently bitten off one of his legs in a riverside attack in the Philippines, police said yesterday.The local man went missing while collecting wood on a riverbank on Palawan island on Tuesday, with...

Sarawak committed to having multiracial civil service

2011-06-23 THE Sarawak government is committed to having a multiracial civil service that reflects the state's ethnic diversity, Minister in the Chief Minister's Office Datin Fatimah Abdullah said today. !She said the state Public Service Commission was in...

Indonesian forest people condemn climate scheme

2011-06-23 INDIGENOUS peoples of Indonesian Borneo yesterday demanded a halt to internationally backed forest conservation schemes, saying they are trampling on their rights and robbing their lands.The Central Kalimantan chapter of the Indigenous Peoples...

China to US: Stay out of sea spat

2011-06-23 CHINA urged the United States yesterday to leave the South China Sea dispute to the claimant states, saying that US involvement may make the situation worse, its most direct warning to Washington in recent weeks.Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui...

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Sarawak urged to review system of hiring workers

2011-06-22 INDUSTRY players here want the increase in the levy on foreign workers, especially in the plantation, construction and services industries, to be reduced to sustain economic growth.The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sarawak...

IN BRIEF

2011-06-22 Two killed in trainer crash in S KoreaSEOUL: A military training plane crashed in South Korea yesterday, killing two people on board, an air force spokesman said. An instructor and a trainee died when the single-engine propeller-driven Ilyushin Il-...

US, Japan to delay base plan

2011-06-22 JAPAN and the United States will delay plans to move a military base in Okinawa , officials said, as pressure builds for a new solution to the long-running rift.President Barack Obama's administration had hoped that Japan's massive March earthquake...

Obama set to reveal Afghan decision

2011-06-22 PRESIDENT Barack Obama will announce the size of his drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan today, mapping out an endgame for a 10-year war that has exacted a fearsome human and financial toll.Two administration officials said Obama would reveal the...