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Monday, 9 May 2011

Standoff 'near end' after Taliban attack Afghan city

2011-05-09 A TALIBAN cell behind a wave of attacks which killed four people in one of Afghanistan's biggest cities looked close to destruction yesterday after holding out for over 24 hours.Two attackers who were holed up in a building near Kandahar's...

2 Buddhists killed in Thai south

2011-05-09 SUSPECTED insurgents killed two Buddhists in a drive-by shooting yesterday in Thailand's deep south, police said, the latest in an upsurge of violence in the troubled region bordering Malaysia.!The attack took place in front of a mosque in Pattani...

Taliban denies recruiting boys

2011-05-09 THE Taliban denied yesterday reports by the Afghan government the militant group was recruiting young boys to carry out suicide attacks in Afghanistan, saying it prohibited "beardless" men among its ranks.!The statement came after...

Top UN official leaves Cambodia amid human rights concerns

2011-05-09 SAD and relieved. That is how the director of the United Nations human rights office in Cambodia said he felt about leaving the country after effectively being forced out of his post by the government.Christophe Peschoux, who headed the UN Office of...

Asean considers giving chair to Myanmar in 2014

2011-05-09 SOUTHEAST Asian leaders said yesterday they were considering allowing Myanmar to chair the 10-member Asean group in 2014, backing away from an earlier draft statement that said they had already agreed to the country's request.!A communique issued at...

Indonesia resumes search for plane crash victims

2011-05-09 INDONESIAN search and rescue teams intensified underwater operations Sunday to recover bodies from a plane that crashed into the sea in eastern Indonesia killing all 27 people on board, officials said."We deployed 20 divers today including from...

5 M'sian fishermen vanish in mysterious situation

2011-05-09 A MALAYSIAN fishing boat skipper and a local fisherman left the Kampung Bagan Sungai Besar jetty on a fishing expedition last Wednesday.Skipper Chia Yeow Chian and Ismail Rejab, both aged 41, accompanied by three Indonesian fishermen, were scheduled...

Election boost for S'pore opposition

2011-05-09 THE win by the Singapore opposition Workers' Party in six seats may appear modest but it was the opposition's best performance since Singapore became independent from the Malaysian federation in 1965.It upstages a previous best of four seats in 1991...

Pakistani terror suspect held

2011-05-09 CZECH police have detained a Pakistani national wanted on an international warrant for murder and terrorism, Czech Interior Minister Jan Kubice said on Sunday.The suspect was detained last week after applying for asylum in the central European...

S Korea president on Germany, Denmark, France trip

2011-05-09 SOUTH Korean President Lee Myung-Bak departed Sunday for a week-long visit to Germany, Denmark and France aimed at cementing ties before a sweeping free trade pact with the European Union takes effect.Lee will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

Japan officials stand by commitment to N-power

2011-05-09 JAPANESE officials said on Sunday they were committed to nuclear power after the prime minister called for a plant to close, but that the target of obtaining half of Japan's electricity from nuclear power by 2030 needed a rethink.!Prime Minister...

Cambodian police, factory workers clash

2011-05-09 AT LEAST 15 people were injured when armed police broke up a protest in Cambodia yesterday by at least 2,000 mostly female garment workers demanding unpaid bonuses after their plant was closed by a fire, police and witnesses said.!Police armed with...

NZ searches for 6 missing off Kiribati

2011-05-09 A SEARCH was under way yesterday for six young people, including an eight-year-old girl, missing in a canoe off the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, New Zealand rescue authorities said.A New Zealand Air Force Orion has been dispatched to the...

Malaysia to re-draw electoral boundaries

2011-05-09 THE Election Commission (EC) is carrying a preliminary study on the redelineation of electoral constituencies, said the chairman of the Election Commission, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.He said that under Article 113 (2) of the Federal Constitution...

SPDP head: Snap should close shop

2011-05-09 THE glory days of the Sarawak National Party are long gone and its supporters should realise that Snap is no longer a reliable political platform, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party vice-president Sylvester Entri Muran said yesterday.After all its...

Australia defends unfinalised refugee plan with Malaysia

2011-05-09 AUSTRALIA yesterday defended plans to send hundreds of asylum seekers to Malaysia, saying it was an important signal to people smugglers, but refugee advocates slammed the proposal as cruel.Australia wants to transfer 800 boat people to Malaysia...

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Opposition to make gains in Singapore poll: media

2011-05-08 THE Singapore opposition looked on course to win up to six seats in yesterday's general election, tripling its presence in parliament, local media reported.The Straits Times quoted a candidate of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) as...

IN BRIEF

2011-05-08 Pakistan leadersurged to quitISLAMABAD: Pakistan's elected leaders yesterday came under mounting pressure to resign in the wake of a US commando operation that killed Osama bin Laden not far from the capital Islamabad. Navy SEALs in three...

Scores of Japanese oppose N-power

2011-05-08 THOUSANDS of people rallied in Japan yesterday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.Braving spring drizzle, thousands of demonstrators...

Osama 'lived for 5 years in house'

2011-05-08 OSAMA bin Laden's wife said the al- Qaeda kingpin had lived with family in a compound in Abbottabad for five years before he was shot dead by US forces, Pakistani security officials said yesterday.His Yemeni wife was shot in the leg during the US...

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