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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Sarawak pledges swift probe into illegal logging

2010-01-06 THE Sarawak Forestry Corporation has promised speedy investigation into alleged illegal logging in the vicinity of the Kubah National Park as reported by villagers recently.Its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Len Talif Salleh...

US sceptical on Myanmar elections

2010-01-06 THE United States yesterday voiced doubts on whether Myanmar's upcoming elections would be credible and urged the military regime to engage the opposition and ethnic minorities.Myanmar's leader Senior General Than Shwe, in a message read out...

M'sia to hire more English teachers

2010-01-06 THE Education Ministry is recruiting about 13,000 graduates and secondary school leavers to be trained as English language teachers next year in an effort to achieve the National Key Result Area (NKRA) target of widening access to quality and...

Chopper flies donor heart

2010-01-06 AN ARMY helicopter undertook a mercy flight from Muar, Johor, to Kuala Lumpur yesterday to transport a donor heart and a pair of lungs to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for transplant.The helicopter took off from the Muar High School field at 5....

CIA Afghan base bomber was Qaeda triple agent: website

2010-01-06 A SUICIDE bomber who killed eight people at a CIA base in Afghanistan was an al-Qaeda triple agent who duped Western intelligence services for months before turning on his handlers, websites linked to al-Qaeda boasted yesterday.The Jordanian...

US intelligence operations in Afghanistan under fire

2010-01-06 US COUNTER-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan were under intense scrutiny yesterday after an al-Qaeda double agent killed seven CIA officers and a top military spy chief slammed intelligence failings in the country.Major General Michael Flynn, the top...

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

China water warning as oil spill hits Yellow River

2010-01-05 HUNDREDS of thousands of Chinese were told Monday to stop using water from the Yellow River after an upstream pipeline leaked 100 tons of diesel fuel into a tributary.The leak is the latest environmental disaster to strike China's waterways,...

IN BRIEF

2010-01-05 52 unmarried Malaysia couples face jailFIFTY-TWO unmarried Muslim couples face charges of sexual misconduct and possible jail terms after being caught alone in hotel rooms by Malaysia's Islamic morality police during a New Year's Day crackdown, an...

Farmers rally outside Australian parliament

2010-01-05 ANGRY farmers wearing broad-brimmed hats and cracking kangaroo-hide whips rallied outside Parliament Monday as one of their colleagues continued a hunger strike to demand compensation for Australian climate change policy.The protest by 250 farmers...

US militant suspects deny terror plan

2010-01-05 FIVE Americans facing terror charges in Pakistan denied plotting attacks in the nuclear-armed nation, telling a court Monday they wanted to help Muslims in war-torn Afghanistan, lawyers said.The five young men were arrested in December on suspicion...

Karzai orders Afghan parliament to delay winter recess

2010-01-05 AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai ordered parliament Monday to cancel its winter recess so lawmakers can consider his new cabinet nominees, his office said, as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) announced its first deaths of the year.Four US...

Myanmar's military chief confirms elections this year

2010-01-05 MYANMAR'S ruling junta chief confirmed Monday that the country's first general elections in two decades will be held this year but gave no date for the balloting, which is expected to exclude pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.In a message...

S Korea seeking 'turning point' in ties with North

2010-01-05 SOUTH KOREA said on Monday it was seeking "a turning point" in relations with North Korea and again urged its communist nuclear-armed northern neighbour to disarm.President Lee Myung-Bak's remarks followed a call by North Korea on Friday...

Filipino seafarers to undergo anti-piracy training

2010-01-05 THE Philippines has ordered its seafarers, who constitute about a third of the world's commercial sailors, to go through anti-piracy training before they will be allowed to board ships, the labor secretary said Monday.The training, which lasts about...

Chinese dissident appeals subversion charges

2010-01-05 LEADING Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has appealed his conviction on subversion charges but is holding out only faint hopes that his 11-year prison term will be overturned, his lawyer said Monday."Liu Xiaobo directly handed his appeal over to...

China records 659 deaths from H1N1 last year

2010-01-05 CHINA said Monday it had recorded 659 swine flu deaths in 2009, nearly all of them in the last two months of the year, and warned that the danger of mass outbreaks still existed in certain areas.The health ministry said the total number of A(H1N1)...

Air quality in Hong Kong deteriorating

2010-01-05 HONG KONG'S roadside air pollution reached life-threatening levels one in every eight days last year, a report said Monday, citing figures obtained from the government.The roadside air pollution index recorded by the Environmental Protection...

Asia faces worst winter in 60 years

2010-01-05 PLANES were grounded and thousands of schools were forced to close as the heaviest snow in over six decades blanketed Beijing and Seoul yesterday, with temperatures plummeting across much of Asia.One person was killed and at least two others were...

Monday, 4 January 2010

IN BRIEF

2010-01-04 2 men drown while trying to save womanKUALA LUMPUR: Two South Korean tourists drowned at a seaside resort on Malaysian Borneo while trying to save a woman in their tour group. The two, identified as Kim Sung Hyun, 20 and Jung Yo Han, 24, were among...

Cold spell kill dozens of homeless in N India

2010-01-04 MORE than 30 people have died in cold weather-related incidents in northern India in the past 24 hours, including 10 people killed in train accidents caused by dense fog, police said yesterday.A cold snap left at least two dozen homeless people dead...

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