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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Malaysian opposition politician cleared of sedition charge

2010-06-12 A MALAYSIAN court cleared anopposition politician of seditionyesterday on charges of criticising a royal ruler's handling of a political power struggle in a northern state.Sultan Azlan Shah, who is the ruler of Perak state, controversially handed...

Johor Sultan strips three more of their titles

2010-06-12 THE Sultan of Johor has also stripped three others of their titles, including his brother-in-law.The Johor Palace revealed yesterday that North Pole expeditor Datin Paduka Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir, prominent lawyer Hassan Yunos and the...

Benevolent authoritarianism not the answer for Thailand: Abhisit

2010-06-12 THAI Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said that benevolent authoritarianism is not the answer for Thailand.Talking to editors of leading newspapers in Asia, he said: "Democracy is the best form of government and I don't take the view...

Clinton greets Filipinos

2010-06-12 US STATE State Secretary Hillary Clinton congratulated Filipinos yesterday on the 112th anniversary of their country's independence and praised last month's election as a testament to the strength of Philippine democracy.Filipino revolutionaries...

New roads, better basic amenities for Sabah, Sarawak

2010-06-12 SABAH and Sarawak will get more new roads and basic amenities under the 10th Malaysia Plan.Under the five-year blueprint, a total of 2,540 kilometres of roads will be built in Sabah and 2,819 kilometres in Sarawak.This will help ensure mobility of...

Taiwan court cuts Chen's life sentence to 20 years

2010-06-12 TAIWAN'S high court yesterday reduced ex-president Chen Shui-bian's life sentence for corruption to 20 years in jail, court officials told AFP. However, an aide to the former leader said he would appeal."We decided to reduce the sentence...

Friday, 11 June 2010

Thai Prime Minister makes fresh reconciliation bid

2010-06-11 THAILAND'S prime minister appealed to the country yesterday to join a reconciliation effort aimed at mending political divisions and paving the way for elections after bloody anti-government protests.Southeast Asia's second-largest economy saw its...

Hanoi to host Asean forum

2010-06-11 SOME 500 delegates will be attending the sixth Asean People's Forum (APF), scheduled to be held here in September, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.With the theme "Solidarity and action for Asean," the forum will enable delegates from...

British PM rules out more troops for Kabul

2010-06-11 BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday made his first official visit to Afghanistan, ruling out the prospect of sending extra forces and calling for quicker progress to bring troops home.His comments came as the top Nato commander in...

IN BRIEF

2010-06-11 Kabul: US soldiers charged with corruptionWASHINGTON: Two US soldiers and two other American nationals working for an Afghan contracting company have been charged in a money laundering and bribery case dating back to 2004. Charles Finch, 44, of...

Suicide bomber kills 40 at Afghan wedding party

2010-06-11 A SUICIDE bomber killed at least 40 people, a quarter of them children, and wounded 77 others at a wedding party in insurgency-plagued southern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday. "A suicide bomber went inside the party where hundreds of...

Iran leader in China after curbs

2010-06-11 IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Shanghai yesterday hours after Tehran rebuked China for backing new UN sanctions over the Islamic republic's nuclear drive.A spokesman with Iran's embassy in China said Ahmadinejad arrived in the...

US missile strikes kill 3 in Pakistan

2010-06-11 A US drone aircraft fired two missiles yesterday into Pakistan's North Waziristan, a sanctuary for al Qaeda and its allies, killing three suspected militants, security officials in the area said.Al Qaeda's number three, Sheikh Sa'ad al-Masri, also...

S Korea rocket blows up after blast-off

2010-06-11 A SOUTH Korean rocket trying to put a satellite into orbit exploded yesterday less than three minutes after blast-off, dealing another blow to Seoul's dreams of joining Asia's space race.Science and Technology Minister Ahn Byong-Man told reporters...

Myanmar vote likely on October 10

2010-06-11 US SENATOR Jim Webb said Wednesday he expected Myanmar to hold elections on October 10 and urged support for the vote despite the military regime's exclusion of the democratic opposition.Webb is a leading US advocate for engagement with the junta,...

Indonesia aims for stronger US military ties

2010-06-11 INDONESIA and the United States said yesterday they had signed a defence framework arrangement to pave the way for further cooperation in military training, defence procurement and maritime security.However, a US ban on military training since the...

M'sia govt serious in developing Sarawak

2010-06-11 THE Tenth Malaysia Plan tabled by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak proves the federal government is serious to develop Sarawak by providing more basic physical infrastructure, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Dr George Chan said yesterday.He said besides...

Malaysian wins US$1m for wrongful 3-year detention

2010-06-11 A MALAYSIAN businessmen who was held without trial for three years under a harsh security law won 3.3 million ringgit ($1.4 million) in damages from the government yesterday in a landmark court verdict, his lawyer said.High Court Judge Mohamad...

Probe into Thaksin's 'war on drugs' reopened

2010-06-11 The Thai government said yesterday it was reopening an investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings of 2,500 people during former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's "war on drugs".The decision comes as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's...

M'sia lowers entry age for school

2010-06-11 Children will begin school a year earlier, at the age of five plus, during the 10th Malaysia Plan period in line with many developed countries.It will be rolled out in stages starting with schools in rural and plantation areas, particularly in...

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