Monday, 18 July 2011

Malaysia to host 8th World Design and Health Congress

2011-07-18 MALAYSIA has been selected to host the 8th World Design and Health Congress in June next year, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin yesterday.Rosnah, who participated at the previous congress in Boston, United States, said...

Sunday, 17 July 2011

IN BRIEF

2011-07-17 Bangladesh population grows 10 per centDHAKA: Bangladesh's population is up nearly 10 per cent in a decade to 142.3 million, but growth is slowing as more women enter the labour force, the government said yesterday. Some 300,000 officials made the...

Pakistan president arrives in Iran for key talks

2011-07-17 PAKISTANI President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tehran yesterday for talks with officials, state television said, less than a month after the two countries agreed to cooperate with Afghanistan to fight against militants.His earlier visit had been to...

Afghan soldier kills Nato service member

2011-07-17 AN AFGHAN army soldier killed at least one foreign soldier in southern Helmand province yesterday, a senior police source said, underlining persistent insecurity as Nato prepares to hand over to Afghan troops.The latest in a series of "rogue...

Obama meets Dalai Lama despite China protest

2011-07-17 US PRESIDENT Barack Obama yesterday received Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for talks choreographed to be as low-key as possible, defying strident warnings from China.An aide to the Dalai Lama said that the two Nobel Peace Prize...

Deadly horse virus spreads in Australia

2011-07-17 A SMALL farm near horse racing facilities in Australia's third largest city was placed under lockdown yesterday following two fresh outbreaks of the Hendra virus that can be fatal if contracted by humans.Two horses were put down after showing signs...

US looking at Taiwan military needs

2011-07-17 TAIWAN said yesterday that the United States was actively considering its military needs amid silence from Washington on the island's requests to buy F-16 fighter jets to balance off China.Taiwan's information minister, Philip Yang, said on a visit...

Street demos are dangerous: Najib

2011-07-17 MALAYSIAN prime Minister Najib Razak said street demonstrations are not the answer to grouses against the government as they may well spiral out of control, possibly causing casualties and damage to property."If some quarters are still unhappy...

Indian Police have 'good leads' on blasts

2011-07-17 INDIAN detectives "have good leads" on the three blasts which rocked the country's financial hub Mumbai, a top official said on Saturday, as the death toll from the coordinated explosions rose to 19.Two men who were seriously injured in...

Power crunch looms in Japan as glitch shuts reactor

2011-07-17 JAPAN'S Kansai Electric Power Co yesterday shut down one of its reactors due to technical glitches, worsening a tight power supply that is stifling manufacturers.The No 1 reactor at Kansai's Ohi plant, located 350km west of Tokyo, was manually...

UN's highest court to rule on Thai troop withdrawal

2011-07-17 THE UN's highest court is to rule tomorrow on a request by Cambodia for an immediate Thai troop withdrawal from a disputed border area around an ancient Khmer temple, where clashes have taken place.International Court of Justice president, Judge...

Philippine kidnappers demand ransom

2011-07-17 KIDNAPPERS have contacted the family of two US citizens abducted in the Philippines to make an "unbelievable" ransom demand, the Filipino official handling the hostage crisis said yesterday.The official, Zamboanga city Mayor Celso Lobregat...

Missing Canadian found dead

2011-07-17 PHILIPPINE police said yesterday they had found the body of a missing retired Canadian missionary and arrested a family-of-three who owned the farm where the corpse was buried.The decomposed remains, thought to be of Darcy Hans Rentenberg, 53, were...

Volcano: 4,800 evacuated in Sulawesi

2011-07-17 MORE than 4,800 people have been evacuated since an Indonesian volcano erupted yesterday and its alert status was placed on the highest level, an official said.Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island spewed grey ash up to 800 metres (2,600 feet) high early...

Sabah's new power rates take effect

2011-07-17 SABAH'S new power tariff rates came into effect yesterday as business communities continued to complain against the move.Representatives from the business chambers and traders voiced unhappiness over the move to allow Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB...

Northern Mindanao vulnerable to floods in coming days

2011-07-17 THE Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in Northern Mindanao is warning residents of possible floods in the next 48 to 72 hours, the Philippine Information Agency reported yesterday.In its advisory, the National Disaster Risk Reduction...

Natives win court case against logging firms

2011-07-17 IBANS from three longhouses in Kampung Sungai Merah Pantu in Sri Aman have succeeded in claiming native customary rights (NCR) over 2,080ha of ancestral land in their village. High Court Judge Sangau Gunding yesterday ordered Standard Point Sdn Bhd...

Brunei could be financial centre of Bimp-Eaga

2011-07-17 BRUNEI could become the financial centre of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga), Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar V Purisima yesterday said.In a talk with reporters, Purisima noted that Brunei is...

Colonel calls for Aquino's ouster

2011-07-17 A COLONEL in the Philippine navy has been stripped of his post and put under investigation over a video in which he called for President Benigno Aquino's overthrow, the military said yesterday.Colonel Generoso Mariano was removed as deputy chief of...

Saturday, 16 July 2011

US-Vietnam naval drill begins against China's wish

2011-07-16 FORMER enemies Vietnam and the United States began a joint naval drill yesterday, despite Chinese objections after weeks of escalating tension in the disputed South China Sea.US officials described the week-long exercises off Vietnam's central...