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Monday, 17 August 2009

Strong quake strikes Indonesia's Sumatra

2009-08-17 SEVEN people were injured after a strong, 6.9-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's western Sumatra yesterday, an official said.The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 2.38pm (3.38pm), was located 43km southeast of Siberut island off western...

M'sia announces incentives for school principals

2009-08-17 MALAYSIA yesterday announced that various incentive schemes will be provided to principals and headmasters throughout the country to develop their respective schools.Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, said...

Gunmen attack bus near Freeport's mine

2009-08-17 UNIDENTIFIED gunmen fired at a bus on a road leading to Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc's mine in Indonesia's Papua province, police said yesterday.It is the second time since Wednesday that a Freeport bus has been fired upon and follows a...

Arroyo cancels order for special jet

2009-08-17 PHILIPPINE leader Gloria Arroyo has cancelled an order for a presidential jet amid public outrage over her alleged extravagant lifestyle during a financial crisis, her spokesman said yesterday.The make and price of the aircraft were not disclosed...

Webb meets junta, American freed

2009-08-17 US SENATOR Jim Webb said yesterday he had asked Myanmar to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and let her take part in politics during talks that secured the release of an American jailed for visiting her.The Democratic senator landed in...

US sends aircraft for Taiwan's typhoon victims

2009-08-17 THE United States flew a cargo plane to Taiwan yesterday as China offered to send helicopters to help rescue more than 1,600 people still stranded a week after Typhoon Morakot struck the island.As the massive operation to airlift people to safety...

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Myanmar to free American

2009-08-16 Senator Webb is first US official to meet junta ruler, Suu KyiUS SENATOR Jim Webb met Myanmar military ruler Than Shwe and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday after securing the release of a US citizen jailed for visiting Suu Kyi's house in...

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2009-08-16 Indian PM vows to fight terrorismNEW DELHI: India celebrated yesterday its anniversary of independence from British rule with a vow to eradicate terrorism from its soil in the wake of last year's devastating militant attacks on Mumbai. India was...

Arroyo calls for 'annihilation' of Abu Sayyaf

2009-08-16 PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo had called for the "annihilation" of Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines after 23 soldiers died in a bloody battle, her defence minister said yesterday."The war against terror must be pursued. The...

S Korea in arms cut plea to North

2009-08-16 SOUTH Korea's president yesterday called on North Korea to reach a deal to cut conventional arms amassed on their heavily fortified border and renewed a pledge to provide aid if the impoverished North ends its atomic ambitions.North Korea, which has...

Blast near ISAF's Kabul office

2009-08-16 A SUICIDE car bomb exploded outside the NATO military headquarters in the Afghan capital yesterday and killed seven Afghans, the defence ministry said, in a brazen attack just days before elections.The Taliban militia behind a soaring insurgency...

Film star Shahrukh held at US airport

2009-08-16 ONE of India's most famous film stars, Shahrukh Khan, was detained and questioned by immigration officials at a US airport for more than two hours, news reports said. Khan was on his way to Chicago to attend a function to mark India's Independence...

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Global health facing growing inequalities

2009-08-15 THE world is facing bigger inequalities in health and access to medical care than 30 years ago, the World Health Organization said in two global reports launched in China yesterday.A child born in a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, can expect to live 28...

ASEAN summit venue changed

2009-08-15 THAILAND is moving an Asian summit in October away from the island of Phuket because it coincides with a religious festival where devotees pierce their bodies with skewers, a minister said yesterday.The meeting of leaders from the Association of...

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2009-08-15 Man caught hiding wife's body in wallSYDNEY: A Chinese-born man whose estranged wife was reported missing to police was found trying to hide her body inside the wall of a house in Australia's north-east, officers said yesterday. Jiagen Pan, 43, was...

Door open for talks: N Korea

2009-08-15 NORTH KOREA is willing to hold talks with Washington, a senior diplomat for the state said yesterday in the first such comments since former US President Bill Clinton's visit to Pyongyang last week. North Korea released two US journalists and a...

Yudhoyono talks tough

2009-08-15 PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sent a message of defiance yesterday to extremists, saying Indonesia would not be defeated by terrorism after police uncovered a plot to assassinate him.In an address to the nation ahead of Independence Day on...

US senator in Myanmar for crucial talks

2009-08-15 UNITED STATES Senator Jim Webb arrived in Myanmar yesterday for historic talks with military supremo Than Shwe, the first ever meeting between a senior American official and the junta chief, officials said.The visit comes despite the regime's...

Taiwan death toll may rise

2009-08-15 RESCUERS struggled yesterday to save thousands trapped in villages across southern and central Taiwan as the island's embattled leader warned the floods' death toll could jump to 500.More than 50,000 troops fought against time, crossing raging...

Australian court allows quadriplegic right to die

2009-08-15 AN AUSTRALIAN court yesterday ruled that a quadriplegic man who has begged to be allowed to die has the right to order his carers to stop feeding him.In a landmark decision, Western Australia's chief judge Wayne Martin said the Brightwater Care...

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