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Monday, 12 October 2009

UN: 'Widespread fraud' in Afghan vote

2009-10-12 THE head of the UN mission in Afghanistan acknowledged yesterday there was "widespread fraud" in the August presidential election but refused to give specifics or lay blame to avoid influencing the ongoing recount.Kai Eide appeared before...

Kabul families get cash vouchers

2009-10-12 THE UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed cash vouchers to 10,000 vulnerable households in Kabul.Between September 2009 and February 2010, each selected family will receive a cash voucher of US$30 a month to buy food or other items of their...

M'sian govt scores by-election victory

2009-10-12 MALAYSIA'S government won a state by-election yesterday, its first win in peninsular Malaysia since national elections in 2008, and said the big majority showed the electoral tide had begun to turn in its favour.The National Front coalition that has...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Gunmen attack Pakistan army HQ

2009-10-11 GUNMEN wearing army uniforms attacked the Pakistani army's headquarters early yesterday, killing six soldiers and taking several hostage after a gun battle, military officials said.The brazen attack on the tightly guarded headquarters in the...

Will Najib win over the people of Bagan Pinang?

2009-10-11 TODAY the people of little-known Bagan Pinang are set to cast their vote in the 9th by-election in Malaysia after the historic General Elections in March last year that cost the ruling Barisan National (BN) coalition its two-thirds majority in...

M'sia's Chinese party leader ousted

2009-10-11 AN ETHNIC Chinese party in Malaysia's government ousted its president in a closely watched vote yesterday, throwing the ruling coalition into further turmoil after last year's electoral setback.The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the second...

6 survivors pulled from Philippine land slides

2009-10-11 RESCUERS dug out six survivors and more bodies buried under landslides that killed nearly 200 people in the storm-soaked northern Philippines, as workers rushed yesterday to clear mountain roads to aid relief efforts.US military helicopters were on...

'Don't be afraid to vote'

2009-10-11 VOTERS in Bagan Pinang need not be afraid to cast their votes in today's by-election even though certain quarters are trying to create tension in the constituency, said UMNO vice president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. Mohd Shafie, who is also Rural...

ASIA NEWS IN BRIEF

2009-10-11 Taiwan will not ignore China's threatTAIPEI: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday the island will not ignore the military threat from China despite warming ties with the former arch-rival. But in his annual National Day address he...

East Asian powers call for early restart of N Korea talks

2009-10-11 NORTH KOREA wants to ease a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told East Asian neighbours at a summit focused on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and regional integration.At the meeting yesterday, China,...

Saturday, 10 October 2009

M'sia ruling party to reform voting system

2009-10-10 MALAYSIA'S ruling party will soon make sweeping changes to the way it elects its leaders in a bid to curb deep-rooted graft and patronage, an official said yesterday.The reforms are part of Prime Minister Najib Razak's efforts to revive the ebbing...

New Philippine landslides, floods kill more than 160

2009-10-10 RESCUERS struggled through mud and pounding rain yesterday to clear mountain roads and retrieve more than 160 bodies from dozens of landslides that buried villages and cut off towns in the rain-soaked northern Philippines.The latest calamity brought...

18,000-strong Thai force to be mobilised for Asian summit

2009-10-10 THAILAND announced plans yesterday to mobilise a 18,000-strong security force at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders this month to prevent anti-government protests.The summit of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six...

Suu Kyi talks sanctions with envoys

2009-10-10 MYANMAR'S detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was granted a rare meeting yesterday with top Western diplomats to discuss sanctions imposed on the military-ruled nation.The Nobel Laureate met with the heads of the US, British and Australian...

Vietnam jails six dissidents for anti-government banners

2009-10-10 A COURT in northern Vietnam sentenced a novelist and five other pro-democracy activists to up to six years in jail for hanging anti-government posters and defaming the communist regime, a court official said yesterday.Nguyen Xuan Nghia was given six...

Exclusion of Khmer court judge demanded

2009-10-10 THE lawyer for a former Khmer Rouge leader yesterday filed a demand that the French investigating judge be disqualified from Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court for alleged bias.Michael Karnavas, attorney for ex-Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng...

2 Indonesian bomb suspects gunned down in raid: police

2009-10-10 INDONESIAN police said yesterday they had shot dead two men, wanted for their role in deadly hotel attacks in Jakarta in July, during a raid on the outskirts of the capital that uncovered a number of bombs.The two are suspected to be Syaifudin...

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2009-10-10 No aid until N Korea disarmsSEOUL: Impoverished North Korea should be given no aid unless it abandons the pursuit of nuclear weapons, the leaders of South Korea and Japan said yesterday, forging a united stance before travelling to China for talks...

Suicide blast in Pakistan kills 49, injures over 100

2009-10-10 A MASSIVE suicide car bomb ripped through a packed market in the Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday, killing at least 49 people and injuring over 100 in a region beset by Taliban attacks.The blast, which hit around midday, left charred corpses...

UN climate talks end in a whimper

2009-10-10 THE United States was heavily criticised yesterday at the UN climate talks in Bangkok for failing to offer emission cuts or financing for developing countries both considered crucial to reaching a global warming pact this year.The Bangkok talks...

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