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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Myanmar junta lets Suu Kyi meet party elders

2009-12-17 DETAINED Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was briefly allowed out of her home yesterday by the military government to meet senior members of her party and one said they had agreed to changes in the party leadership.Suu Kyi had asked the...

K Rouge court issues first genocide charges

2009-12-17 CAMBODIA'S UN-backed war crimes court has for the first time issued genocide charges against two leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, a tribunal spokesman said yesterday.Former Khmer Rouge number two Nuon Chea and foreign minister Ieng Sary...

Border stability to top China-Myanmar talks

2009-12-17 CHINESE Vice-President Xi Jinping arrives this week in Myanmar where he is expected to meet the regime's reclusive top leader and press for assurances there will be no more unrest on their shared border.The military-ruled former Burma has few...

M'sia hosts meet on Muslim education

2009-12-17 THE 7th World Conference on Muslim Education (World-COME 2009) is to be held over three days from coming Monday in Shah Alam.Selangor International Islamic University College (KUIS) deputy rector Mohd Shah Abdullah said the conference, was organised...

2010: KK plans 2,296 hospital beds

2009-12-17 KOTA KINABALU is expected to have 2,296 hospital beds by 2012 from 1,060 beds currently.Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the additional beds would create a better ratio of one bed to 348 persons (1:348), lower than the national ratio of one bed...

Manila detains Abu Sayyaf co-founder

2009-12-17 THE Philippines announced yesterday one of the co-founders of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been arrested after being detained at Jakarta airport using a false passport.Indonesian authorities picked up Abdul Basir Latip on...

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Karzai defends convicted mayor in anti-graft speech

2009-12-16 AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai used a keynote anti-corruption speech yesterday to defend the first of his top officials convicted of graft in years, a move that could anger Western backers who demand more accountability.The president opened a three-...

IN BRIEF

2009-12-16 Qaradawi wins Malaysia's Hijra award DOHA: Prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), has won Malaysias prestigious "Hijra of the Prophet" award. Qaradawi will be...

Islamabad to rehabilitate militants

2009-12-16 AS THE country is gripped by Taliban insurgency, the Pakistani government is planning to brainwash hundreds of militants in cooperation with Saudi Arabia. We are going to set up a special cell for the detained militants in line with Saudi Arabia,...

Japan puts off base decision

2009-12-16 JAPAN will put off a decision on relocating a US airbase, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said yesterday, a delay that risks fanning US mistrust and doubts about Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's leadership.Tokyo is under US pressure to implement a...

Japan ties very important: China

2009-12-16 CHINA'S Vice President Xi Jinping in Japan yesterday stressed the importance of good ties between the Asian giants as his hastily arranged royal audience sparked a political row in the host nation.Xi, who is expected to succeed Hu Jintao as China's...

50,000 flee as volcano spews lava

2009-12-16 AUTHORITIES moved thousands of villagers from harm's way near the Philippines' most active volcano yesterday after it oozed lava and shot plumes of ash, and said they probably will spend a bleak Christmas in an evacuation center.State volcanologists...

Thaksin to fund Cambodian farms

2009-12-16 FUGITIVE former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra promised to fund two model farms in Cambodia yesterday, during an address to ministers on developing their economy, a government statement said.The visit to Cambodia by Thaksin, who was ousted in a...

Philippine army kills 9 communists

2009-12-16 NINE communist rebels and one soldier were killed after the military raided a guerrilla camp in the southern Philippines yesterday, the army said, adding fighting was ongoing.Soldiers backed by two helicopter gunships clashed with gunmen from the...

Manila troops clash with massacre suspects

2009-12-16 FIGHTING broke out between troops and an armed group believed involved in the massacre of 57 people in the southern Philippines last month, officials said yesterday.President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo temporarily placed Muslim-dominated Maguindanao...

Eight killed in southern Thailand violence: police

2009-12-16 SIX civilians and two militants have been killed in a spate of violence across Thailand's troubled south in recent days, police said yesterday.Two militants were killed in a gunfight in Yala province yesterday afternoon, after a 50-strong force of...

M'sia arrest three bomb makers near border

2009-12-16 MALAYSIAN police said yesterday they arrested three people and seized devices believed to be home-made bombs that could be linked to the Muslim insurgency across its border with Thailand."I confirm their arrests but I can't elaborate because it...

Mountain path of Sabah is world's highest

2009-12-16 MOUNTAIN Torq Sdn Bhd announced that its "via ferrata" (iron road in Italian) on Mount Kinabalu at 3,776 metres above sea-level, has been certified by Guinness World Records (GWR) as the world's highest via ferrata.A copy of this certification —...

Pakistan car blast kills 22

2009-12-16 A SUICIDE car bombing in a busy market in central Pakistan yesterday killed at least 22 people, the latest in a stream of deadly attacks to hit the country, a senior official said.The bombing in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan came as Pakistan battles...

Thailand set to destroy N Korean weapons haul

2009-12-16 THE Thai government said yesterday it will ask the United Nations for money to destroy a cache of sanctions-busting weapons seized from a plane out of North Korea, as officials began inspecting the arms.The 35-tonne load, including missiles and...

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