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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Afghanistan announces crucial security handover

2011-03-23 AFGHAN forces will take over security from Nato this summer in the capital of violence-wracked Helmand province and several other areas, President Hamid Karzai said yesterday.The move, 10 years after the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban...

43 dead in Pakistan mine blast

2011-03-23 ALL 43 miners in a colliery in southwest Pakistan that was hit by a blast at the weekend have been confirmed dead, officials said yesterday, as rescuers ended their search operation."All 43 bodies have been recovered," Iftikhar Ahmed,...

Australian Labour party gains ground

2011-03-23 LATEST poll yesterday showed Australian Labour has bounced back from its record poll low, clawing back six percentage points on its primary vote.Published in a Australian newspaper, the latest poll showed Labour leading the Coalition 51 to 49...

Abhisit says polls could end 'cycle of violence'

2011-03-23 THAILAND'S prime minister said there was no guarantee that he would be in office in a year but insisted upcoming elections offered a choice between his policies and a "cycle of conflict and violence".Abhisit Vejjajiva said polls in June or...

Thai man arrested for selling monarchy documentary

2011-03-23 A THAI man could face up to 15 years in prison after he was arrested for selling copies of a controversial Australian documentary about Thailand's royal family, police said yesterday.Eakachai Hongkangwan, 35, was charged under Thailand's strict lese...

Taiwan's ex-VP drops bid for top post

2011-03-23 ANNETTE LU, Taiwan's former vice-president, yesterday dropped a bid to run in next year's presidential race, less than a month after she said she hoped to be the island's first female head of state.The move came just hours before former premier Su...

Malaysia gov't offers deal over seized Bibles

2011-03-23 THE Malaysian government yesterday eased conditions attached to the return of 35,000 Bibles impounded in a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.The government, which is often accused of favouring the Muslim Malay...

Snap names 11 more bets for upcoming election

2011-03-23 SARAWAK National Party (Snap) yesterday announced 11 more candidates for the upcoming state election, and its president Edwin Dundang indicated that more names will be announced in due course. The party had already named 16 candidates last week,...

Philippine lawmakers impeach head of anti-graft agency

2011-03-23 PHILIPPINE lawmakers in the Lower House of parliament impeached the head of the anti-graft agency yesterday, a move likely to boost President Benigno Aquino's anti-corruption campaign.!Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who will now face trial in the...

Malaysia, Indonesia to sign MoU on welfare of domestic workers

2011-03-23 MALAYSIA and Indonesia are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) before the end of May in Jakarta, which among others, will bring an end to the ban by the Indonesian government on sending domestic maids to Malaysia.At a joint press...

PKR, Snap seat allocations to be decided Thursday

2011-03-23 SARAWAK PKR chief Baru Bian yesterday said he does not want to pre-empt a fight between PKR and Sarawak National (Snap) in the upcoming state elections as PKR is still opening its channel of discussion."I have this clear before that our channel...

Allow Sarawakians working abroad to vote: NGOs

2011-03-23 A GROUP civil societies yesterday called on the Election Commission to allow Sarawakians working in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Brunei and Singapore to vote by postal ballots in the upcoming State elections.The group's spokesman Ong Boon Keong said...

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Sarawak state assembly dissolved

2011-03-22 MALAYSIA'S Sarawak state dissolved its 71-member state assembly yesterday, three months ahead of the end of its term, paving the way for snap polls.The Election Commission, which will manage the election, is expected to meet tomorrow to fix the...

IN BRIEF

2011-03-22 Rebels kill two soldiers in Thai southYALA, THAILAND: Two Thai soldiers were killed in a gunfight with separatists yesterday in the country's Muslim southern border region, police said, the latest deaths in a recent intensification of violence. The...

US army sorry for pictures of abuse in Afghanistan

2011-03-22 THE US Army yesterday formally apologised "for the distress" caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by American troops serving in Afghanistan.The army said the actions seen in the pictures were "repugnant to us as...

Amnesty slams India over Kashmir abuses

2011-03-22 RIGHTS group Amnesty International attacked a draconian Indian law yesterday which it said had been used to detain up to 20,000 people without trial in violence-hit Kashmir.Amnesty urged India to scrap the Public Safety Act (PSA) that allows police...

Tsunami: Sabah urged to relook projects

2011-03-22 THE Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) has urged the state government to relook all coastline projects following the recent tsunami in Japan.Its president, Wong Teck (rpt) Wong Teck, said the tsunami should serve as a lesson for all,...

M'sia king's mother dies

2011-03-22 THE mother of Malaysian King, Tengku Ampuan Bariah Sultan Alam Shah passed away at 1.22am yesterday. She was 78.The remains of the deceased was flown to Kuala Terengganu from the Subang air base by the Royal Malaysia Air Force's C130 aircraft at 10....

EC to use December 31 electoral roll for Sarawak

2011-03-22 THE Election Commission (EC) will use the electoral roll, containing the names of electorates registered up to December 31 last year, for the upcoming Sarawak state election, state EC director Takun Sunggah said.There are a total of 979,796...

'Snap, PKR to resolve seats issue'

2011-03-22 DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng is confident that the Sarawak National Party (Snap) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will be able to resolve seats allocation issue in the upcoming Sarawak polls "for the larger interest of reducing Barisan...

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