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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Eight British troops die in Afghanistan in 24 hours

2009-07-12 BRITAIN said on Friday eight soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan, its worst death toll in a 24-hour period, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown said troops faced a "very hard summer" battling insurgents.Five troops on foot patrol were...

Pakistan plans trial of Mumbai attackers next week

2009-07-12 PAKISTAN said yesterday it would "probably" put on trial next week the five accused of involvement in last year's terror attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai which killed 166 people.Relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals worsened...

US drone strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan

2009-07-12 A PILOTLESS US drone fired two missiles into a Taliban communication centre in a volatile tribal region on the Afghan border, killing five militants, intelligence officials said yesterday.The attack on the centre run by Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistani...

Hanoi could sack doctors revealing foetal sex: media

2009-07-12 VIETNAMESE doctors who reveal the sex of a foetus to parents could lose their licences, state media reported yesterday.The proposal by the Ministry of Health is designed to address an imbalance in the number of boys to girls, said Duong Quoc Trong,...

Australian shot dead at Indonesia mine

2009-07-12 AN AUSTRALIAN working for the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based mining giant Freeport McMoRan was shot dead by unknown attackers yesterday in restive Papua province, police said.Indonesian police spokesman Nanan Soekarna identified the victim as...

M'sia PM announces 11 populist measures

2009-07-12 MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak announced several populist measures yesterday to mark his first 100 days in office, and promised equal opportunities for all under his "1Malaysia" policy. "I am aware that Malaysians are feeling...

Civilians in south Philippines arming

2009-07-12 CIVILIANS in the Philippines are arming themselves against a rise in violence blamed on militants and Muslim separatists, officials and religious leaders warned yesterday.The governors of two southern provinces and a Roman Catholic bishop issued the...

M'sia to improve English teaching

2009-07-12 THE time allotted to the teaching and learning of English in schools will be increased by 70 per cent starting 2012 in the efforts to strengthen the command of the language among students, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said...

Indonesia finds 15 Afghan migrants

2009-07-12 INDONESIA has found 15 of the 74 Afghan migrants who went missing in treacherous waters en route to Australia, police said yesterday.The asylum seekers, who have been missing since Wednesday, are being held by police on Sumbawa island, Bima city...

M'sians happy with Najib's policy

2009-07-12 THE people expressed their happiness with the 11 "people-friendly" announcements by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in conjunction with his first 100 days in office and said it was proof that the approach of "People First,...

Philippine police kill 7 kidnappers

2009-07-12 PHILIPPINE police killed seven members of a kidnap gang and rescued a captive unharmed less than 24 hours after his abduction near Manila, officials said yesterday.A special police anti-kidnapping unit killed three suspects in a raid on their hide-...

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Supporters of Chen protest in Taiwan

2009-07-11 SCANDAL-PLAGUED former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian broke his silence yesterday, asking the court to release him from the Taipei Detention Centre, where he has been held since late December. Hundreds of Chen supporters protested outside the...

ASIA FILES

2009-07-11 Manila signs deal to automate pollsMANILA: The Philippines' election agency signed a US$150-million ($219 million) deal with a Barbados-based firm and its local partner yesterday to supply vote counting machines after days of delay, removing any...

Indian monsoon among risks from climate change

2009-07-11 RISING seas, a rapid weakening of the Indian monsoon and spiralling costs of adapting to a warmer, drier world are just some of the looming risks from rapid climate change, a report for the Australian government says.The report, "Climate...

PCs could be hit next in web attack: South Korea

2009-07-11 CYBER attacks slowing US and South Korean websites could enter a new phase by attacking personal computers and wiping out hard disks, a South Korean government agency and web security firm said yesterday.North Korea was originally a prime suspect...

Indonesia to lift defence spending by a fifth

2009-07-11 INDONESIA will increase its defence spending next year by more than 20 per cent to 40.6 trillion rupiah ($5.8 billion), the president said yesterday, after a recent series of deadly accidents involving military aircraft.The administration of...

Sri Lanka's former rebels undergo retraining

2009-07-11 THEY begin each day saluting the national flag of the country they had vowed to defeat or die trying.Gone are the cyanide capsules that, like all Tamil Tiger rebels, they had worn around their necks for use if captured by the Sri Lankan military.In...

Singapore tycoon finds long-lost son

2009-07-11 AN ECSTATIC Singaporean millionaire thinks he has discovered his son in Malaysia after putting out an appeal to be reunited with his long-lost family, a report said yesterday."I found him! I found him!" Yak Eng Wai, 62, told the Star...

Suu Kyi's trial resumes

2009-07-11 THE widely condemned trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi resumed yesterday, a week after the country's military rulers ignored a plea from the United Nations chief to drop security charges against her.Yangon's Northern District Court...

Mahathir gives thumbs down to Najib

2009-07-11 MALAYSIA'S former leader Mahathir Mohamad yesterday gave a thumbs down to Prime Minister Najib Razak's first 100 days in office, saying there has been "more negatives than positives" under the new administration.Since taking power April 3...

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