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June 24, 2018 9:50 AM US tells Syria rebels not to expect help against army assault

BEIRUT: The United States has warned rebels in southern Syria that they should not expect military intervention if government troops launch an assault against them, a rebel commander told AFP Sunday. Russian-backed government forces are preparing an offensive to retake Syria's southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, still mostly held by rebels who had been backed 3

June 20, 2018 1:36 PM Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination

MOSCOW: Russia on Wednesday expressed alarm over US President Donald Trump's call for the United States to dominate space exploration and his plan to create a separate branch of the military called a Space Force. Russian foreign ministry Maria Zakharova said at a briefing that Russia "noted the US president's instructions ... to separate space forces 3

June 14, 2018 12:01 AM People smugglers make billions: UN report

VIENNA: People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines. The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people smuggling rings earned some US$7.0 billion (RM 27.96 billion) in 2016 – an amount 11

June 13, 2018 3:35 PM Raccoon conquers skyscraper; Americans breathe easier

WASHINGTON: America breathed a sign of relief on Wednesday after a scruffy brown raccoon was captured following a perilous climb up a 23-story building in the northern state of Minnesota. Thousands of Twitter users followed the escapades of the raccoon on Tuesday as it slowly inched up the side of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota 14

June 13, 2018 12:26 PM Morocco congratulates North America on World Cup 2026 win

RABAT: Morocco congratulated the United States, Canada and Mexico after they defeated the North African kingdom's bid to host the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday. "At the 68th congress of @FIFAcom, member countries voted in favour of North America" to host the tournament, Morocco's committee for the 2026 games said on Twitter. The vote at FIFA's annual congress 9

May 26, 2018 6:22 AM Colombia to become first Latin American Nato 'global partner'

BOGOTA: Colombia will next week formally become Nato's first Latin American "global partner," President Juan Manuel Santos announced Friday. Santos, who won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a half-century of armed conflict with the former rebel movement FARC, said the move would improve Colombia's image on the world stage. "We will formalize 11

May 26, 2018 2:00 AM Tun M: Malaysia suffering from financial destruction

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is suffering from financial destruction, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is working on reducing the national debt to about RM800 billion from the current RM1 trillion. Mahathir told the Voice of America that he is working with Pakatan Harapan to mitigate the financial damage inflicted on the country. The premier 21

May 15, 2018 12:36 AM Erdogan accuses Israel of 'genocide' over Gaza deaths

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of "state terror" and "genocide" after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border. In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest in Istanbul 15

May 14, 2018 3:42 AM Suit up with Petron’s Avengers Infinity War premiums

VISIT your nearest Petron station, and you take back home exclusive Avengers: Infinity War premiums. In a partnership with the most significant Marvel Studio movie to date, Petron is giving Marvel fans the opportunity to take home a piece of their favourite superhero. To do this patrons can buy, or redeem via Petron Miles points, Marvel Studios Avengers 8

April 25, 2018 3:34 AM Three Avengers-themed laptops from Acer

IN ANTICIPATION of the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, Acer announced three themed special edition laptops, designed in collaboration with Marvel. Present at the launch were Acer Malaysia products and sales director Johnson Seet and product manager Jeffrey Lai. According to Seet, Malaysia is one of only eight countries in the Asia Pacific 22