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June 22, 2018 1:15 PM Refugee returns to Syria must be coordinated with UN: Merkel

BEIRUT: The return of Syrian refugees to their homeland can only happen in coordination with the United Nations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday during her two-day visit to Lebanon. Refugee returns have been a hot-button issue in Lebanon, a small country that has the world's highest number of refugees per capita. "We want to contribute 5

June 22, 2018 7:20 AM Financial aid needed to repair damaged school roof

KUALA LUMPUR: Teachers and parents are relieved that financial aid will be given to a primary school along Jalan Ladang Perut Putih which had been hit by heavy rainstorm last month. The cost of repairs is estimated at RM50,000 and Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has pledged RM20,000 to help fund the cost of repairs. The rainstorm caused part of the school's roof to collapse 4

June 22, 2018 2:19 AM Radical Indonesian cleric faces death penalty ruling for 2016 attack

JAKARTA: An Indonesian court is set to decide Friday whether to sentence a radical cleric to death for his role in a 2016 terror attack that was the first claimed by the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia. Aman Abdurrahman is suspected of masterminding the gun and suicide attack in downtown Jakarta which left four attackers and four civilians dead. The assault 8

June 20, 2018 10:02 AM Malaysian embassy monitoring Lake Toba boat capsize incident

JAKARTA: The Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta is monitoring the boat capsize incident in Lake Toba, Sumatra for any Malaysians involved in the tragedy which struck on Monday. An embassy spokesman said the embassy was still trying to get information on victims and was monitoring the search and rescue operation conducted by Indonesian authorities. "The embassy 3

June 20, 2018 2:22 AM Maduro ally named leader of Venezuela's ruling assembly

CARACAS: Venezuela's all-powerful Constituent Assembly on Tuesday elected Diosdado Cabello as its new president, a month after he was slapped with US sanctions. Cabello, deputy leader of the ruling Socialist Party, was elected by a show of hands of the 545-member Assembly and replaces Delcy Rodriguez, a former foreign minister who President Nicolas Maduro 7

June 20, 2018 12:39 AM Brazil Supreme Court to consider Lula appeal

BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Tuesday on the latest effort by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed, pending new appeals to his 12-year corruption sentence. Lula, 72, has been behind bars since April after being convicted of accepting a seaside apartment as a bribe from the big Brazilian OAS construction company 7

June 20, 2018 12:35 AM Paris attacks suspect taken to hospital with appendicitis: Source

PARIS: Salah Abdeslam the sole surviving member of a terror cell which carried out deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 was taken out of prison and driven under high security to hospital with appendicitis, a prison source said. Abdeslam, a 28-year-old Belgian-born French national, was taken to a hospital 15km from his prison cell south of Paris, prison authorities 3

June 19, 2018 11:26 AM Investigate any price hike in Sabah: Mohd Shafie

TAWAU: The state government wants the relevant authorities and the body that monitors prices of goods in Sabah to investigate if there is still a hike in the price of of goods in the state despite implementation of the 0% goods and services tax (GST). Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the check was necessary to address the problem 4

June 18, 2018 8:23 AM Spanish king's brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

MADRID, SPAIN: The Spanish king's brother-in-law was jailed Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said. Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of King Felipe's sister Cristina, entered the prison in Brieva, about 100km north of Madrid at 8am (0600 GMT), a spokesman said. The former Olympic handball player was sentenced 4

June 18, 2018 7:38 AM Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

GUATEMALA CITY: Authorities on Sunday called off a search for the nearly 200 people missing since Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted earlier this month, devastating the surrounding countryside. Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another 197 remain unaccounted for. A spokesman for the government's 5