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July 11, 2018 11:00 AM India signals support for legalising gay sex

NEW DELHI: The Indian government Wednesday signalled it would not oppose a move to decriminalise homosexuality, as the country's top court chewed over appeals to overturn a colonial-era ban. Section 377 of the penal code, a relic from 1860s British legislation, bans gay acts as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" and allows for jail terms 8

July 10, 2018 9:38 AM Lawyers call on govt to end practice of child marriages

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers have called on the government to put an end to the practice of child marriages. National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Prof. Datuk Dr. Gurdial Singh Nijar (pix) said the move was imperative in the quest to push for new laws to ban and criminalise the act. "It is not sufficient that laws allowing child marriages to be repealed 3

July 1, 2018 1:49 PM Supermart cashier choked in 'bag rage' incident

SYDNEY: Australia's biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat "bag rage" as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker's throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change 6

June 30, 2018 12:43 PM Lee sets up Malaysia Open final clash with Momota

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei set up a sensational final clash against Japan's Kento Momota at the Malaysia Open after an easy 21-18, 21-15 victory over Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the semifinals on Saturday. The triumph meant Lee, 35, extended his win ratio against Sugiarto to 17-0 following the 53-minute victory. Favourite Lee has won the Malaysia 10

June 30, 2018 6:23 AM C4 and Suaram urge govt to lift ban on lawyer in Scorpene probe

KUALA LUMPUR: Civil rights group Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) have urged the government to lift the ban on French lawyer William Bourdon to assist the judicial inquiry on the Scorpene scandal. "This move would enable him to enter Malaysia and advise the government, in particular, the Minister of Defence 3

June 27, 2018 11:54 PM UEFA bans AC Milan from Europa League next season

LAUSANNE: UEFA said Wednesday it had banned AC Milan from the Europa League next season for violating financial fair play rules after the club took on risky levels of debt. "The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two (2) seasons," UEFA said in a statement. The Italian 4

June 26, 2018 11:57 PM 'Compliments don't win games' as Australia bow out with Peru defeat

SOCHI: Australia's outgoing coach Bert van Marwijk was left with mixed feelings after seeing the Socceroos bow out of the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat against Peru in Sochi on Tuesday. Van Marwijk's team were again made to pay for their lack of a cutting edge and succumbed to goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero for the already-eliminated South 7

June 26, 2018 5:15 PM Australia bow out as Peru claim World Cup consolation victory

SOCHI, Russia: Australia's World Cup ended with a whimper as goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero gave Peru a 2-0 victory in the teams' group finale on Tuesday. The Socceroos needed a win to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 for the first time since 2006, but they were undone by Carrillo's 18th-minute strike and Guerrero's goal early in the second 6

June 24, 2018 7:07 AM Penang may ban plastic straws and disposable containers

GEORGE TOWN: Penang government may ban plastic straws and disposable containers to make the state cleaner, greener and healthier. "This policy by the government is for Penang and Mother Earth," Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said during the launch of the state-level Plogclean programme at Karpal Singh Drive near here today. He said community involvement 8

June 23, 2018 11:49 PM Saudi women driving ban ends

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive from Sunday, overturning the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform that is expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The lifting of the ban, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform drive to modernise the conservative 7