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February 7, 2018 2:11 AM Petronas, Saudi Aramco said to near US$8b loan deal

Construction takes place at a Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project site in Pengerang, Johor October 6, 2015. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — Saudi Arabian Oil Co and Malaysia’s state-owned oil firm are close to raising an US$8 billion (RM31.2 billion) loan to partly finance the construction of a planned refinery and a petrochemical 50

February 1, 2018 2:46 PM Palestinian accord dying slow death as new deadline missed

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: The two leading Palestinian factions missed another deadline Thursday to implement a reconciliation deal, potentially burying the landmark accord aimed at ending their decade-long split. Islamist movement Hamas was supposed to hand over power in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority, led by secular movement Fatah 31

January 16, 2018 9:49 AM Iran says planned US-backed force inside Syria would fan war

Female fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk together in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province September 9, 2017. — Reuters picLONDON, Jan 16 — Iran said today a new US-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would “fan the flames of war”, echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan. On Sunday, the US-led coalition 46

January 9, 2018 4:53 AM Canada eyes potential wave of Salvadoran migrants from US

MONTREAL: Canada said Monday it would be prepared for a possible wave of Salvadoran asylum seekers crossing its borders after the United States announced it would drop special protections affecting some 200,000 people. The US government announced Monday the end of a special protected status for the Salvadorans, who were given 18 months to find a way to make their 37

January 4, 2018 3:25 AM Report: Britain possibly in talks to join TPP (VIDEO)

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 ― UK’s Department for International Trade is believed to be working on proposals to enter the troubled Trans-Pacific Partnership, said MIDF Research quoting The Guardian. Britain is said to be eyeing entry into the Trans-Pacific trade group to support its exports once the country leaves the European Union, and has reportedly held informal 31

December 29, 2017 7:53 AM Woman who swallowed over 1kg of cocaine held at Phuket airport

BANGKOK: A 27-year-old woman from the Ivory Coast has been arrested on the Thai island of Phuket after an airport X-ray found more than one kilogramme of cocaine in her stomach wrapped in scores of small packets. The woman was stopped by officials late Wednesday night at Phuket's international airport after landing on a flight from Doha. An X-ray revealed 32

December 18, 2017 1:35 PM Europe wants to regulate bitcoin to clamp down on illegality

File picture shows a man walking past a bitcoin ATM in Vilnius, Lithuania December 6, 2017. — Reuters picPARIS, Dec 18 — European governments are pushing for bitcoin regulation amid mounting alarm that the world’s most popular digital currency is being used by money-launderers, drug traffickers and terrorists. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he’ll 63

December 13, 2017 6:30 AM Turkey says world must recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

ISTANBUL: Turkey appealed on Wednesday for the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, as it opened an Islamic summit called in response to a U.S. decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital. "Firstly the Palestinian state must be recognised by all other countries. We must all strive together for this," Turkish 30

December 11, 2017 5:30 PM Car bomb kills journalist in Somali capital

MOGADISHU: A Somali television journalist was killed in a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu on Monday, an editor for the TV station and local authorities said. Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow had borrowed the car from a friend, Mohamed Moalim Mustaf, an editor at Kalsan TV, told Reuters. "Unexpectedly it exploded and he died on the spot. We do not know who was behind 40

December 8, 2017 6:31 PM Leave Lebanon alone, world powers tell Saudi, Iran

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron led calls on Friday (Dec 8) for countries to stop meddling in Lebanon at an international meeting aimed at preventing the fragile nation becoming a pawn in the power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended the eight-nation talks in Paris with Lebanese Prime Minister 34