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January 21, 2018 11:19 PM Chinese, Russians shore up Middle East tourism

In Egypt, tourist numbers soared 55 per cent in 2017. — AFP picCAIRO, Jan 22 — Chinese and Russian visitors boosted Middle Eastern tourism last year following a 2016 slump as Europeans gave the area a wide berth on security fears, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO). The Mideast region as a whole drew 58 million foreign tourists in 2017 — a 4.8 per cent rise on the previous 6

January 20, 2018 3:56 AM Minister: Newborn giant panda is female (VIDEO)

It is confirmed that Malaysia's second locally-born giant panda is female. ― Picture courtesy of Zoo NegaraKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 ― The Natural Resources and Environment ministry today confirmed that Malaysia's second locally-born giant panda is female. “I am very pleased to announce that the newly born Giant Panda is a female and weighs 190 grammes 4

January 19, 2018 12:21 PM China to enshrine Xi’s name in state constitution

China’s Communist Party proposed today to engrave President Xi Jinping’s guiding philosophy in the country’s constitution. — Reuters picBEIJING, Jan 19 — China’s Communist Party proposed today to engrave President Xi Jinping’s guiding philosophy in the country’s constitution, further cementing his status as its most powerful leader in decades. Xi’s eponymous 3

January 19, 2018 9:23 AM Noor Bank, UB QFPay team up on mobile wallet acceptance in UAE

KUALA LUMPUR: Dubai's Noor Bank has announced its collaboration with UB QFPay to bring a new and innovative mobile payment solution to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The solution, the first of its kind in the region, will enable tourists, as well as foreign visitors to make payments at retail outlets in the UAE using multiple international mobile wallets 4

January 19, 2018 9:15 AM Entrepreneurship among main agendas of KPT

SINTOK: Enhancing entrepreneurial skills among students of the institutions of higher learning (IPT) is one of the main agendas of the Higher Education Ministry (KPT) to produce graduates who would create job opportunities in the future. Its secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said for that reason, the ministry was collaborating with Alibaba 4

January 18, 2018 1:50 PM EU palm resolution is against ISCC system: Expert

PUTRAJAYA: Palm oil industry expert Dr James Fry believes that the European Union (EU) resolution that discriminates against palm oil is wrong and runs contrary to the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system – the driver for certified palm oil. The lSCC and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification were the systems 8

January 18, 2018 3:49 AM Malaysia’s Khazanah raises US$320.8m in exchangeable sukuk

Khazanah's managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar answers questions from the media at a special briefing on the 12-point MAS recovery plan in Kuala Lumpur, on August 29, 2014. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — Malaysia’s state investor Khazanah Nasional Bhd said today it has raised US$320.8 million (RM1.2 billion) through a sukuk that is exchangeable 8

January 17, 2018 3:46 PM Report: Nainggolan Chinese talks back on

Nainggolan's (right) €50 million transfer to Guangzhou fell through early this week because the total cost would have reached €70 million. — Reuters pic ROME, Jan 17 — Serie A challengers Roma have reopened talks with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for the transfer of midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to reports in Italy today. Roma want to cash in on the talented 10

January 16, 2018 11:44 PM Najib congratulates national U-23 football team for advancing into quarters of AFC Championship

The national U-23 football team advanced into the quarter-finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship last night. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 ― Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak congratulated the national under-23 (U-23) football team for advancing into the quarter-finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship 5

January 16, 2018 10:06 AM Muguruza labours past French wildcard at Australian Open

Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during her match against France's Jessika Ponchet at the Australian Open in Melbourne January 16, 2018. — Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 16 — Garbine Muguruza wore heavy strapping on her injured right thigh as she laboured to a 6-4, 6-3 victory against wildcard Jessika Ponchet in the Australian Open first round today. The world 9