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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 6

June 23, 2018 12:17 PM Govt will do its best to fulfil manifesto promises: Mukhriz

KUALA PILAH: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will do its best to fulfil every promise in its manifesto, says Bersatu deputy president, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir. Mukhriz, who is also Kedah Menteri Besar, said some of the promises had been executed since PH took over the reins of the government after the 14th General Election last month 5

June 21, 2018 2:40 PM Opec confident of deal ahead of crucial talks with partners

VIENNA: Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) energy ministers expressed optimism today they were nearing a compromise on oil output policy, with Saudi Arabia acknowledging that a big production increase would be "politically unacceptable" to arch foe Iran. Opec and non-Opec partner countries are due to hold crunch talks here today 4

June 19, 2018 11:23 AM Malaysia's military involvement in Saudi-led war in Yemen must end, says lawyers for liberty

KUALA LUMPUR: Local human rights body, Lawyers for Liberty, says it is concerned with Malaysia's military involvement in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition war against Yemen that started in 2015 and continues to this day. Referring to the recent assault by the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, the body has called on Defence Minister 4

June 19, 2018 10:29 AM Bursa Malaysia ends at over 6 1/2-month low

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended at a six-and-a half month low with the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) losing 28.07 points or 1.61% to 1,715.36, the lowest level seen since Dec 4, 2017, in tandem with losses in regional bourses which were reeling under the escalating trade war between the United States and China. The index opened 5.23 points weaker 4

June 17, 2018 4:00 PM We are one with the nation, says Cathodic church

PUTRAJAYA: The Catholic church's contribution to Tabung Harapan should be seen as a gesture that the community is one with the nation in times of need. Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Julian Leow said the contribution is an important initiative by the Catholic church to pay a portion of the country's debts of RM1 trillion. "We are all Malaysians and we are part of the nation 5

June 13, 2018 7:27 AM Australia agrees Solomons internet cable after China concern

SYDNEY: Australia will help fund and build an undersea communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked a deal in late 2016 to construct the fibre-optic cable from Australia to Honiara to improve its often 12

June 11, 2018 12:48 PM French farmers block access to 13 refineries in palm oil biofuels protest

PARIS: Dozens of French farmers blocked access to 13 refineries across the country today to protest against plans to import palm oil for use in biofuels, a move they denounce as unfair competition which jeopardises their livelihood. Energy giant Total wants to import up to 300,000 tons a year of palm oil, which environmental advocates say has caused 7

June 5, 2018 3:17 PM Exports in April up 14% to RM84.2b from a year ago

PETALING JAYA: Exports grew 14% to RM84.2 billion in April 2018 from a year ago, driven by electrical and electronic (E&E) products, refined petroleum, crude petroleum, timber and timber-based products, palm oil and palm oil-based products, while liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural rubber recorded decreases in export volume and average unit value 8

May 30, 2018 1:48 PM OECD seeks to calm fears over Italy turmoil

PARIS: The OECD on Wednesday sought to calm concerns over political chaos in Italy that has sent global markets into a tailspin and raised the spectre of a fresh eurozone crisis. "Italy is part of Europe and part of the euro, and it will remain so," Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's chief Angel Gurria told reporters at the body's 7