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September 1, 2018 9:02 AM Indonesia to bid for 2032 Olympics

JAKARTA: Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, President Joko Widodo said Saturday following its successful staging of the 18th Asian Games. Widodo said the Asian Games, hosted in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang over the past two weeks, have proved the country has the ability to host the world's most prestigious multi-sports event 109

September 1, 2018 6:23 AM Dr M on two-day official visit to Brunei

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will make a two-day official visit to Brunei from tomorrow. The Foreign Ministry, in a statement, today said Dr Mahathir would be accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and officials from the Prime Minister's Department and Foreign Ministry 96

August 30, 2018 6:01 AM Voluntary surrender programme ends at midnight tonight

PUTRAJAYA: The voluntary surrender programme or better known as 3+1 Programme, which was introduced in 2014 to resolve the issue of illegal immigrants in the country, will end when the clock strikes midnight tonight. Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (pix) said this was confirmed by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who earlier 198

August 30, 2018 4:41 AM Old foe, cholera, returns to haunt Algeria

BOUFARIK, Algeria: Outside a hospital in Algeria, worried relatives arrive daily in a desperate bid to talk to those quarantined inside — the victims of the country's first cholera outbreak in more than 20 years. Cases began appearing in early Aug and two people have so far died, with scores hospitalised in Boufarik, about 20km south of Algiers 116

August 30, 2018 4:10 AM Whistleblower Manning faces Australia speaking tour ban

SYDNEY: US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is facing a ban from Australia as organisers of a speaking tour said Thursday her visa application was likely to be refused. The former soldier, freed last year after then-US president Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence days before he left office, was due to talk at the Sydney 107

August 29, 2018 1:17 PM Malaysia targets 80% rice self-sufficiency by 2022

SERDANG: Malaysia targets to achieve 80% self-sufficiency in rice by 2022, moving up from the current 70%, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. He said efforts were being made in that direction, such as increasing the rice variants and fertiliser and opening the door for technology transfer from China, Taiwan and Japan 69

August 29, 2018 12:23 PM Belgian TV presenter arrested over armed robbery

BRUSSELS: One of Belgium's top football TV presenters has been arrested as part of a police probe into a series of armed robberies, prosecutors said Wednesday. Stephane Pauwels, who has hosted football shows for Belgian and French TV, was held for questioning for "possible complicity" in an armed robbery in 2017 in the town of Lasne, south of Brussels 80

August 29, 2018 12:21 PM Iran's Khamenei says ready to abandon nuclear deal if needed

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his government should be ready to "set aside" the 2015 nuclear deal if it is no longer in the country's national interests. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not the objective, it is only a means," he said in a meeting with the cabinet, according to his website. "Naturally, if we reach 108

August 29, 2018 10:26 AM Iran has arrested 'dozens of spies': Intelligence minister

TEHRAN: Iran's intelligence minister said "dozens of spies" had been arrested as part of a crackdown on espionage and dual nationals and alluded to an agent Iran had placed in the Israeli government, Iranian media reported on Wednesday. Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi did not provide details of the "dozens of spies", or over what period they had been arrested 96

August 29, 2018 8:36 AM Ambitious Penang 2030 plan launched

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has unveiled an administrative policy called "Penang 2030" which aims to improve the overall quality of life for Penangites. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the state will introduce a form of the Happiness Index to gauge the level of contentment among the people here. Speaking during the launch of the plan at the E&O hotel 76