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August 14, 2018 2:30 PM Tourist killed by helicopter tail rotor in Nepal

KATHMANDU: An Indian tourist died in Nepal Tuesday after he walked into the tail rotor of a helicopter at a remote helipad near the border with China, officials confirmed. The 42-year-old man was disembarking from the chopper at Hilsa — the staging point for popular pilgrimage sites in neighbouring Tibet — when the accident happened. "He was hit on his head by the tail rotor 5

August 14, 2018 5:00 AM Ideas: Easing monetary policy, fiscal stimuli not the right move

PETALING JAYA: Easing monetary policy and introducing fiscal stimuli to support consumption may not be the right way to prepare Malaysia for its first recession since 2009, said the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas). Ideas senior fellow Dr Carmelo Ferlito was responding to Bank Islam Malaysia chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul 3

August 13, 2018 10:22 AM Parliament should establish joint committee on country's financial status

KUALA LUMPUR: Former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed is urging the government to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to narrow the disparity in opinion on Malaysia's financial status. In a statement today, he said the committee should comprise representatives who cut across political differences and cover all aspects 6

August 12, 2018 1:09 PM France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic next year

PARIS: France plans to introduce a penalty system that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said the move was one of several to be implemented 9

August 8, 2018 12:56 AM Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

WASHINGTON: The sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington – partners and allies of both – in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists. Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and cut off trade ties with Ottawa after 6

August 6, 2018 11:33 PM England cricketer Stokes mocked gay couple before brawl, court told

BRISTOL: England cricketer Ben Stokes mocked a gay couple's "camp behaviour" before losing his self-control and knocking two other men unconscious in a street fight last September, a court heard on Monday. Stokes – on trial for alleged affray – acted in "revenge, retaliation or punishment" and was involved in a "sustained episode of significant violence" 6

August 6, 2018 1:31 PM ‘Gamuda should accept Splash offer’

PETALING JAYA: Despite the lower than expected valuation, Gamuda Bhd should consider accepting the latest offer from the Selangor government for Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) as it is more reasonable compared with the previous offers, according to analysts. Kenanga Research expected an offer price of RM3.1 billion to RM3.5 billion 5

August 1, 2018 5:21 AM Najib: Arul Kanda’s RM5 million payment justified

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) has defended the RM5 million paid to former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy in the span of six months, saying it was justified. The former premier said Arul had successfully reduced 1MDB's debt from RM50 billion to RM30 billion. It was part of his responsibility as the president 17

August 1, 2018 1:23 AM Hundreds evacuated from Paris metro after power cut

PARIS: Hundreds of commuters and holidaymakers were evacuated from one of Paris' busiest metro lines on Tuesday evening after a power failure halted the driverless trains. The failure happened at around 8.10pm (2.10am Malaysia) between two stations on Line 1 in the French capital's upmarket Marais district, a spokesman for the operator RATP said. Passengers 7

July 22, 2018 7:24 AM 18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad

N'DJAMENA: Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said Sunday. "Boko Haram elements attacked a village south of Daboua," not far from Chad's border with Niger, at around 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Thursday, the military source said. The assailants "cut the throats 6