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August 25, 2018 4:56 AM Balakong by-election: Candidates, party machinery wooing voters

KAJANG: It would not be an understatement to say that veteran politician Lim Kit Siang is a celebrity among many communities, and in Balakong, he draws crowds who turn up in large numbers to hear him speak. When he turned up at the Pekan Batu 11 market in the Balakong state constituency recently, large crowds followed him around, sticking their hands 8

August 24, 2018 6:46 AM Dragons and steamed buns at Taiwan's temple-like church

YANSHUI, Taiwan: With a cross rising from a red pagoda roof and two lion statues guarding the entrance, a Catholic church in southern Taiwan could easily be mistaken for one of the ubiquitous temples dotting the island. Taiwan embraces freedom of religion and has one of the highest densities of temples in the world, with close to 70% of the population 12

August 24, 2018 4:31 AM Migrants who stormed Morocco-Spain border sent back

MADRID: Spain on Thursday sent back to Morocco 116 migrants who had forced their way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta, in a mass expulsion condemned by human rights activists. "The 116 sub-Saharan migrants who entered Spain via the Ceuta border illegally yesterday (Wednesday) have been sent back to Morocco," the Ceuta prefecture said in a statement 11

August 5, 2018 8:08 AM Govt to table health insurance scheme for B40 during budget sitting in September

IPOH: The Health Ministry is in the final stages of drawing up a health insurance protection scheme for those in the B40 group, to help them obtain health treatment at government and private hospitals. Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the proposed insurance protection scheme would be tabled in Parliament during the 2019 budget sitting in October 8

July 29, 2018 7:09 AM Israel arrests Italians who painted mural of Palestinian teen

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces have arrested two Italians for drawing a giant mural of a Palestinian teenager seen as a symbol of resistance on the separation wall in the occupied West Bank, police said. The roughly four-metre image near Bethlehem in the West Bank depicts Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was released from prison Sunday after an eight-month sentence for slapping 20

July 25, 2018 12:31 PM Khairy: I turned down Umno posts to be the independent voice

KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin has acknowledged turning down offers by Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to take up top positions in the party, saying he wanted to be the independent voice within Umno. The former Umno Youth chief said while he remained a party member, he did not want to be tied to the party's decisions for the time being 12

July 25, 2018 7:26 AM Cuepacs to propose new remuneration system

LABUAN: Cuepacs is drawing up a proposal paper on a new remuneration system for civil servants for submission to the government, according to its president, Datuk Azih Muda. He said Cuepacs wanted the government to implement the five-year review of the civil servants' salaries because it had not been done since 2002. He said the salary revision was necessary 15

July 9, 2018 1:12 PM HSS: Consultancy contracts for ECRL suspended

PETALING JAYA: HSS Engineers Bhd announced that the consultancy contracts awarded to its associate company HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd (HSSI) for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) have been suspended pending government review. The group told the stock exchange that it received letters on the suspension of HSSI’s services from its client China Communication 7

July 5, 2018 12:17 AM Costa Rica part company with coach Ramirez

SAN JOSÉ: Costa Rica's football federation has parted ways with coach Oscar Ramirez after a disappointing World Cup showing by the Central American nation. "Oscar Ramirez will not continue as coach, his contract has expired," the federation's president Rodolfo Villalobos told a press conference. Costa Rica went out of the competition in the group stage 20

June 18, 2018 8:23 AM Spanish king's brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

MADRID, SPAIN: The Spanish king's brother-in-law was jailed Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said. Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of King Felipe's sister Cristina, entered the prison in Brieva, about 100km north of Madrid at 8am (0600 GMT), a spokesman said. The former Olympic handball player was sentenced 11