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February 22, 2018 3:25 AM Rafizi's conviction among reasons for M'sia's drop in CPI ranking: TI-M

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent conviction of lawmaker Rafizi Ramli for whistle-blowing is among the reasons that affected Malaysia's global anti-corruption scores. Malaysia dropped to 62nd place for the 2017 rankings among 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 55th in 2016. "The reason is simple. The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue 7

February 22, 2018 2:47 AM Transparency International sees graft fight at global standstill

BERLIN: Governments are not doing enough in the global fight against graft, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) said Wednesday as it presented its annual corruption perceptions index. Many nations have made no progress at all over the past six years, the group found. "More corruption correlates with less respect for civil liberties 7

February 20, 2018 4:00 PM Pro-Syrian government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen near the city of Afrin, Syria February 19, 2018. — Reuters picANKARA, Feb 20 — Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria’s north-western Afrin region today to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation. Soon after the convoy of militia fighters 12

February 20, 2018 2:11 PM ‘Dozens’ of Russians hurt in Syria attack, says ministry

Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visit the Hmeymin air base in Latakia Province, Syria, December 11, 2017. — Reuters picMOSCOW, Feb 20 — Moscow today said dozens of Russian citizens were injured this month in Syria but denied any responsibility for their activities 11

February 20, 2018 12:37 AM Targeting of civilians in Syria's Eastern Ghouta 'must stop'

BEIRUT: Heavy Syrian bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta is targeting civilians and must stop immediately, the United Nations warned Monday. "It's imperative to end this senseless human suffering now. Such targeting of innocent civilians and infrastructure must stop now," Panos Moumtzis, the UN's Regional Humanitarian Coordinator 8

February 14, 2018 1:05 AM Police commander shot dead at Chicago government building

CHICAGO: A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot dead Tuesday in a downtown government building after engaging in a firefight with a man who had been acting suspiciously, authorities said. Commander Paul Bauer, 53, was struck multiple times and died from his wounds at a hospital. The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested and a weapon was recovered 5

February 11, 2018 11:35 PM Mattis: Too soon to tell if Korean Olympic thaw will last

Moon Jae-in talks with Kim Young-nam as Kim Yo-jong (right) looks on after North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul, South Korea, February 11, 2018. — Reuters picROME, Feb 12 — US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis cast doubt yesterday on whether North Korea’s charm offensive at the Winter Olympics would lead to a lasting rapprochement between 7

February 11, 2018 12:08 AM Dr M’s planned meeting with US leaders is fake news, PPBM says

PPBM’s Rais Hussin (pic) says the news on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s planned meeting with top US politicians is fake. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 ― Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) strategist Rais Hussin denounced today a claim that his party’s chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was leading an Opposition delegation to meet top American 6

February 10, 2018 1:49 AM ‘The Wire’ actor Reg E Cathey dies of lung cancer

Cathey has had a diverse repertoire of roles, from a mayor’s aide in ‘The Wire’ to a scientist in ‘The Fantastic Four’. — Picture via Facebook/Reg E CatheyLOS ANGELES, Feb 10 — Actor Reg E Cathey passed away today, reported TMZ. Cathey, 59, died at his home in New York after fighting a battle with lung cancer. Friends and family were at his bedside 6

February 9, 2018 3:18 AM Iraqi Kurds accused of carrying out 'mass executions'

BAGHDAD: Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of the Islamic State jihadist group. The watchdog said the Kurdish peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and foreigners at a school in Sahel al-Maliha, 70km northwest of second city Mosul, from which IS was expelled 6