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July 10, 2018 11:16 AM Pacman and Matthysse ready to rumble in KL

PETALING JAYA: Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is in fighting mood for the biggest boxing match in Kuala Lumpur since Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner world heavyweight title bout at Stadium Merdeka in 1975. Pacquiao, also known as Pacman, declared himself ready for Sunday's WBA welterweight title fight against Lucas Matthysse 4

July 6, 2018 10:06 AM Over 100 firefighters battle raging oil tank fire

KEMAMAN: More than 100 firefighters are battling a raging fire, described as the biggest in Terengganu for years, that has destroyed two huge crude oil tanks and spread to a third 16 hours after it started at the Kemaman Bitumen Company (KBC). Four people were injured by the blaze at the KBC in the Teluk Kalong Industrial Area, according to Terengganu 7

June 30, 2018 7:30 AM Afghan forces resume offensive operations after govt ceasefire ends

KABUL: Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government's unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban. Ghani said the ceasefire, which lasted 18 days after it was extended once and overlapped with the Taliban's unilateral three-day truce for Eid, had been "98% successful". "The ceasefire 5

June 30, 2018 2:18 AM UN calls for armed groups to leave Golan 'area of separation'

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the area separating Syrian and Israeli forces. UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli 5

June 25, 2018 7:45 AM South Sudan foes in new peace talks to end deadly war

KHARTOUM: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and arch-foe Riek Machar were set to hold a new round of peace talks Monday after a first meeting last week faltered. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is hosting in Khartoum the second round of talks between the two bitter rivals, aimed at ending South Sudan's four-and-a-half year brutal civil war. A first-round 3

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 6

June 21, 2018 3:58 AM Mavcom ensures passenger/consumer protection, says chairman

KUALA LUMPUR: In the face of criticisms against the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), its executive chairman says the airline and airport industry regulator is more focused on passenger/consumer protection. Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad, a retired Air Force general, said that since its formation two years ago, Mavcom had received over 3,900 public complaints 7

June 17, 2018 10:32 AM Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, fighting to resume

KABUL: The Taliban said Sunday they would not extend their three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces and fighting would resume, dashing hopes for the recent peace to continue. The comments by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid come after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Saturday a government truce with the militants would be extended 6

June 16, 2018 10:19 AM UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeida

SANAA: The UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Saturday for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government 6

June 14, 2018 6:44 PM EXTRA Renard's Morocco out to upset odds in World Cup

St Petersburg (dpa) - Herve Renard says his Morocco team are underdogs in World Cup Group B ahead of their debut against Iran on Friday, but they will be fighting hard to triumph. "For us it's rather simple, we have three teams who in the FIFA rankings are all above us, are superior to us, and we've prepared to face Iran like we've prepared to face Spain 11