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August 17, 2018 9:02 AM Saudi Arabia pledges US$100m to US-backed Syria campaign

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a US$100 million (RM410 million) contribution to a US-backed campaign to "stabilise" northeastern Syria, once a bastion of the radical Islamic State group. The 88 million euro contribution is the biggest single cash injection yet for reconstruction efforts in areas formerly controlled by the jihadists. The group 39

August 16, 2018 12:52 PM India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

NEW DELHI: Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised. "Atal Ji's passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me," Modi said in a tweet Thursday, using a Hindi-language honorific. "It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations 50

August 16, 2018 3:00 AM Vote MCA, Hadi tells PAS members

PETALING JAYA: PAS has thrown its support behind MCA for the Balakong state seat by-election. The Islamist party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pix) urged PAS members to back MCA in "the spirit of the Opposition". MCA announced its Cheras Batu 11 branch Youth chief Tan Chee Teong as its candidate to contest in the Balakong by-election. The Balakong 40

August 15, 2018 11:44 AM Government will repay RM19.25b GST refunds from 2019

PETALING JAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said in a statement today that the government will repay RM19.25 billion in outstanding GST refunds to 121,429 companies and individuals from next year. The GST Refunds Trust Account currently only holds RM148.6 million and Lim did not elaborate on how the government would make good on the payments, which 144

August 14, 2018 10:49 AM Najib's claims about Malacca Gateway untrue, says CM

MALACCA: Chief Minister Adly Zahari has dismissed as untrue former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's allegation that the Malacca Gateway project is being implemented without any changes. Adly said that after taking over the state government, the Pakatan Harapan administration has introduced improvements to the project so that it becomes a catalyst 39

August 14, 2018 7:29 AM Former Brazil finance minister charged with corruption

BRASÍLIA: Former Brazil finance minister Guido Mantega was indicted Monday on money laundering and other charges as part of the corruption scandal that has rocked the country's business and political elites. Mantega, 69, is accused of taking money from construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for helping to advance legislation that favoured the company 88

August 14, 2018 7:16 AM Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

SYDNEY: A former Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s was confronted by enraged victims outside a courthouse Tuesday after a judge spared him jail and ordered he serve his sentence at home. Philip Wilson became one of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse 53

August 14, 2018 4:41 AM Former Kedah assemblyman in remand

ALOR STAR: A former Kedah Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman is in remand for five days from today for an investigation into alleged misappropriation of the Mentri Besar's special fund, involving RM30,000. The remand order was issued by Alor Star Court senior assistant registrar Nor Azah Idris following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption 38

August 14, 2018 12:49 AM Pahang's Tengku Arif Bendahara laid to rest

PEKAN: The Sultan of Pahang's younger brother Tengku Arif Bendahara Tengku Abdullah Sultan Abu Bakar, was laid to rest at the Pahang Royal Mausoleum here yesterday evening. Tengku Arif Bendahara died of lymphoma cancer at the Gleneagles Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, at 11.30am yesterday. His remains arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base (RMAF) Kuantan 45

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 40