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May 10, 2018 8:37 AM Striking French rail unions to hold vote over reform plans

MONTREUIL, France: Unions at French rail operator SNCF will hold a companywide vote next week on the government's contested overhaul for the heavily indebted group, aimed at proving that support for a long-running strike remains strong despite signs it is tapering off. Laurent Brun, head of the rail branch at the hard-line CGT union, said late Wednesday 12

May 7, 2018 12:54 PM BNM seen holding key rate on moderating core inflation

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s central bank is expected to leave its benchamrk interest rate unchanged at a policy meeting on Thursday, a day after the country holds a general election, a Reuters poll showed. Eleven economists polled by Reuters were unanimous in expecting Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to hold its overnight policy rate at 3.25%, as core and headline 5

May 1, 2018 1:17 PM Taiwan gifts sector banks on design, creativity

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s gift and souvenir items are banking on design and creativity, not price, to beat competition, said Taiwan External Trade Development Council (Taitra) senior project manager of exhibition department David Chan. He said about 20-30 years ago, Taiwan’s gift industry was at its peak and even the local exhibition hall could not accommodate 14

April 30, 2018 9:31 AM Noraseela confident athletics squad could end medal drought in Jakarta

KUALA LUMPUR: After failing to end the 16-year medal drought at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia early this month, the national athletics squad must now work hard to end the 12-year medal drought at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in August. Malaysia last tasted podium success at the regional Games in 2006 Doha edition, when women's 18

April 26, 2018 11:21 AM Spain's jobless queue lengthens in first quarter

MADRID: Spain's jobless queue lengthened slightly in the first three months of the year to 16.7% compared to 16.5% in the previous quarter, official data showed Thursday. The National Statistics Institute said there were 3.79 million people unemployed in the eurozone's fourth largest economy. The services sector – which includes tourism, where jobs are often 29

April 23, 2018 1:51 PM Ideal United Bintang receives takeover offer

PETALING JAYA: Property developer Ideal United Bintang International Bhd has received an unconditional mandatory takeover offer from its chairman Tan Sri Ooi Kee Liang for 54 sen per share and 1 sen per warrant. Ooi, together with his spouse Puan Sri Phor Li Wei and ICT Innotech Sdn Bhd are the joint offerors. This offer came after ICT Innotech, in which 9

April 18, 2018 3:11 AM Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, US who has been in jail in Turkey since December 2016, is seen in this undated picture taken in Izmir, Turkey. — Reuters picWEST PALM BEACH, April 18 — US President Donald Trump voiced his support yesterday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group 12

April 17, 2018 2:18 AM Tesla temporarily shuts down Model 3 production in Fremont

Tesla Model 3 cars are seen as Tesla holds an event at the factory handing over its first 30 Model 3 vehicles to employee buyers at the company’s Fremont facility in California August 1, 2017. — Reuters picFREMONT, April 17 — Tesla Inc yesterday said it was having a planned downtime on the Model 3 production, after a BuzzFeed report said the carmaker 13

April 15, 2018 12:26 PM Mother forbade me from joining Amanah, Nik Aziz’s second son says

Nik Omar Nik Abdul Aziz (right) noted that PAS will not be able to grow without a strong coalition like Pakatan Harapan. — Picture via Facebook/Johar Ismail KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — The second son of the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Nik Omar today confirmed that he will not be joining Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) as his mother has disallowed him from joining 12

April 12, 2018 11:56 AM Johor Pakatan holds voter awareness flash mob for Malaysians working in Singapore

Johor PH and NGOs promote awareness for Malaysians working in Singapore to come home to vote along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak between JB Sentral and City Square Johor Baru April 12, 2018. — Picture by Ben Tan JOHOR BARU, April 12 — Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) and a non-governmental group held a flash mob event here today to persuade Malaysians working in Singapore 8