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June 16, 2018 9:52 AM Mbappe leads France attack against Socceroos

KAZAN ARENA, Russia: France coach Didier Deschamps left Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for a World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe leads Les Bleus' front line in Kazan. Mbappe, one of 14 players in France's squad who have yet to feature in a major tournament, has been in great form for Paris Saint-Germain 5

June 11, 2018 12:48 PM French farmers block access to 13 refineries in palm oil biofuels protest

PARIS: Dozens of French farmers blocked access to 13 refineries across the country today to protest against plans to import palm oil for use in biofuels, a move they denounce as unfair competition which jeopardises their livelihood. Energy giant Total wants to import up to 300,000 tons a year of palm oil, which environmental advocates say has caused 7

June 9, 2018 7:38 AM PANAMA HAVE ALREADY MADE HISTORY: EVERYTHING ELSE IS A BONUS

PANAMA CITY (dpa) – Panama are, along with Iceland, the only teams set to play their first-ever World Cup in Russia 2018. Panama earned their historic berth for the tournament with a dramatic and controversial 2-1 win against Costa Rica in the last round of qualifiers. The country’s population poured out onto the streets and Panamanian President Juan Carlos 5

June 9, 2018 5:03 AM Dialogue with Trump could be 'constructive': Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Donald Trump could be "constructive", in comments released after his US counterpart called for Russia to be re-admitted to the exclusive Group of Seven club of nations. Trump is "a serious-minded person who knows how to listen to people and respond to their arguments," Putin said in a Russian 5

May 2, 2018 3:09 AM Circus and symphony at DFP

THE Dewan Filharmonic Petronas will be playing host to an acrobatic and musical performance spectacular the likes of which has not been seen since 2015. Presented by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), the fantastically-themed Cirque de la Symphonie is happening this Saturday at 8.30pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday at 3pm. This breathtaking 21

April 25, 2018 8:31 AM CIMB Investment Bank leads in MARC’s 2017 league table

PETALING JAYA: CIMB Investment Bank Bhd was named top arranger of Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd (MARC)-rated debt and sukuk programmes/issuances for a sixth consecutive year in 2017. Maybank Investment Bank Bhd (MIBB) came in second and RHB Investment Bank Bhd third, MARC said in a statement. The rating agency today published its 2017 Lead Managers’ League 16

April 24, 2018 5:05 AM Chinese carrier leads live fire drill in East China Sea

BEIJING: China's sole aircraft carrier has led a flotilla of naval vessels in a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported Tuesday, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy. The official Xinhua news agency said the vessels "took part in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare training" with a simulated "opposing force" 15

April 10, 2018 11:51 PM Buffon upbeat despite potential Champions League farewell

MADRID: Gianluigi Buffon has admitted he could be playing his final Champions League game when Juventus take on Real Madrid in the quarter-final second leg on Wednesday. But the 40-year-old claims he is not saddened by the prospect, instead insisting there would be few better places to bow out than the Santiago Bernabeu. Buffon is yet to confirm his plans 14

March 29, 2018 3:06 PM Saudi reforms 'fooling nobody': Amnesty

LONDON: Saudi Arabia's widely-lauded reforms are no more than a public relations blitz aimed at masking Riyadh's rights record and are "fooling nobody", Amnesty International said on Thursday. Saudi Arabia, a key US ally and the world's largest oil exporter, began to ease its ultraconservative policies following the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed 10

March 29, 2018 4:49 AM Chinese prelate: China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent

Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 3, 2013. — Reuters picBEIJING, March 29 — A historic agreement between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China could be signed as early as this Saturday, a Chinese government-approved bishop said in a report published today. Negotiations 11