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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" 35

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 62

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 60

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 59

March 29, 2018 1:39 AM Colombian rebels holding abducted journalists: military

BOGOTA: Dissident Colombian rebels are believed to be holding hostage two Ecuadoran journalists and their driver who was abducted this week, the head of Colombia's armed forces said Wednesday. General Alberto Mejia told RCN radio that "the head of this group is the terrorist known as 'Guacho,' and he is, without doubt, the person responsible ... for the kidnapping 45

March 22, 2018 3:05 PM Malaysia drawn with Denmark for Thomas Cup Finals

Malaysia have been drawn in Group D together with Denmark, Russia and Algeria. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — Defending champions Denmark would be Malaysia’s main obstacle in the group stages of the Thomas Cup Finals. In the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup draw ceremony held at Arnoma Grand Hotel in Bangkok, tonight, Malaysia have been drawn in Group 69

March 22, 2018 2:38 AM Second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ screenplay set for release on same day as film

The second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie is slated for release on November 16, the same day the screenplay will be published. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, March 22 — The original screenplay of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is to be published on November 16, coinciding with the film’s worldwide release. The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second 73

March 20, 2018 12:53 AM Protesters target latest campaign tour by Brazil’s Lula

Supporters of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva clashes with demonstrators against the former president during a rally in Santana do Livramento, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil March 19, 2018. — Reuters picBAGE (Brazil), March 20 — Protesters interrupted the start yesterday of an election campaign tour by former Brazilian president 39

March 15, 2018 3:47 PM RMAF bids farewell to Sungai Besi base

RMAF chief Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang leads the special parade marking the relocation of the Kuala Lumpur Air Base headquarters in Sungai Besi to Sendayan RMAF base in Negri Sembilan in Kuala Lumpur March 15, 2018. — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — The oldest Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Kuala Lumpur will be the first air base to be relocated 45

March 10, 2018 9:54 AM Anis Yusal is appointed JITN DG

PUTRAJAYA: Institute of Integrity Malaysia (IIM) president and chief executive Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff has been appointed National Integrity and Good Governance Department (JITN) Director-General. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said the two-year appointment was effective March 12 this year. "The appointment is very crucial 34