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June 22, 2018 1:15 PM Refugee returns to Syria must be coordinated with UN: Merkel

BEIRUT: The return of Syrian refugees to their homeland can only happen in coordination with the United Nations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday during her two-day visit to Lebanon. Refugee returns have been a hot-button issue in Lebanon, a small country that has the world's highest number of refugees per capita. "We want to contribute 5

June 22, 2018 10:57 AM Gobind Singh to meet Astro reps next week over service

KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today he would meet Astro representatives next week to discuss public complaints on the pay-TV service. The meeting would take place at his office, he tweeted in response to '@NPeriasamy5' who had complained about the Astro service on his Twitter account. "I have invited their 6

June 21, 2018 1:07 PM Idris Haron abandons Umno meeting over quit proposal

MALACCA: Former Malacca chief minister and Umno Tangga Batu Division chief Datuk Seri Idris Haron (pix) left the divisional committee meeting he was chairing last night after a committee member proposed that he resign as the division chief and Malacca Umno chairman for the party's poor showing in the Tangga Batu parliamentary constituency in the last general 3

June 21, 2018 11:26 AM Penang to pilot rent-to-own scheme in bid to increase home-ownership

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will be piloting a rent-to-own (RTO) scheme for those eligible to purchase low-cost (LC) and low-medium-cost (LMC) units to increase home-ownership in the state. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the initiative could also help to ease their financial burden as they would not have to service home loans. He said the scheme would also help address 4

June 21, 2018 9:00 AM Ambrin to audit all federal ministries: Salahuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no escape for errant civil servants as the special investigation committee headed by former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang will be looking into a full audit of all ministries, according to Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub. He said the decision to audit all federal ministries was made during 8

June 21, 2018 4:12 AM Federal Minister Zuraida calls on Sarawak CM

KUCHING: Federal Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (pix) paid a courtesy call on Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today. The meeting took place at Abang Johari's office at the State Legislative Assembly building in Petra Jaya here at about 10am. Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and Federal 3

June 21, 2018 12:10 AM UK PM calls for 'free elections' in Thailand

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May called for "free and open elections" in Thailand as she met with the country's leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha in London on Wednesday. Prayut, a former army chief who seized power from Thailand's civilian government in a 2014 coup, will next meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday as part of a highly-publicised 3

June 20, 2018 3:54 PM Communications and Multimedia Ministry to audit two MCMC funds

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia will conduct an audit on two Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) fund groups following enquiries regarding their management. Its minister Gobind Singh Deo (pix) revealed the two funds as MCMC Fund, established under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and the Universal 5

June 20, 2018 9:57 AM PAS calls on Umno members to join party

KOTA BARU: PAS is calling on UMNO members to join the party in its struggle to uphold Islam. Party vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said PAS' door was always open to anyone who could accept the party's policies. "We do not have any plan to draw UMNO members to PAS but our doors are always open. We welcome anyone who can accept our struggle 4

June 19, 2018 2:12 PM Pentagon to set up ‘Space Force’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force. "It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Trump said before a meeting of his National Space Council. "We are going 6