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August 31, 2018 8:43 AM S. Korea's Moon to send special envoy to N. Korea next week: Yonhap

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in will send a special envoy to Pyongyang next Wednesday to discuss plans to hold a summit with the North's Kim Jong Un and nuclear disarmament, local media said Friday. The unnamed envoy will visit the North's capital city on Sept 5, Yonhap news agency said, citing a presidential spokesman. Seoul proposed the envoy's 13

August 17, 2018 9:34 AM Islam is a political movement

Today, two million Muslims are converging on Mekah, Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being one of them. What many, Muslims included, do not realise is that the annual pilgrimage to the Kaaba is a pre-Islamic ritual. It is older than Islam and was in existence long before Muhammad was born. And the Kaaba was home to 360 different gods. Chief amongst 31

August 1, 2018 3:51 AM Sighting of Zulhijjah moon on Aug 11

KUALA LUMPUR: The sighting of the new moon of Zulhijjah to determine the date for Aidiladha is to be on Aug 11 or 29 Zulkaedah 1439 Hijri, according to a statement from the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. The dates for the 1st and 10th of Zulhijjah which is the date for Aidiladha, would be announced on the same night over radio and television 8

July 29, 2018 12:42 AM Good weather enables visitors to see full eclipse in Port Dickson

PORT DICKSON: Good weather gave a golden opportunity to members of the public who were at the Teluk Kemang Observatory to observe the the longest full eclipse of the moon in the 21st century which occurred early this morning. Assistant Manager of the Teluk Kemang Observatory Muzamir Mazlan said the full eclipse of the moon this time was the longest phenomenon 6

July 24, 2018 7:45 AM Seoul considers reducing troops along N. Korea border zone

SEOUL: South Korea is considering withdrawing some troops from its border zone with North Korea as a confidence-building measure after their landmark summit, the defence ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said it would withdraw some soldiers and equipment at guard posts inside the Demilitarised Zone on a trial basis, and consider a gradual expansion 13

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 11

June 7, 2018 9:40 AM S. Korea seeks 'early' agreement on ending Korean War

SEOUL: Seoul is in three-way talks with Pyongyang and Washington for an early agreement on formally ending the decades-old Korean War, it said Thursday ahead of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore next week. The 1950-53 conflict ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war, and US President 17

May 27, 2018 2:48 AM N. Korea's Kim hopes Trump summit will 'end history of confrontation': Moon

SEOUL: Kim Jong Un believes a summit with US President Donald Trump will be a landmark opportunity to end decades of confrontation, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Sunday following his surprise meeting with the North Korean leader. "He (Kim) also expressed his intention to put an end to the history of war and confrontation through the success 13

May 15, 2018 1:57 PM Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Muslims will begin Ramadan fasting on Thursday, the Keeper of the Rulers seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad announced today. He said the date for the Ramadan fasting to begin followed a decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after receiving the consent of the Malay rulers. Prior to this, Syed Danial in statement had said the date for sighting 9

May 15, 2018 7:55 AM Chinese volunteers emerge from virtual moon base

BEIJING: A group of Chinese volunteers has emerged from 110 days of isolation in a virtual "lunar lab", state media reported Tuesday, as the country pursues its ambition to put people on the moon. The official Xinhua news service streamed images on its website of the would-be astronauts emerging from their temporary home, a self-contained environment 24