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August 17, 2018 9:02 AM Saudi Arabia pledges US$100m to US-backed Syria campaign

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a US$100 million (RM410 million) contribution to a US-backed campaign to "stabilise" northeastern Syria, once a bastion of the radical Islamic State group. The 88 million euro contribution is the biggest single cash injection yet for reconstruction efforts in areas formerly controlled by the jihadists. The group 3

August 14, 2018 8:24 AM 40 children killed in Yemen bus strike: new Red Cross toll

SANAA: Forty children were among 51 people killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen, the Red Cross said in a new toll Tuesday. Fifty-six children were also among the 79 people wounded in the Thursday strike on Saada province, a rebel stronghold that borders Saudi Arabia, the International Committee of the Red Cross 6

August 8, 2018 12:56 AM Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

WASHINGTON: The sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington – partners and allies of both – in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists. Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and cut off trade ties with Ottawa after 6

August 6, 2018 2:05 AM Khazanah’s ‘big and heavy’ trove

ESTABLISHED in 1993, Khazanah began its operation a year later after assuming a custodial role in managing the government's commercial assets as well as investing in strategic and high-technology sectors. Over the years, the fund has been investing in the key areas such as aviation, automotive, healthcare and banking. The year 2004 marked its strategic 4

July 25, 2018 5:57 AM Malaysia Airlines to capture 50% umrah pilgrimage market share in Malaysia, Indonesia

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) aims to tap into 50% of the umrah pilgrimage market in Malaysia and Indonesia with 270,000-290,000 umrah pilgrims projected to make their pilgrimage to the holy land in the upcoming pilgrimage season. The national carrier entered into a charter service deal with a coalition of four umrah tour operators comprising 6

July 24, 2018 12:15 PM Malaysia has highest rate of diabetes in Asia

KUCHING: Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia and one of the highest in the world, probably next to Saudi Arabia said the National Diabetes Institute (NADI) executive chairman, Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong. He said there are about 2.5 million adults with diabetes in Malaysia, those aged 18 and above. "According to NADI records, statistic suggests 9

July 17, 2018 1:27 PM Malaysia sukuk issuance rises to US$19.4b in first-half 2018

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s sukuk issuance increased to US$19.4 billion (RM78 billion) as at end-June 2018 from US$18.6 billion in the same period a year ago, accounting for a healthy 38.7% share of global sukuk issuance, according to RAM Ratings. Based on the growth trends in sukuk issues from Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates 8

July 16, 2018 9:23 AM Nova MSC to focus on growing e-government and smart healthcare segments

KUALA LUMPUR: Nova MSC Bhd, which recently proposed to dispose of the company’s loss-making building automation segment, will focus on its e-government and smart healthcare segments going forward as it is confident of securing more contracts. The company provides a one-stop solutions platform for both government and healthcare sectors, which streamlines 11

July 16, 2018 1:04 AM ‘Makkah Route’ to facilitate Hajj journey for Malaysians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has officially launched the "Makkah Route" initiative in Malaysia, allowing the country's pilgrims to benefit from immigration pre-clearance and other services that will facilitate their journey to perform the Islamic pilgrimage. Saudi and Malaysian officials attended the launch of the initiative at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 12

July 15, 2018 12:10 AM Pre-clearance system for Haj pilgrims a success: Saudi official

SEPANG: The full cooperation given by the Malaysian government to Saudi Arabia has resulted in the smooth handling of Haj pilgrims going through the pre-clearance system. Saudi Arabia's Director General of Passports Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al Yahya said Malaysian Haj pilgrims were the first in the world to be introduced to the pre-clearance programme at the point 9