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July 25, 2018 3:52 PM Single entity for affordable housing by year-end

KUALA LUMPUR: The establishment of a single entity to oversee the provision of affordable homes will be completed by year-end, said National Housing Department director-general Jayaselan Navaratnam (pix). "We are working to sort it out by this August then we will do due diligence and hope it can come into execution somewhere around the end of this year," he said at the Affordable 27

July 25, 2018 6:28 AM Spain rescues nearly 500 migrants at sea in a single day

MADRID: Spanish rescue services said Tuesday they had plucked nearly 500 migrants from the Mediterranean in a single day who were trying to reach the country's coast. The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency said on Twitter that it had picked up a total of 484 people in 30 makeshift vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and Alboran Sea, which separate Spain from Morocco 51

July 25, 2018 6:28 AM Hong Kong's Cathay lists Taiwan as part of China

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific became the latest airline to list Taiwan as part of China on its website Wednesday after a request from mainland authorities. The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a notice to dozens of airlines in April asking them to comply with Beijing's standards. Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy but Beijing 110

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 93

July 24, 2018 1:55 AM Algerian-Irish man makes terror plea in Pennsylvania

NEW YORK: An Algerian-Irish man, who last year became the first foreigner extradited to the United States on terror charges under President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy. Ali Charaf Damache, 53, had been wanted in the United States for years on charges that he conspired with an American woman known as "Jihad Jane" to recruit people 100

July 23, 2018 10:57 AM New poverty eradication programmes in five states being studied: Sivarasa

KUALA LUMPUR: The Rural Development Ministry is studying the implementation of new programmes to eradicate poverty in several states such as Kedah, Kelantan, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak. Its deputy minister Sivarasa K. Rasiah said the move needed to be taken as these states received less attention in terms of poverty eradication efforts in the past. "The government 18

July 23, 2018 9:12 AM Trump's threats are 'psychological warfare': Iran general

TEHRAN: The head of Iran's Basij militia on Monday dismissed threats by US President Donald Trump as "psychological warfare", local media reported. "Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare. He is not in a position to act against Iran," said General Gholam Hossein Gheypour, according to the semi-official Isna news agency. His comments 20

July 22, 2018 11:11 AM Japan urges caution over Trump’s complaint on strong dollar

BUENOS AIRES: Japan should be careful about recent remarks by US President Donald Trump on currencies and might need to convince Washington its monetary easing is not aimed at weakening the yen but beating deflation, a finance ministry official said on Saturday. The US dollar fell the most in three weeks on Friday against a basket of six major currencies 89

July 22, 2018 10:04 AM Starbucks to open first sign language store in US, modeled on store in Bangsar

KUALA LUMPUR: Taking a page out of Malaysia's book, Starbucks has announced plans to open its first signing store in the US for customers who are deaf and hard of hearing – modeled on the first Starbucks signing store which opened here in 2016. Group CEO for Berjaya Food Berhad Sydney Quays said they are very proud to have inspired the Americans into opening 27

July 22, 2018 9:57 AM Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be 'mother of all wars'

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States not to "play with the lion's tail" on Sunday, saying that conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars". Addressing his US counterpart Donald Trump, Rouhani said: "You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people. "You cannot provoke the Iranian people 91