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September 4, 2018 1:54 AM Bursa Malaysia lower at opening

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia began the morning trading on a weaker note, with external uncertainties like worries over a further escalation of the trade war and currency volatility, possibly weighing on sentiment in the near-term. At 9.10am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 2.01 points lower at 1,811.57 from yesterday's close of 1,813.58. Gainers 115

September 3, 2018 1:28 PM BNM seen holding key rate

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a meeting tomorrow, as it keeps tabs on how far the United States and China will take their ongoing trade war. All 11 economists polled by Reuters see BNM holding its overnight policy rate at 3.25%. Malaysia has raised its policy rate once this year – by 25 basis 99

September 3, 2018 9:56 AM Syria strike kills 8 pro-regime fighters: Monitor

BEIRUT: An air strike near a US base in southeastern Syria has killed at least eight pro-government fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday. Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three other non-Syrian fighters were among the casualties of the strike carried out on Saturday, the war monitor said. "A convoy of Iranian forces 107

September 3, 2018 9:54 AM Sri Lanka probes deaths of wild elephants

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities on Monday began investigating the deaths of wild elephants in the east of the island after pulling seven carcasses out of a marsh, a minister said. Wildlife Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma said six out of the seven animals found in the swamp were young — below the age of 12 — and he suspected that many more may have died there 92

September 3, 2018 2:28 AM After a week of bipartisan tribute, McCain is laid to rest

WASHINGTON: A nearly weeklong celebration of the life of US senator John McCain – war hero, maverick, two-time presidential candidate and outspoken critic of Donald Trump – came to a solemn and subdued end Sunday as he was laid to rest at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. McCain, who died Aug 25 aged 81 after a year-long struggle against brain 84

August 30, 2018 4:10 AM Whistleblower Manning faces Australia speaking tour ban

SYDNEY: US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is facing a ban from Australia as organisers of a speaking tour said Thursday her visa application was likely to be refused. The former soldier, freed last year after then-US president Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence days before he left office, was due to talk at the Sydney 97

August 29, 2018 5:09 PM The time has come for a Malay right-wing party

DAP has asked MCA to leave Barisan Nasional and join Pakatan Harapan. PKR has warned Malaysians that Malay politics is becoming more right wing. The time has come for a Malay right-wing party to dominate Malaysian politics. If Umno refuses to revert to its roots, then a new right-wing party needs to be launched to fill the vacuum that Umno is leaving 180

August 28, 2018 8:11 AM May kicks off first Africa tour as British PM

CAPE TOWN: British Prime Minister Theresa May touched down in Cape Town Tuesday as she kicked off a tour of the African continent where she hopes to lay the foundations for post-Brexit trade deals. May is facing pressure at home from so-called Remainers sceptical of her ability to forge trade deals once Britain severs ties with Brussels, as well as from Brexiteers 83

August 27, 2018 11:02 AM Counter terrorism cop confirms elements of terrorism among Rohingya refugees

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director DCP Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said there is a possibility that a jihad could be brewing with the Rohingyas who are exposed to extremist ideologies. "They will be recruited by the terror groups and sent back to Myanmar to wage war," he said. He revealed that there 75

August 23, 2018 5:07 AM Cops score record haul of RM26m in Penang drug bust

GEORGE TOWN: Bukit Aman elite narcotics team (NCID) has scored a major success against the war on drugs with a record haul of RM26.1 million for one case here. In a major operation with help from the Thai narcotics divisions and the Penang police, the police crack unit raided four locations here and carted away over 500kg of syabu and ecstacy pills 61