• China vows to continue building on disputed islands, reefs

    China on Saturday vowed to continue building in disputed reefs of the South China Sea, as state media said construction had finished on two lighthouses on reefs claimed by other countries. Beijing has been bolstering its claim to almost all the South China Sea by rapidly building large artificial structures resembling islands, straining ties with neighbours. The lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands have been officially opened, the state-run Xinhua news agency said late Friday.

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  • 1MDB’s Arul confirms Sarawak Report expose, but explains miscommunication

    1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) boss Arul Kanda Kandasamy today confirmed that Sarawak Report's latest expose had been based on authentic minutes of the troubled firm's board meetings, but denied the website's claim that he was a liar over cash that was redeemed from an overseas investment. Instead, the firm's president and group executive...

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  • Only two of us survived, the rest are dead, claims rescued Orang Asli girl

    The rest are all dead.” That was the chilling admission by 10-year-old Noreen Yaacob, who was among two children found alive after enduring 48 harrowing days in the thick jungle of Pos Tohoi, here. Noreen and Mirsudiar Aluj, 11, were found yesterday after going missing with five others from their school, SK Pos Tohoi more than a month ago. The claim that the two girls were the only survivors was relayed by Noreen to her mother, Midah Angah, 38, at the Gua Musang Hospital, where Noreen was being warded.

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  • Daughter's dash to welcome home dad brings smiles to Army

    FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Top brass at a Colorado Army post are all smiles after a 2-year-old girl interrupted a general's speech to dash across the room and hug her dad, who had just come home from a nine-month deployment.

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  • Najib’s only policy is to protect self, not Malaysia, says Dr Mahathir

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is only interested in protecting himself, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, adding that Najib was not concerned about development or economic wellbeing. The former prime minister, a former ally of Najib turned staunch critic, reiterated his criticism that the embattled leader was only interested in cash and...

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  • Bieber’s dad congratulates him after nude pictures

    Justin Bieber’s father Jeremy congratulated his son on the size of his manhood after nude pictures emerged of the singer on holiday.

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  • Japan hits out as UNESCO archives Nanjing massacre documents

    Japan on Saturday lashed out at UNESCO's decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register, describing it as "extremely regrettable" and calling for the process to be reformed. On Friday the UN's cultural and scientific body agreed to 47 new inscriptions, including a request by Beijing to mark documents recording the mass murder and rape committed by Japanese troops after the fall of the Chinese city of Nanjing in 1937. The massacre, often referred to as the "Rape of Nanjing", is an exceptionally sensitive issue in the often-tense relations between Japan and China, with Beijing charging that Tokyo has failed to atone for the atrocity.

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  • 'Shoeless' Paire stuns Nishikori to reach Tokyo final

    Lightning struck twice for Kei Nishikori as the defending Japan Open champion was ambushed by "shoeless" Frenchman Benoit Paire in an explosive semi-final on Saturday. Paire, playing in a pair of badly torn sneakers following a forlorn dash to buy some new ones, won a nail-biter 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 to prove his first-round win over Nishikori at the US Open six weeks ago was no fluke. Top seed Stan Wawrinka awaits his close friend in Sunday's Tokyo final after the French Open champion produced a clinical 6-4, 7-6 win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

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  • Rulers’ concerns on 1MDB lost on Putrajaya, says DAP

    Putrajaya does not appear to have understood the concerns of the Malay rulers over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), given the Attorney-General's announcement clearing the firm of wrongdoing as well as the arrest of a lawyer under an anti-terrorism law, DAP said today. The party's parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Putrajaya had responded...

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  • Police identify kidnappers of Italian in Philippines

    Police said on Saturday they have identified a local criminal gang as behind the abduction of an an Italian restaurant owner and retired priest in the strife-torn southern Philippines. Senior Superintendent Cleve Taboso said the gang snatched Rolando del Torchio, 56, in the sleepy city of Dipolog on Wednesday, in a swift raid that shocked the dinnertime crowd at his pizzeria. Taboso, who is spokesman for the team trying to recover del Torchio, said they had identified the gang's boss, known as "Commander Red Eye", and four of his relatives based on closed-circuit TV footage of the abduction.

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  • Officials: Before Russian bombs, CIA rebels had Syrian gains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad's forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say.

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  • Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris ‘on a break’

    Taylor Swift was “incandescent with rage” after pictures emerged of boyfriend Calvin Harris leaving a seedy massage parlour, it has been claimed.

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  • Helmet attack video investigated

    GEORGE TOWN: Police have started investigations on a viral video involving an alleged road bully. A video of a man trying to strike a car with a crash helmet on Jalan Ayer Itam here has gone viral on social media.The 1.26-minute video from a car's dash-mounted camera showed a motorcyclist riding abreast--trying to get close to the vehicle.In anticipation of a possible crash, the driver then slowed down.The motorcycle then sped ahead and charged towards the car with his helmet in one hand.The driver of the car then accelerated and crashed into him. ...

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  • Suspected Kajang kidnapping mastermind under police custody

    SHAH ALAM: Police nabbed four including a man believed to be the mastermind and a taxi driver to assist investigations into the abduction of a five-year-old boy in Sungai Chua, Kajang yesterday. Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said the mastermind aged 45 was picked up at his house in Kajang Raya, about 4km away from the suspect's house in Taman Cahaya Suria, Kajang. "Forty minutes later, the child was returned to his home by a taxi driver," he told reporters during a press conference at the state police headquarters today.

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  • Nadal downs Fognini to reach China final

    Rafa Nadal moved within reach of his first hardcourt title in almost two years by extracting a modicum of revenge on new Italian foe Fabio Fognini with a 7-5 6-3 win in their China Open semi-final on Saturday. The flamboyant Fognini became the first man to beat Nadal from two sets to love down at a grand slam when he took out the power-hitting Spaniard in the third round of the U.S. Open last month. It was one of three wins the unseeded Italian had secured over the 14-times grand slam champion this year but Nadal ensured there would not be a fourth on a chilly day at the National Tennis Center in Beijing.

  • Search and rescue workers comb Pos Tohoi for last body

    GUA MUSANG: Search and rescue workers in Pos Tohoi are combing the area in search of one more missing body,while a body which was found at 11am today, has still not been taken to hospital, as of 5pm.It was learnt that one of the victim's family wanted to have a look at the body in the hopes of identifying it through its clothing.The latest find brings the total number of human remains found to six.Authorities have yet to identifytwo ofthe bodies found.On Wednesday, the body of a child was found in Sungai Perias, and later confirmed to be that of eight-year-old Sasa Sobrie. ...

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  • Higher charges to replace lost IC beginning Oct 15

    PUTRAJAYA: The procedures to replace lost identification cards (IC) will be tightened effective Oct 15, said Home Ministry. Its Deputy Secretary-General (Security) Datuk Seri Adenan Ab Rahman said the improved procedures would involve an increase in the fees for lost IC in accordance with the amendment of Schedule 6 of National Registration Regulations 1990. “Applicants who applied to replace their IC for the first time will be charged RM100.

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  • Judgment for PI’s widow in RM2 million suit defective in law, says senior lawyer

    Senior lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham and his son Sunil have claimed that the Court of Appeal order restoring the suit brought by the widow of a key witness in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial is defective in law. Their counsel, Rishwant Singh, in an October 5 letter to Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif said it was his duty...

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  • Five England players left out for Lithuania game

    England will rest five players from the squad to face Lithuania next week following Friday's 2-0 win over Estonia that saw their perfect record reach nine games in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. Goalkeeper Jack Butland will make his first competitive international start in Monday's match in Vilnius among several changes with regular keeper Joe Hart going back to his club. Captain Wayne Rooney, defender Gary Cahill and midfielders Michael Carrick and James Milner have also been left out with Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones and Jonjo Shelvey starting.

  • International help arrives to tackle Indonesia fires

    International help to assist Indonesia in combating forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze has begun to arrive on Sumatra island, an official said on Saturday. Planes from Malaysia and Singapore have arrived and will soon begin water-bombing hard-hit South Sumatra province, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency.

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