• PYONGYANG - The Westerners lined up before giant statues of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply.
  • KUALA NERUS - Umno Supreme Council Member, Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi considered Bersatu President, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s willingness to hold a debate with anyone from the government including himself as the best opportunity.
  • PUTRAJAYA - The Court of Appeal here today upheld the acquittal of former Public Works Department director (building facility management unit) Datuk Abdul Rahim Ahmad on a charge of abusing his position to procure a contract for maintenance, worth RM230,899, for a company belonging to his younger brother.
  • YANGON - Flooding across large parts of Myanmar has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda, officials, residents and state media said on Monday.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today explained that 1.5 million Bangladeshi nationals had registered with their government to work abroad and that not all of them were headed to Malaysia.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Transparency, good governance and integrity were not at all comprised in the implementation of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Mass Rapid Transit project, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
  • KABUL - A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 40, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Bukit Katil MP, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin regretted the action of Dewan Rakyat Speaker who dismissed the verbal question to be answered by Prime Minister.
  • HANOI - Vietnam has reportedly terminated a gas-drilling expedition in a disputed area of the South China Sea, following strong threats from China.
  • SHAH ALAM - The premise which recently caused a ruckus on social media concerning its ‘ikat tepi’ charge has been fined by the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK).
  • TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, said on Monday he had never instructed that preferential treatment be given to a long-time friend and that his friend had never lobbied for favours.
  • ALOR SETAR - The police have detained four men, suspected to be members of the 'Geng 04' secret society, in connection with a molotov cocktail attack on the Kuala Muda police headquarters early yesterday morning.
  • KOTA BHARU - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is deliberately seeking cheap publicity following his readiness to contest against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Pekan in the coming GE14.
  • KUCHING - Rabies has claimed its fifth victim in Sarawak.
  • SAN ANTONIO - TEXAS. Police in the US state of Texas have arrested a truck driver whose vehicle was found in a Walmart car park with eight people dead in the back of it, two of them children.
  • PUTRAJAYA - Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad has pledged to ensure that the agency is managed with integrity and to focus on bringing progress to the settlers.
  • LONDON - Britain’s Prince William and Prince Harry have revealed they talked to their mother Princess Diana on the day she died and that the “short” conversation now weighs “heavily” on their mind.
  • BUKIT MERTAJAM - BN will draw up a manifesto specifically for Penang, to give people in the state the opportunity to choose between the two opposing coalitions, BN and Pakatan Harapan, in the coming 14th general election.
  • MANILA - The Philippine Congress on Saturday voted to extend President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist gunmen.
  • PUTRAJAYA - The 64th birthday celebration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was made more special when it was celebrated with Felda settlers as they are always close to his heart.
  • SHAH ALAM - Actress Zizie Ezette Abdul Samad, 38 or better known as Zizie Izette revealed via Instagram that she is pregnant with twins.
  • PUTRAJAYA - The chairman of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad hopes new information obtained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission would help solve the case of the purchase of a four-star hotel in Kensington, London, by the Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).
  • SHAH ALAM - Netizens conveyed their well wishes to Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on social media for his 64th birthday on Sunday.
  • TAIPING - Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin underlined five attributes that an Umno leader should have to earn the people’s support and win in the 14th general election.
  • ANKARA - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to begin his two-day trip to the Gulf in an effort to help resolve the dispute between Qatar and four other Arab states.
  • MALAYSIA is one of the ten countries which together accounted for over 95 per cent of all new HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region, a report issued by the United Nations says.
  • BANGALORE - An Indian musician played the guitar on the operating table to help doctors treat involuntary muscle spasms in his fingers.
  • PAPAR - Umno members must return to the three principles of 'Bersatu, Bersetia, Berkhidmat' (Unity, Loyalty and To Serve) struggle to ensure continuity of the party unity to win big in the coming 14th General Election.
  • KOTA BHARU - Vice Head of the World Ulama Union, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has urged Muslims all over the world to unite to defend Islam from humiliation by other parties.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - National Paralympic athlete, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won the silver medal in the men's 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) at the 2017 World Para Atletics Championships in London, England on Saturday (Sunday in Malaysia).
  • MANILA - The Philippines has withdrawn its plan to host the Southeast Asian Games in 2019 due to terrorism threat that continues to hang over the Mindanao region in the southern Philippines, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
  • JAKARTA - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.
  • MANILA - Daesh-inspired terrorists holed up in Marawi are guarding around P1.4bil (RM118.2million) in cash and jewelry looted from the city, a government official said on Friday.
  • SEGAMAT - Preventive measures must be enhanced to handle disciplinary problems in schools, especially bullying and gangsterism, said Education Minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
  • CALIFORNIA - Linkin Park have cancelled their North American tour following the death of singer Chester Bennington.
  • KUBANG PASU - Voters, especially the Malays, are reminded not to simply give their parliamentary and state seats to the opposition at the 14th general election (GE14) as it is important to prevent DAP from having the chance to rule the country.
  • WASHINGTON - The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea.
  • PUTRAJAYA - Two senior management staff of two companies are remanded for six days from today to facilitate investigations into the purchase of a four-star hotel in Kensington, London by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).
  • PUTRAJAYA - Enforcement officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department can use firearms while carrying out their duties following the launch of the Use Of Firearms Guidelines (While On Duty) 2017, here today.
  • GEORGETOWN - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad considered the sacking of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from the post Deputy Prime Minister, 20 years ago as past history.
  • DOHA - The emir of Qatar has called for negotiations to ease a boycott by four powerful Arab neighbours.
  • JOHOR BAHRU - Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abd Jalil on Friday described the appointment of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the chairman of Pakatan Harapan as a 'drama' staged by the opposition party.
  • BEIJING - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau.
  • SHAH ALAM - The Registrar of Societies (ROS) is not willing to hold discussions with DAP representatives concerning the party’s re-election.
  • MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was no longer interested in peace talks with Maoist-led guerillas and planned to hunt down the insurgents once the military has retaken a southern city from rebels.
  • KUALA TERENGGANU - Gerakan welcomes the intention of Pakatan Harapan Chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to contest in the 14th general election (GE14) to see the level of people's support for him.
  • SHAH ALAM - Pas President,Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang shared the condition of his health through a video uploaded on Facebook, today.
  • MANILA - Forty-four Chinese and Malaysian suspects have been detained in the Philippines over the kidnapping and beating of a Singaporean woman abducted at a Manila casino, authorities said Thursday.
  • NARATHIWAT - A policeman was killed in a bomb attack at a security post at Jalan Petchakasem, Bachok, in the restive province of Narathiwat in southern Thailand early today.
  • GEORGETOWN - DAP will reveal its option on the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) re-election issue after meeting with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
  • PETALING JAYA - PKR today urged the Election Commission (SPR) to explain matters regarding ghost voters in Wangsa Maju.
  • MADINAH - Madinah, a city with various names – several scholars claim up to 115 – is one of the two holiest Islamic cities in the world, besides Makkah.
  • ANHUI - A woman from eastern China reportedly died recently after she was forced to undergo four abortions in a year as her husband wanted a son.
  • SHAH ALAM - The launch of Pas election machinery in Permatang Pauh is a clear indication that the party will contest in the seat.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today congratulated national diver Cheong Jun Hoong who created history by becoming the first Malaysian athlete to win the gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday (Thursday in Malaysia).
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Police will be on full alert by increasing surveillance to ensure there are no security threats ahead of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games or during the games which starts next month.
  • SITTWE - Five years have passed since Hla Hla Sein was forced into a displacement camp in western Myanmar for Rohingya Muslims, where disease and deprivation are rife and armed guards patrol a barbed-wire perimeter.
  • ARIZONA - Veteran US Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is reviewing treatment options, his office says.
  • BANGKOK - A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - National elite diver Cheong Jun Hoong created history after becoming the first ever Malaysian athlete to secure the at the International Swimming Federation (Fina) World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday (Thursday in Malaysia).
  • MIAMI - Luis Fonsi's Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released.
  • BUKIT MERTAJAM - The Penang government has banned the entry of dogs from rabies-hit states of Perak and Sarawak with immediate effect to prevent the spread of rabies to the state.
  • SEOUL - South Korea's disgraced former president Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday again refused to testify in the corruption trial of the heir to the Samsung business empire, citing poor health.
  • SEREMBAN - The Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly is to inform the Election Commission, most probably by today, of the vacant Lenggeng state seat.
  • PUTRAJAYA - The government has decided that the National Security Policy approved on Jan 11 in accordance with the National Security Council Act 2016 be reviewed at least once in three years, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
  • JAKARTA - An Australian man has threatened to commit suicide by jumping from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport’s third floor in Bali on Tuesday, after causing a flight cancellation the day before.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should clarify his support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim , the man he sacked from the government and UMNO in 1998, for alleged sodomy.
  • MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, to grant him time to crush a rebel movement inspired by Daesh.
  • SHAH ALAM - The implementation of public caning is considered effective in preventing social issues especially the birth of infants out of wedlock in our country.
  • YANGON - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s security adviser told diplomats that a United Nations mission looking into allegations of rape, torture and killings of Rohingya Muslims would only “aggravate” troubles in the western state of Rakhine.
  • LES DIABLERETS - SWITZERLAND - A shrinking glacier in Switzerland has revealed two frozen bodies believed to be of a couple who went missing 75 years ago, Swiss media report.
  • PUTRAJAYA - The Government has reminded employers that they must regard September 9, the official birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhamad V as a paid public holiday for their workers.
  • YAN - Pas denied allegation of having an ‘affair’ with Umno and said that such relationship is impossible.
  • Police detained 62 people, believed to be secret society members, during a special operation, code-named 'Ops Cantas Khas' in three states since yesterday.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Former Felda Global Ventures (FGV) Chairman, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad denied involvement in the scandal that hit the company.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government's effectiveness in addressing current issues has left the Umno divisional delegates meetings with no hot issue to discuss.
  • SEREMBAN - The State Assemblyman for Lenggeng, Datuk Ishak Ismail died of a heart attack at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Najihah, in Kuala Pilah near here at 11.25 pm on Tuesday.
  • SHAH ALAM - DAP has received an official letter from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) asking the party to hold fresh elections for its CEC members yesterday morning.
  • PUTRAJAYA - Bersatu Chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad once again invited Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to attend the Nothing To Hide 2 programme to be held on August 13.
  • BERA - The health ministry has confirmed that Melaka is free from the rabies disease.
  • IPOH - Nineteen stray dogs were put down in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, yesterday as a measure to curb the spread of rabies or mad dog disease.
  • AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands unveiled a national monument on Monday in memory of the 298 people killed in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner (MH17) in 2014 above territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
  • PUTRAJAYA - Good news awaits the Felda community with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expected to announce, among others, measures to be taken by the government to help reduce the financial burden of settlers at the 2017 Felda Settlers' Day celebration this Sunday.
  • CAIRO - Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting.
  • SHAH ALAM - Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his deepest condolonces in memory of MH17 that was shot down three years ago in Eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014.
  • KOTA BHARU - The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) is prepared to assist the relevant agencies in addressing the rabies outbreak, said its director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.
  • SHAH ALAM - Pakatan Harapan’s newest leadership line-up showed no party dominates in the opposition coalition.
  • WASHINGTON - Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on US President Donald Trump's travel ban.
  • KOTA BHARU - Kelantan Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed described the opposition leaders as populists who made promises, especially with coming general election, only to win votes.
  • WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions.
  • GUANGXI - A video about a man in his fifties who has been dressing as a woman for 20 years to help his mentally ill mum cope with the death of his sister is being widely shared on Chinese social media.
  • KUALA LUMPUR - The government is currently working with social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to remove fake accounts which had been used for negative purposes.
  • SHAH ALAM - There is no need to questioned the stand of former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim considering the fact that the two leaders had reconciled.
  • SEOUL - South Korea offered to hold rare military talks with the North, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • CANBERRA - The perpetrators who brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014, killing all 298 aboard, may be tried in absentia, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Sunday.
  • KEPALA BATAS - Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican has labelled Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a traitor for joining Pakatan Harapan (PH) for personal gain.
  • SEPANG - Pakatan Harapan will have a tough time releasing Sabah from BN’s grip in GE14 which is expected to be held at any time.
  • KLUANG - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today reminded the people not to pawn their own future by choosing an unstable political party to rule the country.
  • PASIR SALAK - Several areas in Sarawak are expected to be quarantined following an outbreak of rabies, especially in Serian, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
  • ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given emotional speeches to tens of thousands of people a year after a coup attempt was faced down in the streets.
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