Malaysian PM Najib places party on war footing just before polls

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Key Minister Najib Razak place his party on a war footing Thursday (Dec 7) as polls loom, vowing to “combat until the finish” regardless of a huge financial scandal that has rocked his govt. The chief told the yearly assembly of his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) – which has ruled Muslim-the greater part Malaysia for 6 decades at the head of a coalition – that the country was experiencing a “vital election”. “In this…

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Trump says Jerusalem policy shift is 'long overdue'

World Donald Trump is expected to upend decades of US policy later by stating that the holy city – part of which is claimed by Palestinians – rightfully belongs to Israel. US President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC. (SAUL LOEB/AFP) 07 Dec 2017 01:51AM(Updated: 07 Dec 2017 02:00AM) Bookmark WASHINGTON: Hours before a momentous announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US President Donald Trump said on…

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Taiwan moves to erase authoritarian legacy with new guidelines

Planet Tributes to Taiwan’s former dictator Chiang Kai-shek will be eradicated across the island after lawmakers voted in favour of the mandatory axing of symbols of its authoritarian earlier. A statue of Taiwan’s Chiang Kai-shek defaced with the word “murderer” AFP/SAM YEH 06 Dec 2017 01:37PM Bookmark Taipei – Tributes to Taiwan’s former dictator Chiang Kai-shek will be eradicated across the island after lawmakers voted in favour of the mandatory axing of symbols of its…

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Sprint expects pace of customer defections to slow in holiday quarter

Business U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp expects the pace of customer defections to slow in the key holiday quarter, helped by higher promotions, its chief financial officer said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A Sprint store logo is pictured on a building in Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. on March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo – RC1772A9F570 06 Dec 2017 01:30AM Bookmark REUTERS: U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp expects the pace of customer defections to slow in…

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North Korean coal piles up as Russian item sails absent

RASON, North Korea: A three-metre-higher metallic fence topped with razor wire in a North Korean port marks the front line of the United Nations’ ban on coal exports by Pyongyang. A mountain of North Korean coal – which would after have been certain for China – is piled up on one aspect of the barrier in Rajin harbour, stranded by the interdiction. Till sanctions, coal exports ended up a key earner for North Korea, really worth some…

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At Angkor Wat, Cambodian strongman stamps model on kingdom

ANGKOR: Hundreds of orange-clad monks joined Cambodian Leading Hun Sen on Sunday (Dec three) for a prayer ceremony by the famed Angkor temple, lauding “political security” immediately after the major opposition social gathering was dissolved, an act that has cemented the strongman’s grip on power. Hun Sen has dominated Cambodia considering that 1985, creating him 1 of the world’s longest-serving leaders, an accolade earned by a blend of cold political technique, deft public relations and…

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36 hours in Osaka, Japan

Tourists from other Asian countries have it figured out: Osaka is the new place to be in Japan. The city’s visitor statistics are soaring, yet most Americans still bypass Osaka in favour of Kyoto and the guidebook sights of Nara. What are they missing? Recently, cool new coffee shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques have added another dimension to this concrete metropolis – the country’s third largest. Add in traditional cultural treasures and zany, only-in-Japan experiences,…

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Rain stops participate in in Adelaide take a look at

Activity Rain stopped participate in for a next time just after 70 minutes of the opening session of the inaugural day-night Ashes take a look at among England and Australia on Saturday. Cricket – Ashes take a look at match – Australia v England – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December two, 2017. England captain Joe Root walks off the area with group mates as rain falls during the initial day of the next Ashes cricket…

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UK must produce 'credible' border plan to unlock Brexit talks – Irish PM

World Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday that the British government must produce credible, concrete solutions in the coming days to ensure there will be no hard border in Ireland if it wants to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks. President of the European Council Donald Tusk signs a guest book in the office of Prime Minister (Taoisaech) of Ireland Leo Varadkar at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, December 1,…

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Conyers hospitalised as major US Residence Democrat phone calls for his resignation

World U.S. Residence Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi on Thursday named on Democratic Agent John Conyers to resign, saying sexual harassment allegations towards him were being really serious and credible, and that “zero tolerance implies consequences for all people.” FILE Image: U.S. Agent John Conyers (D-MI) participates in a Residence Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July twelve, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst 01 Dec 2017 01:15AM Bookmark WASHINGTON: U.S. Residence Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi…

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