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Google Stadia to debut next month with ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ among launch titles
NEW YORK, Oct 16 ― Google’s video game streaming service, Stadia, will launch for early access customers from November 19, with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mortal Kombat 11 among day-one titles.
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Study: Malaysia the fifth-worst country for personal data protection
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has been ranked as the fifth-worst country in terms of protecting the personal data of its citizens, a tech study shows.
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British mid-caps rise on hopes of Brexit deal this week
LONDON, Oct 15 — Britain’s domestically focused mid-cap index advanced today amid hopes that a Brexit deal could be clinched this week, though gains were capped by steep falls in the shares of a s...
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Asian stocks make cautious gains ahead of key Brexit summit
TOKYO, Oct 15 — Asian stocks and Wall Street futures inched higher today as some investors held out hope that Britain still had a chance to avoid a messy exit from the European Union at key negotiat...
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No-deal Brexit an 'enormous challenge' for Irish economy, says central bank
DUBLIN, Oct 11 — A no-deal Brexit would present “enormous challenges” to the Irish economy and cut growth to just 0.8 per cent next year, Ireland's Central Bank said in its most detailed set of ...
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Stocks rise with eyes on trade talks; pound rallies
NEW YORK: Stocks rose on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet with China's top trade negotiator on Friday, while the British pound rallied after...
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Langkawi maintains status as Unesco Global Geo-Park
LANGKAWI: The resort island has managed to retain its status as a Unesco Global Geo-Park for the third consecutive time, having passed recent inspection exercises conducted by inspectors from the worl...
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BT seeks to repair customer ties with new services and products
LONDON, Oct 9 — The boss of Britain’s biggest telecoms provider BT today set out plans to improve the company’s relationship with customers with new superfast services, more technical support an...
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World digital platform to raise Malaysia's trade by US$95 bln by 2030
World Logistics Council Ltd (WLC), a semi-government revenue sharing organisation incorporated in Ireland, forecasts Malaysia's trade to increase by US$95 billion by 2030.
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World digital platform to raise Malaysia's trade by US$95b by 2030
KUALA LUMPUR: World Logistics Council Ltd (WLC), a semi-government revenue sharing organisation incorporated in Ireland, forecasts Malaysia's trade to...
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World digital platform to raise Malaysia's trade by US$95b, reports World Logicstics Council
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — World Logistics Council Ltd (WLC), a semi-government revenue sharing organisation incorporated in Ireland, forecasts Malaysia's trade to increase by US$95 billion by 2030 throu...
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UK could be flexible on details of N, Ireland veto, customs plan
LONDON: Britain is open to some flexibility on the proposed mechanism that would allow lawmakers in post-Brexit Northern Ireland to decide whether the British...
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Sterling set for first weekly rise in 3 weeks
LONDON, Oct 4 — The pound rose today and was poised for its first weekly gain in three weeks as investors cut some short bets on the British currency, although concerns a Brexit deal with the Europe...
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BP chief executive Dudley stepping down
LONDON, Oct 4 — BP said today that Chief Executive Bob Dudley, who oversaw the energy giant’s response to and recovery from the devastating Gulf of Mexico 2010 oil spill disaster, will leave next ...
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PM Johnson's final Brexit offer draws guarded welcome from EU
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final Brexit offer to the European Union yesterday, pitching a possible compromise for a last-minute exit deal that was cautiously welcomed by the EU althou...
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PM Johnson makes final Brexit offer, draws guarded welcome from EU
MANCHESTER, England: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final Brexit offer to the European Union on Wednesday, pitching a possible compromise for a...
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Ryanair to ask Boeing to ‘eat’ any EU tariffs in jet trade war
LONDON, Oct 1 — The head of Ireland’s Ryanair otoday urged the United States and European Union to pull back from a tariff war over aircraft subsidies and said he would ask Boeing to “eat” any...
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Program Offers Masters Degree in Central Banking
(Oct 1): The work of central banking has become ever more complicated since the global financial crisis ushered in an era of unconventional policy tools a decade ago.
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Athletes to go extreme in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been chosen as one of the destinations for the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) where multi-discipline athletes put their skills...
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McDonald’s enlists Alexa and Google to help with its hiring
Want a job at McDonald's? Just ask your smartphone.
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Airbnb is recruiting travelers for a scientific expedition in Antarctica
The online holiday rental giant has partnered up with Ocean Conservancy, a non-governmental organisation, for an environmental project which will take five travelers on...
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EU court annuls Starbucks tax deal decision, rejects Fiat appeal
LUXEMBOURG, Sept 24 — An EU court today annulled an order by Brussels that Starbucks pay €30 million (RM138 million) in taxes to the Netherlands, saying European regulators had failed to demonstra...
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Starbucks, Fiat brace for EU court decision on taxes
LUXEMBOURG, Sept 24 — An EU court today will decide if orders by Brussels that Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler pay back taxes are legal, in an early signal on how the same judges will decide a similar c...
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Losing the Apple battle might help win the tech tax war
Apple Inc is squaring up with tech’s European bete noire, Margrethe Vestager, over its historical tax arrangements in Ireland at a court hearing this week.
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Apple slams EU as epic court battle over tax bill begins
LUXEMBOURG, Sept 18 — Apple went on the offensive against Brussels in an EU court yesterday, fighting the European Commission's landmark order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland €13 billion (...
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Dutch say the tax party's over for multinationals
THE HAGUE, Sept 17 — Long criticised at home and abroad for being a haven for giant corporations, the Netherlands announced fresh measures today to crack down on tax breaks for multinationals.
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Apple embarks on EU court battle over €13bil tax bill
Apple embarks on an epic court battle with the EU, on order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland in back taxes.
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Progress in next few days key to Brexit deal chances
LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday the next few days would be key to his chances of securing a Brexit deal, and that an agreement with the...
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Johnson, likening himself to Incredible Hulk, vows Oct. 31 Brexit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened himself to the unruly comic book character The Incredible Hulk late on Saturday in a newspaper interview where he stressed his determination to take Britai...
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Google agrees nearly €1b tax settlement with France
PARIS, Sept 13 — US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling €965 million (RM4.46 billion) to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court yesterday.
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Google agrees €945mil tax settlement with France
US Internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling €945mil (RM4.3bil) to end a tax dispute in France.
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Google to pay US$1b in France to settle fiscal fraud probe
PARIS, Sept 12 — Google agreed to pay close to €1 billion (RM4.5 billion) to French authorities to settle a fiscal fraud probe that began four years ago in a deal that may create a legal precedent...
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Google gets EU court boost in fight over Hungary advertising tax
Google got a boost in a tax case at the European Union’s top court that’s made the search-engine giant an unlikely ally of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in a clash...
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Bringing glory to agri — Rais Hussin
SEPTEMBER 10 — History, in most forms, has been taught in a linear manner.
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Nora Anne’s funeral to be held in Belfast on Tuesday
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — The funeral of Nora Anne Quoirin, a 15-year-old whose body was found about 2.5km from a resort in Pantai, Negri Sembilan, will be held on Tuesday in Belfast, Ireland.
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Supermax offers free contact lenses to B40 group
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 7): As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), rubber glove maker Supermax Corporation Bhd is giving away its Aveo contact lenses for free to consumers in the B40 income ...
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Supermax offers free contact lenses to B40 group
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 6): As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), rubber glove maker Supermax Corporation Bhd is giving away its Aveo contact lenses for free to consumers in the B40 income ...
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German factory orders sink
FRANKFURT: German factory orders fell in July, aggravating an industrial slump that has pushed Europe’s largest economy to the brink of recession.
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Boris Johnson has badly miscalculated
AFTER just 43 days in office, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has gotten himself into a dire fix. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way out - for him or for the country he...
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Apple issues official apology for letting contractors listen to Siri recordings
“We realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize.” Apple has issued an official apology after recent reports revealed that the company had been outsourci...
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Apple issues official apology for letting contractors listen to Siri recordings
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 ― Apple has issued an official apology after recent reports revealed that the company had been outsourcing Siri recordings to third party contractors for grading purposes.
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Dutch regulator sees potential privacy breach in Microsoft Windows
Microsoft is remotely collecting data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro, in a potential breach of privacy rules, the Dutch Data Protection Agency (DPA)...
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Macron defuses French digital tax row, Trump coy on wine threat
BIARRITZ, Aug 27 — France and the United States reached a deal to end a standoff over a French tax on big internet companies, though US President Donald Trump declined to say whether his threat of a...
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Dutch say 100 companies make Brexit move
THE HAGUE, Aug 26 — Nearly 100 international companies have moved to the Netherlands and 325 more are interested owing to uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the EU, Dutch officials said today.
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French, US officials strike draft compromise on French digital tax
BIARRITZ, France, Aug 26 — French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on France’s digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on Fren...
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Apple hired contractors to listen to 1,000 Siri recordings per day
Pretty scary stuff. A former contractor hired by Apple, according to a report, revealed that recordings from Siri—including of couples having sex—are regularly listened to by hired contractors, in...
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The Week That Was: Privacy matters to the fore
Tech companies finally take on more responsibility for users' data privacy.
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Smooth check-in at KLIA after three-day disruption
SEPANG: Passengers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) were seen checking in without much hassle today after a systems disruption since Wednesday night caused flight delays.
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Smooth check-ins at KLIA after 3-day disruption
SEPANG: Passengers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) were seen checking in without much hassle today after a disruption in systems since Wednesday night caused flight delays.
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Smooth check-in at KLIA after three-day disruption
SEPANG, Aug 24 — Passengers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) were seen checking in without much hassle today after a systems disruption since Wednesday night caused flight delays.
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As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires
European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an u...
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Mercosur reaches trade deal with European countries
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 24 ― South American trade bloc Mercosur reached a free trade agreement yesterday with four European countries, Argentine officials and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said after ...
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Judge in Facebook sex-trafficking case blocks new privacy feature
A new Facebook feature that lets users clear their browser history just got sidetracked by concerns that it would also allow sex traffickers to cover their tracks.
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Macron's quest for an international tax on digital services explained
French president Emmanuel Macron is pressing ahead with a digital tax in France, a move US president Donald Trump described as 'foolishness'.
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The “Off-Facebook Activity” feature rolls out, but Facebook will still collect your data
Sometime in mid-2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced at Facebook’s annual developer conference that the tech giants would be introducing a privacy tool soon, one that would let users clear their browsing...
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Facebook to roll out 'Clear History' feature after months of delays
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 22 — Over a year since Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be getting a Clear History tool, the feature finally began rolling out yesterday — but only in three countrie...
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Facebook Now Allowing Users To Remove Tracker For Advertisements
It’s no secret that Facebook likes tracking its users even when they aren’t on Facebook with a tool they call Pixel.
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Merkel warns of Brexit economic pain before Johnson visit
BERLIN, Aug 21 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned today of the economic impact of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, hours before she was to receive British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his first fo...
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Budge on Brexit, British PM Johnson to tell Merkel in Berlin
BERLIN, Aug 21 — Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel today that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct.
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Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering
Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the Internet – or at least on Facebook.
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Don't help Ryanair during Portugal strike, Belgian unions tell members
DUBLIN, Aug 21 — Belgium's CNE and ACV PULS trade unions have told members not to comply with a Ryanair request to staff flights affected by a planned strike by Portuguese crew from today, a letter ...
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Who’s tracking you? Facebook users to get more control over data
WASHINGTON, Aug 21 — Facebook Inc said yesterday it was tweaking its policies to allow users to see and control the data that the social network gathers from their browsing habits on other websites ...
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Spotify is adding an “Explicit Content Filter” on its Family Plan accounts
The only distinctive thing about Spotify’s Premium Family Plan so far has mainly been that users are required to have the same registered addresses to be eligible for the shared subscription.
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Spotify announces upgrades to family plan, at no charge in US and UK
Just days after reports emerged that Spotify is aiming to increase the price of its family plan in its home market of Scandinavia, the streaming giant announced an upgrade to the plan – with no price increase in the US and UK, where it remains at US$14.99 (RM63) and £15 (RM76), respectively.
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UK's Johnson tells Germany and France: do a Brexit deal
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on France and Germany on Monday to change their position on Brexit and negotiate a new exit deal for Britain, reiterating his stance that he is ready to leave th...
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Malaysian author’s novelette picks up Hugo Award
KUALA LUMPUR: A work by a Malaysian author has won a Hugo Award, widely considered to be the premier award for science fiction.If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, by Zen Cho (pic), received the Hugo Award for Best Novelette during the 77th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug 18.
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Malaysian author Zen Cho wins Hugo literary award
Malaysian author Zen Cho (photo, above) has bagged the Hugo award, a prestigious literary award for science fiction writing.
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Malaysian author Zen Cho bags Hugo sci-fi award for best novelette
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — Malaysian-born author Zen Cho has won the prestigious Hugo award, arguably the premier prize for the best work in science fiction.
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UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit
LONDON: Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents leaked to the Sunday Times show.
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No new leads in Nora Anne’s case, say police
SEREMBAN: The police probe into the mysterious death of 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirin, whose naked body was found next to a stream on Tuesday, has not yielded any new leads.
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Stop being armchair critics, Rafidah tells youths
Every single Malaysian has an interest in seeing the country succeed, and youths in particular no longer have the luxury of being mere armchair critics, according to former minister Rafidah Aziz.
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Apple set for September showdown with EU over record tax bill
Apple Inc’s €13bil (RM60.22bil) battle with the European Union reaches the bloc’s courts next month in a hearing set to throw the spotlight on antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s crackdown on tax deals doled out to big companies.
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Irish regulator near end of first privacy probe, ruling to take months
Ireland's data privacy regulator is close to concluding its first probe into a multinational company under the EU's new privacy laws, likely to involve Facebook's WhatsApp subsidiary, although a formal decision could take months.
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Nora's family 'hoping for answers' over death
The family of a teenager who died in Malaysia after disappearing on a family holiday said they hope to have "more answers to our many questions".
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Nora's family thanks M'sian authorities but hopes to get answers
SEREMBAN: The family of Nora Anne Quoirin has expressed gratitude to the Malaysian authorities for conducting the search for her but they say they hope to get answers to many unanswered questions.
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KL is second friendliest nation in the world. (as per 1.5 million people survey!)
Are Malaysians friendly? I do think we are quite friendly but now all of us should believe we are very friendly.
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No foul play involved, say police
SEREMBAN: The parents of Nora Anne Quoirin are free to leave the country after forensic experts ruled out foul play in the death of their 15-year-old daughter, say the police.
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Negri police chief: No request for second autopsy from Ireland, police officers from France satisfied with KL pathologist
SEREMBAN, Aug 15 — Police today clarified that Ireland did not make a request for a second post-mortem to be conducted on Nora Anne Quoirin,15 who was found dead in the jungle area near The Dusun re...
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KL second friendliest city in the world, survey finds
PETALING JAYA: Keep on smiling, Malaysians. Kuala Lumpur emerged as the second friendliest city in the world, according to Big 7 Travel.
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Grieving family of Nora Quoirin grateful for love and support
PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The grieving family of Nora Anne Quoirin has paid tribute to the teenager, saying she had "truly touched the whole world".
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King, Queen saddened by Nora Anne's death, extend condolences
KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, have expressed their condolences to the family of Nora Anne Quoirin.
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Grieving family grateful for love and support
PETALING JAYA: The grieving family of Nora Anne Quoirin has paid tribute to the teenager, saying she had “truly touched the whole world”.
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Wisma Putra offers assistance to Nora Anne’s family
KUALA LUMPUR: The Foreign Ministry has offered to assist with the documentation and work with the Embassy of Ireland in matters pertaining to the remains of Nora Anne Quoirin, the 15-year-old Irish gi...
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Wisma Putra assistance for Nora Anne's family
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 14): The Foreign Ministry has offered to assist with the documentation and work with the Embassy of Ireland in matters pertaining to the remains of Nora Anne Quoirin, the 15-year-old...
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Seven hours on, post-mortem on Nora Quoirin’s body still ongoing (VIDEO)
SEREMBAN, Aug 14 — The post-mortem on Nora Quoirin, 15, whose body was found in a jungle near The Dusun resort yesterday is still ongoing at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here.
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Nora's family 'heartbroken' after body found
The family of British teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body has been found in Malaysia, have said their "hearts are broken".
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Nora Anne's family dealing with their loss, it was ‘most cruel’
SEREMBAN: The family of Nora Anne Quoirin has once again thanked all parties who helped in the search but described the manner in which the 15-year-old was taken away from them as “most cruel”.
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‘We will always love our Nora’: Heartbroken Quoirins thank authorities, supporters in tragic search
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — The family of Nora Quoirin expressed their gratitude today for rescue workers who searched tirelessly for the Irish teen after she went missing on August 4 only to be devastat...
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HKL senior pathologist arrives to lead post-mortem on Nora Quoirin’s body (VIDEO)
SEREMBAN, Aug 14 — A senior pathologist from Hospital Kuala Lumpur arrived to perform a post-mortem on Nora Quoirin, 15, whose body was found in a jungle near The Dusun resort yesterday.
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ING says Brexit heading towards delay, with 40pc chance of an UK election
LONDON, Aug 13 — ING, one of Europe’s largest banks, said today its central assumption was Brexit would be delayed, with a 40 per cent chance of a national election in the United Kingdom.
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Sterling off lows as Italy's political woes hit euro
LONDON, Aug 13 ― Sterling clawed back some ground yesterday, benefiting from political ructions in Italy that hit the euro, but concerns over Brexit kept the UK currency within sight of multi-year l...
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Police from England, France, Ireland help in probe into missing teenager case
NILAI: Several policemen from England, France and Ireland are helping Malaysian police in the investigation into the disappearance of a Franco-Irish teenager who went missing on Aug 4 from a holiday r...
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Cops from England, France and Ireland helping in probe into disappearance of Nora Anne
NILAI (Bernama): Several policemen from England, France and Ireland are helping Malaysian police in the investigation into the disappearance of a Franco-Irish teenager who went missing on Aug 4 from a holiday resort near here.
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UK, Ireland and France assisting Bukit Aman to solve missing Irish teen case
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — Negri Sembilan police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop today confirmed that two police officers from the United Kingdom and another officer from Ireland have arrived here to assi...
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Sterling recovers from 10-year low vs euro overnight
Sterling was recovering Monday morning after plunging to a 10-year low against the euro overnight amid bleak British economic data and no-deal Brexit jitters.
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LADA gets green light to draw up Langkawi Development Blueprint 2021-2025
LANGKAWI (Aug 8): The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has received the green light to draft the Langkawi Development Blueprint 2021-2025, said its chief executive officer Dr Hezri Adnan.
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UK biggest retailer Tesco axes 4,500 supermarket jobs
LONDON, Aug 5 — Supermarket giant Tesco said today it is to axe about 4,500 jobs across its city-centre UK stores to slash costs.
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Court defers ruling on Sabah, Sarawak Christians using ‘Allah’ in religious material
PUTRAJAYA: The High Court has deferred its ruling for the sixth time on whether Christians in Sabah and Sarawak can use the word “Allah” in religious publications meant to educate members in their...
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GOF platoon roped in to search for missing Irish girl
A platoon from the General Operations Force base in Cheras has been roped in to search for a 15-year-old special-needs girl from the Ireland, who was reported missing from a resort in Pantai near here...
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Family looking for British teen who went missing while holidaying in Malaysia
A 15-year-old girl with special needs from the United Kingdom has gone missing while holidaying in Malaysia.
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