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Future of food production
THANK you to M. Veera Pandiyan for his piece on agriculture in Malaysia “Just too much to swallow” (The Star, Sept 18), and Datuk Wee Beng Ee for sharing his views on the same topic in his letter ...
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200 army veterans commemorate Remembrance Day
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 200 army veterans from all walks of life gathered at Tugu Negara to commemorate the fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day.
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Twenty richest people in auto industry
SIBLINGS Susanne Klatten and Stefan Quandt own almost half of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.
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Public to get access to Nuremberg trials digital recordings
Audio recordings from the historic Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders will be made available to the public for the first time in digital form after nearly two years of work...
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UK completes Thomas Cook repatriation of passengers
LONDON, Oct 7 — Britain’s government today completed the country’s biggest peacetime repatriation that returned 140,000 UK-based Thomas Cook customers stranded abroad after the collapse of the h...
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An interactive scary movie: The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan
Who will survive, who will die? The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan presents players with this macabre choice – at home on the sofa.
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It is time for Pax Asiana
COMMENT | Looking at this fading era of Pax Americana, the so-called peace enjoyed in the wake of the United State's global dominance, it appears that this "peace" is little more than the propaganda i...
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Garden of Evening Mists receives 9 nominations at Golden Horse Awards
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 1): The Garden of Evening Mists (TGOEM), a film adaption of the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Malaysian Tan Twan Eng, was honoured with nine nominations at the upcom...
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Pax Asiana — Rais Hussin
OCTOBER 1 — Looking back at the fading era of Pax Americana, namely, the so-called peace enjoyed in the wake of the global dominance of the United States, it appears to be little more than propagand...
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Classic FPS ‘Medal Of Honor’ making VR comeback
The studio behind Apex Legends and Titanfall is returning to earlier work for Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality platform with Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond.
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Children of a lesser god — Rais Hussin
SEPT 29 — At its annual General Assembly Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered an impassioned plea for intervention by the UN in Kashmir, and warned of the consequences of dehumanising an...
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Children of a lesser God
COMMENT | At its annual general assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered an impassioned plea for intervention by the UN in Kashmir, and warned of the consequences of dehumanising an enti...
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Modify veto power to prevent abuses, Dr M tells UN
NEW YORK: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called for the United Nations to return to its original purpose of ensuring world peace, saying the time has come when the veto power should be modified if it cannot ...
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Classic FPS ‘Medal of Honor’ making VR comeback
NEW YORK, Sept 27 — The studio behind Apex Legends and Titanfall is returning to earlier work for Facebook’s Oculus Rift virtual reality platform with Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
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London repatriates 10pc of Thomas Cook’s UK customers
LONDON, Sept 24 — Britain has repatriated 10 per cent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, authorities said today, as anger erupted over excessive man...
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ATOL — the guarantee protecting Thomas Cook customers
LONDON, Sept 23 — Anxious holidaymakers who purchased vacations with collapsed British tour operator Thomas Cook will have the safety net of the “ATOL guarantee” to rely on.
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Top shareholder Fosun ‘disappointed’ over Thomas Cook collapse
SHANGHAI, Sept 23 — China’s Fosun Group, which had led a last-ditch bid to rescue British travel firm Thomas Cook from bankruptcy, today said it was “disappointed” that the effort had failed.
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UK travel firm Thomas Cook in race to avert collapse
LONDON, Sept 22 — Embattled UK travel firm Thomas Cook on Friday sought a further emergency capital injection, seeking to stave off a collapse that could trigger Britain's largest repatriation since...
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I lost my mother to the Japanese war
Whenever Allied planes bombed Sandakan town as part of its campaign to liberate Borneo, Daniel Chin Tung Foh’s grandfather would rush the whole family into a bomb...
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An upcoming VR shooter will put players in the boots of WW2 hero Lieutenant Adnan
Parts of Singapore may have appeared in Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops III, but if you want a proper first-person shooter (FPS) experience revolving around an actual wartime campaign in Si...
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'Super Smash Bros Ultimate' scoops five at Japan Game Awards
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 13 ― Nintendo Switch multiplayer action game Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the franchise's fifth entry, collected five awards from the 2019 Japan Game Awards held on the occasion of...
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A witness to the Double Tenth revolt
Chua Hock Yong was born in Singapore, but his grandfather moved the family to British North Borneo (now Sabah) to establish their business in 1939 when he...
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Bridges of friendship across the sea
We in the peninsula must learn from our borneo brothers and sisters the art of communal living, in which they are far better than us.AS we commemorate 56 years of the formation of Malaysia, it is nece...
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The tie that bind
AGROMATE Holdings Sdn Bhd, an integrated fertiliser manufacturer and distributor, turns 40 this year. Founded in 1979 by Raymond Tang, the company whose first office...
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VW unveils new logo, affordable electric cars in show of new era
FRANKFURT: Volkswagen AG is unwrapping not just new models at the Frankfurt auto show, but a tweaked logo as the world’s biggest carmaker ushers in the electric era.
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My Say: Are we a progressive society, living in the best of times?
Internet connectivity has made everything faster and easier today.
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World Bank CEO Georgieva sole candidate to lead IMF
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 — A top executive at the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, now faces no opposition in her candidacy to lead the International Monetary Fund, the fund announced today.
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The true toll of the trade war
Another day, another attack on trade.
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Samsung to launch foldable smartphone after major delay
SEOUL, Sept 5 — Tech giant Samsung has said it will launch its hotly anticipated first foldable smartphone tomorrow, months after faulty screens forced an embarrassing delay of its release.
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Great historic sites to visit
PETALING JAYA: Perhaps it’s time to go no further than your own backyard to satisfy that wanderlust in you.
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Left behind in wartime chaos
Kadazan native Anthony Labangka was 10 years old when the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Borneo during World War II.
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Occupation of Kashmir will spawn great and intense power rivalry
THE world is familiar with both World War I and World War II – a military free for all, with the exception of Latin America, parts of Africa and Switzerland, which declared total neutrality.
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Jambatan Merdeka’s historic link to World War II
KEPALA BATAS: The Jambatan Merdeka here is more than just a bridge to connect the Kepala Batas and Sungai Petani districts.
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‘My close friend killed, classmates raped’: Robert Kuok tells of horrors during Japanese occupation
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Billionaire Robert Kuok gave a rare interview to the media today, speaking about the brutal killings and rape against people close to him during the Japanese occupation of Mal...
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Robert Kuok: Politicians who say Japanese invaders liberated us from British ‘racists’
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 ― Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok today lambasted Malaysian politicians who claim that Japanese occupiers had liberated then Malaya from British colonialists, calling those who do ...
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Australian woman has attended Sandakan Memorial Day 10 times despite not knowing any victim
Annette and Bill Merchant say they love Sabah and Sandakan.
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Sarawak’s only living child prisoner of war
Jeli Abdullah’s mother died from labour complications after giving birth to him and his twin brother. To his Bisaya tribe, this was seen as a bad omen, and his father did not know what to do with the twins.
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Unforgettable 42 years in army
KUCHING: For more than four decades, Mejar-Jeneral Datuk Toh Choon Siang served the country with distinction.
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Unforgettable 42 years as military personnel — Major-general Toh
KUCHING: “I, together with (Datuk Temenggong) Kanang Langkau and other team members were involved in a 45-minutes fierce gun battle against the communists in Gunung Korbu, Perak,” recalled 1st Inf...
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Chinese Embassy slams Malaysians who support Hong Kong protests
The Chinese Embassy in Malaysia has lashed out against Malaysian youths who support the three-months long anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong.
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Unforgettable 42 years as military personnel: Major-General Toh
KUCHING: “I, together with (Datuk Temenggong) Kanang Langkau and other team members were involved in a 45-minutes fierce gun battle against the communists in Gunung Korbu, Perak,” recalled 1st Inf...
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Sandakan remembers Death March prisoners of war
SANDAKAN, Aug 15 — A Sabah minister today called for the lessons learned from wars and the Sandakan-Ranau Death Marches of 74 years ago be passed on to future generations as a reminder that no one b...
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Scrap metal for sale in Teluk Intan turns out to be WWII bomb
TELUK INTAN, Aug 13 — A World War II-era bomb was found in Jalan Changkat Jong here yesterday.
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Scrap metal for sale turns out to be WW2 bomb
TELUK INTAN: A World War II-era bomb was found in Jalan Changkat Jong here yesterday.
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WWII Pacific battlegrounds now site of US-China tug of war
South Korean divers acting the role of independence activists perform during an underwater show at the COEX aquarium in Seoul.
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South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row
SEOUL, Aug 12 — South Korea today put Japan into its own new export category as President Moon Jae-in called Tokyo’s latest measures “very grave”, intensifying a trade war between the two neig...
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The search for Nora Anne and challenges of Gunung Berembun
PETALING JAYA: Gunung Berembun, located near the Dusun Resort in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, where Franco-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, went missing last Sunday, is a thick forest with its tracks ...
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In Japan, Dr M urges Tokyo to turn its back on nuclear weapons
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 — Japan must lead the world in abandoning nuclear weapons as it is the only country to have suffered directly from their use, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
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Passion drives Dr Mahathir to work
FUKUOKA: The world’s oldest prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says passion is key in driving him to keep going in administering Malaysia.
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Dr Mahathir says passion is key in driving him to keep going in administering Malaysia
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivering his lecture on How Science and Technology will Contribute to World Peace at the Japan Future Leaders School (JFLS) today.
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Dr M: Passion for work is what drives me on
FUKUOKA, Aug 7 — The world’s oldest prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says passion is key in driving him to keep going in administering Malaysia.
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Malaysian Queen shares stories about her Chinese heritage
KUALA LUMPUR - Tunku Azizah, the Malaysian Raja Permaisuri Agong, spoke to Chinese media days before the July 30 installation ceremony of her husband, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, as the 16th Ya...
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Finding Singapore’s most significant moments
JULY 28 — The other day I travelled back in time.
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Raja Permaisuri Agong: Young Robert Kuok borrowed 3,000 dollars from Johor royalty to start his business
KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — When he was a young man, Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok borrowed 3,000 dollars from the Johor royal family to start his business, the Raja Permaisuri Agong told local Chinese m...
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Samsung to launch foldable smartphone in September
SEOUL, July 25 ― South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced today it will release its cutting-edge foldable smartphone in September, despite a trade dispute between Seoul and Tokyo which analy...
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Asia’s scary movie
History at any moment can be understood as a snapshot, telling us where we are, or as a moving picture, telling us not just where we are but where we have been and where we may be headed.
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IMF/World Bank: 75 years as the world's financial firefighters
WASHINGTON, July 21 — At the critical moment of a Hollywood movie starring A-lister Sandra Bullock, Bolivia's newly-elected president calls in the International Monetary Fund to bail out the poverty...
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South Koreans boycott Japan beer in brewing trade row
SEOUL, July 19 ― Beer-loving South Koreans angered by a trade row with Tokyo are boycotting Japanese brews in a surge of patriotism that has even seen popular beauty bloggers targeted.
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South Korea cuts interest rate as Japan trade row simmers
SEOUL, July 18 — South Korea's central bank today cut its key interest rate for the first time in three years as the economy struggles with sluggish global growth and with the country embroiled in a...
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IMF chief says capitalism needs ‘course correction’
PARIS, July 16 — Rising anger at the increasing inequality blamed on globalisation calls for a change of directions, acting IMF chief David Lipton said today.
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VW-Ford deal shows rivals making nice to fund new technologies
To understand how much strain the world’s leading auto manufacturers face as they make the daunting leap to the electric and autonomous vehicle age, just listen to their leaders.
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Play for Malay votes on Dr M’s birthday
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was flooded with birthday greetings but the Malay parties probably gave him the best present by pushing for a Bill that will inject some 3.9 million new Malay voters into the v...
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German Jews condemn anti-Semitic items on Amazon
BERLIN, July 13 — The Central Council of Jews in Germany denounced online retail giant Amazon today for allowing the sale of anti-Semitic books and pro-Nazi merchandise, calling for the practice to ...
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Japan-South Korea trade spat threatens global tech market
SEOUL, July 11 — A simmering diplomatic row with Japan is threatening South Korea's output of components that drive smartphones and computer displays, which analysts say could batter the global tech...
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My Say: The Klondike Gold Rush and lessons from Dawson City
One of my favourite graphic novels of all time is the two-volume The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck’. The story tells of the famous Disney character, Scrooge McDuck, and how he became the richest ...
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Bye, bye, Beetle
PETALING JAYA: The last Beetle will roll off the VW assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, today.
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Japan Aims New Trade Restrictions For Chip Supplies At South Korea; Samsung Likely Affected
Japan and South Korea seem to be at each other’s throats again.
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Ex-British finance chief Osborne eyes IMF role, reports say
LONDON, July 4 ― Former British finance minister George Osborne is lining up a bid to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the International Monetary Fund, UK newspapers reported today.
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Lagarde exit forces IMF into early leadership search
WASHINGTON, July 4 ― The reshuffle of leadership positions in Europe now forces world finance officials into a search for a new manager for the International Monetary Fund two years ahead of schedul...
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IMF's Lagarde says 'honoured' to be nominated to head European Central Bank
WASHINGTON, July 3 ― International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde yesterday announced she would step down “temporarily” from the global crisis lender after being nominated to lead the Eur...
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Survey: Malaysia more adverse to foreign powers intervening against war crimes
KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Less than half of Malaysians polled in a survey believe that other countries should intervene when a country commits war crimes if it infringes on national sovereignty.
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Invading Iran will ruin America ― S. Mubashir Noor
JUNE  15 ― A string of attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf over the last two months have raised temperatures in the Middle East to the point where some manner of armed conflict between the U...
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Remember sacrifices of war veterans, says Indian envoy at Remembrance Day event
IPOH: Sacrifices made by war veterans to keep the country safe must be appreciated by all Malaysians, says Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Shri Mridul Kumar.
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Immerse in Malayan war history at two-day conference
PETALING JAYA: Dive deep into Malaysian history at the 1st Military History Conference in Asia and hear first-hand accounts from witnesses.
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Melaka Hospital is not haunted, says govt official, 'unlike old Changi hospital in Singapore'
MELAKA - The Melaka government is looking favourably at a suggestion to include ghost tours at "haunted" historical sites to boost local tourism.
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‘Melaka Hospital is not haunted’
MELAKA: The Melaka government is looking favourably at a suggestion to include ghost tours at “haunted” historical sites to boost local tourism. But the plan to include the pre-war Melaka Hospital in such tours was shot down by state Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Low Chee Leong.
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Putin says ‘role of dollar’ should be revisited in global trade
SAINT PETERSBURG, June 7 — Russian leader Vladimir Putin today renewed calls to revisit the role of the US dollar in global trade and accused Washington of seeking to dominate the world.
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Southeast Asia should keep taking the world’s junk: Adam Minter
(June 7): Southeast Asian nations no longer want your trash.
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Aussie PM and his Sabah link
The Sandakan Death March is Australia’s lost World War II history that should not be forgotten.  THE Australian Prime Minister, whose conservative coalition recently won a “miracle” upset in t...
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More than enough reasons to ban smoking immediately
During World War II, the second biggest cause of deaths (after military action) was respiratory diseases.
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Time for China to come clean on Uyghurs' re-education camp
LETTER | At the height of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s in China, the excesses were becoming surreal: students were attacking their teachers and parents for being "capitalist roaders".
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Rome Statute misconceptions
A RECENT newspaper opinion piece defending Malaysia’s decision to withdraw from ratifying the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute contains a number of factual and historical errors that ...
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Sikh veterans’ sacrifice for the country must be remembered, says Gobind
Communication and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has urged the younger generation to appreciate and honour those who have served the country including the Sikh veterans, and urged them to also e...
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Octogenarian gets her citizenship after 40-year wait
MUAR (Bernama): A senior citizen's 40-year wait to receive citizenship finally ended Friday (May 17) when she received the approval letter from the Home Ministry at the Jamek Nurul Yakin Mosque in Felda Maokil near here.
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Not too late for Shafee to apologise over estate insult
ADUN SPEAKS | Muhammad Shafee Abdullah must apologise for insulting estate workers and their descendants.
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Kampar Green Ridge, site of WW2 clash, to finally be gazetted as historical spot
IPOH, May 6 — After a campaign of more than a decade, the Kampar Green Ridge battleground will be finally gazetted as a historical site.
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Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp
A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado.
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Japanese Emperor Akihito to abdicate after three decades on throne
Japanese Emperor Akihito will abdicate today, in favour of his elder son, ending a three-decade reign during which he sought to ease the painful memories of World War II and engage with people, includ...
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MCA Youth members stage sit-in at site of controversial WWII monument in Kedah
ALOR SETAR: MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong joined 25 Youth leaders and members from several states in staging a peaceful sit-in to protest the monument built to commemorate three fallen Japanese soldiers here.
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Mindef to only heed UN’s requests for soldiers, after withdrawing from Yemen conflict
KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has said that the Malaysian government will only heed requests from United Nations (UN) for peacekeepers and security forces, and will not aide...
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The terrible timing of YouTube’s Notre-Dame snafu: opinion
Almost instantly after the sparks ignited at Notre-Dame de Paris on April 15 evening, footage of the flames proceeding to swallow the cathedral’s iconic spire spread through social media. And whenever a disaster becomes international news, as we’ve seen time and again, a Silicon Valley mishap is sure to follow close behind.
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Putrajaya wants transparency in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says Ong
KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — Transparency tops Putrajaya’s priorities if it is to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Min...
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Indonesia's new leader can't afford to shun China: Daniel Moss
(April 16): Nationalism has been a feature of political discourse in Indonesia since the republic's inception after World War II.
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Nude hostage flees from captors
A REAL estate agent in Kuala Lumpur was forced to flee from his captors naked after they assaulted and robbed him, China Press reported.
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World War II bomb found at Pulau Gaya cemetery
KOTA KINABALU: A live bomb, believed to be from World War II, was discovered at a graveyard at Kampung Lodou in Pulau Gaya on Friday.
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Bomb squad detonates unexploded WWII bomb found in village cemetery
KOTA KINABALU: An unexploded bomb from the World War II era was discovered at Kampung Lobong in Pulau Gaya near here on Friday (April 12).
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Swiss govt says coffee 'not essential,' stockpiling to end
ZURICH, April 11 — Switzerland yesterday announced plans to abolish the nation's emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though o...
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My Say: US-China trade war and its impact on Malaysia
Currently, the US contributes about 25% to the global economic output, followed by China at 15%.
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No need to discuss Rome Statute in Parliament, says law expert
PETALING JAYA: A constitutional law expert says there is no need for Putrajaya to obtain Parliament’s consent before ratifying a treaty allowing the prosecution of individuals who commit internation...
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MCA claims Pakatan fact-twisting on Japanese WWII monument
KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — MCA was among parties that strongly protested against a proposal to make the location where three Japanese soldiers were buried during World War II a tourist attraction spot...
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