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For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw - 17/02 4:33 pm

## For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw Freshwater resources were already badly stressed before carbon emissions from fossil fuels began to warm Earth's surface. Photo courtesy: AFP Paris (AFP) -- Before man-made climate change kicked in -- and well before "Day Zero" in Cape Town, where taps may run dry in early May -- the global water crisis was upon us. Freshwater resources were already badly stressed before heat-trapping carbon emissions from fossil fuels began to warm ..





Bid to find a Valentine for Romeo, world's 'loneliest frog' - 13/02 11:02 pm

## Bid to find a Valentine for Romeo, world's 'loneliest frog' With Valentine's Day approaching, please spare a thought for Romeo the lonesome Bolivian frog. Cochabamba, Bolivia (AFP) -- With Valentine's Day approaching, please spare a thought for Romeo the lonesome Bolivian frog. Ten years a bachelor, the childless amphibian has had to enlist human help to mount a last-ditch search for a Juliet which, if it fails, could mean the end of his species. Romeo, you see, is the last known frog of his ..





For the deaf, Rio samba parades are all about the vibes - 13/02 11:02 pm

## For the deaf, Rio samba parades are all about the vibes Revellers performing during the Rio Carnival at the Sambadrome. Photo courtesy: AFP A reveller getting ready to perform during the Rio Carnival at the Sambadrome. Photo courtesy: AFP Rio de Janeiro (AFP) -- Aulio Nobrega can't hear a thing when hundreds of drummers march into Rio de Janeiro's Sambodromo, or when thousands sing or the crowd cheers. But he feels the vibe -- literally. Nobrega, 40, works as a journalist for TV INES -- a ..





Trump daughter-in-law taken to hospital after suspicious mail - 13/02 4:30 pm

## Trump daughter-in-law taken to hospital after suspicious mail July 2016 file photo showing Donald Trump Jr and his wife Vanessa at Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo courtesy: AFP New York (AFP) -- US President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Vanessa was taken to a New York hospital Monday as a precaution after a "suspicious package" containing unidentified powder was mailed to the family home, police said. Donald Trump Jr, an outspoken ..





KWSP Building on fire - 13/02 4:30 pm

The KWSP Building on Jalan Gasing was on fire this morning, causing a severe traffic congestion along the Federal Highway. The KWSP Building on Jalan Gasing was on fire this morning, causing a severe traffic congestion along the Federal Highway. The KWSP Building on Jalan Gasing was on fire this morning, causing a severe traffic congestion along the Federal Highway. PETALING JAYA, Feb 13 (MySinchew) -- The KWSP Building on Jalan Gasing here was on fire this morning. As the incident took place ..





Duterte slams top tourist island as 'cesspool' - 12/02 2:14 pm

Manila (AFP) -- The Philippines' famous white-sand island destination Boracay is drowning in faeces and may need to be shut down to protect the health of millions of visitors, President Rodrigo Duterte has warned. The fiery leader gave his brutal assessment of the country's top tourist draw as he told hotels, restaurants and other businesses on the tiny central island to clean up or he would ban tourism there. "I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool," Duterte told a business forum in his ..





US wants to privatize International Space Station - 12/02 2:14 pm

## US wants to privatize International Space Station Washington (AFP) -- Could the International Space Station become a commercial venture run by private industry? That is the wish of the White House, which hopes to end funding for the costly program within a few years, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The US plan, the paper said, involves privatizing the ISS, a low-orbit space station piloted by the US space agency NASA and developed jointly with its Russian counterpart. The station has ..





Work among the penguins? France is looking for candidates - 11/02 3:15 pm

## Work among the penguins? France is looking for candidates Fancy a job at the North or South Pole? A French research institute is looking for you. Brest (AFP) -- Fancy a job at the North or South Pole? A French research institute is looking for you. The Paul-Emile Victor Polar Institute in northwest France has launched a public appeal to recruit around 40 French-speaking people for a wide variety of jobs at its six bases in the Arctic and Antarctica. From chemists and carpenters to bakers and ..





Ants as drug manufacturers for humans? - 10/02 10:20 pm

A study says ants naturally produce powerful germicides against bacteria and fungi. Paris (AFP) -- Ants naturally produce powerful germicides against bacteria and fungi, said a study Wednesday that targeted the industrious insects as possible drug factories for humans. The discovery of ants' pharmaceutical prowess comes as the armoury of effective antibiotics developed by humans over the last 100 years dwindles in the face of growing germ resistance. Experiments with 20 ant species found ..





MAS to be profitable in 1Q19 - 9/02 6:40 pm

CEO says MAS will likely be profitable by the first quarter of 2019. PETALING JAYA, Feb 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines will likely be profitable by the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), says Chief Executive Officer, Izham Ismail. "The market outlook for the national carrier for 2018 is tough. However, the airline is progressing and it is gaining traction. Our internal target is to be profitable this year. "The team knows my aspiration and I am holding all of them very tightly to keep working on ..





GDP to expand 5% this year: OCBC - 9/02 6:40 pm

OCBC has forecast Malaysia's GDP to grow 5% this year, backed by strong private consumption and investment. KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Bernama) -- Singapore-based banking group OCBC Bank has forecast Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow five per cent this year, backed by strong private consumption and investment. Its Head of Treasury Research and Strategy, Global Treasury, Selena Ling said private consumption was expected to remain strong due to continued government income support, reduced ..





Daimler issues second apology over Dalai Lama post - 9/02 7:15 am

## Daimler issues second apology over Dalai Lama post Daimler has apologized to China a second time over an Instagram post by Mercedes-Benz quoting the Dalai Lama. Beijing (AFP) -- German auto giant Daimler has apologised to China again after sparking an outcry over an Instagram post by its luxury brand Mercedes-Benz quoting the Dalai Lama, seen by Beijing as a Tibetan separatist. Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche and its China chief Hubertus Troika sent a letter of apology to the Chinese ..





Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan quake toll rises to ten - 9/02 7:15 am

## Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan quake toll rises to ten Yun Tsui Building leaning to one side after the overnight earthquake in Hualien. Photo courtesy: AFP Rescuers walking past a collapsed building in Hualien after the quake. Photo courtesy: AFP Hualien (AFP) -- Taiwanese rescuers continued the terrifying task Thursday of searching for survivors in a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a quake, despite regular aftershocks coursing through the building's ..





13-yearold beats 200 others to claim piano title - 9/02 7:15 am

## 13-yearold beats 200 others to claim piano title Kuik pose with the panel of judges at the 5th Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival (L); Kuik beats more than 200 other contestants at the Asia Pacific Music Festival. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily) -- Piano prodigy Andrew Kuik Jie En made Malaysia proud when he won the overall champion with the highest score in music category, beating over 200 other participants at the Asia Pacific Arts Festival ..





Eight dead, three missing after China road collapse - 9/02 7:15 am

## Eight dead, three missing after China road collapse Site of road collapse in Foshan. Photo courtesy: AFP A worker investigating scene of accident after a road collapse in Foshan. Photo courtesy: AFP Beijing (AFP) -- Eight people died and three were missing in southern China after a water leak inside a subway station construction site caused a major road to cave in, authorities said Thursday. The sudden leak flooded the underground site and led to the multi-lane road's collapse in downtown ..





Oversea voters must mail back ballot papers themselves - 9/02 7:15 am

## Oversea voters must mail back ballot papers themselves Oversea voters must mail back the ballot papers themselves in order to reach the various vote collection points in Malaysia before 1700 MYT on the polling day. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily PETALING JAYA, Feb 8 (Sin Chew Daily) -- The Election Commission will allow civil servants from nine departments to register for postal voting. These nine departments are fire and rescue department, prisons department, maritime enforcement agency, ..





'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand - 7/02 9:46 pm

## 'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand Friends of Mana Island file photo released by the Department of Conservation New Zealand showing Nigel (R) among fake concrete birds on Mana Island. Photo courtesy: AFP Friends of Mana Island file photo released by the Department of Conservation New Zealand showing fake concrete gannets on Mana Island. Photo courtesy: AFP Wellington (AFP) -- New Zealand wildlife lovers are mourning the death of a gannet named Nigel, dubbed "the loneliest ..





Rafizi jailed for 30 months - 7/02 9:46 pm

Rafizi is jailed 30 months for leaking confidential banking details, disqualifying him from elections expected to be called within months. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily Shah Alam (AFP) -- A senior Malaysian opposition politician was jailed for 30 months on Wednesday after he was found guilty of leaking confidential banking details, disqualifying him from elections expected to be called within months. Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of the People's Justice party of jailed opposition leader Anwar ..





Petrol up, diesel down - 7/02 9:46 pm

Prices of RON95 and RON97 will be increased by two cents each to RM2.33 and RM2.61 per liter respectively, while diesel will be three cents cheaper at RM2.31. KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (MySinchew) -- The domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry announced the ceiling fuel prices for the week from February 8 to 14. Prices of RON95 and RON97 will be increased by two cents each to RM2.33 and RM2.61 per liter respectively, while diesel will be three cents cheaper at RM2.31.





World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch - 7/02 9:46 pm

## World's biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo courtesy: AFP spacexThe SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo courtesy: AFP Cape Canaveral (AFP) -- The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and ..





It's not for you: smartphone ban for N. Korea, Iran Olympians - 7/02 9:46 pm

## It's not for you: smartphone ban for N. Korea, Iran Olympians Samsung donates 4,000 "Olympic Edition" Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to athletes and IOC officials, excluding North Koreans and Iranians. Photo courtesy: AFP Seoul (AFP) -- North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions, organisers said Wednesday. Games sponsor Samsung Electronics has donated 4,000 "Olympic edition" ..





Mercedes apologises after quoting Dalai Lama - 7/02 9:46 pm

Mercedes-Benz has apologized for "hurting the feelings" of people in China after its IG account quoted the Dalai Lama. Beijing (AFP) -- German automaker Mercedes-Benz has apologised for "hurting the feelings" of people in China after its Instagram account quoted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seen as a separatist by Beijing. The apology marks the latest backpedalling by a foreign company for offending Chinese consumers with advertising or information that clashes with Beijing's ..





Rescuers scour toppled buildings after quake kills five in Taiwan - 7/02 9:46 pm

## Rescuers scour toppled buildings after quake kills five in Taiwan Rescue workers blocking off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a powerful quake. Photo courtesy: AFP A building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a powerful quake. Photo courtesy: AFP A building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a powerful quake. Photo courtesy: ..





Bursa growth to continue despite current sell-off: PNB - 7/02 7:55 am

## Bursa growth to continue despite current sell-off: PNB KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- Bursa Malaysia's growth trajectory will rebound with the country's economy continuing to flourish, the business environment being positive, and the CEO Confidence Index continuing to improve. Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) Group Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar said the current sell-off on Bursa Malaysia was triggered by global factors, as Malaysia's domestic fundamentals remained intact, and continued ..





Samsung heir freed by court - 5/02 3:28 pm

August 2017 file photo showing Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong arriving at Seoul Central District Court. Photo courtesy: AFP Seoul (AFP) -- A South Korean appeals court on Monday upheld Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong's bribery conviction but cut his prison sentence to a suspended term, ordering his immediate release. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone and memory chip maker, was convicted of bribery in connection with the sprawling corruption scandal that brought down ..





Fidel Castro's eldest son commits suicide - 2/02 5:17 pm

2016 file photo of Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. Photo courtesy: AFP Havana (AFP) -- The popular eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported. He was 68 years old. "Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning," Cuba's official newspaper Granma reported. "Fidelito" -- as he was known on Caribbean island nation -- had initially been hospitalized for ..





Van slams into pedestrians in Shanghai, 18 hurt - 2/02 12:28 am

Shanghai (AFP) -- A van ploughed into pedestrians after veering onto a crowded sidewalk outside a Starbucks outlet in central Shanghai on Friday, leaving at least 18 people injured, three of them seriously, city authorities said. A brief official announcement said the incident occurred around 9.00 am (0100 GMT), when crowds of people would have been on their way to work, and caused the van to catch fire. It said the cause of the accident was under investigation. Unconfirmed video clips ..





11 killed in Japan elderly home fire - 1/02 5:06 pm

Residence for elderly people gutted by fire in Sapporo. Photo courtesy: AFP Tokyo (AFP) -- Eleven people died after a fire broke out at a residence for elderly people with financial difficulties in northern Japan, police said on Thursday. Television footage showed the three-storey building engulfed in flames and dozens of firefighters battling the blaze in snowy conditions. Pictures of the aftermath showed the blackened husk of the building, whose roof had apparently collapsed due to the fire. ..



Amazon opens plant-filled "The Spheres" buildings - 1/02 7:24 am

## Amazon opens plant-filled "The Spheres" buildings People walking past the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Photo courtesy: AFP People taking a tour during the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Photo courtesy: AFP Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (C) touring the facility at the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Photo courtesy: AFP Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaking at the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. Photo courtesy: AFP Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaking at the grand ..





Erupting volcano sparks Philippine tourism boom - 30/01 1:39 pm

Local tourists posing for photo at Cagsawa ruins near Mayon volcano in Daraga in Albay province. Photo courtesy: AFP Local tourists taking photos of Mayon volcano from Daraga town in Albay province. Photo courtesy: AFP Legazpi (AFP) -- With chili-flavoured "lava ice cream" in demand and awestruck tourists packing onto viewing decks, the erupting Mayon volcano is sparking a local business boom in an impoverished region of the Philippines where tens of thousands of others have fled for their ..





Consent from both parents needed for child conversion: court - 30/01 7:09 am

## Consent from both parents needed for child conversion: court Federal Court judges set aside the unilateral conversion of Indira Gandhi's three children by her Muslim ex-husband. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily PUTRAJAYA, Jan 29 (Bernama) -- In a landmark decision, the Federal Court ruled that both the spouses who embraced Islam and the non-converting partner must give their consent for converting a minor child to Islam. The five-man bench comprising Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zulkefli ..





Additional special holiday for SJKCs - 30/01 7:09 am

In addition to the four days of official holidays, SJKCs can apply to the respective state education departments for an additional special holiday to celebrate CNY. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 (MySinchew) -- Deputy education minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said other than the official holidays, Chinese primary schools nationwide can apply to the respective state education departments for an additional special holiday to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. He said in ..





Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study - 28/01 7:08 am

## Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20. Paris (AFP) -- Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday. "If someone smokes one cigarette instead of 20 per day, intuitively wed think that the risk drops to 1/20, or five percent," said lead author Allan ..





Space, the final frontier -- for nightclubs - 27/01 2:40 pm

Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren is one of the top name disc jockeys invited to the zero gravity party aboard a modified Airbus A310. Photo courtesy: AFP French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy will be aboard the modified Airbus A310 zero gravity flight party. Photo courtesy: AFP New York (AFP) -- Bringing a new meaning to dancing on air, a nightclub operator is throwing a party in zero gravity, with top DJs playing in an aircraft used to train astronauts. The nightclub, billed as the first of its kind ..





Interest rate hike to trigger inflationary pressure - 27/01 8:33 am

## Interest rate hike to trigger inflationary pressure 0.25% increase in OPR will likely trigger another round of inflationary pressure, as increased cost of doing business will eventually be transferred to consumers. PETALING JAYA, Jan 26 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Bank Negara's decision to increase the OPR by 25 basis points is bound to trigger another round of inflationary pressure, as increased cost of doing business will eventually be transferred to consumers. Datuk Chua Tia Guan, head of tax & ..



'Job-killing' robots, AI under scrutiny in Davos - 27/01 8:33 am

Soros to Google and Facebook: Your days are numbered - 27/01 8:33 am

## Soros to Google and Facebook: Your days are numbered Davos (AFP) -- Billionaire investor George Soros launched a scathing attack on tech giants at the Davos summit on Thursday, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy. During an annual dinner he hosts at the World Economic Forum, held this week in the Swiss alpine resort, Soros turned his sights on a host of subjects including US President Donald Trump and the speculation frenzy surrounding the ..





33 killed in South Korea hospital blaze - 26/01 3:50 pm

Smoke rising into the air from a fire at a hospital building in Miryang. Photo courtesy: AFP Seoul (AFP) -- At least 33 people were killed in a blaze at a hospital in South Korea on Friday, in the country's worst fire disaster for a decade. More than 70 people were also injured in the second devastating blaze in just a month in one of Asia's most advanced countries and its fourth-largest economy. Videos posted on social media showed a patient hanging on to a rope dangling from a helicopter ..





OPR increased by 25 basis points - 25/01 7:47 pm

Bank Negara increases the overnight policy rate by 25 basis points to 3.25% at its monetary policy meeting today. KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has increased the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 3.25 per cent at the Monetary Policy Meeting (MPC) as it decides to normalize the degree of monetary accommodation amid the economy being firmly on a steady growth path. "The floor and ceiling rates of the corridor for the OPR are correspondingly raised to ..





Philippines plans forced evacuations around erupting volcano - 25/01 7:47 pm

## Philippines plans forced evacuations around erupting volcano Photo taken from a drone showing a column of ash shooting up from Mount Mayon as it continues to erupt. Photo courtesy: AFP Ash rising from Mount Mayon as it continues to erupt, as seen from the town of Daraga in Albay province. Photo courtesy: AFP Legazpi (AFP) -- Philippine authorities who have declared a no-go zone around an erupting volcano said Thursday they will remove all holdouts, by force if necessary, to avoid casualties ..




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Fierce but Frail, Malaysia's Mahathir, 92, Aims to .. - Nytimes
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