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25/05 2:05 pm
US Navy ship sails near reef claimed by Beijing

Washington (AFP) -- A US Navy ship has sailed in disputed South China Sea waters near a reef claimed by Beijing in the first "freedom of navigation" exercise under President Donald Trump, a US official said. The USS Dewey sailed "less than 12 nautical miles" from Mischief Reef -- part of the Spratly Islands -- early Thursday morning local time, the official said. The exercise is likely to provoke anger from Beijing as the Trump administration attempts to draw support from China on reining in ..





'Smart genes' account for 20% of intelligence: study - 25/05 10:38 am

## 'Smart genes' account for 20% of intelligence: study Scientists have discovered 52 genes linked to human intelligence, 40 identified for the first time. Photo courtesy: AFP Paris (AFP) -- Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of 52 genes linked to human intelligence, 40 of which have been identified as such for the first time. The findings also turned up a surprising connection between intelligence and autism that could one day help shed light on the condition's origins. Taken ..





Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines - 25/05 8:05 am

## Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines Duterte threatens to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism. Photo courtesy: AFP Manila (AFP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism, after Islamist militants beheaded a policeman and took Catholic hostages while rampaging through a southern city. Duterte declared martial law on Tuesday for the southern region of ..





Fuel prices up 4 sen - 25/05 8:05 am

Prices of RON95, RON97 and diesel will all be increased by four sen to RM2.12, RM2.40 and RM2.03 per liter respectively. KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 (MySinchew) -- The domestic trade, co-operatives and consumerism ministry announced the ceiling fuel prices for the week from May 25 to May 31. Prices of RON95, RON97 and diesel will all be increased by four sen to RM2.12, RM2.40 and RM2.03 per liter respectively.



Philippine gunmen take hostages, including priest - 24/05 5:07 pm

## Philippine gunmen take hostages, including priest Manila (AFP) -- Islamist militants battling security forces in a southern Philippine city have taken hostages, including a local priest, the Catholic Church said Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law to combat the gunmen. "Father Chito Suganob and others were in the Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians when members of the Maute fighting group forced their way into the Cathedral, taking with them Fr. Chito and ..





DRB-Hicom to sell 49.9% in Proton to Geely - 24/05 5:07 pm

DRB-Hicom has reached an agreement to sell 49.9% equity in Proton Holdings to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. Photo courtesy: Bernama PUTRAJAYA, May 24 (Bernama) - DRB-Hicom Bhd has reached an agreement with China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. for the Chinese car group to acquire a 49.9 per cent equity in Proton Holdings Bhd. DRB-Hicom currently owns 100 per cent of the manufacturer of the first national car. The agreement was signed today and witnessed by Second Finance ..



Myanmar seeks to kick start stalled peace process - 24/05 2:29 pm

## Myanmar seeks to kick start stalled peace process Naypyidaw (AFP) -- Hundreds of representatives from Myanmar's ethnic insurgent groups gathered in the capital on Wednesday for talks aimed at reviving Aung San Suu Kyi's stuttering peace process after months of heavy fighting. The discussions are the de facto leader's second attempt to end conflict in the country's troubled frontier regions, where various ethnic groups have been waging war against the state for almost seven decades. A sea of ..





Jailed Chinese lawyer force-fed medication, wife says - 24/05 2:29 pm

## Jailed Chinese lawyer force-fed medication, wife says Handout picture released by the wife of Li Heping (R) showing him and his younger brother Chunfu in Beijing. Photo courtesy: AFP Beijing (AFP) -- When human rights lawyer Li Heping returned to his home in Beijing after a two-year incarceration, his wife did not recognise the frail white-haired man standing in her hallway. "He is only 46 years old, but I thought he was an old man," Wang Qiaoling told AFP. "He had lost 15 kilogrammes (33 ..





No racial, political bias in LHDN enforcement - 24/05 2:29 pm

LHDN chief executive Sabin Samitah says there is no racial or political bias in its tax recovery operations. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily PETALING JAYA, May 24 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) chief executive officer Datuk Sabin Samitah said there was no racial or political bias in its tax recovery operations. He told _Sin Chew Daily_ LHDN would come after a defaulting taxpayer no matter who he or she was. He also dismissed the accusation that LHDN's tax recovery operations ..





Complaints of bad attitude of LHDN officials - 24/05 2:29 pm

Low: Some companies have complained that LHDN officials auditing their accounts are rude, treating them as if they are criminals. PETALING JAYA, May 24 (Sin Chew Daily) -- The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) secretary-general Datuk Low Kian Chuan said many local Chinese businesses complained to him that Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) officials sometimes checked the accounts more than seven years old. Low was of the opinion that many of these companies had ..





Duterte vows harsh martial law in southern Philippines - 24/05 2:29 pm

## Duterte vows harsh martial law in southern Philippines Duterte upon arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. Photo courtesy: AFP Manila (AFP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that martial law would be "harsh" and like a dictatorship, after imposing military rule in the south of the country to combat Islamist militants. Duterte declared martial law in the southern region of Mindanao, home to about 20 million people, on Tuesday night after gunmen who had declared allegiance ..





Humans split from apes in Europe, not Africa: study - 24/05 10:55 am

## Humans split from apes in Europe, not Africa: study Researchers have long believed humans split from apes 5 million years ago in Africa, but a new study suggests it happened in Europe far earlier. Miami (AFP) -- Researchers have long believed that humans split from apes some five million years ago in Africa, but a study Monday suggests it happened in Europe far earlier than that. Just where the last common ancestor between chimps -- our closest relatives -- and humans existed is a matter of ..





North Korea-linked hackers highly likely behind WannaCry: Symantec - 23/05 9:58 pm

## North Korea-linked hackers highly likely behind WannaCry: Symantec Widely believed to be connected to North Korea, Lazarus hacking group is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry attack. San Francisco (AFP) -- The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec said. North Korea has angrily dismissed earlier reports linking its isolated ..





Investors can get back their money at Monspace HQ: Lai - 23/05 6:06 pm

## Investors can get back their money at Monspace HQ: Lai Lai claims that part of the Monspace business has been listed on the US OTC market. KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 (MySinchew) -- Monspace founder Datuk Seri Jessy Lai said in a press conference this morning that Monspace was an e-commerce company like Alibaba of China or Lazada, and was not an illegal investment company. She claimed that Monspace was a multinational company with part of its business listed on the US over-the-counter (OTC) market. ..





Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation' - 23/05 6:06 pm

## Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation' Ahok's wife Veronica Tan reading a handwritten letter from her husband during a press conference in Jakarta. Photo courtesy: AFP Jakarta (AFP) -- The wife of Jakarta's Christian governor told a tearful press conference Tuesday her husband had withdrawn his appeal against a blasphemy conviction and two-year jail term for the good of Indonesia. But a challenge filed by prosecutors against his sentence -- which was far higher than the ..



World leaders condemn Manchester attack - 23/05 6:06 pm

Paris (AFP) -- World leaders on Tuesday expressed shock and horror at the suicide bombing in Manchester which killed at least 22 people, including children. Prime Minister Theresa May called it an "appalling terrorist attack" and suspended her campaign ahead of a general election on June 8 along with chief opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. "All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected," said May. Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "Terrible ..





Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm - 23/05 1:09 pm

A cat at an IT office in Tokyo. Photo courtesy: AFP A cat at an IT office in Tokyo. Photo courtesy: AFP A cat at an IT office in Tokyo. Photo courtesy: AFP Tokyo (AFP) -- Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats. A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo. Hidenobu Fukuda, who heads the firm, introduced an "office cat" policy in 2000 upon request from one ..





19 killed in terror blast at Manchester pop concert - 23/05 1:09 pm

## 19 killed in terror blast at Manchester pop concert Emergency response vehicles parked at the scene of the attack in Manchester. Photo courtesy: AFP Manchester (AFP) -- Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday. There was panic as Grande's audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue late Monday after what eyewitnesses described as an explosion in ..





Two more companies blacklisted - 22/05 5:31 pm

MBI International Sdn Bhd and Mface International Sdn Bhd have been added to Bank Negara's Financial Consumer Alert List. PETALING JAYA, May 22 (MySinchew) -- MBI International Sdn Bhd and Mface International Sdn Bhd have been added to Bank Negara's Financial Consumer Alert List. MBI International was founded in 2009 by Tedy Teow, and has since grown into a diversified asset management company encompassing MFace social network, convenience stores, restaurants, education, property, entertainment ..





20 wounded at Bangkok military hospital blast - 22/05 5:31 pm

A small bomb strikes a Bangkok military hospital, wounding over 20 people. Bangkok (AFP) -- A small bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday wounding more than 20 people, police said, three years to the day since the army seized power of the politically unstable kingdom. Thailand remains starkly divided since the May 22, 2014 coup, but dissent has broadly been silenced by a military with sweeping security powers. It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast but the country has ..





Johnson Lee remanded for two more days - 22/05 5:31 pm

JJPTR's Johnson Lee and his two assistants will be remanded for two days until tomorrow. TAIPING, May 22 (MySinchew) -- JJPTR founder Johnson Lee and his two assistants will be remanded for two days until Tuesday. Perak commercial crime investigation department chief Superintendent Lee Ewe Kiang confirmed that the trio would be required to assist in the investigation on a complaint received by Kamunting police earlier on. The police applied for a four-day remand but as Lee and his assistants ..





7-Eleven first Malaysian retailer to accept Alipay - 22/05 5:31 pm

## 7-Eleven first Malaysian retailer to accept Alipay Gary Brown (L3), Vincent Tan (L4) and Douglas Feagin (R4) officiating the Alipay system for 7-Eleven. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 (Bernama) -- 7-Eleven Malaysia Bhd is the first retailer in Malaysia to accept the Alipay mobile wallet payment, and now looks to attract more Chinese tourists to shop at the convenience store chain. Chief Executive Officer Gary Brown said 7-Eleven began accepting Alipay from May 12 and 94 ..





North Korea: medium-range missile ready for deployment - 22/05 2:58 pm

## North Korea: medium-range missile ready for deployment A TV news report on North Korea's latest missile test of Pukguksong-2, at a railway station in Seoul. Photo courtesy: AFP Seoul (AFP) -- North Korea on Monday declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test, the latest step in its quest to defy UN sanctions and develop an intercontinental rocket capable of striking US targets. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the North's leader Kim ..





Media invitation from JJPTR rep - 22/05 2:58 pm

A man claiming to be a JJPTR branch representative has sent out invitation letters to the media for a briefing this afternoon. PETALING JAYA, May 22 (MySinchew) -- A man claiming to be a JJPTR branch representative has sent out invitation letters to the media for a briefing this afternoon in which he would announce vital information and facts about the company. The media briefing is to be held at the company's Thean Teik Farlim Business Center branch in Penang at 4.00 p.m.





Teo, Sulaiman to give police statements Monday - 21/05 3:48 pm

KL CID chief says the police will summon David Teo and Sulaiman Yassin on Monday. KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (MySinchew) -- Although movie producer David Teo and actor-comedian Sulaiman Yassin shook hands in front of prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak soon after the scuffle at a TN50 dialogue session, the police said they would leave it to the deputy prosecutor to decide whether to take any further action. KL police criminal investigation department chief Rusdi Mohd Isa said the police would ..





RM2.14bn lost to scammers last two years - 21/05 3:48 pm

Acryl Sani: Malaysians lost RM2.14 billion to scammers over the last two years, but the police believe the actual figure could be ten times higher! Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Malaysians lost RM2.14 billion to scammers over the last two years, but the police believe the actual figure could be ten times higher! Bukit Aman commercial crime investigation department director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said yesterday the police received a total of ..





Antarctica is greening due to global warming - 20/05 8:06 pm

View of Yankee Harbor in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Photo courtesy: AFP Miami (AFP) -- Plant life is growing on Antarctica like never before in modern times, fueled by global warming which is melting ice and transforming the landscape from white to green, researchers said Thursday. Scientists studying moss in an area spanning 400 miles (640 kilometers) have found a sharp increase in growth over the past 50 years, said the report in the journal Current Biology. Plant life exists on ..





Singapore car 'vending machine' dispenses with tradition - 20/05 4:13 pm

## Singapore car 'vending machine' dispenses with tradition Supercars on display inside the AutoBahn Motors building in Singapore. Photo courtesy: AFP Singapore (AFP) -- A vending machine that dispenses luxury cars to well-heeled buyers is the latest space-saving innovation in land-starved Singapore -- just don't try to shake it if it gets stuck. Used car dealer Gary Hong has taken to displaying his wares in a glass-fronted, 15-storey building. Like choosing a chocolate bar, the buyer can see ..





Game over for Taiwan's Kuomintang? - 20/05 4:13 pm

Kuomintang is now battling to keep a foothold in the island's shifting political landscape. Photo courtesy: AFP Taipei (AFP) -- The Kuomintang party dominated Taiwan for decades with its wealth and an iron fist -- but now it is battling to keep a foothold in the island's shifting political landscape. Founded by Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen and later led by nationalist Chiang Kai-shek, the KMT is at its lowest ebb in its more than 100-year history as it prepares to select a new leader ..





Hopes and fears on HK's landmark anniversary - 20/05 8:15 am

(L-R) Chau, Ko and Tan each holding a board on which they wrote their hopes for Hong Kong over the next 20 years. Photo courtesy: AFP Hong Kong (AFP) -- Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger and pessimism, pride and celebration. The semi-autonomous city still enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland, but in recent years there has been increasing unrest. There have been ..



Pujut state by-election July 4 - 20/05 8:15 am

PUTRAJAYA, May 19 (Bernama) -- The by-election for the state seat of Pujut in Sarawak will be held on July 4, said Election Commission chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah. He said the EC, at a special meeting today, decided that nomination for the by-election would be on June 20. It also decided that there would be no early voting, he said at a press conference after the EC meeting. Mohd Hashim said the 2016 electoral rolls updated as of May 11 would be used for the by-election. "The rolls ..





Johnson Lee to be taken to Penang - 19/05 5:26 pm

The police have found no evidences of JJPTR's computers being hacked, and tens of millions of ringgit could have been moved by the company to oversea accounts. KLANG, May 19 (MySinchew) -- JJPTR founder Johnson Lee and his two assistants were taken to Bandar Baru Klang police station at about 8.30 a.m. this morning. They were subsequently taken to Klang Utara police district headquarters at about 11.40 a.m. The trio are expected to be taken to Bukit Mertajam, Penang to assist in the ..





Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication - 19/05 5:26 pm

## Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication File photo showing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko waving to well-wishers during their new year greetings in Tokyo. Photo courtesy: AFP Tokyo (AFP) -- The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The bill will now be sent to parliament for debate and likely receive swift final approval, Chief ..



4 Indon soldiers killed in S. China Sea training - 18/05 4:42 pm

## 4 Indon soldiers killed in S. China Sea training Jakarta (AFP) -- Four Indonesian soldiers have been killed and eight others injured by artillery fire in an accident during training on a South China Sea island, the army said Thursday. It took place Wednesday when an artillery cannon malfunctioned during the exercise involving an army reserve battalion on Tanjung Datuk Natuna, on the northwestern fringe of the vast Indonesian archipelago. "The cannon became uncontrollable and hit soldiers in ..





Yeoh accused of proselytizing Muslims through autobiography - 18/05 4:42 pm

## Yeoh accused of proselytizing Muslims through autobiography Yeoh's book is said to have a Christian agenda with quotes from the Bible intended to incite Muslims to become a member of a non-Islamic religion. PETALING JAYA, May 18 (MySinchew) -- Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff yesterday lodged a police report against Selangor state legislative assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh, accusing her of attempting to proselytize Muslims through her autobiography _Becoming Hannah_ ..





FB fined 110m euros over misleading info in WhatsApp takeover - 18/05 4:42 pm

## FB fined 110m euros over misleading info in WhatsApp takeover Brussels (AFP) -- The European Commission on Thursday fined US social media giant Facebook 110 million euros ($120 million) for providing incorrect and misleading information on its takeover of WhatsApp. "Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a ..





Japan's economy posts longest expansion in a decade - 18/05 1:09 pm

## Japan's economy posts longest expansion in a decade Container trucks at the port of Tokyo. Photo courtesy: AFP Tokyo (AFP) -- Japan has posted its longest economic expansion in over a decade, government data showed Thursday, marking a win for Tokyo's growth bid even though its battle to conquer deflation is still far from won. The world's number three economy grew 0.5 percent in the first quarter -- or an annualised 2.2 percent. That was the fifth straight rise and up from a 0.3 percent ..





Johnson Lee remanded for another day - 18/05 1:09 pm

Johnson Lee and his aides will be remanded for another day until tomorrow. KLANG, May 18 (MySinchew) -- JJPTR founder Johnson Lee and his two assistants were brought to the Klang magistrate court again at about 10.00 a.m. this morning for remand. The police had applied for a three-day remand for the trio, but the magistrate only granted another day of remand order until Friday. Lee and his assistants will be charged in the court tomorrow if the police have sufficient evidence against them, ..



Hearing of Najib, govt's bid to strike out Tony Pua's suit June 15 - 17/05 10:12 pm

## Hearing of Najib, govt's bid to strike out Tony Pua's suit June 15 KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) -- The High Court today fixed June 15 to hear applications by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Malaysian government to dismiss a suit filed by Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua Kiam Wee over alleged misconduct involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds. Judicial Commissioner Datin Faizah Jamaludin fixed the date in chambers in the presence of counsel Nik Alia Hanafi, ..



June 30 deadline to submit proposals to develop Bandar Malaysia - 17/05 10:12 pm

## June 30 deadline to submit proposals to develop Bandar Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) -- Proposals to develop the Bandar Malaysia project will be accepted up to June 30, 2017 with a final decision on the master developer being made by July 14, says newly-appointed TRX City Sdn Bhd and Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd Chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. He said TRX City would conduct a request for proposal (RFP) process, inviting expressions of interest for the role of master ..




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Focus on 1MDB allows other abuses to go unnoticed, .. - Mkini
Malaysiakini (subscription) Focus on 1MDB allows other abuses to go unnoticed, economist warns Malaysiakini (subscription) However, economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram now warns that the focus on 1MDB has allowed other excesses to go relatively unnoticed. As an example, the former United Nations ..
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Mahathir bemoans 'loss' of Proton, says more assets .. - FMT
Free Malaysia Today Mahathir bemoans 'loss' of Proton, says more assets may be sold Free Malaysia Today The former prime minister says Proton may do splendidly after Geely buys over a 49.9% stake but that he cannot be proud of the success of something that does not belong to him or his country. ..
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AsiaOne DJI unveils its smallest drone ever AsiaOne DJI unveiled its tiny Spark drone on Wednesday, and it's sort of the anti-drone for consumers. It's small enough to fit in your hand, launches and lands from there, can be controlled almost entirely with gestures, lets you take a selfie from just 10 ..
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Cloak and Dagger Android Vulnerability is Supremely .. - Infosecurity-magazine
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