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France bets on private sector to fuel startup push
FRANCE aims to raise €5bil (RM23bil) in funds from private-sector investors to give French startup companies a leg up and help the most promising ones grow further, President Emmanuel Macron said last week.
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Business Of Sports: Rughopes to blossom in Japan
Not since an English public schoolboy picked up the ball and ran with it during a football match in 1823 has rugmade such an audacious move.
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Undeterred, Facebook to press on with Libra launch next year, says exec
ZURICH, Sept 20 — Facebook still aims to launch its Libra digital currency next year, its executive overseeing the project told Swiss newspaper NZZ, as the company presses ahead despite authorities ...
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Commerzbank says to slash 4,300 jobs in new restructuring round
FRANKFURT, Sept 20 — Germany’s second-largest lender Commerzbank said today it plans to cut the equivalent of 4,300 full-time posts, one-tenth of its workforce, and shutter 200 branches in a fresh...
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Matrade: Malaysia’s aerospace industry will remain vibrant, supported by growing demand
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) is confident that Malaysia’s aerospace industry would remain vibrant and thriving for many years to come, sup...
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Health Ministry probes report on medical records leak
The Ministry of Health views seriously and is investigating a report that 19,992 radiology examinations in Malaysia face the risk of patients’ information exposures.
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Malaysia’s income growth success story is an unequal one, and here’s why
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — The country’s richest 10 per cent controlled nearly half of total income share from 2002 to 2014 with ultra-wealthy Bumiputeras registering a remarkable 8.3 per cent growth...
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Dzulkefly: Health Ministry investigating report on patients’ medical records leak
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ― The Ministry of Health (MOH) views seriously and is investigating a report that 19,992 radiology examinations in Malaysia face the risk of patients’ information exposures.
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BCG vaccine for long term protection, yes or no? — Boo Soon Yew
SEPTEMBER 19 — I write in sad response to the predicament of the family that is mourning the loss of their 19-year-old girl due to tuberculosis and indeed my sincere condolences to them.
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France urges Germany to act on economy sooner rather later
PARIS, Sept 19 — Germany should act sooner rather than later to revive its flagging economy, France’s finance minister said today, as he struggled to hide frustration with the pace of Berlin’s e...
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Sepang Circuit ready to host EWC
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 19): Malaysian motorsports will add another feather to its cap by hosting another international motorsports event that marks another milestone for the country and the Sepang Interna...
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Ministry probes medical data breach claims
PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has initiated investigations into claims that the medical records of close to 20,000 Malaysians are among millions of those freely accessible on computer servers wor...
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Health Ministry investigating leak of patient records
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is investigating reports of a data leak involving the patient records of nearly 20,000 Malaysians.
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Govt working to determine source of patient data leak
PETALING JAYA: The government says it is working to identify the source of a data leak involving the patient records of some 20,000 Malaysians discovered by a security firm based in Germany.
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European police smash 'world's largest' TV piracy operation
European police officials said they have smashed 'world's biggest pirate streaming TV network' with five million customers in Italy alone.
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European car sales plunge
MUNICH: European car registrations fell sharply in August, deepening the woes of an industry battling sluggish demand in key markets and the challenge of...
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20,000 medical records of Malaysians found to be freely available online
PETALING JAYA: About 20,000 patient records of Malaysians are freely available online due to a data glitch, ChannelNews Asia (CNA) reported.
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Total, Eni stake new claim in Cyprus gas and oil search
NICOSIA (Cyprus), Sept 18 — Energy giants Total and Eni have joined forces to explore and exploit another oil and gas block up for grabs offshore from Cyprus, Cypriot authorities said today.
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Report: Almost 20,000 medical records of Malaysians available online
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18— Medical records of millions of patients around the world, including that of almost 20,000 Malaysians are freely available on the internet, and accessible from any computer ser...
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Left in limbo: Mothers speak of M'sian citizenship hurdles for overseas-born kids
Former lawyer S Naveena could not hold back her tears when speaking about the challenges she had faced fighting for Malaysian citizenship for her 18-month-old son.
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Facebook unveils new Portal video chat, TV streaming devices
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 — Facebook Inc unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting devices today, making the company’s first foray into TV streaming hardware but offering a limited selection o...
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Medical records of Malaysian patients freely available online
SINGAPORE: Close to 20,000 patient records belonging to Malaysians were among millions of medical information freely accessible on computer servers worldwide, according to an investigation published ...
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Global household wealth falls for first time in a decade, says Allianz
FRANKFURT, Sept 18 — Household wealth excluding property in the world’s 53 largest countries fell slightly last year, in a first since the financial crisis of 2008, German insurance giant Allianz ...
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Mercedes-Benz unveils futuristically styled design inspired by the 1900s
STUTTGART: At this year's Design Essentials convention in Nice, France, Mercedes-Benz revealed a concept inspired by a model created nearly 120 years ago in 1901.
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Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide
A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens.
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US to confront China on Uyghur issue at UN gathering
The United States is considering how it will confront China during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations next week over its detention of some 1 million Muslims in a remote region...
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The Week Ahead: Developments on Brexit and interest rates to determine market
The continuing uncertainty over Brexit in the UK and monetary policy meetings in the world’s largest economies, including the US, Japan and the UK, are likely to dominate market talk this week while...
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Trump says US reaches trade deals with Japan, no vote needed
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 — US President Donald Trump said yesterday that the United States has reached initial trade agreements with Japan on tariff barriers and digital trade that will not require congr...
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Nord Stream 2 pipeline edges closer to Danish deadlock
IN THE BALTIC SEA, Sept 16 — With each 24-tonne steel pipe laid on the seabed of the Baltic Sea, the vessel Solitaire is edging closer to what could be a costly hold-up for the Russian-led gas pipli...
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Facebook hopes its two billion users will use Libra for online shopping and more
International outcry is mounting over Libra – with central banks, governments and regulators railing against the cryptocurrency.
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The State of the Nation: Ringgit volatility to continue as trade tensions...
THE more recent weakness of the ringgit — it dropped to a two-year low of 4.22 against the US dollar last Tuesday — has been in tandem with most currencies globally, fuelled by various factors.
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Facebook’s Libra To Be Blocked In France And Germany
Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, isn’t launching until 2020, but the stablecoin has already run into opposition.
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Stormclouds gather for Facebook’s Libra currency
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 — International outcry is mounting over Facebook’s Libra — with central banks, governments and regulators railing against the social media giant’s upstart cryptocurrency...
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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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France will block development of Facebook Libra cryptocurrency
France warned it will block development of Facebook's planned Libra cryptocurrency in Europe because it threatens the 'monetary sovereignty' of governments.
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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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Survey: Over nine in 10 Singapore employers have trouble hiring, training staff for new technologies
SINGAPORE, Sept 13 — As the government pushes for digital transformation to take root in companies, some obstacles lie in the way, with more than nine in 10 Singaporean employers saying they face ch...
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Singer Chaw teases belly good news on social media
MALAYSIAN singer Gary Chaw (pic) unintentionally confused his fans by posting a photo of his wife with what appeared to be a baby bump, China Press reported.
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Draghi ties Lagarde’s hands with promise of indefinite stimulus
FRANKFURT, Sept 13 — European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi pledged indefinite stimulus yesterday to revive an ailing euro zone economy, tying the hands of his successor for years to come and spar...
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Draghi gives banks pain relief as ECB negative rates cut deeper
FRANKFURT (Bloomberg): The European Central Bank offered lenders partial relief from its negative interest rates -- which were cut again on Thursday -- in an acknowledgment that the policy risks under...
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The Jack Bauers of Europe love facial recognition: opinion
Facial recognition has friends in Europe. Live trials of real-time face-tracking have taken place over the past year in countries such as the UK and France, by and large...
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M'sians among 281 arrested in US-Nigeria global crackdown on online scams
LAGOS (AFP): Nigerian and US authorities said on Tuesday that nearly 300 people had been arrested in a months-long global crackdown on online scams to hijack...
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Ford makes big electric push in Europe with new launches
FRANKFURT: Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it would launch eight electric vehicles in Europe this year, a key step in its target of achieving a majority of its overall sales from electric cars by the en...
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Global crackdown on email scams leads to 281 arrests, including in M'sia
Some 281 people were arrested following a global crackdown against email fraud syndicates through a method known as Business Email Compromise (BEC). The United States Department of Justice said of the...
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Bugatti’s Chiron supercar is the main course at French dinner
NEW YORK: Bugatti took just one evening to sell almost all of its limited-edition road models of the Chiron hypercar, which touched a record 304 mph at a test track...
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Greek PM unveils economic reforms to attract investors
THESSALONIKI, Sept 8 — Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced yesterday “audacious reforms” and fiscal measures to attract foreign investment as the country battles back from an u...
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Group offers ‘plastic waste to energy’ project
KOTA KINABALU: Race for Water (R4W) Foundation is keen to work with the Sabah government on its proposed “plastic waste to energy” project.
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Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step
Kamalvandi speaking during a press conference in Tehran.
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Foundation keen to work with Sabah on ‘plastic waste to energy’ project
KOTA KINABALU: The Race for Water (R4W) Foundation, whose vessel is currently docked here for an awareness campaign on ocean pollution caused by plastic waste, is...
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France urges Germany to step up eurozone investments
STRASBOURG, Sept 7 — France’s finance minister reiterated his call yesterday for Germany and other eurozone states running budget surpluses to step up investments in the bloc to counter economic s...
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Facebook Watch signs video partnerships with news publishers in Europe
Facebook Watch has signed video partnerships with France's Le Monde, Germany's Axel Springer and Sweden's Expressen, among other news outlets, to deliver original...
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BNP Paribas London trading desk hit by departures
LONDON: BNP Paribas SA has been struck by a wave of departures and absences from work at its European credit-trading business, gutting the senior-most ranks of the...
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Three in 10 bullied online
KUALA LUMPUR: Three in 10 young Malaysians are victims of online bullying, which affects their education and social life, with the majority experiencing it through...
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Yahoo down for six hours, users vent out on Twitter
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 5 — Thousands of Yahoo email users took to Twitter today to complain that the internet company’s services have been unavailable for more than six hours.
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Putin woos Asian investors in Russia’s Far East
VLADIVOSTOK, Sept 5 — President Vladimir Putin sought to lure Asian investment to Russia’s Far East today as the launch was announced of a huge Arctic gas project aimed at Asian markets.
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After months of delay, Samsung’s revolutionary folding smartphone goes on sale
After a four-month delay, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally available to be purchased by consumers.
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After months of delay, Samsung’s revolutionary folding smartphone goes on sale (VIDEO)
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — After a four-month delay, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally available to be purchased by consumers.
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European stocks hit one-month highs on news of US-China trade talks
LONDON, Sept 5 — European shares rose to fresh one-month highs and safe-haven assets such as gold and the yen fell after news of US-China talks set for early October raised hopes of a de-escalation ...
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Users worry about smart speaker privacy, but keep on buying them
Consumers are worried machines by Amazon and Google are eavesdropping on them at home, but that’s not stopping purchases.
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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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US, China to resume trade talks in Washington in October
BEIJING, Sept 5 — US and Chinese trade negotiators will resume talks in Washington in early October, Beijing said today, after new punitive tariffs raised fears of a breakdown in the protracted nego...
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First woman head of AIBD to tackle fake news
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Deve­lopment (AIBD) is embarking on a comprehensive study to counter the global threat of fake...
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Indonesia sends back hundreds of containers full of waste
Indonesian officers checking a container full with illegally imported plastic waste in Batam.
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Witness: Najib wanted him to settle IPIC dispute before it became GE14 issue
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 4): Prosecution witness Datuk Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin (pictured, left) told the High Court here today that Datuk Seri Najib Razak had in 2016 assigned him to meet Mubadala Investm...
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Broadcasting institute to undertake comprehensive study on fake news
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) is embarking on a comprehensive study on the global threat of fake news...
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Witness says Najib wants him to settle IPIC dispute before it became GE14 issue
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 4): Prosecution witness Datuk Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin told the High Court here today that Datuk Seri Najib Razak had in 2016 assigned him to meet Mubadala Investment Co group CEO ...
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So much potential for train travel
I like travelling by rail. I think it’s cool, pretty relaxing and less claustrophobic than by air.
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EU farmers getting fed up with rapeseed as bugs chew crops
LONDON: British farmer Charles Matts just harvested the worst crop of his life at one of the best times to sell it.
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Singapore says it can’t close doors to skilled foreign workers
SINGAPORE: Singapore needs to remain open to skilled foreign workers, especially in the technology sector, in order to ensure the economy stays a globally competitive one, the nation’s trade minister said.
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Mixing high fashion with high seas
PETALING JAYA: Fashion show producer and model Jessica Minh Anh will lend a touch of glamour to raising awareness on sustainable and environmentally friendly...
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Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire after week of tensions
Israeli soldiers check fragments of projectiles launched the day before by Hezbollah near the village of Yir’on along the border between Israel and Lebanon.
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Japan and France to explore cooperation on auto technology
TOKYO: Japan and France today said they had agreed to share information and explore deeper cooperation in next-generation auto technology, a move that could also be aimed at repairing the strained all...
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Robots take up pole dancing at French night club
NANTES, Sept 1 — Robots are often accused of stealing people's jobs but night club dancers have not had to worry — until now.
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One dead, nine wounded in France after suspected knife attack
One person was killed and at least nine others wounded on Saturday in the city of Villeurbanne near Lyon in central France after a suspected knife attack, a police source told Reuters.
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What it took for Malaysia to win at the Olympics of the pastry world
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — While we fight with our neighbours about who “owns” chicken rice or cendol, you would not immediately associate pâtisserie with Malaysia.
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The incredible shrinking Frankfurt car show: Where are the big names?
The Frankfurt Motor Show of 2017.
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US, France to lead talks on a global digital tax
France and the United States agreed to take leading roles in talks aimed at reaching a deal on a global digital tax by mid-2020.
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Ivory Coast’s wildcard politician asks Twitter fans for logo
Ivory Coast’s youngest and most media-savvy politician asked his Twitter followers to help advance his latest political movement.
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Asian shares near one-week top on soothing trade tone, overall mood cautious
SYDNEY, Aug 30 — Asian shares jumped to a one-week high yesterday as the United States and China showed a willingness to resolve their trade dispute by returning to the negotiating table, though lin...
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Why France’s antitrust cop is wary of Apple Pay and deadly deals
France’s Isabelle de Silva may be about to become Europe’s most feared antitrust regulator as Margrethe Vestager’s term as European Union competition commissioner...
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Of course there’s science in Malaysia: Noah Smith
(Aug 29): Some right-wing intellectuals believe that immigration harms US society by admitting people from cultures they consider inferior.
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Of course, there’s science in Malaysia!
Some right-wing intellectuals believe that immigration harms US society by admitting people from cultures they consider inferior.
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Toyota pulls Suzuki firmly into its orbit through stake deal
TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp will take small equity stakes in each other, the Japanese car makers said today, as they seek to develop newer technologies and meet sweeping changes upe...
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US tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax
A US trade group representing major technology firms on Aug 27 denounced an agreement on France's digital tax announced by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel...
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Mahathir calls on Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Tong
HANOI: Visiting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad paid a courtesy call on the President of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, here Wednesday.
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'Saudi donation' was faked for cover-up after 1MDB scandal broke - prosecution
Najib Abdul Razak and fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho tried to cover-up after the 1MDB scandal became public and these include the creation of sham documents to pretend that the former prime mini...
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Kids having breakfast together is a good idea
LETTER | Some might have noticed that the Minister for Education Maszlee Malik decided to have schools provide a free breakfast for kids in all schools beginning January 2020.
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Stocks eke out gains on flickering trade hopes
LONDON, Aug 27 — Global shares eked out gains today as some investors held out hopes for a trade deal between the United States and China, even as the countries continued to raise tariffs on each ot...
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Kids having breakfast together is a good idea — Hafidz Baharom
AUGUST 27 — Some might have noticed that Education Minister Maszlee Malik decided to have schools provide a free breakfast for kids in all schools here beginning January 2020.
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Trade hope helps Asian markets bounce back from sell-off
HONG KONG, Aug 27 — Asian markets mostly rose today, recovering from the previous day's pounding, after Donald Trump said China-US trade talks would resume soon, though the president's sharp changes...
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US dollar rebounds as Washington, Beijing tamp down trade tensions
TOKYO, Aug 27 — The US dollar held firm today after some signs of rapprochement between Washington and Beijing soothed investors' nerves after trade tensions between the world's biggest economies es...
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Trump not considering US tariffs on Japanese autos 'at this moment'
BIARRITZ, Aug 27 — US President Donald Trump yesterday said the United States would not imminently impose new tariffs on autos imported from Japan as the largest and third-largest economies continue...
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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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Asia Stocks Seen Higher as Trade Mood Swings Again
(Aug 27): Asian stocks are set to gain at the open Tuesday as the erratic trade narrative turned hopeful, lifting U.S. equities.
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Trump says China trade deal coming, Beijing calls for resolution of dispute
BIARRITZ, Aug 27 — US President Donald Trump yesterday predicted a trade deal with China after positive gestures by Beijing, calming global markets that have been roiled by new tariffs from the worl...
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Wall Street bounces as trade temperature cools
NEW YORK, Aug 27 — US stocks rose yesterday, following a sharp sell-off in the prior session, after US President Donald Trump predicted a trade deal with China, cooling investor concerns after a ram...
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Trump sees possible US-EU trade deal that would avert car tariffs
BIARRITZ, Aug 27 — US President Donald Trump yesterday said he thinks the United States will be able to reach a fair trade agreement with the European Union without imposing threatened tariffs on ca...
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China's yuan slides to 11-year low as trade war rattles investor confidence
LONDON: China’s yuan fell to an 11-year low in the onshore market and a record low offshore yesterday after the latest escalation in the US-China trade war rattled...
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Oil falls 1% as US-Iran optimism faces U.S.-China trade deal hopes
NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 1% on Monday on the outlook for increased supply of Iranian crude after France's president lifted hopes for a deal between Washington...
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Global stocks, US$ rise as US-China trade rhetoric softens
NEW YORK: A global gauge of equities edged higher on Monday and the dollar rebounded after U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese officials had contacted...
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