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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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Britain’s Thomas Cook scrambles for US$250m to avert collapse
LONDON, Sept 20 — Britain’s Thomas Cook needs to find an extra £200 million (RM1.04 billion) to satisfy its lenders or one of the world’s oldest holiday company risks collapse, potentially stra...
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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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Germany gambles on green with carbon cap plan
Cars stuck on the highway A8 between Salzburg and Munich near Irschenberg, southern Germany.
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Tesla takes on Porsche with battle on Germany's toughest circuit
FRANKFURT: Tesla wants to steal Porsche’s bragging rights by testing its Model S on the northern loop of Germany’s Nuerburgring circuit, using a marketing tool that German carmakers have long used...
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Huawei Mate 30: Here’s how to watch the live stream at 8pm today (VIDEO)
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — The Huawei Mate 30 series will be launching this evening and it’s taking place in Munich, Germany.
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Huawei promises smartest 5G phone, but who will be brave enough to buy?
FRANKFURT, Sept 19 — Huawei launches what could be the world’s smartest 5G phone today, but its fate in Europe will hang on whether customers will buy a device lacking access to software and apps ...
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Malaysia can be data hub of the region, says expert
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the capability of becoming the data hub of the region, according to a data expert.
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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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Health Ministry says working with MCMC, Nacsa to contain patient data breach
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — The Health Ministry is co-operating with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the National Cyber Security Agency (Nacsa) in taking immediate step...
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Huawei Mate 30: Here’s how to watch the live stream at 8PM
The Huawei Mate 30 series will be launching this evening and it’s taking place in Munich, 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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Pakistan denies use of its airspace by Indian PM Modi's plane
Pakistan has denied permission to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace on his way to Germany due to the situation in Kashmir.
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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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Huawei promises smartest 5G phone, but who will be brave enough to buy?
FRANKFURT: Huawei launches what could be the world's most powerful and feature-packed 5G smartphone on Thursday, but the fate of the device in Europe will hang...
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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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ECB weighs investigating Deutsche Bank over alleged unauthorised bond purchases, says sources
FRANKFURT, Sept 18 — The European Central Bank is examining whether to open a formal investigation into Deutsche Bank for allegedly buying some of its own securities without authorisation, two peopl...
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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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Japan's exports fall for ninth straight month as global demand falters
TOKYO: Japan's exports slipped for a ninth straight month in August as international trade tensions ramped up risks for the world's third-largest economy, although the...
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Japan's exports fall for 9th straight month as global demand falters
TOKYO (Sept 18): Japan's exports slipped for a ninth straight month in August as international trade tensions ramped up risks for the world's third-largest economy, although the decline was slightly s...
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Amazon starts hiring own drivers in German last-mile delivery push
MANNHEIM, Sept 17 — Amazon has begun hiring its own drivers in Germany and plans to open 11 more distribution centres to expand its delivery business in its second biggest market, the firm's German ...
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Beauty and the brains: the Alatas family love story
Today is the anniversary of the birth of my father, Syed Hussein Alatas.
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Blackstone adds European property in US$4.7bil deal
TORONTO: Blackstone Group Inc added new properties in Germany and The Netherlands with the purchase of a Canadian real estate trust, in deal valued at C$6.2bil...
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Airbus, French exporters reel as US tariffs loom in subsidy row
PARIS/BRUSSELS: Shares in Airbus and French luxury goods exporters fell on Monday as the European Union acknowledged it may face U.S. tariffs in a long-running...
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Airbus, French exporters reel as US tariffs loom in subsidy row
PARIS, Sept 16 — Shares in Airbus and French luxury goods exporters fell today as the European Union acknowledged it may face US tariffs in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies, part of an...
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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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European stocks suffer from Saudi attacks, but oil firms soar
BERLIN, Sept 16 — European shares fell today after four straight sessions of gains as attacks on crude facilities in Saudi Arabia and weak Chinese data added to worries over global growth while boos...
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It’s Porsche vs Tesla facing off in Germany’s 'Green Hell'
FRANKFURT: First there was derision.
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Volocopter makes first European urban flight
STUTTGART: The Volocopter has successfully made its first European urban flight here.
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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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Habibie: A reformer and a democrat
Although some believed he was betrayed by his own party, he was a gentleman politician unfazed by all the lobbying and jostling around him.
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Merkel’s drive to slash CO2 output may cost US$44bil by 2023
BERLIN: Policies being hammered out in Germany to slash carbon emissions may cost €40bil over the next four years, underscoring the wide scope of Chancellor Angela...
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Climate protesters tell carmakers 'the party is over'
People taking part in a bicycle demonstration on a highway to protest against climate-damaging cars, as the Frankfurt Motor Show gets underway.
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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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The life and legacy of BJ Habibie
HE was a quintessential product of Suharto’s “New Order”. He had been a loyal two decade-long Cabinet minister and a much promoted, admired and protected protégé.
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We ARE Malaysians!
HOW alarming to read what a “Malaysian” wrote in a local portal recently: ... “we have to stop pretending that we are all Malaysians....we are Malays, Chinese, Indians and East...
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Bundesbank chief slams ECB’s Draghi for ‘overshooting the mark’
BERLIN, Sept 13 — The head of Germany’s Bundesbank today hit out at ECB chief Mario Draghi for “overshooting the mark” with his huge stimulus package aimed at propping up the flagging eurozone...
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Volkswagen ID. R sets record on China's 99-turn route
WOLFSBURG: In a first, the all-electric Volkswagen ID.
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Euro zone bond yields at six-week highs day after ECB delivers stimulus
LONDON, Sept 13 — The euro zone’s long-dated bond yields rose to six-week highs today as hopes for progress on US-China trade talks reduced demand for safe-haven assets a day after the European Ce...
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EU weighs new energy taxes as Germany calls for ‘drastic’ steps
HELSINKI, Sept 13 — The European Union is considering new energy taxes to meet its climate targets, top officials said today, with Germany calling for “drastic steps” to reduce carbon emissions.
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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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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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China out in force at Frankfurt car show, led by battery builders
FRANKFURT: Chinese suppliers and makers have stepped up their presence at the Frankfurt auto show, capitalising on a strong position in electric technologies forced on European carmakers by regulators...
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ECB cuts key rate, to restart bond purchases
FRANKFURT, Sept 12 — The European Central Bank approved a fresh stimulus package as expected today, cutting interest rates and approving a new round of bond purchases to prop up euro zone growth and...
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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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Huawei posts enticing Tweet about Mate 30 launch, hints at new camera setup
The Huawei Mate 30 series is set to launch on the 19th of September, and Huawei has just posted an enticing teaser on their Twitter account.
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Waymo eyes deploying self-driving technology in trucking: CEO Krafcik
Waymo is exploring deploying its self-driving technology in the trucking industry, CEO John Krafcik said on Thursday, as it works with industry partners to seize a...
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Eight key products from IFA 2019
While there was an absence of truly revolutionary products at this year's IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, a few brands attracted significant attention with their...
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Ambassador conveys Malaysia’s condolences to Indonesia over death of former president BJ Habibie
JAKARTA, Sept 12 — Malaysia conveyed condolences to Indonesia who lost its third president, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie or BJ Habibie, who died yesterday afternoon.
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ECB to turn stimulus taps back on to prop up ailing economy
FRANKFURT, Sept 12 — The European Central Bank is set to unveil fresh stimulus measures today to prop up the ailing euro zone economy, but its exact moves are far from certain and a decision that un...
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Commentary: The hooligans of Indonesian football are at it again
SINGAPORE: Those unfamiliar with Southeast Asian football may have assumed that the Football of Association of Malaysia (FAM) was joking last week when they requested the Indonesian authorities have ...
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The Honda Civic Type R fit for a King
PETALING JAYA: Honda Malaysia presented the Civic Type R to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sult...
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Ex-Indonesian president BJ Habibie dies
Indonesia's third president, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie or BJ Habibie, has passed away this evening aged 83 after battling a number of health problems.
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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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Eight key products from IFA 2019
BERLIN, Sept 11 — This year’s edition of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, which closes its doors today, September 11, likely won’t be remembered as one of the most eventful.
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Wall Street slips as weak China data fuels slowdown fears
NEW YORK, Sept 11 ― Technology stocks led the Wall Street into the red yesterday as recessionary fears, fuelled by declining producer prices from China, dampened investor risk appetite.
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Wall Street mixed as investors flee growth for value
NEW YORK: The S&P 500 ended little changed on Tuesday, with a rally in energy and industrial shares countering a drop in the technology and real estate...
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Bond yields up, stocks flat on shifting ECB views
NEW YORK, Sept 11 ― Bond yields climbed and a gauge of world stock markets recovered from previous lows to trade flat yesterday, as uncertainty grew over the mix of stimulus the European Central Ban...
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No more burgers and coke? Climate fears hit meat, drink sales
BERLIN, Sept 10 — Consumers worried about the environment are cutting their spending on meat and bottled drinks and trying to reduce plastic waste, and this trend is set to accelerate as climate con...
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Pound lifted by Johnson’s latest defeat, Asian equities struggle
HONG KONG, Sept 10 — The pound bounced today after Prime Minister Boris Johnson again failed to get MPs to back a snap election.
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Yen slides to five-week lows as risky bets thrive
LONDON, Sept 10 — The Japanese yen fell to a five-week low against the US dollar today as a rebound in government bond yields prompted some investors to cut back on bearish bets on the global econom...
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Economists see ECB cornered into new stimulus broadside
FRANKFURT, Sept 10 — The European Central Bank is set to unveil fresh monetary easing at a meeting Thursday, analysts agree, under pressure from markets to deliver support to a flagging eurozone eco...
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BMW & Co are losing their allure and that’s got Germany worried
FRANKFURT: Germany is at a crossroads, and nowhere will that be more evident than at the Frankfurt auto show this week.
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Climate groups clamour for SUVs to be banned
FRANKFURT: Climate groups including Greenpeace and Deutsche Umwelthilfe called today for sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) to be banned as part of a wider campaign to curb pollution by the auto industry.
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German exports rebound in July
FRANKFURT, Sept 9 — Exports from Europe’s largest economy Germany enjoyed an unexpected rebound in July, official data showed today, making for a bright spot in the data amid signs of a looming re...
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How will we play in the future?
The entry of a new giant in the gaming scene spells big and exciting changes for gamers.
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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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Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step
Kamalvandi speaking during a press conference in Tehran.
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Marvel superheroes take to Putrajaya’s streets
PUTRAJAYA: Captain America, Black Panther, Thor and Captain Marvel were among 15,000 people who took to the streets of the federal administrative centre tonight for the first Marvel Run in Malaysia.
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Karim Habib lands design chief job with Kia
SEOUL: There's no dearth of jobs waiting for Karim Habib.
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Another recent inversion could provide support for stocks
NEW YORK, Sept 7 — A decline in interest rates on long-term US government bonds below the average stock dividend yield has received less attention than an inverted Treasury yield curve, but it could...
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How to stop your phone from constantly distracting you
Set time limits on your smartphone use in the office.
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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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Christine Lagarde and the case for more QE
Mario Draghi is on his final stretch, and it’s not an easy road to travel.
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Wall St. week ahead: Another recent inversion could provide support for stocks
NEW YORK: A decline in interest rates on long-term U.S. government bonds below the average stock dividend yield has received less attention than an inverted Treasury...
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HK protesters stage fresh rallies
Protesters erect the Lady Liberty Hong Kong statue during the ‘No White Terror No Chinazi’ rally in Charter Garden, Hong Kong, China.
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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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Razer unveils an ultrabook designed for gamers
American tech manufacturer Razer has developed a new portable PC, the Blade Stealth 13.
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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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EU fears UK is rowing back on Irish border and ‘level playing field’, say sources
BRUSSELS, Sept 5 — The European Union is increasingly worried about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s stance on the Irish border and future competition rules, sources said today.
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RM50,000 fine not enough for illegal plastic waste operators, say NGOs
PETALING JAYA: Environmentalists have praised the government’s intention to increase the fines imposed on illegal plastic waste operations to RM50,000, however they said it might not be enough to de...
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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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Huawei Mate 30 Pro Image Renders Appear Online; Features Notch And No Volume Buttons
As the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro looms closer, a video render of the alleged device has leaked online.
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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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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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Bond investors bracing for a bubble and being smart about it
LONDON: The fear of a global bond bubble bursting has the market on edge, but it takes a brave investor to bet against a rally that smashed so many records.
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Razer unveils an ultrabook designed for gamers
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 5 — American tech manufacturer Razer has developed a new portable PC, the Blade Stealth 13.
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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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Sail off on a dreamy holiday
IF you are looking for a new, refreshing holiday experience to enjoy with your loved ones, choose Genting Cruise Lines for an introduction to a series of Dream Cruises...
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US trade deficit shrinks, gap with China remains elevated
WASHINGTON, Sept 5 — The US trade deficit narrowed slightly in July, but the gap with China, a focus of the Trump administration’s “America First” agenda, surged to a six-month high.
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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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Lagarde promises euro MPs reform and openness at ECB
BRUSSELS, Sept 4 — After years of hectic crisis-fighting and massive expansion of its role, the European Central Bank must review how it purses price stability and communicate better with EU citizen...
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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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Czech craft beer makers brew for Brexit
PRAGUE: The tiny craft brewery in a quaint Czech village near the border with Germany and Poland is perhaps an unlikely place to be plotting a Brexit strategy.
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He’s bus-y exploring Malaysia
PETALING JAYA: Most people prefer to take a bus journey in the shortest time possible but not Lam Ching Fu.
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