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NWHR to push electronic-music scene with three after parties during WAK
DJ Zig Zach will spin at the final NWHR after party at Location X this October.
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AirAsia now flies to Manila, Cebu — Gateways to the Philippines
KUCHING: The Philippines is AirAsia’s latest destination in Southeast Asia, with capital city Manila and Cebu Province being added to its network of flights.
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Plastic-for-rice exchange feeds hungry Filipino village
A village outside the Philippine capital Manila launched a program that will allow villagers to trade a kilogram of plastic waste for half its weight in rice, in an attempt to motivate people to dispo...
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Filipino villagers swap trash for rice in fight against plastics
A village in the Philippines is trying to tackle the scourge of plastic waste by offering rice to residents in exchange for their trash.
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Sabah’s legal fraternity tells Manila to drop baseless claim and to move on
KOTA KINABALU: The persistent attempts by the Philippines to resurrect its claim on Sabah is baseless and fails to recognise the state as an integral part of Malaysia...
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Pundits: Philippines trying to widen rift between Putrajaya and Sabah by claiming ownership
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — A Philippines official’s remark claiming that Sabah belongs to the republic could be a calculated move to “exploit” the East Malaysian state’s strained relationship w...
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Philippines’ Duterte says Xi offering gas deal if arbitration case ignored
MANILA, Sept 11 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an inter...
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Duterte says China offering gas deal if maritime arbitration case ignored
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an international arbitral aw...
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Asian stocks rise as optimism slowly returns
HONG KONG, Sept 11 ― Asian markets mostly rose today with a broadly upbeat tone across trading floors ahead of major meetings at the European and US central banks, while there is also a growing sens...
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I favour vibrancy where the accommodation is concerned. Fair game for all.
I continue to use accommodation booking apps like booking.com and airbnb.com these days.
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From WTF to FTW: Wavemaker on making mistakes and producing exits
Everyone in the investing world knows Andreessen Horowitz, whose media savvy and heavy self-promotion has made it arguably Silicon Valley’s most influential venture capital firm.
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From WTF to FTW: Wavemaker on making mistakes and producing exits
Everyone in the investing world knows Andreessen Horowitz, whose media savvy and heavy self-promotion has made it arguably Silicon Valley’s most influential venture capital firm.
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Asian cities turn to electric vehicles in anti-pollution drive
BANGKOK: Asian cities are switching to electric vehicles in a bid to tackle worsening air quality, cut climate changing emissions, and expand their public transport networks, climate experts said on F...
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Asian markets mostly rise as dealers absorb positive news
HONG KONG, Sept 5 — Most Asian equities and currencies rallied today, building on the previous day’s advance as investors were cheered by a number of positive developments on trade, Hong Kong and ...
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Rent for prime KL office space dips, stays ‘under pressure’
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — The rental rates for prime office locations here fell by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, property consultant Knight Frank Malaysia said.
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Philippine economy may pick up in second half
MANILA: The Philippine economy is likely to recover in the second half of the year, allowing the central bank to differentiate its policy from peers that are also cutting...
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Slave to sachets - How poverty worsens plastics crisis in the Philippines
Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, "Mangrove Warrior" Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.
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Boxing champ Pacquiao launches his own crypto tokens
MANILA: Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao launched his very own cryptocurrency on Sunday at a free concert in Manila, where he serenaded more than 2,000...
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KL ranked 35th safest city
PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur has been ranked 35th on Safe Cities Index 2019, scoring below average among 60 cities in the world.
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Kuala Lumpur ranks below average in safe cities index
PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur has been ranked below average for its level of safety, when it was placed 35th out of 60 cities in the Safe Cities Index 2019.
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Rides, movies and music are weaning Filipinos off cash
Streaming and ride-hailing services have become an entry point for cash-reliant customers in the Philippines to try electronic payments, according to a report by Visa Inc.
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Mujahid meets opinion leaders, media during discussion on unity and Islam
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, who is in charge of religious affairs, met with opinion leaders and...
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Network failure caused disruption at Kuala Lumpur airport as flight delays continue
KUALA LUMPUR: Network failure has been identified as the cause of the systems disruption at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), said the airport operator on Friday (Aug 23).
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Kit Siang’s aide: Jalur Gemilang issues made viral by ‘certain parties’ to stoke public anger
KUALA LUMPUR, August 23 — Lawyer Syahredzan Johan has reminded Malaysians to fly the national flag Jalur Gemilang properly and not buy into the games played by certain parties to trigger public tens...
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South-East Asia pulls back on online gambling as China rages
Hong Kong: South-East Asian countries are moving against their lucrative online gambling industries amid pressure from China to clamp down on a practice that’s ballooned due to demand from its own citizens.
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Bursa Malaysia continues decline, marking sixth week of losses
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — Bursa Malaysia continued its decline last week, marking the sixth week of losses last seen in May to June 2015, in line with performances of regional peers, said MIDF Amanah I...
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KL: US$1.36 psf vs Phnom Penh: US$2.19 psf vs Manila: US$1.86 psf. Enough said.
I posted this a few days ago.
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Damansara Realty posts three-fold jump in first half-year earnings
PETALING JAYA: Damansara Realty Bhd’s (DRealty) earnings for the second quarter ended June 30 came in at RM3.66mil, which was a significant improvement from a net loss of RM330, 000 in the same quarter last year.
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DRealty posts threefold jump in 1H earnings
KUALA LUMPUR: Damansara Realty Bhd's net earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, came in at RM3.66mil, which was a significant improvement from a net loss of RM330,000 in the same quarter last year.
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CIMB’s Virtual Bank in Philippines Secures Half a Million Customers in 6 Months
CIMB announced that its virtual bank that was launched earlier this year have secured 500,000 customers, approximately six months after opening its doors for business in the Philippines.
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CIMB Philippines garners 500, 000 customers
MANILA: CIMB Bank Philippines has garnered 500, 000 customers, approximately six months after opening its doors for business in the Philippines.
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CIMB Bank Philippines gets 500, 000 customers in 6 months
KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Bank Philippines (CIMB Bank PH) has garnered 500, 000 customers, about six months since it started operations in the Philippines.
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WHO expert: Surge in cases is alarming
KUALA LUMPUR: The spike in dengue cases reported mostly in the Western Pacific and Asian region is alarming, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Asia markets reverse gains as trade war fears persist
HONG KONG, Aug 9 — Asian markets largely reversed early gains today from a bargain-hunting push as investors remained cautious over the intensifying US-China trade war.
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Trade wars take toll as Philippine growth slows to four-year-low
MANILA, Aug 8 — Philippine economic growth slowed to 5.5 per cent in the three months to June, its slowest pace in more than four years, as trade wars took their toll, the government said today.
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8chan chat forum owner blasts 'sinister' shutdown attempts
MANILA, Aug 8 — Moves to shut down the chat forum 8chan are “sinister” and “cowardly,” its owner said yesterday after he was called to appear before US Congress to explain the hate content l...
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Asia markets extend losses despite Wall Street gains
HONG KONG, Aug 7 ― Asian markets largely extended their losses today despite Wall Street registering strong gains as investors remained on edge over escalating US-China trade tensions.
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In brief: Malaysian job portal Wobb raises $1.3m in pre-series A round
Wobb has announced a pre-series A investment of US$1.3 million from CAC Capital Investment Limited Partnership, Accord Ventures Inc., and Actcelerate International Group Ltd., Digital News Asia report...
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HK tourists stranded in Malaysia as flights rescheduled following fresh chaos
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — Tourists from Hong Kong were stranded in Kuala Lumpur after several return flights were either delayed or even cancelled following a mass strike that paralysed the east Asian f...
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Edusuite secures US$235K funding to help schools optimise performance
EDUSUITE, a two-year-old DOST-funded Philippine-based technology startup founded by school administrators and technology consultants, met its angel investment target of US$235,086 (Php 12 million, RM9...
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Filipino edtech startup Edusuite secures angel funding
Philippine-based edtech startup Edusuite has received about US$235,000 in angel investment, bringing its valuation to US$1.3 million, according to a statement.
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Car boom brings gridlock misery to 'green and happy' Bhutan
Traffic backed up on a road in Bhutan's capital Thimphu.
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5 dead as twin quakes rattle Philippines
MANILA, (July 27): Five people were killed and 12 injured in two earthquakes that struck the archipelago of Batanes north of Philippines' main Luzon island on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.
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Jollibee buys Coffee Bean for US$350m, shares fall 8%
MANILA: Jollibee Foods Corp. will spend $350 million to purchase loss-making Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, its largest acquisition.
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Cocoon Capital raises $22m for second fund
Singapore-based venture capital firm Cocoon Capital has raised a second fund at US$22 million, set to back enterprise tech startups around Southeast Asia.
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Asian markets rally on fresh hopes for steep Fed rate cut
HONG KONG, July 19 — Asian markets rallied today as comments from a top Federal Reserve official were pounced on by investors as indicating the central bank will unveil a deep interest rate cut at t...
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South Korea, Indonesia cut key rates, more Asian policy easing seen
SEOUL/JAKARTA: South Korea and Indonesia cut their benchmark interest rates for the first time in years on Thursday, not waiting for an expected reduction soon in U.S. rates as they aim to help borrowers cope with mounting risks to economic growth.
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Developing Asia set to meet growth outlook despite trade war, says ADB
MANILA, July 18 — The Asian Development Bank said today developing Asia is on track to meet the lender's growth expectations for this year and next, even as trade tensions between the United States ...
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Asian stocks hit by trade woes while US dollar rises, oil struggles
HONG KONG, July 17 — Fresh trade worries and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve's plans for cutting interest rates weighed on Asian markets today while fears of a hard Brexit kept the pound wallo...
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Haziq, five others remanded
KUALA LUMPUR: Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz along with five others have been remanded for six days to assist police investigations into a sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
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Haziq among six arrested over gay sex clip linked to Malaysian minister Azmin Ali
KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested six people, including former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) youth leader Haziq Aziz, linked to a series of viral sex videos implicating the party's deputy president Az...
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Rev Asia inks term sheet to acquire Orissa Wicomm for RM12.4m
KUALA LUMPUR (July 12): Rev Asia Bhd has inked a term sheet for the proposed acquisition of a 60% stake in telco and industrial sector integrated solutions provider Orissa Wicomm Pte Ltd for up to RM1...
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Philippines plans to set up hubs for online casinos
MANILA: Online casino centres are under construction north and south of the Philippine capital to cash in on the booming gaming sector, the nation’s gaming regulator Andrea Domingo said in Manila.
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Johor Sultan conferred Philippines’ national order by president Duterte
JOHOR BARU, July 10 — Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar was today conferred with the Order of Sikatuna, which carries the title Datu, by Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte.
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Philippines buries drug war's youngest victim
One by one, a mother and her children splash holy water over a white coffin barely a metre long.
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Asian markets hit as US jobs data dent hopes for big rate cut
HONG KONG, July 8 — Asian markets retreated today and the US dollar held gains after a blockbuster US jobs report dashed hopes that the Federal Reserve would slash interest rates this month.
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Asian markets fluctuate in cautious trade ahead of US jobs data
HONG KONG, July 5 — Asian markets fluctuated today as investors steeled themselves for the release of a crucial US jobs report that could have a major bearing on the size of an expected Federal Rese...
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Philippines faces call for UN probe into war on drugs killings
More than two dozen countries formally called for a UN investigation into thousands of killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, activists said.
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Philippine drug war czar says ‘s**t happens’, brushes off police killing of toddler
A former police general who oversaw the bloodiest years of the Philippines’ war on drugs on Thursday shrugged off the killing by police of a three-year-old girl in a sting operation, saying the worl...
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Rents rising 150% within 2 years… stay away?
What happens when the rental of a property rises 150% within 2 years?
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Deported Filipinos claim they were treated like animals at detention centre
KUALA LUMPUR: Several Filipinos who were deported together with two toddlers from Malaysia are claiming that they were treated like animals at the detention centre in Bukit Jalil.
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Swiss Watch Gallery, IWC celebrates flagship boutique re-opening with Pilot...
KUALA LUMPUR (July 4): Luxury watch enthusiasts would not want to miss the IWC Pilot’s Watches Exhibition in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, held in conjunction with the re-opening of the flagship boutique b...
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Asian markets mostly up after Wall St record, focus on US jobs
HONG KONG, July 4 — Asian markets mostly rose today, tracking a record performance on Wall Street, as investors turned their focus to the upcoming release of US jobs data while hoping for a big Fede...
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Malaysian family pays $4,000 'ransom' for return of man who fell for job scam
IPOH - The family of a 29-year-old man paid RM13,000 (S$4,263) to secure his return after he was conned into taking a job in the Philippines.
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Family pays RM13K 'ransom' for return of man who fell for job scam
IPOH: The family of a 29-year-old man paid RM13,000 to secure his return after he was conned into taking a job in the Philippines.
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MCA: Malaysian man cheated of RM13,000 with casino job offer in Philippines
IPOH, July 4 — A Malaysian man promised a job in a casino in the Philippines was allegedly cheated of RM13,000 and forced to work in an illegal online gambling centre by a Chinese national, Perak MC...
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Trading ideas: MSM, MMC, Yee Lee, Benalec, Yong Tai, Damansara Realty
KUALA LUMPUR: JF Apex Research expects MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd, MMC Corp Bhd, Yee Lee Bhd, Benalec Holdings Bhd, Yong Tai Bhd and Damansara Realty to be among the stocks to watch on Thursday.
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Accuser Haziq expelled from PKR
PETALING JAYA • Mr Haziq Aziz has been expelled from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), three weeks after publicly claiming that he and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali were the two men in a viral sex video...
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Haziq expelled from PKR for accusing party leader of corruption without evidence
PETALING JAYA: Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz has been booted out by PKR, three weeks after publicly claiming that he and allegedly Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, were the two men in a viral sex video.
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Unhappy returns: Imelda Marcos' 90th birthday bash ruined as 261 hospitalised
Chaos erupted at a huge party to celebrate the 90th birthday of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos on Wednesday, with 261 friends and supporters rushed to Manila hospitals with suspected food ...
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Paris bans old diesels to tackle pollution
A Greenpeace report listed Paris as the worst western European capital for small particle air pollution in 2018.
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AI photography platform secures $6m in series A round
AI photography startup SweetEscape banked US$6 million in a series A round led by Singapore’s Openspace Ventures and Jungle Ventures.
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Washington SyCip– a timeless figure
MANILA, Jakarta and Bangkok: Southeast Asian cities are vast, rambunctious and extremely competitive, verging on the cutthroat.
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Ship carrying waste arrives back in Canada from the Philippines
A ship carrying 69 containers of waste mislabelled as plastic recyclables returned to Canada on Saturday from the Philippines, closing a chapter on a dispute that started in 2013 and sparked a diploma...
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Google aims to make GIFs more shareable and public transport more predictable in cities around the world
Google is making it easier to share GIFs from Google Images straight to other platforms, while also making Maps better at predicting when public transport will arrive and how crowded it will be in such varied locales as India and Australia.
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'Impeach me, and I'll jail you,' Duterte dares foes to test him
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top UN official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of...
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World Briefs: China can fish in our waters: Manila
MANILA • China can fish in parts of the South China Sea where the Philippines holds exclusive rights, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman has said, despite warnings from other officials that this ...
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Asian markets sink, gold extends gains as Iran warns on sanctions
HONG KONG, June 25 — Increasing concerns about a conflict between the United States and Iran hit equity markets today and sent gold prices to a fresh six-year high, jolting investor confidence days ...
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Azmin’s lawyer shrugs off Haziq’s dare to sue over gay sex scandal
PETALING JAYA: The lawyer representing PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali has rubbished a dare by Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz to lodge a police report against him and haul him to court ov...
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Philippine telco to roll out Huawei-backed 5G service
MANILA, June 22 — The Philippines’ Globe Telecom said yesterday it will launch Southeast Asia’s first 5G broadband service next month using Huawei technology, despite US blacklisting of the Chin...
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Manila on the lookout for kidnapped Malaysians
MANILA: Philippine security forces are closely monitoring Tawi-Tawi and Sulu provinces after 10 Malaysian fishermen were kidnapped last Tuesday by suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen off Sabah’s waters as they were believed to be taken to the bandits’ jungle lair in southern Philippines, Xinhua news agency reported.
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Philippine security forces monitor southern provinces to track down 10 Malaysian hostages
MANILA: Philippine security forces are closely monitoring its remote southernmost provinces of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu after reports that the 10 Malaysian fishermen kidnapped last Tuesday by suspected Abu ...
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Philippine security forces monitor southern provinces to track down fishermen snatched off Lahad Datu
MANILA, June 20 — Philippine security forces are closely monitoring its remote southernmost provinces of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu after reports that the 10 Malaysian fishermen kidnapped last Tuesday by su...
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It’s a wrap, next action with prosecutors, police say of PKR assault case
KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — The police have submitted their completed investigation papers on the alleged assault of a PKR research officer by a state party leader to the deputy public prosecutor for th...
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Anwar disagrees with aide over comments on Azmin, sex videos
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has disagreed with his aide regarding the position of his deputy Azmin Ali and the sex video scandal.
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Audio clip, said to be third in sex scandal series, goes viral
PETALING JAYA: An audio clip went viral on social media today.
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Anwar’s aide says Azmin should resign if sex video authentic, insists attack not from PKR
KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali should quit his positions if he is proven to have been involved in a recent sex video scandal, an aide to PKR president Datuk Seri A...
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Azmin convinced sex video was an ‘inside job’
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said he is certain the sex video implicating him was an “inside job” given the recent turn of events where a state PKR chief, with ties in the Philip...
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Anwar's aide on leave, not missing – Perak PKR deputy chief
Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak (above) is on leave at present and remains in contact, according to his deputy MA Tinagaran.
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Anwar’s aide denies fleeing to Manila safe house, clarifies still in the country
KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary today shot down blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s attempt to link him to a controversy involving Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, po...
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Azmin points to the Philippines connection in sex videos scandal
SHAH ALAM: Mohamed Azmin Ali today said he was convinced that several gay sex video clips targeted at him were the work of certain PKR members with links to the Philippines.
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Azmin convinced sex video was an ‘inside job’
KLANG: Datuk Seri Azmin Ali says he is certain the sex video implicating him is an “inside job”.
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All abuzz over missing PKR man
PETALING JAYA - The whereabouts of a state PKR chief is adding to the mystery surrounding the sex video implicating party deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
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Canada in talks with Malaysia about taking back plastic waste
TORONTO: The government of Canada said on Monday it is in discussions with Malaysia about retrieving plastic waste that originated from Canada and is currently in Malaysia.
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All abuzz over missing PKR man
PETALING JAYA: The whereabouts of a state PKR chief is adding to the mystery surrounding the sex video implicating party deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
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Azmin eager to go on record with police
SEPANG: Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pix) wants to give his statement to police on the sex video controversy as soon as possible, according to his political secretary.
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Canada in talks with Malaysia about taking back plastic waste
TORONTO (June 17): The government of Canada said on Monday that it is in discussions with Malaysia about retrieving plastic waste that originated from Canada and is currently in Malaysia.
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Canada in talks with Malaysia about taking back plastic waste
TORONTO, June 17 — The government of Canada said today it is in discussions with Malaysia about retrieving plastic waste that originated from Canada and is currently in Malaysia.
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Azmin's office insists videos are fake, refuting foreign reports
PETALING JAYA: The office of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali insists the viral sex videos are fake, refuting foreign media reports that the footage does not appear to be manipulated.
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Source rubbishes Raja Petra’s bid to link Anwar’s pol sec to Azmin’s sex video accuser
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — There is no truth to Raja Petra Kamarudin’s claim that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary was involved in trying to help Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz leave the c...
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