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In Japan-Korea trade spat S. Korea removes Japan from fast-track trade
SEOUL: South Korea said on Wednesday it had approved plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast track trade status, responding with a tit-for-tat move...
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UK Supreme Court hears cases that parliament suspension was illegal
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will seek to persuade Britain’s top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Sc...
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Pick more judges with ‘Borneon experience’ to hear appeals, say Sabah lawyers
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah lawyers want more judges with Bornean judicial experience to sit on Court of Appeal or Federal Court panels when hearing appeals from East Malaysia.
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Mahathir, Anwar, Zakir Naik among 500 most influential Muslims
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been named the Muslim Man of The Year by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC). In its 'The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influentia...
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US court upholds ex-HSBC executive’s conviction for foreign-exchange scheme
NEW YORK, Sept 12 — A US appeals court today upheld the conviction of a former HSBC Holdings Plc executive who was sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding Cairn Energy Plc in a US$3.5 billio...
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Brexit in chaos after court rules PM's suspension of parliament unlawful
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of the British parliament was unlawful, a court ruled on Wednesday, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the government and parliame...
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Google’s ad practices draw nationwide probe by US states
A nationwide group of US states opened an investigation into whether Google’s advertising practices violate antitrust laws, targeting the heart of the search giant’s...
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Salvadoran prosecutors take aim, again, at woman in abortion case
The attorney general’s office of El Salvador announced on Friday it will appeal last month’s acquittal of a young woman accused of killing her stillborn son, marking what would be her third trial ...
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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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Former first lady of Honduras sentenced to 58 years in jail
The former first lady of Honduras Rosa Elena Bonilla, wife of ex-president Porfirio Lobo, was sentenced on Wednesday to 58 years in jail on charges of fraud and undue appropriation of funds, a spokesm...
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S.Korea summons Japan ambassador as export trade curbs take effect
SEOUL, Aug 28 ― South Korea summoned Japan's ambassador to protest a decision to remove Seoul's fast-track export status, which took effect today amid a deepening political and economic feud.
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Former Indian finance minister arrested in graft probe linked to Maxis
NEW DELHI: Police arrested former Indian finance minister P Chidambaram late on Wednesday in relation to alleged corruption and money laundering, a day after the Delhi High Court rejected his applic...
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Former Indian finance minister Chidambaram arrested in corruption case
Police arrested former Indian finance minister P Chidambaram late on Wednesday in relation to alleged corruption and money laundering, a day after the Delhi High Court rejected his application to seek...
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Former Indian finance minister Chidambaram arrested in corruption case involving Maxis-Aircel deal
NEW DELHI, Aug 22 — Police arrested former Indian finance minister P. Chidambaram late yesterday in relation to alleged corruption and money laundering, a day after the Delhi High Court rejected his...
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Facebook wins some relief from India court on message encryption
India’s top court handed out a reprieve to Facebook Inc in its battle to preserve the encryption feature of its Whatsapp messaging service which prevents it from sharing details of users or messages with the authorities.
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In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child
A Salvadoran court on Monday acquitted a woman accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby in a case that drew international attention to the socially conservative nation’s strict abo...
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Brazil prosecutors seek to bar president's son as envoy to US
Brazilian federal prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday seeking to bar the appointment of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo as ambassador to the United States due to his lac...
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Can't have him, can't expel him – Dr M explains the Zakir Naik conundrum
Malaysia appears to be in a Catch-22 predicament regarding controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik, according to Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Indonesia pardons woman jailed after reporting sexual harassment
Indonesia’s parliament approved on Thursday an amnesty for a woman who was jailed after recording lewd phone calls from her boss in a case that has caused outrage and warnings that it could discoura...
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Indonesian Supreme Court declares Jokowi among those liable for 2015 forest fires resulting in regional haze: Reports
JAKARTA: The Attorney-General of Indonesia on Monday (Jul 22) defended the government after the country's Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling which blamed President Joko Widodo and his cabinet ...
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Japan may take South Korea wartime labour dispute to ICJ
Japan is considering taking a dispute with South Korea over its compensation for wartime forced labourers to the International Court of Justice as the deadline for seeking third-country arbitration pa...
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Trump's blocking of Twitter foes is unconstitutional - US appeals court
US President Donald Trump violated the Constitution by blocking people whose views he disliked from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
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'Wanted in India' Zakir Naik to embark on Kelantan tour
Controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik will be embarking on a tour of Kelantan next month amid an extradition request from India.
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Former lord president to represent Kelantan-PAS govt in Federal suit
KUALA LUMPUR (June 27): Former lord president Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas will be co-counsel with lawyer Khoo Guan Huat in defending the PAS-led Kelantan state government in the lawsuit brought by the fed...
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Ex-top judge Salleh Abas to represent Kelantan in govt’s suit over Orang Asli?
PETALING JAYA: Former lord president of the then-Supreme Court Salleh Abas has been roped in to represent the PAS-led Kelantan government in the suit filed by Putrajaya over encroachments into Orang A...
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Another unilateral conversion dispute could spell review of Federal Court rulings, says lawyer
PUTRAJAYA: A unilateral conversion dispute involving two minors born to a woman who embraced Islam and her Buddhist ex-husband will likely set the stage for a revisit of two controversial cases decide...
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Yoursay: M’sia applying double standard on Zakir Naik
YOURSAY | ‘Sent Zakir Naik home and allow him to clear his name in India.’ Zakir Naik will return if Supreme Court promises not to arrest, jail him Evin K: Several warrants of arrest have been iss...
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Spain's Supreme Court to settle 'Wolf Pack' sex abuse case
Spain’s Supreme Court decides on Friday whether to uphold a ruling that cleared five young men of gang-raping a teenager at a bull-running festival, concluding a case that triggered mass protests an...
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India formally requests Malaysia to extradite Zakir Naik
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — The government of India has made a formal request to the Malaysian government to send back its citizen and controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik to face money launderi...
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Go back and face the law in India if you are clean, Zakir Naik
ADUN SPEAKS | "The trial won't be fair for me!" "The charges are politically motivated!" "It's an attempt to silence me!" Najib Abdul Razak and Rosmah Mansor would have said these things if they had m...
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Petrobras, Brazil govt dodge bullet as Supreme Court approves asset sales
BRASILIA, June 7 ― Brazil's Supreme Court ruled yesterday that state-run firms do not need congressional approval to sell their subsidiaries, a major victory for the government of President Jair Bol...
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Israelis protest moves to grant Netanyahu immunity, limit Supreme Court
Thousands of Israelis protested on Saturday against legislative steps that could grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution and limit the power of the country’s Supreme Court.
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Beleaguered Sri Lanka gets long-delayed IMF cash
COLOMBO, May 14 — The International Monetary Fund today released a long-delayed loan instalment to Sri Lanka, providing financial relief to a government still reeling from the Easter Sunday bombings...
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Facebook breakup call from co-founder easier said than done
Facebook Inc critics who want the social-media giant broken up gained an unexpected ally in one of the company’s co-founders – but antitrust enforcers face long odds in taking that approach to rein in its dominance.
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Jet Airways pilots’ union asks India’s top court to direct lender to release funds
NEW DELHI, May 7 — Jet Airways’ pilots’ union has appealed to India’s top court to direct State Bank Of India (SBI) to release interim funding to try to revive the grounded airline, according ...
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Reuters reporters in Myanmar freed from prison after more than 500 days
Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 da...
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Indian judges' panel clears chief justice of sexual harassment
India's Supreme Court announced yesterday that a panel of its judges had dismissed a complaint of sexual harassment made against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi (photo, above) by a former court employee, a...
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Lehman’s London ghost office nears wind-down after 12 years
LONDON: Lehman Brothers is finally leaving Canary Wharf, almost a dozen years after the Wall Street giant’s collapse.
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Thailand to crown its newlywed king in elaborate ceremonies
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday begins intricate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies to symbolically transform him into a living god as the Southeast Asian nation officially crowns its f...
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Brazil's indigenous tribes protest Bolsonaro assimilation plan
Thousands of people representing the more than 300 tribes native to Brazil marched to government offices in Brasilia on Friday to protest the policies of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro that threa...
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Report: Ghosn’s trial to be delayed possibly until next year
TOKYO, April 28 — Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s trial, which was expected to begin in September, will be delayed, local media said yesterday, hinting that it may not start this year.
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El Salvador seizes properties in case against ex-president
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR (April 25): Prosecutors in El Salvador yesterday seized 61 properties linked to a massive corruption case against exiled former president Mauricio Funes, accused of embezzlin...
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Nepali Supreme Court Reverses Original Ban On PUBG
Two weeks ago, the Nepali government decidedly banned the massively popular battle royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG). The reason given was the most common one, being its impact on chi...
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Sri Lanka was warned of threat hours before suicide attacks - sources
Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources w...
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China’s Bytedance says India TikTok ban causing US$500,000 daily loss, risks jobs
India's ban on popular Chinese video app TikTok is resulting in "financial losses" of up to US$500,000 a day for its developer, Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, and has put more than 250 jobs at risk, the company said in a court filing seen by Reuters.
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China's Bytedance says India TikTok ban causing US$500,000 daily loss, risks jobs
NEW DELHI, April 23 — India’s ban on popular Chinese video app TikTok is resulting in “financial losses” of up to US$500,000 (RM2.06 million) a day for its developer, Beijing Bytedance Technol...
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Axiata challenges Nepal’s RM1.45b tax demand
KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd’s 80%-owned unit, Ncell Private Ltd, is challenging the decision by the Nepali tax authority to seek 39.06 billion Nepalese rupees (RM1.45 billion) as capital gains ta...
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Axiata unit appeals against capital gains tax levied
PETALING JAYA: Axiata Group Bhd has confirmed that its 80%-owned unit Ncell Pte Ltd will be appealing against the Large Taxpayers Office’s (LTPO) assessment of the outstanding capital gains tax (CGT) amount it owes.
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Axiata's Ncell files appeal against RM1.45b payment demanded by Nepal
KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd's subsidiary Ncell Pte Ltd has appealed against Nepal's Large Taxpayer Office's (LTPO) demand of 39.06 billion Nepalese rupees (RM1.45bil) as capital gains tax (CGT).
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New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with US$39mil utility bill
A powerful regulatory authority in New Mexico is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook US$39mil for a new transmission line construction.
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AmInvest Research retains Hold for Axiata after Nepal govt seeks capital gains tax
KUALA LUMPUR: AmInvestment Research is maintaining its hold call on Axiata Group with unchanged forecasts and fair value of RM3.86 a share after Axiata-Ncell was required to pay capital gains tax.
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Google to block TikTok in India
SAN FRANCISCO: Google and Apple Inc complied with an Indian court order to block downloads of the popular app TikTok over government concerns with illicit content, according to people familiar with the decision. The move could handicap the app’s owner, China’s Bytedance Ltd, the world’s most highly valued startup, in one of its most promising markets.An Indian state court had earlier asked the federal government to ban TikTok, citing concerns the video-sharing mobile app exposed children to troubling content, including pornography.
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TikTok vanishes from Google, Apple app stores in India after ban
NEW DELHI, April 17 — The Chinese video app TikTok is no longer available in Google and Apple app stores in India after a state court prohibited its downloads, a setback for developer Bytedance Tech...
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Google blocks Chinese app TikTok in India after court order
Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court's directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on April 16.
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Ban on TikTok app would harm free speech, China’s Bytedance tells India’s Supreme Court
An Indian court's call for a ban on the popular video app TikTok will hurt free speech rights, China's Bytedance Technology Co has said in a request for the Supreme Court to quash the directive.
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Axiata's tax bill highlights investment risks overseas
KUALA LUMPUR: The Supreme Court of Nepal's order for Axiata Group Bhd's 80%-owned Ncell to pay capital gains tax to the Nepali government substantiates concerns of high regulatory and investment risks for the telco's overseas operations, says PublicInvest research.
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This is how Chinese citizens are watched and rated
China’s ambitious plan to assign lifelong scores to citizens based on their behaviour has stoked international concern, even as the project remains nascent and numerous hurdles must be overcome before the experiment can be implemented nationwide.
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Analysts remain cautious on IHH's qualified opinion
KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): Analysts have maintained their "hold" calls on IHH Healthcare Bhd as they remain cautious after the healthcare group's auditors issued a qualified opinion last week on its FY18...
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Indonesian loses blasphemy appeal over mosque loudspeaker complaint
Indonesia’s Supreme Court has upheld a jail sentence for a mother of four who was convicted last year on blasphemy charges for complaining that her neighbourhood mosque was too loud.
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Any law to restrict party hopping would be against the Constitution: Hanipa
KUALA LUMPUR: Political parties in Malaysia will have to live with the fact that there is nothing that can be done if their MPs or assemblymen decide to switch sides.
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Australian prosecutors seek jail for media over Pell trial coverage
Australian prosecutors are seeking jail and fines for dozens of journalists and media outlets for alleged contempt of court over their coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s child sex abuse trial last y...
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S. Korea court orders Mitsubishi asset seizure over WWII forced labour
SEOUL, March 25 — A South Korean court has approved the seizure of Mitsubishi’s assets over the Japanese industrial giant’s use of forced labour during World War II, an activist group said today...
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Indian tycoon Ambani pays debt after court threatened jail
MUMBAI, March 19 — Indian tycoon Anil Ambani has settled a multi-million debt with Sweden’s Ericsson, the company said yesterday, after judges threatened the billionaire with jail if he did not pa...
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Volkswagen India says will contest green court’s US$71m penalty
NEW DELHI, March 7 — Volkswagen will challenge a ruling by an Indian environment court that imposed a fine of 5 billion rupees (RM290 million) on the German carmaker for emission violations.
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iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next
Apple’s iPhone headaches may be aggravated by a brewing backlash against the fees gushing from its app store.
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Stop charging people for insults under ‘unconstitutional’ law, says media NGO
KUALA LUMPUR: The Centre for Independent Journalism said today Section 298A(1) of the Penal Code, which has been used to charge two people for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad, should be put on ho...
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Fortis not involved in Singh-Daiichi dispute, IHH chief says
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 27): IHH Healthcare Bhd has maintained that the ongoing dispute between the Singh brothers (Malvinder and Shivinder), and Daiichi Sankyo does not involve Fortis Healthcare Ltd, and t...
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Axiata's exit from M1 wasn't to fund tax bill: CEO
Malaysian communications giant Axiata yesterday said it did not exit the Singapore market to fund a reported 66 billion Nepalese rupee (S$783 million) tax bill - which surfaced just days before it ann...
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Melbourne car attack culprit jailed for life
An Australian man who drove a car into dozens of pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Melbourne in Jan 2017, killing six, has been jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 46 ye...
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RCI on judicial misconduct must start from 1988 scandal
The Cabinet has agreed to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into allegations of judicial misconduct after a top judge recently sounded the alarm over claims of abuse and interference in...
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Axiata posts RM1.66 bil net loss for FY18 on recognition of one-off items
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): Axiata Group Bhd posted a net loss of RM1.66 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2018 (4QFY18) — compared with a net profit of RM24.73 million a year ago — as the g...
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RCI on judiciary must go back all the way to 1988
COMMENT | The cabinet has agreed to form a royal commission of inquiry to look into allegations of judicial misconduct after a top judge recently sounded the alarm over claims of abuse and interferenc...
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Brazil prosecutors open money-laundering probe into president's son
BRASILIA, Feb 22 — The senator son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is under investigation by federal authorities for money laundering in connection to unexplained increases in his net worth, t...
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Business as usual in courts despite setting up of RCI, says AG
PUTRAJAYA: All court cases will proceed as scheduled and be decided by the courts as usual, despite the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to enquire into the judiciary, according to At...
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Business as usual for courts during RCI probe, says AG
PUTRAJAYA: All court cases will proceed as usual when the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) carries out its probe on alleged misconduct in the judiciary, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said today.
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No disruption to ongoing court cases despite RCI
All cases in the superior and subordinate courts will continue despite the cabinet's decision to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the judiciary, said attorney-general Tommy Thomas (photo,...
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After calls for RCI, Suhakam moots creation of judicial ombudsman
The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has proposed the creation of a judicial ombudsman in the wake of shocking allegations of misconduct in the judiciary.
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Crooked judges must be exposed
AS the ultimate bastion of justice, an impartial and incorrupt judiciary is crucial for maintaining the rule of law.
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IHH down as much as 22 sen; Indian court extends ban on Fortis sale
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 15): Shares in IHH Healthcare Bhd took a beating in afternoon trade today after India's Supreme Court extended its ban on the group's US$1.1 billion (RM4.5 billion) acquisition of a ...
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India top court extends ban on Fortis share sale to IHH
NEW DELHI (Feb 15): A two-judge Supreme Court panel headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi declined to hear Fortis Healthcare Ltd’s plea immediately; says it will hear the case on Feb 26.
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Judge’s explosive affidavit on judicial misconduct goes viral
PETALING JAYA: An affidavit filed by Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer about misconduct in the judiciary has gone viral and is causing waves in the legal fraternity.
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Axiata parties yet to receive Nepal’s supreme court order
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 8): Axiata Group Bhd said the company and related parties have not received the judgement and order from the Supreme Court in Nepal relating to the capital gains tax (CGT) claim whic...
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Axiata falls 3.59% on having to foot tax bill for Ncell buyout
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 8): Axiata Group Bhd shares fell 3.59% oin early trade this morning after NCell Pte Ltd and major shareholder Axiata were been ordered to pay capital gains tax amounting to 61 billio...
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Axiata ordered to foot RM2.16b tax bill in Ncell buyout deal
KUALA LUMPUR: Ncell Private Ltd and its major shareholder, Axiata Group Bhd, have been ordered to pay a capital gains tax of 61 billion Nepalese rupees (RM2.16 billion), excluding late fees and fines,...
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Reforms - just where is the ‘reset’ button?
The previous government fell at last year’s general election and the general public perception has been that its key politicians were largely kleptocrats who bent and broke the rule of law resulting...
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Cryptocurrency Exchange QuadrigaCX Loses US$145 Million With Death Of CEO
QuadrigaCX, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Canada, reportedly lost US$145 million (~RM613 million) of its customers assets, after its CEO and founder Gerald Cotton suddenly passed away.
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Venezuela's Maduro says Trump out to kill him
Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro accused US President Donald Trump of ordering his assassination, while his main global backer Russia called on Wednesday for mediation in a standoff deepe...
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Pakistan court upholds acquittal of Asia Bibi
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dismissing a petition filed by Islamists who have calle...
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Why set up tribunal when EC members have resigned, asks lawyer
PETALING JAYA: A lawyer has questioned the need for a tribunal to inquire into alleged misconduct by former Election Commission (EC) members as all of them have resigned from office.
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Democrat Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race
First-term Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California, a rising party star and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, launched her 2020 campaign for the White House on...
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Indian transgender told to apply as ‘male’ for Malaysian visa, says report
PETALING JAYA: A transgender activist in India has reportedly been told by the Malaysian consulate in the country to change her gender to “male” if she wishes to travel to Malaysia.
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From outcast to demigod: Transgender leader a star at Indian festival
In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet.
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Brexit: A lesson in democracy from the mother of Parliaments — Geoffrey Williams
JANUARY 17 — The government is the servant, not the master, of the people.
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Indian court reinstates head of police agency in blow to Delhi
India’s highest court ordered the reinstatement of the head of the country’s top crimefighting bureau on Tuesday, in a blow to the government that has been accused of undermining it.
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As a small state, law is key tool in managing ties with others: A-G
Singapore needs to build and manage its network of relations with other countries, and as a small state, the law is an important tool which enables it to do so, Attorney-General Lucien Wong said.
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Law an important tool for Singapore to manage relations with other states: Attorney-General
SINGAPORE - Singapore needs to build and manage its network of relations with other countries, and as a small state, the law is an important tool which enables it to do so, Attorney-General Lucien Won...
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Former Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to US, denounces Maduro
Former Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice Christian Zerpa has fled to the United States to protest President Nicolas Maduro's second term that will begin with his inauguration this week, the onetime Mad...
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Why Isma’s campaign to recognise Malaysia as an Islamic State is a no-brainer — Ahmad Farouk Musa
JANUARY 7 — We read about the campaign by Isma to gather one million signatures in support of its claim of “Malaysia Negara Islam” or Malaysia an Islamic state.
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Johns Hopkins, Bristol-Myers must face $1 billion syphilis infections suit
A federal judge in Maryland said The Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the Rockefeller Foundation must face a $1 billion lawsuit over their roles in a 1940s U.S. government experiment that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis.
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Hardline Hindus push Modi to allow temple on disputed Indian site
Hindu nationalists linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party urged him on Wednesday to push through laws to allow the building of a temple on the ruins of a 16th century mosque, a flashp...
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