Mon, 18 Feb 2019, 4:09 PM
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GIVEN a host of challenges at home and abroad, banking sector loans are expected to grow at a slower pace of about 5% this year after expanding 5.6% last year, their fastest pace in three years.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Malaysian palm oil futures edged higher in early trade on Monday, in line for a second session of gains in three days, bolstered by stronger related edible oils and on expectati...
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UALA LUMPUR: Total trade volume between Malaysia and China reached a record high of US$108.6bil (RM443bil) in 2018, with the number of Chinese visitors into Malaysia increasing 29% to 2.94 million last year.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI retraced some of its earlier gains by midday but remained ahead of the previous close as global equities surged on renewed optimism.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): The FBM KLCI erased most of its earlier gains in the morning session today, despite the firmer regional markets.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Malaysian palm oil prices are set to hold steady in 2019 at an average of RM2,303 (US$565) a tonne, according to estimates by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), while global...
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WASHINGTON, Feb 18 — The US Commerce Department sent a report yesterday to US President Donald Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from...
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A top adviser to US President Donald Trump said that the president's emergency declaration could allow "hundreds of miles" of barriers to be built on the Mexican border before the 2020 election.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) said today that 40% of its income last year was derived from overseas investments.
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MUNICH: BMW has announced that the B7 is getting the Alpina treatment for 2019 with a higher top speed and advanced driving assistant safety systems.
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SAN JOSE: Lightning Motorcycles followed up last month's electric motorcycle teaser image with a new pic of its high-performing, fully liquid-cooled electric motor.
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Ride-hailing drivers in Singapore have complained that some among their number are gaming incentives offered by Go-Jek. However, the company said it has not found any evidence to support such claims.
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Samsung is apparently planning on abandoning its production of 4K Blu-Ray players.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Shares on Bursa Malaysia remained higher at mid-morning today, lifted by gains in selected blue chips.
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SEMENYIH POLLS | Candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali is the latest Pakatan Harapan figure to have had to explain his academic credentials following a slew of misinformation surrounding those of several p...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Malaysia kept its export duty on crude palm oil for March at 0%, according to a circular on the Malaysian Palm Oil Board's website on Monday that cited the national customs depa...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Ringgit approaches its strongest level in more than six months as Brent crude extends gains and traders applaud signs of progress in US-China trade talks.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): The FBM KLCI pared some of its gains at mid-morning today and appeared to be struggling to cross the 1,700 threshold.
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NEW YORK, Feb 18 — The US-China trade war has dealt a glancing blow to American toys, hitting putty and arts and crafts items, while sparing superhero action figures, toy cars and most best-selling ...
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Shares on Bursa Malaysia opened higher due to better buying demand across-the-board as market sentiment was lifted by strong gains in US stocks.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit was higher against the US dollar in early session today on better demand for the local note, said a dealer.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — The ringgit was higher against the US dollar in early session today on better demand for the local note, said a dealer.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI rose in the early minutes of trading as it caught on to the wave of positivity surrounding the US-China trade talks that ended last Friday.
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KOTA KINABALU: Chong Su Kyun, one of 47 Malaysians recently released from a Cambodian prison, says he is trying to put his ordeal behind him now that he has finally been reunited with his family in Sa...
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SINGAPORE, Feb 18 — The US dollar was marginally weaker today, as increasing expectations of a US-Sino trade deal led investors to shift away from the safety of the greenback into riskier assets.
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SYDNEY, Feb 18 — Asian share markets firmed today as investors dared to hope for both progress at Sino-US trade talks in Washington this week and more policy stimulus from major central banks.
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Poland's prime minister has cancelled a trip to Israel in the wake of reported remarks made by his Israeli counterpart suggesting Polish complicity during the Holocaust, an aide in his office told Pol...
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth US$20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear...
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In 2009, then-US Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to “press the reset button” with Russia.
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SEPANG: One of the 47 Malaysians who were detained in Cambodia reminded job seekers not to be fooled by job vacancies posted on social media.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Global sales of semiconductors surpassed one trillion units for the first time ever in 2018, according to the US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). In a startement ...
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ISLAMABAD, Feb 18 — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth US$20 billion (RM81.6 billion) during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, wher...
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FRANKFURT, Feb 18 — Car imports from Europe do not endanger US national security, German car lobby the VDA said yesterday, echoing comments by Chancellor Angela Merkel a day earlier.
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MOSCOW, Feb 18 — Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling unde...
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SINGAPORE: The baht is looking to repeat its performance as one of Asia’s best currencies last year. Today’s growth data will shed light on a key pillar of its recent strength and may help it stay in pole position at least through the first quarter.
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Five months. That’s how long it takes Country Garden Holdings Co to start selling apartments after acquiring land. A spate of fatal accidents forced the Chinese builder to slow things down a notch last year, but the pace of construction may pick up again when robots start plastering the walls.
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It’s been a gruelling three-day event for all the Dota 2 teams here at Acer Predator League 2019, but this year’s winning team has officially been crowned.
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NEW YORK, Feb 17 — As Wall Street braces for the first quarterly decline in earnings in nearly three years, some investors are wondering if the market is factoring in a bigger erosion in profit marg...
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PETALING JAYA: Swiss authorities are investigating 1MDB whistleblower Andre Xavier Justo for economic espionage, says a report quoting the country’s attorney-general’s office.
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Four Malaysians, who were recently released from prison in Cambodia, learned a valuable lesson over accepting offers of well-paid jobs abroad via a smartphone app without stopping to think it may be a...
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DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would lead a US$700 million investment in US electric pickup truck startup Rivian Automotive LLC, in the e-commerce giant’s biggest bet on tec...
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SEPANG, Feb 17 — Four Malaysians, who were recently released from a prison in Cambodia, learned a valuable lesson for accepting offers of well-paid jobs abroad via a smartphone app without stopping ...
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I like the previous CEO of EPF.
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SEPANG: One of the 47 Malaysian detainees in Cambodia reminded everyone not to be easily fooled by job offers posted on social media.
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Canon has announced a new full-frame mirrorless camera next to its EOS R model. The best thing about it? It's US$1,000 (RM4,084) cheaper.
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The gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at an Illinois factory was a violent felon who nevertheless obtained a state permit to buy a firearm despite being legally barred...
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Former US Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Saturday he had not yet decided whether to run for president in 2020, but would do so “in the near term”.
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A US military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine is being stored amidst uncertainty over...
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US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total...
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has declared a dividend rate of 6.15% for conventional savings, with a payout amounting to RM43bil.
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Malaysia's main religious party has come under fire after it admitted last week to lying about a voice recording that reveals it accepted millions of ringgit from former ruling party Umno to cooperate...
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's main religious party has come under fire after it admitted on Wednesday (Feb 13) to lying about a voice recording that reveals it accepted millions of ringgit from former rul...
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16 — The Chinese company that has a stake in Fortnite developer Epic and developed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for mobile is understood to be in negotiations over the latest h...
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MUNICH, Feb 16 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel today labelled as “frightening” tough US trade rhetoric planning to declare European car imports a national security threat.
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PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - You may soon be able to get AirAsia's in-flight nasi lemak meal on the ground.
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Malaysian industrial estates, particularly the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), can expect more investments from China after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to Beijing in A...
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KUCHING, Feb 16 — The Sarawak state government will bear all the costs to be incurred in bringing home 44 Sarawakians released from detention in Cambodia yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Aba...
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PETALING JAYA: You may soon be able to get AirAsia in-flight nasi lemak meal on the ground.
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The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has declared a dividend rate of 6.15 percent for Conventional Savings 2018, with payout amounting to RM43 billion and 5.9 percent for Shariah Savings 2018, with a pa...
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has declared a dividend rate of 6.15% for Simpanan Konvensional 2018, with payout amounting to RM43 billion and 5.9% for Simpanan Shariah 2018, with a ...
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JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is postponing his trips to Indonesia and Malaysia, according to Indonesia's Foreign Ministry.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman will be postponing his visit to Malaysia and Indonesia in his tour of several Asian countries, the Foreign Ministry said today.
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Ride-hailing drivers in Singapore have complained that some among their number are gaming incentives offered by Go-Jek. However, the company said it has not found any evidence to support such claims.
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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to take on US rival Uber in some of Latin America’s fastest-growing markets, recruiting managers in Chile, Peru, and Colombia, according to job po...
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Konnectivity, a company jointly owned by Keppel Corporation and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), has announced that its voluntary conditional general offer for M1 Limited is now unconditional, as Konne...
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — Bursa Malaysia is expected to strengthen next week, driven by stronger ringgit and commodity prices, as well as rising forex reserves and higher national fourth quarter econo...
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WASHINGTON, Feb 16 — A confidential Commerce Department report due to be sent to Donald Trump tomorrow is widely expected to clear the way for the US president to threaten tariffs on imported autos ...
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TWO major divorces are in the making in March. The obvious one is Brexit, which officially occurs on March 29. The other is the deadline for the US-China trade negotiations on March 1, when US tariffs on US$200bil worth of Chinese imports will increase from 10% to 25%.
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MAJOR international institutions and almost all market consensuses are forecasting the global economy, which was firing on all cylinders in 2018, is now looking to grow less strongly in 2019, moving from a synchronised growth to less synchronised global growth.
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US Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism on Friday, maintaining his harsh rhetoric against Tehran just a day he attacked European powers for trying to undermine US sanction...
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NEW YORK, Feb 16 — Wall Street stocks finished another strong week on a positive note today, rising again on optimism over US-China trade talks.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16 — Uber today released earnings figures that showed its loss narrowed in the final quarter of last year while revenue growth slowed as the ridesharing giant prepares for a stock...
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16 — Samsung announced today it will open three US retail stores to promote its Galaxy line of smartphones as the South Korean giant sets to launch an updated flagship handset.
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NEW YORK, Feb 15 — Progress in the US-China trade talks helped send world stock markets broadly higher today and pulled investors out of the safety of government bonds.
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President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a vi...
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KINI ROUNDUP | Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
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PUTRAJAYA: The measures taken to tame inflation, which averaged 1.0% last year, did not affect the country’s economy as it grew 4.7% during the same period, according to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk ...
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Before the Galaxy S10 series is revealed, Samsung has just announced its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S5e. This is Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet yet and since it has the “e” in the nam...
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NEW YORK, Feb 15 — More than a year of work to bring Amazon.com Inc’s headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to New York City ended yesterday with a couple of phone calls.
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NEW YORK, Feb 15 — US stocks gained today, led by a bounce in shares of financials, as investors were optimistic about the ongoing trade talks to resolve a bruising tariff dispute between the United...
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PUTRAJAYA (Feb 15): The measures taken to tame inflation, which averaged 1.0% last year, did not affect the country's economy as it grew 4.7% during the same period, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk S...
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KUALA LUMPUR: All 47 Malaysians detained at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison have been freed this evening, after several rounds of discussions between the Cambodian and Malaysian governments, ac...
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PUTRAJAYA (Feb 15): The measures taken to tame inflation, which averaged one per cent last year, did not affect the country's economy as it grew 4.7 per cent during the same period, said Deputy Prime ...
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All 47 Malaysians detained at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison were freed this evening after several rounds of discussions between the Cambodian and Malaysian governments, said International Non...
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PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 — The measures taken to tame inflation, which averaged 1.0 per cent last year, did not affect the country’s economy as it grew 4.7 per cent during the same period, said Deputy Pr...
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KUALA LUMPUR: Petroleum retail prices for RON95 and RON97 increased by one sen per litre, while the price for diesel remained at RM2.18 per litre effective at midnight tonight until Feb 22.
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LONDON, Feb 15 — European shares recovered today after weak US and Chinese economic data earlier sent global equity markets into a dive.
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Another Friday, which means it’s time again for the weekly fuel price update.
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Australia-based rewards startup OpenSparkz has secured A$1.5 million (US$1.06 million) in a second seed funding round, which was led Singapore-based private investor Louise Daley, deputy chief of Acc...
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Responding to concerns from law enforcement and security agencies about the potential for concealed explosives, the US government is ordering all civilian drones to add external markings so the owner can be more easily identified.
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Samsung Electronics expects a new range of smartphones it will launch in India in the first half of this year to generate sales of US$4bil (RM16.35bil) in 2019, a senior company executive said on Jan 14.
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The advent of 5G will enable innovations in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data.
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More than a year of work to bring Amazon.com Inc's headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to New York City ended on Jan 14 with a couple of phone calls.
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Amazon.com Inc abruptly scrapped plans to build a major outpost in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs, blaming opposition from local leaders upset by the nearly US$3bil in incentives promised by state and city politicians.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 15): All 47 Malaysians detained at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison have been freed this evening after several rounds of discussions between the Cambodian and Malaysian Governm...
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — All 47 Malaysians detained at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison have been freed this evening after several rounds of discussions between the Cambodian and Malaysian gover...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 15): Luxchem Corp Bhd’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2018 (4QFY18) fell 8% to RM8.77 million from RM9.49 million in the previous year, on lower margins and highe...
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — The ringgit closed lower against the US dollar today on weaker demand as cautious sentiment clouded the market ahead of the outcome of trade talks between China and the United...
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BEIJING, Feb 15 — Top US and Chinese trade negotiators had “productive meetings”, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a tweet today, as the world’s largest economies wound down two da...