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Najib to set fresh diplomatic course during Obama's visit

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak talks on several issues including US President Barack Obama's first visit to Malaysia and the missing MH370, among others

ATM in mosque compound broken into

KUALA LUMPUR: An ATM machine at a mosque in Gombak was broken into early this morning.

Policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

KABUL: An Afghan policeman opened fire at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity on Thursday, killing three Americans including a doctor, in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city.

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

TOKYO: When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.

Facebook woos journalists with 'FB Newswire'

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook launched Thursday FB Newswire, billed as an online trove of real-time information for journalists and newsrooms to mine while reporting on events or crafting stories.

Apple, Google among four giants to pay US$324m in court

SAN FRANCISCO: Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin.

'X-Men' director to miss film launch, slams sex claims

'X-Men' director to miss film launch, slams sex claims

LOS ANGELES: US filmmaker Bryan Singer said Thursday he will not help promote the release of his latest "X-Men" blockbuster next month, to keep the launch free of distraction by sex abuse claims against him.

Google+ boss leaving the company

SAN FRANCISCO: The executive credited with bringing the Google+ social network to life is leaving the Internet colossus after playing a key role there for nearly eight years.

John Kerry warns Russia against 'expensive mistake' in Ukraine

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday that Russia's refusal to take any steps to end the crisis in Ukraine would prove costly, saying the window for Moscow to change course was closing.

Amazon.com's revenue sees an increase

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, largely offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce company branches into new businesses.

Football: Brussels confirm bid to host Euro 2020 matches

BRUSSELS: The Belgian football federation (URBSFA) confirmed on Thursday that Brussels will be officially presented as one of the candidate cities to host matches during Euro 2020.

White House national security aide Susan Rice to meet Anwar

TOKYO: The top White House national security aide Susan Rice will meet Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when President Barack Obama’s regional tour reaches Malaysia, a senior US official told AFP Thursday.

Don: Obama's visit will give Malaysia assurance over South China Sea dispute

KUALA LUMPUR: US President Barack Obama's visit to Malaysia this weekend will provide assurance to Malaysia in terms of national security in regard to the territorial dispute over the Nine-Dash Line in the South China Sea, said the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.

It's Obama's right to see Anwar or not: Dr M

PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it was up to the president of the United States whether to see opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or not.

MH370 Tragedy: 'Involvement of many countries in SAR result of good ties'

KUALA LUMPUR: The search for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 which involves many foreign countries is the returns of good diplomatic relations which Malaysia's leadership has with others, said a senate member.

Local boat suspected to be involved in robbery of Japanese tanker

SHAH ALAM: A local boat is suspected to be involved in the robbing of almost three million litres of diesel from a Japanese tanker, Naniwa Maru 1, by eight criminals in the waters of Port Klang, near Pulau Ketam, early Tuesday morning.

Obama's visit a recognition for Malaysia, says Jamaluddin Jarjis

KUALA LUMPUR: United States president Barack Obama's visit to Malaysia is a recognition of its successful development efforts, said Malaysia's Special Envoy to the United States, Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.

Burst pipe affects water supply rationing in Petaling Jaya, Rawang

KUALA LUMPUR: Incidents of burst pipes in Petaling Jaya and Rawang today adversely affected the channelling of water to the surrounding areas which are involved in the water supply rationing plan.

37,000 applications for houses under Myhome

PUTRAJAYA: Some 37,000 applications have been received to date under the Affordable Home Ownership (MyHome) Scheme, which provides a subsidy of up to RM30,000 to those eligible, since the scheme was launched on April 1.

Flash flood in Raub, 56 evacuated

KUANTAN: Fifty-six flood victims from 18 families in Raub district were evacuated to three relief centres from 9.30am yesterday after their houses were inundated by flood waters.

Is Kelantan ready for hudud implementation?

THE Pas-led Kelantan government will table a private bill in Parliament before end of the year to seek a declaration that Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II, or hudud, can be implemented in the state.

July 22 new mention date for Tuhan Harun case

KUANTAN: The Syariah Lower Court today fixed July 22 as the new mention date for the case involving deviant "Tuhan Harun” sect leader Harun Mat Saat after the prosecution requested more time to go through several case-related documents.

RMN wants to acquire state-of-the-art technology

LUMUT: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) wants to acquire state-of-the-art technology, with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) such as the Bluefin-21 top of its wishlist.

Owner of dogs which attacked three and tore off scalp of maid remanded

SEREMBAN: Police have detained a 53-year-old farmer who owned the two American pitbulls that attacked three persons including a maid who lost part of her scalp in Kampung Masjid Lenggeng near here last Wednesday.

MH370 Tragedy: Opposition leader warned from speculating on missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was today cautioned from speculating and spreading unwanted remarks on the missing MH370 flight which only tarnishes the country's image.

MH370 Tragedy: Material washed ashore Augusta not from missing plane - ATSB

PERTH: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is confident the unidentified material that was washed ashore in Augusta, southwest coast of Western Australia was not from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Police yet to record statement from councillor who was stabbed

IPOH: Police have yet to record a statement from the 54-year-old Ipoh city councillor who was stabbed on Wednesday evening.

Residents around Sg Balang rattled by discovery of crocodile

MUAR: Over 3,000 residents in 12 villages around Parit Bugis, Sungai Balang are shocked with the discovery of a three metre crocodile in Sungai Sarang Buaya last month.

Sarawak to amend state land code

KUCHING: Sarawak government intends to amend the State land code to allow sale and purchase of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land among the natives regardless of where these lands are located.

MH370 Tragedy: RMN's Bunga Mas 6 reaches search area

PERTH: The Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN) auxiliary ship Bunga Mas 6 (BM6) has joined the RMN's frigate KD Lekiu in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370, in the planned search location in the southern Indian Ocean.

Terengganu mulls settlements similar to Felda for fishermen

KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu is mulls creating fishermen settlements based on the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlement to give fishermen a brighter future.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman submarine proves RMN's capabilities

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman submarine proves RMN's capabilities

LUMUT: The Royal Malaysian Navy's Scorpene submarine fleet, which has been a subject of discussion on social media recently, proved its naysayers wrong after KD Tunku Abdul Rahman submarine succesfully completed a week-long journey from its base in Sepanggar, Sabah to the Lumut RMN naval base here today.

More than 1,000 cyclists expected to take part in 'Shah Alam Enduride 2014'

SHAH ALAM: More than 1,000 local and international cyclists from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore are expected to participate in the 'Shah Alam Enduride 2014' which will take place on May 18.

Trio fined RM5,000 each for obstructing public servant from discharging duty

TAMPIN: Three men, who assaulted a public servant during an operation to bring down "ceramah" or talk posters two years ago, was fined RM5,000 each by the Magistrate Court here today.

LZS gets RM6.22m in business tithe from 3 corporations

SHAH ALAM: The Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) today received more than RM6.223 million in business tithe from three corporations in handover ceremony attended by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Bukit Kayangan, here.

NSTP scores big at WAN IFRA's Asian Media Awards

NSTP scores big at WAN IFRA's Asian Media Awards

HONG KONG: The New Straits Times Press group scored big at the 13th Annual World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Asian Media Awards held in conjunction with the two-day Publish Asia 2014 conference here.

Mayor: Dataran Merdeka out of bounds for rally against GST

KUALA LUMPUR: Dataran Merdeka is not allowed to be used for the protest gathering against the Goods and Services Tax scheduled for May 1.

F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial

MUNICH (Germany): Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying charges of bribery that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail.

UK nurse leaves Sri Lanka after tattoo jail ordeal

COLOMBO: A British nurse jailed in Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo left the country Thursday after suffering what she says was sexual and other harassment by prison officers.

Indonesia international school faces new sex abuse claims

JAKARTA: A prestigious Indonesian international school faced a mounting crisis Thursday, as new sexual assault claims emerged and an ex-teacher was revealed to have been a suspected paedophile under FBI investigation.

<font color=red>S. Korea Ferry Incident:</font> Parents of victims attack top official

S. Korea Ferry Incident: Parents of victims attack top official

SEOUL: Angry parents of victims of South Korea’s ferry disaster assaulted a top official on Thursday, accusing him of lying about efforts to retrieve bodies still trapped in the submerged ship.

Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18

BEIRUT: Opposition activists say Syrian government airstrikes on a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province have killed at least 18 people and wounded scores.

King bids to reassure Saudis as MERS deaths hit 85

RIYADH: King Abdullah was in the Saudi commercial hub of Jeddah on Thursday in a bid to reassure a worried public as the death toll from the MERS virus hit 85.

Tengku Adnan: Many misuse BR1M

KUALA LUMPUR: The government's objective of lightening the burden of the people, especially the low-income group, by giving them the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) has not been fully achieved.

Marc Anthony to produce album in English

Marc Anthony to produce album in English

MIAMI: Marc Anthony’s latest Spanish-language album, 3.0, is a hit, and his single “Vivir mi vida” topped the charts for 18 months.

S. Korea Ferry Incident: Classes resume at school scarred by disaster

ANSAN: Senior classes resumed Thursday at the South Korean high school devastated by the loss of around 250 students in a ferry disaster that has made the school a focus of profound national grief.

Only 117 TTC graduates yet to be offered places

KUALA LUMPUR: Only 117 graduates of teachers' training colleges (TTCs) in the country have not been offered places because they failed in the interviews, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.

27 SK Sikamat student in Seremban suffer food poisoning

SEREMBAN: Twenty-seven primary school students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Sikamat here were taken to the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital (HTJ) due to food poisoning today.

MH370 Tragedy: Black box could help re-enact plane's final moments

KUALA LUMPUR: “Based on the information from the black box, we can re-enact the final two hours of flight MH370,” said an aviation principal specialist Baha Rudin Abd Latif.

Appeals Court upholds RM1.2m award to man for medical negligence

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today affirmed a 2010 High Court verdict awarding RM1.2 million in damages to a former company legal manager‎ who lost his right eye during a surgery.

56 accidents involving buses in Malacca from Jan to Mar 2014

MALACCA: A total of 56 accident cases involving various types of buses were recorded throughout the state in the first three months of the year, revealed records from the State Road Transport Department.

Soccer: Malaysian jailed over Australian soccer match-fixing

MELBOURNE: The Malaysian ringleader of an Australian soccer match-fixing ring was jailed on Thursday, shortly after the lower league club involved was fined and deducted points for their failure to prevent the situation.

Home based health care to ease congestion in hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will introduce domiciliary care as part of its four-year initiative to improve the public health delivery system.

Registration for GST opens on June 1

PETALING JAYA: A taxable person who is required to be registered under the goods and services tax (GST) regulations can start registering with the dedicated portal http://gst.customs.gov.my from June 1, a Royal Malaysian Customs officer said today.

Man changes plea after hearing possible punishment

GEORGE TOWN: A man changed his plea to not guilty and claimed trial to a robbery charge at the Sessions Court here today after hearing that he was facing possible imprisonment of up to 14 years.

S. Korea Ferry incident: Boy & girl tied lifejackets together before drowning

SEOUL: A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart.

University students' hostel broken into, items valued RM15,000 stolen

ALOR GAJAH: Nineteen female students at an institute of higher learning in Lendu, here, were shocked to discover their living quarters ransacked and their money, laptops and smartphones missing, on Wednesday evening.

Valentine's Day murder suspect to retain Ramkarpal as counsel

GEORGE TOWN: An engineer accused of murdering his 24-year-old girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year has opted to retain Ramkarpal Singh as his counsel.

Penang BN to discuss preparations for Bukit Gelugor by-election

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional will hold a meeting to discuss preparations on the Bukit Gelugor by-election next Monday (Apr 28).

Two traders fined for possessing illicit cigarettes

PORT DICKSON: Two traders, a local and an Indonesian, were fined RM36,000 after pleading guilty to possessing illicit cigarettes at the Magistrate Court here today.

Mortality rate of TB higher and deadlier than dengue

SHAH ALAM: The mortality rate of tuberculosis (TB) is higher and deadlier than dengue, Selangor Health Department director Datuk Dr Azman Abu Bakar said today.

Police make thorough preparation for Obama's visit

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur police have made thorough preparation for the visit by United States President Barack Obama starting Saturday.

Hong Kong's "milkshake murderer" loses bid for final appeal

HONG KONG: American expatriate Nancy Kissel, who is serving a life sentence in a Hong Kong jail for the "milkshake" murder of her Merrill Lynch banker husband, failed in her last bid to appeal her conviction on Thursday.

Plans for Temple of Fine Art for Sikh community

KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism and Culture Ministry is committed to set up a temple of fine art for Sikh community in recognition of the minority’s contribution to the country.

3 people missing after freighter sinks off Greece

ATHENS: Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.

Hospital guard opens fire, kills doctor

KABUL: A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing at least one foreign doctor and wounding several other people, medics told AFP.

Ipoh housing developer stabbed by two men outside office

IPOH: A housing developer was seriously injured after being stabbed by two men outside of his office yesterday evening.

Tiger tattoo leads to arrest of man who shot police

SHAH ALAM: A tiger tattoo enveloping half the chest of a Chinese Muslim convert in Ipoh led to his arrest for involvement in the case in Ampang Jaya where a policeman was shot in the stomach during assault.

Kedah identifies another site for RTC

JITRA: State government hopes that the federal government would build another Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) for Kedah in Baling and a mini Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Sungai Petani.

S'gor police bust biggest money laundering syndicate

SHAH ALAM: Selangor police today busted it's biggest money laundering syndicate with the arrest of an Iranian national believed to be the mastermind and confiscation of black money worth RM30 million.

33-door longhouse at Batu Niah razed, leaving 284 homeless, one dead

MIRI: A 33-door longhouse at Batu Niah here was razed by fire on Wednesday, leaving 284 homeless while a disabled man was found dead.

Government wary and will take action on those setting up illegal organisations

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not hesitate taking strict actions on individuals or groups responsible in setting up illegal or unregistered organisations.

Anzac Day witnessed by thousands of runners

KOTA KINABALU: City folks observed a minute of silence in conjunction with Anzac Day, today, to commemorate those who died during the World War II in Sabah.

Bayern promise home improvements against Real

Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday.

Historic canonisation of two popes brings joy and controversy

VATICAN CITY: Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonisation that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.

Man died while trying to save a puppy

PENAMPANG: A lawyer died while trying to rescue a puppy trapped in a three-metre deep hole at Kampung Pisang Babah here, today.

<font color=red>S. Korea Ferry incident:</font> Ferry engineer says no technical problems

S. Korea Ferry incident: Ferry engineer says no technical problems

SEOUL: The senior engineer on the South Korean ferry that sank last week said Thursday he was unaware of any problems with the ship’s engine or ballast when it ran into trouble.

Pahang has no plan to equip gov't enforcement officers with firearms

KUANTAN: The state government does not plan to equip firearms to government agencies' enforcement officers in the state or place them at specific areas to protect them from security threats.

Dog attack victim doesn't want family to know ordeal

Dog attack victim doesn't want family to know ordeal

SEREMBAN: "Do not tell my family in Indonesia that I am in the hospital as I am still healthy and doing fine," said Indonesian maid Ruhimah Juandi, 51, who lost part of her scalp in a vicious attack by two American bulldogs in Kampung Masjid Lenggeng near here on Wednesday.

In US coming out party, Bollywood finds curious fans

In US coming out party, Bollywood finds curious fans

TAMPA: Teresita Alonso had never watched an Indian film until she browsed the home-order television service Netflix and, noticing the favorable reviews, took a chance on “My Name Is Khan.”

SaveME 999 will become the only emergency channel nationwide

JOHOR BARU: SaveME 999, the smartphone application for disabled people to receive emergency service, will be extended to the general public by end of May or early June this year.

Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

TOKYO: Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.

Salesman charged for outraging modesty of woman

KUALA LUMPUR: A salesman was charged at the Ampang magistrate's court today with outraging a saleswoman's modesty two weeks ago.

Bangladesh's 'miracle' survivor marries and builds new life

Bangladesh's 'miracle' survivor marries and builds new life

SAVAR: She was the “miracle” seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world’s worst garment factory disaster 17 days after her factory collapsed. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore

SINGAPORE: Singaporean fans of Hello Kitty raged on the web Thursday after their frantic attempts to buy limited-edition toys from the McDonald’s website failed when overwhelmed servers crashed, in the latest frenzy over the Japanese cat to hit the city-state.

Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed

BANGKOK: Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability.

Anwar files petition of appeal against sodomy conviction

PUTRAJAYA: ‎ Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has filed his petition of appeal against his Court of Appeal conviction and five-year jail term.

<font color=red>S. Korea Ferry incident:</font> Angry parents seek autopsies

S. Korea Ferry incident: Angry parents seek autopsies

SEOUL: Some parents of the mostly teenage victims of South Korea’s ferry disaster are pushing for autopsies that might show their children were alive inside the submerged vessel and only died because the emergency response was so slow.

Pakistan fighter jets target militant hideouts near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border on Thursday in response to a spate of attacks around the country, the army said, in the first aerial operation against Taliban insurgents in two months.

Federal government never rejected hudud - PM

Federal government never rejected hudud - PM

‎ALOR STAR: Prime Minister said the government has never rejected hudud while stressing that it requires an in depth studies before the Islamic criminal law could be implemented.

Camilla's brother dies in NYC of head injury

Camilla's brother dies in NYC of head injury

NEW YORK: The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are “utterly devastated” by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury, royal officials said.

Jalan Bukit Bintang between Chulan Square, Menara Worldwide remains closed

KUALA LUMPUR: The 500-metre stretch of Jalan Bukit Bintang between Chulan Square and Menara Worldwide will be closed to all traffic beginning today.

11 cattle struck by lightning, breeder suffers RM25,000 loss

11 cattle struck by lightning, breeder suffers RM25,000 loss

ALOR GAJAH: A cattle breeder incurred losses of about RM25,000 after 11 of his cattle were struck by lightning in Kampung Telok Berembang, Lubok Cina yesterday.

No substantial price increase in food items for the first quarter of the year.

PUTRAJAYA: Checks by the Special Cabinet Committee formed to address the rising cost of living showed there have been no significant price increase for several food items during the first quarter of the year.

KL Bandar IRB to be closed for relocation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur Bandar Inland Revenue Board (IRB) branch in Jalan Kampung Attap here will be closed after April 30 for relocation.

<font color=red>S. Korea Ferry incident:</font> Crew member says

S. Korea Ferry incident: Crew member says "we were ordered" to leave sinking

SEOUL: A member of crew of a South Korean ferry that sank last week said on Thursday she and her colleagues were "under command" to abandon ship.

Handing over of world's tallest ATCT in klia2 to DCA

SEPANG: Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today he was proud of all the hard work that went into completing the second Kuala Lumpur International Airport (klia2) on time.

Japan PM Abe: Agreed with Obama on broad range of security cooperation

Japan PM Abe: Agreed with Obama on broad range of security cooperation

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the United States and Japan have agreed to cooperate on a broad range of security and defence issues, adding that U.S. President Barack Obama had welcomed Tokyo's efforts to review its exercise of collective self-defence.

MERS-CoV: No new cases in Johor

JOHOR BARU: There have been no reports of new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from Kampung Bintang in Batu Pahat here.

Pahang state assemblymen visit Lynas rare earth plant

KUANTAN: For the first time, all 42 members of the Pahang State Legislative Assembly visited the Lynas Corporation Ltd (Lynas) rare earth plant in Gebeng, near here yesterday.