KUB’s strategic plans bear fruit in FY15

KUCHING: KUB Malaysia Bhd (KUB) has re-aligned its business strategy to further enhance the Group’s business operations, which already presented positive results during FYE15. According to a statement, in line with the new ‘game plan’, KUB has disposed its non-performing businesses namely A&W Restaurant (Thailand) Co Ltd and KUB Builders Sdn Bhd. These disposals resulted […]

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EgyptAir victims’ relatives give samples for DNA tests

CAIRO: Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA Tuesday from relatives of EgyptAir Flight MS804 victims to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, where the crash killed 66 people, the airline said. Investigators are still searching for Airbus A320’s two black boxes on the seabed as they seek answers as to why the aircraft came […]

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In first, Russia, China emergency medical teams get global certificate

GENEVA: Three Russian and Chinese emergency medical teams have become the first certified by the World Health Organization to respond to disasters and disease outbreaks globally, the UN health agency said Tuesday. The two teams from Russia and one from China “completed WHO’s rigorous classification process,” the agency said in a statement. “This means that, […]

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Facebook apologises for banning ‘undesirable’ plus-sized model

SYDNEY: Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo’s depiction was “undesirable”. The social networking giant blocked the ad for Melbourne’s “Cherchez La Femme: Feminism and Fat” gathering, saying the image violated its advertising guidelines. When organisers questioned […]

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Malaysians waste 15,000 tonnes of food daily

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians waste 15,000 tonnes of food daily, including 3,000 tonnes that is still fit for consumption and should not be discarded. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Nogeh Gumbek said the increasing food wastage, especially during festive seasons shoud not be made a habit and should be curbed. “Research conducted by the […]

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Brazil’s planning minister resigns hours after declaring he would not do so

BRASILIA: Brazilian Planning Minister Romero Juca on Monday announced that he had requested a “discharge” from his post. “I’m going to request a discharge from my post until such time as the Attorney General’s Office expresses itself about my case,” said Juca after accompanying Acting President Michel Temer and other ministers from the economic area […]

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Obama drop-in for ‘bun cha’ stuns Vietnam street shop owner

HANOI: She has ladled out countless bowls of her pork noodle soup, but the owner of a Hanoi streetside restaurant says she was stunned when Barack Obama strolled in, pulled up a plastic stool and slurped down Vietnam’s famed “bun cha” delicacy. The US president slipped away from his hectic Vietnam visit on Monday night […]

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Singapore kicks out Swiss bank linked to 1MDB

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s central bank on Tuesday said it has ordered the closure of the local branch of Swiss bank BSI, which has been linked to Malaysia’s troubled state fund 1MDB. “The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it has served BSI Bank Limited (BSI Bank) notice of intention to withdraw its status as […]

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Clinton declines final debate with Sanders

WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton rejected an invitation to take part in a final campaign debate against her rival Bernie Sanders, her campaign said. “We have declined Fox News’ invitation to participate in a debate in California,” Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement, adding that the former secretary of state would concentrate […]

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Incoming Philippine president to allow Marcos’ burial in heroes’ cemetery

MANILA: Incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would allow the burial of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery, saying the issue has long divided the nation, reports China’s Xinhua news agency. “I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero […]

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