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Abuses pushed Malaysia's debt over 1 trillion ringgit says Mahathir | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is saddled with over 1 trillion ringgit ($251.70 billion) in debt, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday, blaming the previous government led by former protege Najib Razak who now faces domestic graft investigations.<p>FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister …

Economic Development

China praises positive steps in U.S. trade row, says didn't give in

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday praised a significant dialling back of trade tension with the United States, saying China had stood its ground and the two countries had huge potential for win-win business cooperation.<p>A trade war was "on hold" after the world's largest economies …

China

Philippines expresses 'serious concern' over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday<p>China's air force said bombers …

China

As Facebook becomes better policed, bad actors are moving to WhatsApp

The social network has clamped down on fake accounts. But its figures are fudged and say nothing of the rise of its encrypted cousin<p>Jeremy Paxman, who once served as <i>Newsnight</i>’s answer to the pit-bull terrier, famously outlined his philosophy in interviewing prominent politicians thus: “Why is this …

Internet

Terms of KL-Singapore HSR agreement may have to be renegotiated: Azmin Ali

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's newly appointed Economic Affairs Minister, Azmin Ali, said on Saturday (May 19) he has been tasked to review mega projects the …

Asia

The bombers next door: how an Indonesian family turned into suicide attackers

A wave of extremist violence that unfolded in Surabaya this week had a troubling new element: bombings carried out by parents – and their children<p>It was through food that the family of the Indonesian church bombers demonstrated neighbourly affection.<p>Over the years, plates of fried bananas or …

Extremism

U.N. sets up human rights probe into Gaza killings, to Israel's fury

GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel railed against the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday as it voted to set up a probe into recent killings in Gaza and accused Israel of excessive use of force.<p>The resolution to send a commission of inquiry to investigate was rejected by the United States and Australia, but …

Israel

U.S. driven by self-interest in wanting to block Russia pipeline - German minister | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning to the United States about the risks of placing “America First”, accusing Washington of seeking to block a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to shore up its own exports.<p>German Economic Minister Peter …

Exports

Muslim leaders call for international protection force for Palestinians | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders called on Friday for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinians after dozens of protesters were shot dead by Israeli forces on the Gaza border this week.<p>Leaders and representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states …

Israel

Beijing lands nuclear bombers in the South China Sea in clear sign that it has pushed out the US without firing a shot

Beijing upped the ante in the South China Sea on Friday by releasing footage of its H-6K nuclear-capable bombers landing on artificially made islands in disputed waters — and it sends a clear message of who dominates the region.<p>China has taken an increasingly aggressive stance to back up its …

China

‘Imprudent’ to relax rules on reserves the minute Singapore needs money: Lawrence Wong

Siau Ming En<i>8 hours 31 min</i> agoSINGAPORE — Responding to call by the Workers’ Party (WP) to change the rules on the

China’s vanished current-account surplus will change the world economy

NOT long ago China was a leading culprit in global economic imbalances. Whether blame was ascribed to its undervalued yuan or its frugal people, the …

Economics

Chinese mass-indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China's new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.<p>When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused …

China

The harrowing, wild and totally unpredictable last 24 hours in the world of Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has almost single-handedly redefined the pace, breadth and scope of news in his first 17 months in office. What would have been massive bombshells that might dominate a month -- or more -- of coverage of past White Houses become just one in a laundry list of big …

Donald Trump

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OF ALL his ambitious plans, Masayoshi Son’s most audacious is to create an informal business group among the world’s leading ride-hailing firms. …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Mahathir warns many figures on Malaysia's financial position are false

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday many of the figures recording the country's financial position may be false, but he did not offer any evidence or say which data he was referring to.<p>"Regarding the numbers indicating our financial position, I …

Economic Development

Indonesia suicide bomber mum 'chatted to neighbors about schools, swapped recipes'

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The mother of an Indonesian family of six who launched suicide bomb attacks on three churches chatted to neighbors about schooling and swapped recipes, leading what appeared to be a regular middle-class life and eluding counter-terrorism forces.<p>The family killed at …

Extremism

Japan plans $400m hit on US goods in response to Trump tariffs

As US-China talks begin aimed at averting a trade war, Tokyo jockeys for leverage with Trump administration<p>Japan is considering slapping tariffs on US imports worth $409m in retaliation against steel and aluminium levies imposed by Donald Trump, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday.<p>As the Trump …

Economy

Putin made a show of crossing the new Crimea bridge. But he was upstaged by a cat.

President Vladimir Putin's handlers had thought of nearly everything for the christening of a $4 billion bridge linking Russia to Crimea.<p>Dressed in blue jeans and ditching his tie, Putin jumped into the driver's seat of an orange dump truck Tuesday and drove across the bridge with cameras recording …

Russia

The Strategic Implications of Malaysia’s Election Stunner

By Richard Javad Heydarian<p>Malaysia’s recent national election was a stunner for many reasons. Not only did the election return a nonagenarian to …

Asia

Russia backs EU plan to meet on Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week: Ifax | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday Russia supported a European Union proposal to hold a meeting on the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week, Interfax news agency said.<p>The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most international sanctions in …

Iran Nuclear Deal

Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet European Parliament over privacy | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet the leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users’ data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company’s protection of data continues.<p>FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg …

Mark Zuckerberg

Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

RIYADH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage in much of the Middle East - but virtual silence among Washington's closest Gulf allies.<p>In recent years the bitter regional rivalry …

Middle East

Chinese Uyghurs forced to welcome Communist Party into their homes

<b>Beijing, China (CNN) —</b> More than a million Chinese Communist officials are being dispatched to live with local families in the western region of Xinjiang, a move seen as a sign of the government's increasingly tightened grip over the area's predominantly Uyghur Muslim population.<p>The so-called "home …

China

Surabaya attacks: Parents who bring their children to die

<b>The past days' deadly Islamist attacks in Indonesia have stood out because two families - parents and their very own children - were the attackers.</b><p>While children have been used as suicide bombers before, it is rare that parents take their own children to die along with them.<p>Normally children are …

Extremism

Malaysia's Mahathir vows to investigate toppled government

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed on Monday to investigate faults that may have been committed by the government toppled in last week's general election, and said all ministries had been instructed not to destroy any documents.<p>Mahathir announced that he would …

Economic Development

How China is trying to impose Islam with Chinese characteristics in the Hui Muslim heartland | South China Morning Post

Every Friday, the Nanguan Grand Mosque springs to life as local Hui Muslims from Yinchuan, capital of their official heartland, gather for the most …

China

Taiwan boosts domestic arms makers, as China's warnings loom

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Standing on his company's sprawling campus in central Taiwan, Lin Nan-juh says he's able to make any plane his island's government calls for.<p>"We can do whatever's asked," says Lin, president of Aerospace Industrial Development Corp., or AIDC, a leader in the defense industry …

China

The Leader Who Wanted a ‘Crooked Bridge’ With Singapore Is Back

The man who once called Singaporeans a "selfish lot" has returned.<p>Nearly 15 years after he stepped down, Mahathir Mohamad is at the age of 92 again …

Asia

South Korea takes dispute on U.S. tariffs on washing machines, solar panels to WTO

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday that it has taken a dispute to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States for imposing tariffs on washing machines and solar panels as the measure was deemed to be in violation of the WTO agreement.<p>South Korea's Ministry of Trade, …

Solar Panels