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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday appointed a woman to head a major Australian spy agency for the first time. Rachel Noble will become next director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), which intercepts electronic communications from foreign countries. “Her appointment to this leadership role is a significant step forward for women
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia assures that they will give their full support to ensure the Parti Warisan Sabah candidate wins the soon-to-be-called Kimanis parliamentary by-election. Sabah Bersatu deputy chairman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said Thursday (Dec 12) that the party had agreed for a Warisan candidate to contest the Kimanis parliamentary seat,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is now open to having a shorter impeachment trial in the Senate, two sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday, after he initially proclaimed he wanted a full-blown, potentially lengthy hearing. Trump has said publicly that a trial in the Republican-led Senate would give him an opportunity
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court jailed 11 people on Tuesday for plotting a suicide bombing on the St Petersburg metro that killed 15 people and injured scores during a visit by President Vladimir Putin to his home city in 2017. One man, a Russian national from Kyrgyzstan, was given a life sentence after being
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SINGAPORE (ANN): Singaporeans are among the most well-fed populations in the world, according to a recent study. The Republic emerged tops for the second year running in the Global Food Security Index, which assesses if people have access to affordable, quality food to meet their nutritional needs. Developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and
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(Reuters) – Finland’s Sanna Marin is about to become the world’s youngest serving prime minister at the age of 34. Here are some other current world leaders still in their thirties: – Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35, Ukrainian prime minister. A political novice and protege of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Honcharuk ran for parliament in 2014 but failed
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun postponed consultations with lawmakers to designate a new prime minister by one week until Dec. 16, the presidency said on Sunday. The consultations, which had been scheduled for Monday, were postponed after Samir Khatib withdrew his candidacy for the position of prime minister. (Reporting by Laila Bassam; Writing
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KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan has 5,000 troops operating in Yemen, down from a peak of 15,000, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Sunday, adding that he believed no military solution was possible. Briefing journalists on his return from Washington, Hamdok said there had been no discussions during his visit about withdrawing the troops. “Regarding Yemen
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Mexican negotiators are “very close” to finalising the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a Washington-based source familiar with the talks said on Saturday, after a top Mexico official said the two sides had made progress on the trade deal. The person added that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still needed to agree
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SHAH ALAM (Bernama): Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad polled the highest votes late Friday (Dec 6) in the election to choose 27 committee members for Parti Amanah Negara’s National Leadership Committee 2019/2020. The election process, involving 821 delegates, saw Khalid receiving 786 votes followed by Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar (780), Agriculture
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MARTIGNY, Switzerland (Reuters) – Christoph Blocher’s vast collection of works by Switzerland’s master painters is a fitting accompaniment to the 79-year-old billionaire’s decades at the vanguard of right-wing Swiss politics. A 127-piece sample from his private trove, on display at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny from December until June, celebrates Switzerland’s rural roots and
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WATFORD, England (Reuters) – It was shaping up for a repeat of NATO’s disastrous summit of July 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a tirade against European allies and threatened to pull America out of the transatlantic military alliance forged after World War Two. French President Emmanuel Macron had stunned other leaders in the
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WATFORD, England (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of working with Islamic State proxies and said Ankara needed to clarify those ambiguities during meetings this week. “The common enemy today is the terrorist groups. I’m sorry to say, we don’t have the same definition of terrorism around the table,” Macron told reporters on
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KUALA LUMPUR: His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has dedicated to his late father Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah the prestigious 2019 Diamond of Asia award. The award was bestowed to him by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in recognition of His Majesty’s contributions spanning
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