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DUTCH SEEK UN TRIBUNAL TO INVESTIGATE DOWNING OF MALAYSIAN MH17

Sunday, July 05, 2015

AMSTERDAM,Netherlands - The Dutch government is lobbying its political allies for the establishment of a UN tribunal to prosecute suspects in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine a year ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.
Rutte said a UN tribunal would give “the best guarantee of cooperation from all countries” in seeking justice for the families of the 298 victims, most of whom were Dutch passengers aboard flight MH17.
Malaysia, one of five countries on a Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team probing the crash, told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday it plans to push for a U.N.-backed tribunal, even as Russia described the move as premature, diplomats said.
“No route is 100 percent perfect, but this is the route that is by far the most preferred,” Rutte said after a weekly meeting with his centre-right cabinet.
  • Rutte’s comments confirmed a report by Reuters last month that the Netherlands was seeking to establish such a tribunal.
  • He declined to comment on where the court might be located or how it important it would be for Russia, which has a veto on the UN Security Council, to cooperate.
  • Russia denies involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are fighting Ukrainian government forces. 
Moscow has suggested MH17 was downed by a Ukrainian fighter jet and denied a widely supported theory that the rebels shot it out of the sky with a Russian-supplied BUK missile.
The Netherlands is leading the criminal investigation, which is also assisted by Belgium, Australia and Ukraine. 
A final report on the cause of the crash is due to be released in October by the Dutch Safety Board.
Source:- Reuters
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QUAKES IN NORTH WESTERN CHINA KILL 6, DAMAGES THOUSANDS OF HOMES

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing at least six people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said.
Many traditional houses in the mainly ethnic Uighur region collapsed when the shallow 6.4 magnitude quake struck about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of the southern city of Hotan, emergency officials said. 
The Ministry of Civil  Affairs said that  at least 3,000 homes either collapsed or were seriously damaged.

Source: Agency
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CLAIMS THAT 1MDB FUNDS TRANSFERRED TO MALAYSIAN PM PERSONAL ACCOUNT IS POLITICAL SABOTAGE?

Saturday, July 04, 2015

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia -  Claims that 1MDB funds were transferred to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal accounts is "political sabotage," says the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The Wall Street Journal and the Sarawak Report published articles on Friday claiming that almost US$700mil (RM2.63bil) of 1MDB funds had been transferred into the Prime Minister's personal accounts.
"Despite the Prime Minister's successful stewardship of Malaysia's economy against global headwinds - as recognised this week by Fitch's upgrade - there have been concerted efforts by certain individuals to undermine confidence in our economy, tarnish the Government, and remove a democratically elected Prime Minister.
"These latest claims, attributed to unnamed investigators as a basis to attack the Prime Minister, are a continuation of this political sabotage," the PMO said in a statement on Friday.
It said that the criminal leaking of documents, doctoring and extortion have taken place to "mislead the media and public".
"So it is incumbent on responsible members of the media not to accept documents as genuine unless verified by the appropriate authorities," it said.
The Prime Minister's Office also noted that 1MDB had already stated that the company never provided funds to the Najib in a statement that was released earlier on Friday.

Source: The Star

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SOLAR PLANE RECORD-BREAKING 5 DAY JOURNEY ACROSS PACIFIC OCEAN FROM JAPAN

Saturday, July 04, 2015

An aircraft has succeeded to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun's energy, breaking a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight.
The Solar Impulse 2, which took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey, has shattered the solo-flight record threshold of 76 hours while crossing the Pacific.
The plane, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo jet, landed in Hawaii on Friday.
Solar Impulse 2, piloted alternatively by Swiss explorers Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, set off on its 35,000km journey around the world from Abu Dhabi on March 9.
"Can you imagine that a solar powered airplane without fuel can now fly longer than a jet plane!" said Piccard in a statement. "This is a clear message that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals."
Since leaving Abu Dhabi, Solar Impulse 2 has flown  seven  legs of 13 in an attempt to be the first single manned solar-powered plane to fly around the world.
  • The plane is powered entirely by the 17,248 solar panels on its wings.
  • The five-day leg from Japan to Hawaii was regarded as the most challenging part of the journey.
  • "If we did a five-day flight across a continent and we encountered any problems - be it weather, operational issues, there's an alternate airport we can land," Gregory Blatt, the project's managing director, told Al Jazeera. 
  • "Crossing the Pacific, there is no alternate airport so that's what keeps me up at night, that's what keeps up the teams, the engineers, the pilots. This is a first ever - are we going to be able to make it?"
If successful, the 120-plus hour flight to Hawaii will also break records for the longest distance flown by a aircraft powered only by the sun.
Live video from the cockpit of the plane was broadcast on YouTube and showed pilot AndrĂ© Borschberg wearing an oxygen mask and thick flight clothes to protect 
him from the cold. 


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KUALA LUMPUR TAXI DRIVERS GAIN INTERNATIONAL RATING FOR BAD ATTITUDE?

Friday, July 03, 2015

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Malaysian taxi drivers are gaining international recognition or rather, infamy for their bad attitude.
British taxi comparison site LondonCabs.co.uk has placed Kuala Lumpur taxi drivers at the top of a list comparing the 10 worst taxi drivers across the globe.
"Drivers from Kuala Lumpur are well known for overcharging clients and detouring.
"Even though they are supposed to charge by the meter, many drivers refuse from doing so," said LondonCabs.
"The best advice is to simply wait for another vehicle if the driver resists using the meter," it said.
The article further described taxis  in Kuala Lumpur  as "rather 
old and in poor condition".
Rome's taxi drivers came in second after Kuala Lumpur for their exorbitant rates and rudeness.
"Most people cannot even find a vehicle available in Rome. Cars are scarce and the drivers are often rude and difficult to deal with," said LondonCabs.
"If it's raining, expect to pay double or triple the price for a vehicle in Rome," it added.
Bangkok minicab drivers came in third in the list for drivers getting lost and not knowing the way.
Other cities that made the list were Paris, New York, Mumbai, Zurich, Cairo, Shanghai and Moscow.
LondonCabs said the 10 places listed had taxis that "you may be better off avoiding if you want to have a positive and uplifting transportation experience".

Source: Agency
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RUSSIA CITY OFFICALS BAN YOGA FOR BEING TOO MUCH LIKE ‘RELIGIOUS CULT’?

Friday, July 03, 2015

NIZHNEVARTOVSK, Russia - Local officials in a city in Russia have banned yoga from their community buildings, likening the practice to a religious cult.
Yoga studios in the town of Nizhnevartovsk received letters from city officials telling them yoga classes should no longer be practiced in municipal facilities, the Moscow Times reported.
The Aura and Ingara Hatha yoga studios both lease space at the public stadium.
The city’s First Deputy Head Sergei Levkin wrote to the Russian head of social and youth policy, asking her to take all necessary measures to stop Hatha yoga lessons from taking place at 
the stadium.

Levkin reasoned the move was crucial “in order to prevent the spread of new religious cults and movements.”
Another letter was sent to the heads of the physical culture and education departments.
It describes Hatha yoga as “inextricably linked to religious practices” and having “an occult character.”
Nizhnevartovsk is the second-largest city in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
It is part of the Russian federation, and has a population of more than 260,000 people. 
The region produces more than half of Russia’s oil.

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BOAT WITH 173 ON BOARD CAPSIZES IN PHILIPPINE WATERS, 33 FEARED DEAD

Thursday, July 02, 2015

MANILA, Philippines -  A ferry with 173 people on board overturned in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday as rescuers rushed to the scene, the coast guard said.
At least 33 people were dead, a disaster monitoring official said.
The Kim Nirvana was heading from the central city of Ormoc to the island of Camotes when it capsized, the coast guard office in Manila said.
Search and rescue operations were ongoing and it was unclear if there were any fatalities or anyone rescued so far, the coast guard office said.
At least seven rescue boats picked up dozens of survivors who clung to the overturned hull of the Kim Nirvana, 1km from Ormoc port, Ciriaco Tolibao from the city’s disaster risk reduction and management office told AFP.
The boat capsized in the waters off Ormoc City in the Philippine island of Leyte past noon on Thursday, just a few minutes after leaving the port there.
Divers were scouring the murky waters searching for survivors from the inside of the ship, he said.
The coast guard confirmed that it was engaged in search and rescue activities but could give no further details of the operation.
Poorly maintained, loosely-regulated ferries are the backbone of maritime travel in the sprawling archipelago.
But this has led to frequent accidents that have claimed hundreds of lives in recent years.
  • This include the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster in 1987 when the Dona Paz ferry collided with an oil tanker, leaving more than 4,300 dead.

Source: – AFP
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RAISING FUEL PRICES BY PUTRAJAYA MAY SPARK 'ARAB SPRING' IN MALAYSIA?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Putrajaya must ensure that its policies do not beggar Malaysians, said a Muslim group when warning that rising costs could create conditions conducive to a public uprising similar to the 2011 “Arab Spring”.
Criticizing the up to 20 sen increase to petrol prices today, the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) said the hike as well as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) were piecemeal and disorganized attempts to address a systemic issue with the wastage of public funds.
“The economic independence of the public must be based on free incentives (free from political interference) and competitiveness based on efficient fiscal planning. 
This way, the public will not become ‘beggars’ and forced to tighten their belts on their own land,” the group said today.
“We don’t want the tragedy of Mohammad Boauzazi in Tunisia (which sparked the Arab Spring) to happen in our country! If it occurs, it will send the country into a political crisis that would only lead to further suffering among the public.”
  • Boauzazi was a Tunisian street vendor who reportedly immolated himself in 2011 to protest harassment by local authorities and was, according to popular accounts, the trigger of the public uprisings there and elsewhere in the Middle East that were dubbed the “Arab Spring”.
The increase prompted PKR MP Rafizi Ramli to press Putrajaya to reintroduce the fuel subsidies it eliminated last year, after he pointed out that pump prices were rising despite oil getting cheaper globally.
Yesterday, a survey by recruitment firm JobStreet found that nine in 10 Malaysians cited difficulty in coping with the higher costs  of  living following
the  introduction  of GST in April.
  • The prices of RON95 and RON97 petrol went up by 10 sen and 20 sen respectively yesterday.
Source:  Malay mail
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PROSTITUTION ACTIVITIES ARE ALIVE AND SHINE IN SINGAPORE: 39 ALLEGED PROSTITUTE ARRESTED IN RAIDS

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

SINGAPORE - A raid in the western region of Singapore led to the arrest of 89 people, 39 of whom were women allegedly involved in prostitution-related activities.
According to Shin Min Daily News, the joint operation involved Jurong Police Division, Traffic Police, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
During the three-day operation, authorities investigated 1,240 people and 1,520 vehicles at Kranji, Bukit Batok and Yuan Ching Road.
A total of 89 people were arrested for illegal moneylending, prostitution, drug trafficking and immigration-related offences.
There were 39 women arrested, 26 of whom were between the ages of 22 and 41, and allegedly involved in prostitution-related activities online.
Eight people were arrested for their alleged involvement in immigration-related offences at Kranji, while another nine were involved in drug trafficking-related activities at Bukit Batok.

Source: Agency
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