Myanmar to take 1,000 Rohingya refugees in pilot programme

MYANMAR will accept the return of around 1,000 Rohingya refugees in a pilot repatriation programme, with a junta spokesman telling AFP today the resettlement would likely begin by mid-April.   “We will receive people back according to both countries’ agreement… About 1,000 people will be in (the) first batch,” Zaw Min Tun told AFP.  

KL cops uncover fraud syndicate with arrest of seven

KUALA LUMPUR: The police uncovered a syndicate that used a platform to buy and sell goods to dupe victims into downloading an Android Package Kit (APK) before “siphoning out” their money, with the arrest of seven men during a raid on two premises in Jalan Tun Razak here. Read full story

Cebu Pacific Air flight makes emergency landing at KKIA

KOTA KINABALU: A Cebu Pacific Air A320 Airbus had to make an emergency landing at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here after a suspected problem to the aircraft’s engine late Wednesday (March 22). Read full story

UK ex-premier Johnson will vote against N.Irish trade pact

BRITAIN’S former leader Boris Johnson will oppose in a parliament vote today a key part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s post-Brexit deal with the EU to overhaul trade rules for Northern Ireland.   Johnson, who also faces a much-anticipated grilling today about the “partygate” controversy during the Covid pandemic, which could end his career as an […]

UK inflation unexpectedly accelerates to 10.4%

BRITISH annual inflation unexpectedly accelerated in February despite central bank efforts to tame a growing cost-of-living crisis, official data showed today. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 10.4% in the 12 months to February 2023, up from 10.1% in January, the Office for National Statistics said.

No plan to prosecute Dr Mahathir for sedition, says Saifuddin

THERE is no need to take action against Dr Mahathir Mohamad under the Sedition Act over his criticism of the government, Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said. However, Saifuddin said he is leaving it to the police to take appropriate action if necessary.

Amnesty urges Uganda leader to reject ‘appalling’ anti-LGBT bill

AMNESTY International urged Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni today to reject a tough anti-gay bill passed by parliament, warning it was “a grave assault” on LGBT people.   Ugandan lawmakers hastily passed the bill yesterday evening, ordering harsh penalties for anyone who engages in same-sex activity.  

King, Queen extend Ramadan greetings to Muslims

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah have extended their Ramadan greetings to all Muslims in Malaysia. Read full story