Umno eyeing half of Malay-majority seats in Selangor

SELANGOR Umno hopes to contest at least half of the more than 30 Malay-majority seats in the state, its youth wing leader Mohd Imran Tamrin said. He said this is, however, subject to negotiations with Umno’s new ally, Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Tourists descend on Tasik Kenyir for Raya 

TOURISM operators at Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu are seeing brisk business as more people are frequenting the lake especially for the long Hari Raya festivities.  They said that there is a trend that more people are spending Hari Raya by travelling to tourist destinations. 

Pakatan has faith in Selangor voters 

PAKATAN Harapan leaders in Selangor are anticipating a tough but not insurmountable challenge against Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the state polls. They believe the majority of voters have been convinced of the benefits of the PKR-led administration of the state in the past 15 years and that they will continue to vote for the coalition.

EU foreign policy chief asks Europe navies to patrol Taiwan Strait

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called on European navies to patrol the disputed Taiwan Strait, in a opinion piece in a French weekly published today. Borrell’s comments in the Journal Du Dimanche, echo comments he made last week when he stressed how crucial Taiwan is to Europe.

Ailing Pakistan elephant dies, leaving ‘mourning’ partner in limbo

AN AILING elephant at a Pakistan zoo died today, vets said, calling on the ill-equipped menagerie to evacuate her “mourning” partner to avert a second tragedy. Pakistan’s zoos are frequently accused of being blase about animal welfare, and the plight of Noor Jehan was cited by animal rights activists campaigning to shut the wildlife exhibition […]

Philippines raises concerns over Taiwan in talks with China

THE Philippines’ top diplomat has expressed his concern to Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang over escalating tensions in waters around Taiwan, Manila said today. Philippine foreign secretary Enrique Manalo met Qin as the two countries seek to deepen economic ties while also managing their dispute in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs […]

Flambeed dish sparks Spain restaurant fire, killing 2

TWO people died and 10 were injured in a fire sparked when a waiter at a Madrid restaurant flambeed a dish, accidentally setting decorations ablaze, authorities and local media reported today. Madrid’s Samur emergency services “treated 12 people in this disaster”, two of whom died, Montse Marcos, a manager at the organisation, told journalists.

Taipei mayor aims to cement ties, learn from Singapore

NEW Taipei Mayor Hou Yuih said today on the final day of a four-day visit to Singapore that his trip was aimed at reinforcing relations with the city state and learning from it. Singapore news media saw the visit as an opportunity for Hou to brandish his credentials as the potential presidential nominee of the […]

No toll again on April 24, says Malaysian Highway Authority

THE four-day free toll for all classes of vehicles on 33 highways throughout the country, which began on April 19 ended yesterday (April 21). In a statement posted on Facebook tonight, the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) said the next toll-free day is on April 24 (Monday).