Melaka urges wearing of masks in public areas

MELAKA: Wearing of face masks in public areas, including schools, especially for those with Covid-19 symptoms is encouraged in line with the recommendations of the Health Ministry, says a state executive councillor. Read full story

All BN components at table for seat talks, says Zambry

BARISAN Nasional (BN) will not exclude any of its components from seat negotiations for the state elections, its secretary-general Zambry Abdul Kadir said.  He said seat distribution decisions are subject to the mutual agreement of BN components. 

Senegal opposition leader faces rape trial next month

SENEGAL’s embattled opposition leader Ousmane Sonko will go on trial for alleged rape on May 16, his accuser’s lawyer El Hadji Diouf said today, confirming media reports. A firebrand speaker who came third in Senegal’s presidential election in 2019, Sonko has enjoyed a rapid political rise thanks in part to his popularity with young people […]

Afghan women protest against foreign recognition of Taliban

A GROUP of Afghan women protested in Kabul today, defying a crackdown on dissent to urge foreign nations not to formally recognise the Taliban government ahead of a United Nations summit next week. Protesters opposing creeping curbs on women’s rights have been beaten or detained since the Taliban surged back to power in 2021, and […]

Sarawak to study poverty in state

SARAWAK will engage researchers to conduct a comprehensive study on the extent of poverty in the state, said Premier Abang Johari Openg. He said the situation requires more thorough investigation as poverty statistics in the state include those who own assets like land.

Japan passes landmark approval for abortion pill

THE abortion pill will become available in Japan for the first time after the health ministry approved the drug used to terminate early-stage pregnancy. Abortion is legal in Japan up to 22 weeks but consent is usually required from a spouse or partner, and until now a surgical procedure had been the only option.