Penang Pakatan finalises seat distribution for components

PENANG Pakatan Harapan (PH) held talks today to finalise seat allocations for its component parties for the state elections. Its chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the meeting was to prepare the bloc for its meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) next week.

Iran to sack, replace thousands of energy workers on strike

FOUR thousand Iranian petrochemical workers on strike over pay and conditions in an energy-producing region of the country’s south will be sacked and replaced, state media reported. The employees in Bushehr province have demanded salary rises and improved conditions for accommodation and transport, an official in charge of the Islamic republic’s oil and gas sector […]

Woman finds abandoned newborn near factory

A NEWBORN baby boy with insect bites and his umbilical cord still attached was found on wooden planks near a factory fence in Kampung Peramu in Kuantan today. Kuantan district police chief ACP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said police received a call on the discovery of the baby from the public at 12.10pm.

Slick Espargaro grabs MotoGP pole in rainy Jerez

SPANIARD Aleix Espargaro dodged the showers today to grab pole position in the Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix at Jerez. The Aprilia rider, who set the best time in the heat in Friday’s qualifying, edged Australian Jack Miller (KTM) and fellow Spaniard Jorge Martin on a Ducati-Pramac. 

Umno aims to wrest back Pasir Salak seats, says Zahid

UMNO wants to recapture the Pasir Salak parliamentary constituency and the two state seats within it in the next general election, said party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. “I hope in the 16th general election or in the next state election, we will wrest back the two state seats in Pasir Salak. In fact, insha-Allah we […]

Penang South Islands project to begin after DOE approval, says Kon Yeow

THE Penang South Islands (PSI) project will start after the state government’s environmental management plan (EMP) is approved by the Environment Department (DOE), Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said. He said the approval will take about two months, and that reclamation work is expected to start in the third quarter of this year.

Combative Erdogan returns from 3-day campaign absence

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today appeared in public for the first time in three days after a stomach infection kept him off the campaign trail before key polls. Smiling and dressed in a red windbreaker, the 69-year-old leader walked out on the stage of an Istanbul aviation festival and tossed out flowers to flag-waving […]

Huge fire at Crimea fuel depot after drone strike

A HUGE fire broke out today at a fuel depot in Sevastopol, the main port in Moscow-annexed Crimea, with authorities saying it was the result of a drone attack. Sevastopol is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and has been hit by a series of drone attacks since the Kremlin’s Ukraine offensive launched last year.