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A Saudi Arabian group now holds McDonald's franchise rights in Malaysia. The photo shows the first and oldest McDonald's outlet in Ipoh, Perak, which was closed last month.

McDonald’s sells Malaysian, Singapore franchise to Saudi group

BENGALURU: McDonald’s Corp said on Friday it had sold the franchise rights for its restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia to Saudi Arabia’s Lionhorn Pte Ltd as part of a plan to move away from direct ownership in Asia.

Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell

LONDON (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes.

Mohd Faiz shortlisted for FIFA's Puskas Award 2016

PETALING JAYA: Football sensation Mohd Faiz Subri has made it into the final three for the FIFA 2016 Puskas Award!

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China court finds man executed 21 years ago innocent

BEIJING: China’s top court on Friday cleared a man executed 21 years ago for murder -- more than a decade after another man confessed to the killing -- in the latest miscarriage of justice in the Communist-ruled country.

Malaysian mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in action. - Filepic

Mixed doubles pair Peng Soon-Liu Ying crash out of Macau Open

PETALING JAYA: Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have crashed out of the Macau Open.

Worsening problem: An undated graphic illustration created by the Bergen police in Norway of the 5,500 usernames related to conversations and photo sharing related to child abuse and sexual depictions of children in computer software on the 'dark Internet'. Law enforcement and other agencies in various countries are reporting that numbers are on the rise with technological advances making it hard to track down the buyers. — EPA

Surge in online sex trade of children challenges anti-slavery campaigners

Technology has fuelled a surge in the buying and selling of children online for sexual abuse with advertising a child on the Internet as "easy as booking an airfare", campaigners told an anti-slavery conference in London.

Filepic of a ramen restaurant in Japan.

Japan offers ramen discounts if elderly drivers give up licences

TOKYO: Elderly drivers in Japan's Aichi prefecture are being offered ramen discounts to give up their drivers' licences, as the country sees a sharp rise in accidents involving older motorists.

Rosmah: I have never bagged Permata funds

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has emphasised that funds for the Permata early childhood programme do not go into her pocket.

Alexandra Alexander stars as Huminodun.

Kadazandusun legend Huminodun coming to life on the big screen

KOTA KINABALU: Generations of Kadazandusun children have been told the story of Huminodun, the girl who sacrificed herself so that humankind could be fed.

Teaching kids to challenge gender stereotypes

Shanti Masilamoney remembers having to carry buckets and buckets of water up five floors to her family’s flat whenever there was a water disruption.

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Women may feel more comfortable and safer knowing that their drivers are women too.— Photos: WONG PEK MEI, IBRAHIM MOKHTAR and FAIHAN GHANI /The Star

Safer taxi rides for women

AFTER hearing horror stories of female friends and family members getting harassed and exposed to crimes while taking public transportation, full-time mother Denise Tan decided to take things into her own hands.

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