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Minister in the Prime Minister department Datuk Wee Ka Siong during the meeting with Pawnbrokers Association Malaysia at Menara Usahawan in Putrajaya.

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One big family in Malaysia

A Sharp observation: A screen grab of the Maxis Merdeka video advertisement showing Sharp asking Malaysians about titles.

PETALING JAYA: The unique Malaysian culture of calling one another abang, anneh and taiko has been captured in several Merdeka video ads, receiving a resounding thumbs up from social media users.

From patriotic walk to cycling expedition

Family effort: Ragu (centre) and his daughters Nithya Rubhini (left) and Nithya Darshini (right) cycling along Jalan Kolam Air, Alor Setar.

ALOR SETAR: A family from Ipoh who started a “patriotic walk” two years ago to mark the National Day celebrations has taken their adventure to a new dimension this year – cycling across peninsular Malay­sia to spread the word of nationhood.

Regional

Japan landslides death toll hits 70 one week on

A rescue worker walks at the site of a landslide to search missing people six days after the disaster at a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan on August 26, 2014. - AFP

TOKYO, Aug 27, 2014 (AFP) - A week after huge landslides swamped the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the confirmed death toll from the tragedy hit 70 on Wednesday, with 18 people still missing.

Monument for MH17 dead in Australia

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the first remains of Australians killed in the MH17 crash will return home this week, as he announced a memorial for victims in Canberra.

World

Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday - minister

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks to the media upon his arrival to Baghdad International Airport August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The German government will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State militants in the north of the country, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday.

Russia denies it has plans to block gas transit to Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak dismissed Ukraine's claims that Moscow plans to block gas transit to Europe, saying on Wednesday that the assertions are groundless.

Environment

Wild about palms

Rare: Botanist Dr Saw Leng Guan is the country's leading expert in palms. The palm species Licuala scortechinii (critically endangered) is grown in the Kepong Botanic Gardens. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star

Malaysia has a rich diversity of wild palms, many of which grow nowhere else in the world.

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  2. 'Bomb' - not a word to utter while boarding a flight
  3. Striking workers in Kulaijaya torch factory building
  4. Army: Insulting royalty not an act we take lightly
  5. MAS stewardesses should be given choice to wear hijab, says Khairy
  6. Selangor MB crisis: Sultan defers Khalid's resignation, wants more than two names
  7. Striking employees stone workplace and set fire to employers’ car
  8. Has anyone seen Bambi?
  9. Tax evaders barred from leaving country until they pay up
  10. Tax defaulters get a rude awakening at the airport

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