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Hesitance turns into enthusiasm

Landlord wants to clear his name

Four nabbed in drug bust

Jobless woman happy to own a house

Nation

Cops rescue illegal workers locked up in condominium

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have put an end to slave labour at a condominium in Jalan Klang Lama here.

KTMB introduces new JB-Haadyai service

KUALA LUMPUR: KTM Bhd will introduce a new direct train service daily from Johor Baru to Haadyai from Tuesday, as well as an evening service from here to Butterworth.

Regional

Wanted: Pier blast suspect

BANGKOK: An arrest warrant has been issued for an unnamed suspect in a bomb blast at a Bangkok pier that took place a day after Thailand's worst ever-bombing killed 20 people at a popular shrine, Thai police said.

Four stage ‘direct approach’ against security Bills in Japan

TOKYO: A group of Tokyo university students have staged a rare hunger strike in front of Japan’s parliament as they protest against security Bills that critics fear would drag the country into foreign wars.

World

Deported Al-Jazeera journalist - Verdict a blow for Egyptian press freedom

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A decision by an Egyptian court to sentence three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison was politically motivated and aimed at intimidating the press, one of the three, Australian journalist Peter Greste, said on Saturday.

Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to prison

Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry.

Environment

Smaller of newborn panda twins dies

WASHINGTON: One of the two giant panda twins born at Washington’s Smithsonian National Zoo over the weekend died on Wednesday, turning unexpected joy to tragedy in a matter of days.

Education

Decision on hold

1 A little less stress: The decision to postpone the must pass SPM English paper will allow students more time to brush up on their proficiency before the ruling takes effect. 2. A closer look: Since not all school laboratories are equipped with the necessary apparatus to conduct experiments, the decision to reintroduce science practical exams have been put on hold.3. Why change? Once a policy is made, there must be plans to ensure that the objective and target date are met, says Noor Azimah.4. No losing sight: Prof Ganakumaran is of the view that stakeholders must focus on the primary objective - developing competence in the language.5. A welcome move: The NUTP praises the ministry for understanding the situation, says Lok.6. No U-turn, please: It doesn’t make sense to take a step forward and then back down, says Shamsudin. amsudin

While the Education Ministry’s indefinite postponement of the SPM English issue has drawn flak from many quarters, there are an equal number of stakeholders who are happy with the decision.

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