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Committed to the task: Azmin wants to see an efficient and quality water supply in the state.

Azmin: Water deal stays

PM and wife join in festivities

Rosmah: Critics can’t get at Najib, so they target me

Nik Aziz: Event organisers have worms in their heads

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Bleak celebration for 11 families in shelter

Sombre occasion: B. Santhi (centre) with her children (from left) A. Devarasee,  A. Logarasan and A. Pehrarasee making the most of what they have in celebrating Deepavali at the temporary shelter. - Bernama

HULU SELANGOR: It was a bleak celebration for 11 families who had to spend Deepavali for the first time in a temporary shelter.

‘Get tough on syndicates’

PETALING JAYA: Political sanction is needed to check illegal logging involving syndicates with high-level connections, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Foundation president Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.

Regional

New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan was hit Thursday by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.

World

Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video  in Ottawa, October 22, 2014.   REUTERS/CBC/Pool

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead.

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday's election

A pre-election poster with a portrait of Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, leader of political party People's Front is seen at the street in Kiev, October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatists and an unresolved row over gas.

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When a smile says a lot

Flashing a smile is perhaps the best way to break the ice or relieve stress, even if there are some social norms and practices that prevent us from doing so.

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