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8:31 PM

China says investigating powerful former security chief for graft

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is investigating former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, on suspicion of corruption, the government said on Tuesday, in what could become China's biggest graft scandal.

8:30 PM

At least 30 people killed in Libya's Benghazi in heavy fighting

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed overnight and Tuesday morning in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi during heavy clashes involving war planes and rockets between government special forces and Islamist fighters, medical sources said.

8:25 PM

Japan feels 'strong concern' about France-Russia navy deal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday expressed "strong concern" about the planned sale of French helicopter carriers to Russia, joining some EU countries in opposing the deal as the West believes Russia has failed to meet international demands to end violence in Ukraine.

8:16 PM

Man dies trying to save his burning house

KOTA KINABALU: Fire swept through a seaside settlement near Sepanggar Bay naval base, killing a man who was trying to save his burning house.

8:00 PM

Artillery shelling hits central Donetsk - witness

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Artillery fire hit central Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least one person in the rebel-held city as government forces pressed their military campaign against pro-Russian separatists.

7:55 PM

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

7:52 PM

Selangor MB crisis: PAS issues gag order

PETALING JAYA: PAS has issued a gag order on members over the ongoing crisis involving the Selangor mentri besar.

7:40 PM

Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine in fierce fighting

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels, as Kiev pressed on with an offensive on Tuesday including near the wreckage of Malaysian flight MH 17.

7:38 PM

Critics claim fading stars unlikely to shine on in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila will add a modicum of star quality to India's new franchise-based soccer league but critics believe the presence of such European veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country.

7:35 PM

Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video telling Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed.

7:33 PM

Nigerian teenage gold medallist Amalaha fails drugs test

GLASGOW (Reuters) - Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha, at 16 the youngest female weightlifter to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, has failed a doping test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Tuesday.

7:33 PM

Puma gets boost from World Cup, Arsenal deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German sportswear firm Puma said sales of World Cup soccer boots and national team shirts as well as new Arsenal jerseys beat its expectations as it reported second-quarter earnings that fell less than feared and reiterated its outlook.

7:23 PM

Selangor MB crisis: Leaked WhatsApp about 'analysing scenarios,' says Dr Zuhdi

PETALING JAYA: PAS research centre operations director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki, whose WhatsApp message about the party working with Umno went public, claimed that the message was about "analysing scenarios" of the party breaking away from Pakatan Rakyat.

7:13 PM

Malaysian shuttlers now eye individual glory

GLASGOW: Malaysia shuttlers, led by Chong Wei Feng, are highly motivated to enjoy a golden harvest in the individual competition after becoming the best mixed team at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

7:10 PM

Belgium seeks to label products from Israeli settlements

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium advised retailers on Tuesday to clearly label the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied territories where Palestinians seek statehood.

7:10 PM

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict.

7:04 PM

MH17: Health Ministry team headed to Netherlands to aid DVI process

KUALA LUMPUR: A Health Ministry team, led by its Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, is heading to Amsterdam in the Netherlands to aid the Disaster Victim Indentification (DVI) process to enable speedier repatriation of the remains of Malaysian victims who perished in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy.

7:00 PM

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

6:59 PM

Traffic update (7.30pm): Massive congestion at Changkat Jering southbound

PETALING JAYA: Massive congestion is reported at several stretches of the North South Expressway as city folks make their way back to work after the long Raya break.

6:54 PM

Fatehah shows potential to be a champion

GLASGOW: Top woman track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa did not win any medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games but she showed the world that she has the potential to make it big – one day.