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7:00 AM

Microsoft says data requests down, reforms needed

Microsoft said the number of global law enforcement requests for user data fell in 2014 as the tech giant renewed its call for surveillance reforms.

6:57 AM

Malaysian palm oil price hits near 2-week low before turning positive

JAKARTA: Malaysian palm oil futures touched a near two-week low on Monday, before reversing losses to end positive as traders positioned themselves ahead of export data due later this week.

6:51 AM

Oil eases as big powers negotiate with Iran

LONDON: Oil prices slipped on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear programme that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports.

6:46 AM

UnitedHealth to buy pharmacy benefit firm Catamaran for US$12.8bil

NEW YORK: Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc agreed to buy Catamaran Corp in a deal worth about $12.8 billion to boost its pharmacy benefit business as it competes with bigger rivals such as Express Scripts Holdings Co.

6:42 AM

Global stoclks surge, China at 7-year high

NEW YORK: The dollar gained and global equity markets surged on Monday on merger activity among drugmakers on both sides of the Atlantic, while Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high on a government plan to create a modern Silk Road trade route.

6:30 AM

Xbox One's Instant On under heat from energy efficiency group

Turning off the Xbox One's Instant On function can provide a near 40% reduction in the console's annual power consumption, saving up to US$250mil (RM927.56mil) across the US, advises an NRDC report.

6:00 AM

Drawing tourists to shop in Spain

Spain is working to lure travellers from beach to shops.

6:00 AM

From the Galaxy S to the S6: Five years of innovation from Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, officially launching on April 10, are the latest in a range that has been setting new benchmarks for high-end smartphones each spring since 2010.

6:00 AM

Montmartre bakery crowned winner in best baguette contest for Paris

Grenier à Pain wins second time; will be official supplier to the president.

6:00 AM

How to spot a good baguette

Look for taste, smell, appearance, doneness and bread texture.

5:55 AM

Exclusive - Pentagon chief sends military wish lists to Congress with reservations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter on Monday sent the military's annual "wish lists" to U.S. lawmakers, including 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 fighter jets and 14 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but said he would not back any of the requests unless Congress passed a larger overall defence budget.

5:50 AM

Buhari builds on early lead in tight Nigerian election

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari built a lead of 2 million votes with three-quarters of states counted on Monday, raising the prospect of a stunning ballot box victory for a man who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup.

4:50 AM

Senior Ugandan public prosecutor shot and killed in Kampala suburb

KAMPALA (Reuters) - A senior Ugandan prosecutor was shot dead late on Tuesday evening, in what police said could be a targeted assassination connected to her prosecution of suspects in twin bombings in the capital Kampala claimed by the Somali Islamist rebel group al Shabaab.

4:45 AM

Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced

ADEN (Reuters) - An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

4:35 AM

Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's licence, German prosecutors said on Monday.

4:25 AM

Red Cross driver killed in north Mali attack

KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a driver with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday in an attack on his aid truck as it headed across northern Mali towards Niger, the ICRC and Red Cross officials said.

4:20 AM

Rogue Catholic bishops plan to grow schismatic challenge to Rome

NOVA FRIBURGO, Brazil (Reuters) - Two renegade Catholic bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their ultra-traditionalist movement called "The Resistance" in defiance of the Vatican, one of them said at a remote monastery in Brazil.

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