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5:50 PM

Japan could deploy minesweepers off South Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday.

5:45 PM

Merkel, Putin express hope for gas talks success on October 29 - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of reaching an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Friday.

5:44 PM

Rizalman appoints own lawyer for NZ trial

PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian defence attache Muhammad Rizalman Ismail has appointed a counsel for his assault and burglary trial in Wellington, New Zealand.

5:37 PM

Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year's WTA Finals with a 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 triumph over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament.

5:35 PM

Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant

DIYARBAKIR Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers killed three Kurdish militants who were part of a group that attacked a power plant in the eastern province of Kars, Turkish sources said on Friday.

5:34 PM

Serbia get walkover versus Albania, three points deducted

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week's Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl between the players after a flag stunt, but also had three points deducted, the Serbian FA said on Friday.

5:27 PM

Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals.

5:21 PM

'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight

A little-known Japanese company has donated 10,000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City, which confirmed its first case of the virus Thursday.

5:20 PM

Continued use of obsolete systems led to recent ATM hacks

KUALA LUMPUR: The spate of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) hacks last month were due to financial institutions' continued use of obsolete operating systems and lack of "penetration testing", opined an IT security consultant.

5:18 PM

Late buying of Sime Darby drives KLCI to higher close (Update)

KUALA LUMPUR: Late fund buying of Sime Darby helped the FBM KLCI close more than eight points higher on Friday while Petronas Gas, Tenaga Nasional and KL Kepong also shored up the 30-stock index.

5:09 PM

Form Two boy in ICU after bashing by seniors over shoe

BALIK PULAU: A Form Two student is in critical condition after being allegedly beaten by a group of seniors at their hostel.

5:06 PM

Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland

Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war.

5:05 PM

Chief Palestinian negotiator issues statehood ultimatum

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestinians' chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years, even if it means ignoring pleas from the United States not to push ahead.

5:00 PM

Watch the driverless Audi RS 7 Sportback complete a lap

This Audi RS 7 Sportback completed a high-speed lap at the Hockenheim ring without the help of a human driver.

4:56 PM

RHB Bank joins £1.35b financing for Battersea Power Station

HONG KONG: Four banks have joined the £1.35bn (US$2.17bn) five-year financing backing the development of phases 2 and 3 of Battersea Power Station in London, sources said.

4:54 PM

"Amok woman" Muhdalena arrested in Malacca

JOHOR BARU: Muhdalena Ahmad, the "amok woman" who escaped from a hospital where she delivered a baby boy on Thursday morning, was arrested in Malacca.

4:48 PM

PIAM appoints Mark Lim as new CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: The General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) has announced the appointment of Mark Lim Kian Wei as its new chief executive officer.

4:45 PM

Canadian couple accused of spying in China held in near isolation, son says

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Canadian couple accused of spying near China's sensitive border with North Korea have been kept separately in near isolation for more than 80 days and denied access to legal counsel, their son said on Friday.

4:33 PM

Dog-petting event organiser to break silence

PETALING JAYA: After keeping a low profile since last Sunday's "I Want to Touch a Dog" event organiser Syed Azmi Alhabshi will finally break his silence and speak to the press on Saturday.

4:31 PM

Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week - source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in November.

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