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3:30 PM

Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday.

3:22 PM

Canadian couple accused of spying in China held in near isolation

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

3:21 PM

Only World Group plans to raise RM50mil from IPO

KUALA LUMPUR: Only World Group Holdings Bhd plans to raise RM50mil from its initial public offering (IPO), targeted by year-end.

3:18 PM

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman's ties

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

3:00 PM

Swedish military calls off hunt for suspected submarine

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish military said on Friday that it had called of its search for a suspected foreign submarine in waters off Stockholm after a week-long hunt, ending the country's biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War.

3:00 PM

Ex-Japan PM Fukuda to meet Chinese Pres Xi next Wednesday - Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported, citing diplomatic sources.

2:49 PM

Lump sum investment or drip feed?

If you have figured out what you want to invest in, how long you want to invest for and how much you can afford to invest, then you also need to decide on whether to invest all your savings in one go or to add funds over a longer period of time.

2:38 PM

Malaysia joins 20 countries to start Asian Infra Investment Bank

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government of Malaysia joined 20 proposed founding member countries to set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

2:20 PM

Hearing of Anwar’s defamation suit against Khairy set for May 7

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has set two days from May 7, for the hearing of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's RM100mil defamation suit against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

2:15 PM

Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites fear they are at mercy of region's tumult

RIYADH (Reuters) - The Shi’ite Muslim minority in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have long felt marginalised by the Sunni ruling dynasty, and protests for greater rights as part of the 2011 Arab Spring brought a crackdown on both protesters and demands for reform.

2:00 PM

IJM Corp ups stake in Kumpulan Europlus

KUALA LUMPUR: IJM Corporation Bhd has been raising its stake in Kumpulan Europlus Bhd which are involved in building the RM5.044bil West Coast Expressway (WCE).

1:50 PM

Bangladesh Islamist leader convicted of war crimes dies

DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi Islamist party leader serving 90 years in prison for crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence has died, a doctor said.

1:43 PM

Pacific Islands Forum lifts Fiji ban

SUVA, Fiji, Oct 24, 2014 (AFP) - The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) announced Friday the lifting of Fiji's suspension from the regional body following the island nation's return to democracy last month.

1:37 PM

Amla century, poor New Zealand batting gives South Africa series

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Hashim Amla's composed century helped South Africa to within a sniff of reclaiming the one-day top ranking after they beat New Zealand by 72 runs to wrap up their three-match series with a game to spare on Friday.

1:35 PM

Boustead, KPRJ Petroleum reviewing O&G business in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Holdings Bhd’s subsidiary Boustead Atlas Hall Sdn Bhd and KPRJ Petroleum Sdn Bhd evaluating business opportunities and cooperation in Malaysia’s oil and gas industry development.

1:24 PM

Hua Yang shares up on stellar earnings

KUALA LUMPUR: Shares of Hua Yang Bhd rose at midday on Friday after posting a stellar second quarter results on Thursday.

1:20 PM

Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they will hold a straw poll on government proposals they had rejected earlier in the week as the campaign in the Chinese-controlled city entered the fifth week on Friday.

1:10 PM

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

1:09 PM

Plantations lifts KLCI as CPO edges towards RM2,200

KUALA LUMPUR: Plantations lifted the FBM KLCI slightly higher at midday on Friday, absorbing the selling pressure on CIMB while key regional markets were mostly higher.

2:58 PM

Mystery of missing Italian businessman deepens

PETALING JAYA: The mystery of Italian businessman William Bocchi’s whereabouts has deepened.

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