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KLIA2 to be swept for VX nerve agent

SEPANG: The radiation and nuclear safety authority will be asked to sweep KLIA2 for traces of VX nerve agent, which is so potent that a female suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam vomited a few times after coming into contact with it.


Single mum jailed for scalding helper

Maintaining her innocence: Policewomen escorting Lim after her sentencing in George Town, Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: A single mother of two was sentenced to three years’ jail by a magistrate’s court here for scalding her domestic helper.

KLIA kiosks soon for Malaysians to check if they’re barred from travelling

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SEPANG: Kiosks will be set up at KLIA and KLIA2 for people leaving the country to check if they have been barred from travelling.


War bride still pines for hubby

Missing love: Xuan poses with a portrait of her husband Nguyen at her house in Hanoi, Vietnam. — Reuters

Hanoi: It’s been more than 60 years since Nguyen Thi Xuan’s husband, a Japanese soldier, left her in Vietnam, but the 94-year-old still sleeps with a body pillow she fashioned from his military uniform.

Murakami fans pack stores for new novel

Fantasy in hand: A Murakami fan holding the author’s new novel at a bookstore in Tokyo after the book was launched at major bookstores hosting late-night events. — AFP

TOKYO: Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, flocked to bookstores to scoop up his new novel.


China's Panchen Lama says to uphold "glorious tradition" of patriotism

BEIJING (Reuters) - A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has pledged to uphold the "glorious tradition" of patriotism that holders of his position have followed, state news agency Xinhua said.

Carnival kicks off in Brazil despite recession, security woes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carnival festivities kicked off in Brazil on Friday, with officials in Rio de Janeiro, site of the country's best-known revelry, handing the key of the city over to "King Momo," a figurehead who traditionally presides over the partying.



The impact of small class sizes

Jia Jie teaching Chinese calligraphy to the schools only pupil, Thomas.

Low enrolment schools will not be closed although the Education Ministry is looking at merging some classrooms to help manage costs if relocation is not an option.

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