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Committed to the task: Azmin wants to see an efficient and quality water supply in the state.

Azmin: Water deal stays

PM and wife join in festivities

Rosmah: Critics can’t get at Najib, so they target me

Nik Aziz: Event organisers have worms in their heads

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Bleak celebration for 11 families in shelter

Sombre occasion: B. Santhi (centre) with her children (from left) A. Devarasee,  A. Logarasan and A. Pehrarasee making the most of what they have in celebrating Deepavali at the temporary shelter. - Bernama

HULU SELANGOR: It was a bleak celebration for 11 families who had to spend Deepavali for the first time in a temporary shelter.

‘Get tough on syndicates’

PETALING JAYA: Political sanction is needed to check illegal logging involving syndicates with high-level connections, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Foundation president Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.

Regional

New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan was hit Thursday by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.

World

China vows better rule of law, but no word of disgraced security chief

China's then Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang attends the Hebei delegation discussion sessions at the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing in this October 16, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party unveiled legal reforms on Thursday aimed at giving judges more independence and limiting local officials' influence over courts, but it made no mention of the fate of its former domestic security chief who is under investigation for corruption.

Ottawa pushes for business as usual after shootings

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video  in Ottawa, October 22, 2014.   REUTERS/CBC/Pool

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government determined to return to business as usual on Thursday after a reported convert to Islam shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial and rampaged through Parliament before being killed himself.

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When a smile says a lot

Flashing a smile is perhaps the best way to break the ice or relieve stress, even if there are some social norms and practices that prevent us from doing so.

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