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Drying up: The water level at Sungai Selangor dam - which supplies water to 60% of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor - fell to 36.18% on Thursday. - ONG SOON HIN / The Star

Face to face with a rebel leader

Water level at dam drops to new low

Indira gets green light to sue IGP

'Balik kampung' crawl on highways

Nation

Largest book expo opens

Interesting read: Kamalanathan visiting a booth at BookFest@Malaysia 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR: BookFest@Malaysia 2014, which is happening over the next nine days, is a good opportunity for people to develop the reading habit.

Doctor' s wife was a doting grandma

Pensive: Vijendran speaking about his wife who was on board the ill-fated flight.

KUALA LUMPUR: The days following the MH17 tragedy were tough for the close-knit family of ophthalmologist Datuk Dr Vijendran Markandu.

Regional

Powerful Philippine Christian church celebrates 100 years

A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations.

Airline issues apology, vows to take 'full responsibility'

MAGONG: Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers, pledging to shoulder the “utmost responsibility” after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.

World

Gunmen in army uniforms seize, later release Sunni official in Baghdad

Iraqi Shiite Muslim men from Shi'ite Badr organisation march during a parade marking the annual al-Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Baghdad, July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen wearing army uniforms who seized a senior local official and prominent member of a Sunni Islamist party from his Baghdad home on Friday night have released him, an official said late on Saturday.

U.S. evacuates Libya embassy after 'free-wheeling' militia violence

Smoke rises over the Airport Road area after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Hani Amara

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli.

Community

Top 10 ideas for Raya shoppers

Divide the shopping tasks between family members or friends to shorten the time needed to get things done.

WITH Hari Raya Aidilfitri just around the corner, there is bound to be a mad dash of last minute shoppers trying to fit a whole month’s worth of shopping into a single day.

Environment

Custodians of nature

Green turtle hatchlings emerging from a nest. - Photo from Lang Tengah Turtle Watch

What do you do when you have a piece of coastal land that draws nesting turtles? You could build a sprawling resort and make a lot of money. Or you could start a project to protect the turtles. Meet three people who opted for the latter.

Education

Young storyteller creates record

Sad tale: Alea A 'wheelchair' was part of Alea's costume when she narrated the story of a handicapped child, bullied by her stepmother.

I did it! A proud Alea shows off her framed certificate.

ALEA Yang Ni has earned a spot in the Malaysia Book of Records as the youngest person to win the National Storytelling Competition in Bahasa Malaysia organised by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP).

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  8. 2014: A tragic year for aviation
  9. International community in awe of PM’s handling of MH17 tragedy
  10. Experts: Get set for an acute water shortage

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