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Enter the Monkey King: Yap ushering in the Year of the Fire Monkey at the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

Snow Monkey’s many faces

KUALA LUMPUR: Embodying the Year of the Monkey, Snow Yap Zuo Yun, 20, lives his life in the limelight.

Nation

Media groups slam A-G’s proposal

PETALING JAYA: Media groups have slammed the proposal by the Attorney-General to increase the punishment under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) as an assault against freedom of expression.

Zahid hits out at those opposing OSA plan

JOHOR BARU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has slammed the actions of certain parties who are trying to politicise the decision of the Attorney-General (A-G) to review the penalties under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.

Regional

Survivors pulled alive from Taiwan quake rubble

A survivor is carried away after being rescued from a collapsed building in Tainan City. -EPA

TAINAN, Taiwan: Four survivors were Monday pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in Taiwan, as questions intensified over why the building collapsed.

Thai father murders four children following spat with wife

BANGKOK: Police negotiators laid siege to a house in the country’s south Monday after a man allegedly shot dead four of his children following a dispute with his estranged wife.

World

U.S. urges China to increase sanctions pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China agrees any new U.N. resolution on North Korea will include additional sanctions and go beyond previous steps, but Washington is urging Beijing to put even more pressure on Pyongyang after its recent nuclear test and rocket launch, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

Irish Republican dissident group says behind fatal shooting in Dublin - BBC

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish nationalists opposed to Northern Ireland's peace process have told the BBC they were behind a fatal shooting last Friday at a Dublin hotel, saying it was retaliation for the killing of an ally in 2012.

Environment

Sea turtles with tumors fill Florida hospital

Bette Zirkelbach holds a green sea turtle afflicted by a kind of herpes virus that causes fibropapillomatosis at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida in the Florida Keys. -AFP

MARATHON, United States: The young patient writhes on the operating table, kicking its flippers. A team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls.

Education

The monkey swings in

 Fun activity: Pupils form the Chinese character “Hou” which means “Monkey” during their practice session.

Like the Lunar New Year year animal that’s smart, curious and enthusiastic, schoolchildren hope to use their knowledge, skills and creativity for a great year ahead.

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