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7:10 PM

China says hopes Mongolia learned lesson after Dalai Lama visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it hopes Mongolia has learned a lesson and will keep a promise not to invite the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama again after his visit in November led to a chill in relations.

7:10 PM

Portugal's Left Bloc reaffirms backing for government despite vote

LISBON (Reuters) - The leader of Portugal's Left Bloc, the main ally of the minority Socialist government in parliament, played down recent differences with the administration in an interview published on Tuesday, saying the alliance is to last the entire legislature.

7:01 PM

Italian court reviews vote law; Renzi eager for early election

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's highest court began deliberations on Tuesday to rule on the legality of the country's latest electoral law with the decision likely to influence the timing of the next election.

7:00 PM

Jihadists in Syria launch assault on rebels attending peace talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A jihadist group has launched a major assault on Free Syrian Army groups in northwestern Syria as they attend peace talks in Kazakhstan, rebel officials said on Tuesday, an attempt to crush the moderate wing of the insurgency against the government.

7:00 PM

Syrian opposition will only discuss ceasefire at Kazakhstan peace talks - spokesman

ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Turkey and Iran on Tuesday were working on a statement to reaffirm a fragile ceasefire between Syrian warring parties that could agree to establishing a mechanism to observe its compliance and pave the way for a U.N.-led peace settlement.

7:00 PM

Man arrested after video shows young son crossing road on his knees

HONG KONG: An eight-year-old boy was pulling his ears and kneeling before crossing a busy road on his knees outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Monday night, prompting police to arrest his father.

6:51 PM

Losing Wales captaincy will make me hungrier, says Warburton

(Reuters) - Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has said he will continue enjoy his rugby and be "more hungry" after losing the armband to Alun Wyn Jones last week.

6:51 PM

Federer picks off Zverev to reach Melbourne semis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Four-times champion Roger Federer took apart Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2 with a clinical display of all-court tennis to reach his 13th Australian Open semi-final in 92 minutes on Tuesday.

6:47 PM

Market in pre-Chinese New Year mood

KUALA LUMPUR: Investor sentiment perked up towards the close on Tuesday, with funds leading the buying interest of blue chips including Axiata, IHH and plantation stocks and setting the stage for a late pre-Chinese New Year rally.

6:36 PM

New E-kad to enable legalisation of foreign workers, says Immigration Dept

SHAH ALAM: Illegal foreign workers with valid employers can come forward to register and legalise their employment under the Immigration Department's E-kad (enforcement card) programme.

6:34 PM

NGOs appeal to Singapore to spare Malaysian on death row

PETALING JAYA: Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have appealed to the Singapore government on Tuesday to spare a Malaysian man who is on death row there for drug trafficking.

6:34 PM

Jordanian King to visit Russia to discuss counter-terrorism - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah will visit Moscow on Jan. 25 and discuss steps to combat terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

6:33 PM

Noh Omar: 3,000 fire and rescue personnel on standby to help in flood-hit areas

PUTRAJAYA: Some 3,000 fire and rescue personnel are on standby to help their colleagues in flood-hit areas in rescue and evacuation operations.

6:32 PM

Iris Corp appoints Choong as acting CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: Iris Corp Bhd’s board has appointed Choong Choo Hock, the current chief operations officer of the trusted identification division, as acting chief executive officer (CEO).

6:28 PM

Kelantan Forestry Department claims blockades were affecting local economy

PETALING JAYA: The blockades in the Balah forest reserve, near Gua Musang have affected economy activity of the orang asli, claimed The Kelantan Forestry Department.

6:26 PM

Cops tracking down mobile devices with teacher's upskirt video

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are tracking down mobile devices containing the upskirt video of a teacher, which was recorded in secret by her student at a secondary school along Jalan Hang Tuah here.

6:25 PM

Clerk applies to subpoena PM, two others in MH370 suit

KUALA LUMPUR: A 38-year-old clerk and her two children who are suing Malaysia Airlines System Bhd (MAS) over the disappearance of MH370, have filed an application for the court to subpoena Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Transport Minister and the Department of Civil Aviation director-general.

6:25 PM

Ecclestone exit sets F1 on a new course

LONDON (Reuters) - Bernie Ecclestone's ousting as Formula One supremo will take the sport in a different, digital direction under new American owners Liberty Media but there is much work to be done in the months and years ahead.

6:18 PM

BT shares fall on Italian scandal

LONDON: BT lost almost a fifth of its market value on Tuesday after an Italian accounting scandal compounded a slowdown in its British government business to force the firm to cut revenue, earnings and cash flow forecasts for the next two years.

6:13 PM

Toshiba board to approve plans to split off chip business on Friday

Toshiba Corp's board will meet on Friday to approve plans to make its chip business a separate company.

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