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8:09 PM

Health Ministry estimates number of smokers in country at five million

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry estimates smokers aged 18 and above in the country to number a staggering five million.

7:59 PM

Germans would not want soccer star Boateng as neighbour, politician says

BERLIN (Reuters) - People in Germany would not want soccer star Jerome Boateng, born in Berlin from a Ghanaian father, as their neighbour, Alexander Gauland, vice chair of anti-immigration party, Alternative for Germany, said in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Sunday.

7:59 PM

Nigerian president says government 'resolved' to keep naira steady

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday the government had resolved to keep the naira's exchange rate steady while supporting the central bank's decision to move away from the dollar peg, which is seen as overvaluing the naira.

7:50 PM

U.S.-led coalition soldiers seen on frontline of new Kurdish offensive in Iraq

HASSAN SHAMI, Iraq (Reuters) - Servicemen from the U.S.-led coalition were seen near the front line of a new offensive in northern Iraq launched on Sunday by Kurdish peshmerga forces that aims to retake a handful of villages from Islamic State east of their Mosul stronghold.

7:37 PM

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in separatist attacks

KIEV (Reuters) - Five Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and four wounded in the past 24 hours as a result of attacks by pro-Russian rebels in separatist eastern regions, Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on Sunday.

7:37 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah appoints PM to oversee parliament elections - political source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after dissolving parliament on Sunday, charging him with overseeing elections before the end of the year, a senior political source said.

7:28 PM

Merkel, Hollande together mark 100 years since Verdun battle

VERDUN, France (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande together marked the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun on Sunday, laying a wreath at a cemetery in northeastern France for the 300,000 soldiers killed.

7:25 PM

Police record state rep’s statement over alleged assault of man, girlfriend

ALOR SETAR: Police have recorded a statement from a state assemblyman who was alleged to have assaulted a man and his girlfriend on May 15.

7:15 PM

Aggressive Muguruza downs Kuznetsova to reach Paris last eight

PARIS (Reuters) - Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza reached the French Open quarter-finals for the third year in a row when a solid display earned her a 6-3 6-4 victory against former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday.

6:53 PM

PM: Langkawi hotel part of bigger tourism strategy

LANGKAWI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opening of the St Regis Langkawi hotel is part of a bigger strategy to put Langkawi on the world map.

6:50 PM

Kuala Kangsar candidate's absence during campaign period should not be made an issue, says Khairy

KUALA KANGSAR: The absence of Barisan Nasional candidate Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid during the campaign for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election should not be made an issue by any party, including the Opposition.

6:50 PM

Zidane assured place in Real hearts if not a long future

MILAN (Reuters) - In leading Real Madrid to their 11th European Cup less than five months after inheriting an unhappy team from Rafael Benitez, Zinedine Zidane has cemented his heroic status at the Bernabeu and appears to have assured his immediate future.

6:32 PM

Polish minister says missile shield no threat to Russia - report

WARSAW (Reuters) - The U.S. missile shield to be located in Poland does not pose a threat to Russia's security, Poland's state-run news agency PAP quoted Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski as saying on Sunday.

6:32 PM

Turkey's new prime minister wins vote of confidence in parliament

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's government on Sunday won a vote of confidence in parliament as well as approval for his legislative programme, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said.

6:31 PM

Forces backed by Libya's unity govt seek to encircle Islamic State-held Sirte

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government say they aim to encircle Sirte, Islamic State's stronghold in Libya, having moved to within 15 km (10 miles) of the city centre.

6:30 PM

Nineteen people rescued from English Channel - coastguard

LONDON (Reuters) - Nineteen people have been rescued from the English Channel after an inflatable boat they were in started taking on water, the British coastguard said on Sunday.

6:18 PM

Gaultier and Massaro claim titles in Dubai

DUBAI: World champion Gregory Gaultier beat Australia’s surprise finalist Cameron Pilley to regain the men’s title at the PSA World Series Finals after a seven-year interval.

5:16 PM

France's Sapin says government will stand firm on labour reform

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is determined not to join a long list of politicians who have conceded defeat to protesters, he told the Journal Du Dimanche (JDD) newspaper, as the government prepares to dig in its heels on labour reform.

5:16 PM

Sixteen killed in house fire in village near Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) - Seventeen people have been killed after a fire broke out in a residential building housing elderly people in a village near Kiev, Ukraine's state emergency service said in a statement on Sunday.

4:51 PM

Zahid arrives in Tokyo for five-day working visit

TOKYO: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived here Sunday to begin a five-day working visit to Japan, aimed at fostering greater bilateral relations with the world's third largest economy.

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