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Startup fest returns

THE PJ Startup Festival 2019 will commence next week and it will be packed with startup experts, booth exhibitors and investors sharing their insights.

Mount Tai revered as closest point to heaven

BEIJING: Mount Tai, one of the five most famous mountains in China, was also revered as a powerful deity in ancient times.

Ancient words: Tourists admiring the calligraphy on a stone tablet in front of two cypress trees planted during the Han Dynasty at the Dai Temple complex in Taian. — China Daily/Asia News Network

Wan Azizah: Govt coming up with cradle-to-grave policy for all

PETALING JAYA: The government will push for a cradle-to-grave policy to ensure that everyone is taken care of and no one is left poor or hungry, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Pope arrives in UAE for historic Gulf visit, condemns Yemen war

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday became the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role.

In packed churches and secret masses, papal visit brings Gulf Catholics hope

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - In Dubai's overflowing churches and Riyadh's secretive masses, Catholics across the Gulf are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates next week.

Big strike paralyses Tunisia, thousands protest over pay row

TUNIS (Reuters) - Rail, bus and air traffic stopped in Tunisia and street protests drew thousands on Thursday as the huge UGTT union staged a one-day nationwide strike to challenge the government's refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants.

U.S. Vice President Pence calls Venezuelan opposition leader in show of support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he had spoken by phone on Tuesday with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, a show of support for him and a further sign of U.S. displeasure with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Tech to the rescue: New products aim to improve disaster relief

After catastrophic wildfires in southern California late last year, the Israeli startup Watergen sent in its devices which pull clean water out of the atmosphere for firefighters and relief workers.

The WaterGen GEN-350 medium-scale atmospheric water generator on display at CES 2019. Watergen claims its technology has many applications for emergency response and helping the many millions who lack potable water. — AFP

In post-Franco first for Spain, far-right party becomes kingmaker in Andalusia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - A far-right party on Wednesday took a role in the formation of a regional government in Spain for the first time since the Franco dictatorship ended in 1975.

CES 2019: Hyundai shows off walking car project

South Korean car maker Hyundai on Jan 7 gave a look at work it is doing on a vehicle with robotic legs to let it walk or crawl over treacherous terrain.