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Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age

It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colours on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to “three R’s” education.

Indonesian activists abseil down palm refinery tanks in deforestation protest

JAKARTA: Environmentalists abseiled down storage tanks and unfurled banners at a palm oil refinery in Indonesia on Tuesday in protest at deforestation of the country's tropical forests.

This handout picture taken on September 25, 2018 and released by Greenpeace Southeasia shows Greenpeace activists unfurling a banner reading "Drop Dirty Palm Oil Now" at Wilmar International refinery in Bitung, North Sulawesi. - Greenpeace activists have scaled an Indonesian palm oil refinery along with a local rock band who blasted their new single from the top of the structure, protesting a commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. - AFP

Guatemala's president says U.N. anti-graft body is threat to peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales slammed a U.N. anti-corruption body on Tuesday, telling the United Nations General Assembly that the agency that has attempted to prosecute him was a "threat to peace" in the Central American nation.

Rouhani says Iran wants no war, sanctions, threats, or bullying

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday criticized Washington for its hostile policy towards his country and said the U.S. approach was doomed to failure.

M’sia to prevent product dumping from trade wars

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will take cautious steps to prevent product dumping in the local market created by the diversion from the trade wars, International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking said.

Minister of International Trade and Industry Darell Leiking speaks to journalists yesterday at the opening of the 4th Malaysia Oil and Gas Serive Exhibition and Conference at Kuala Lumpur Covention Centre. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star(

Minister: Some still have no access to clean water

PUTRAJAYA: About 3% of the country’s population do not have access to clean water, and a lot of them live in the interior of Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak, says Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

Exams rate progress of learners

From SUBRAMANIAM MARIAPPAN of Batu Caves, Selangor.

Tricky path to university independence

Should there be instant autonomy, come what may, or should the right people be appointed to pave the way for proper autonomy?

Developing the younger generation

CORPORATE social responsibility (CSR) goes beyond dollars and cents for Putrajaya Perdana Bhd (PPB).

PPB development division chief executive officer Akmel Zurin Haron (standing, in black) sharing a light moment with the team from the Rotary Club and pupils from SK Kampung Bharu during the Rotary Kasih programme.

Default shock in India sees firms pulling most bonds in decade

MUMBAI: North Eastern Electric Power Corp, an Indian state-run power generator, planned to raise 3 billion rupees (US$41.3mil) selling bonds. It couldn’t manage 5% of that amount, prompting it to scrap the sale on Monday.