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China projects confidence in weaker economy as trade war worsens

BEIJING: China is strong enough to withstand the effects of the trade war with the U.S., according to statements over the weekend from current and former officials, putting forward a confident view of an economy which has been showing signs of weakness in the past few months.

Australian PM to visit Solomon Islands as Pacific nation eyes ties to China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit the Solomon Islands next week, he said on Monday, as Western nations seek to rein in China's influence on the tiny Pacific island. With the United States and its allies keen to ensure China does not increase its foothold in the Pacific, protecting diplomatic recognition for self-ruled Taiwan has emerged as a flashpoint in regional ties.

A nation under rule of law

JAKARTA (ANN): President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was right to order security agencies to take stern action against rioters in Jakarta last week. The state must have zero tolerance against those wishing nothing but to watch the capital city burn.

A video showing a group of police officers beating an unarmed man near Al-Huda Mosque in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, has been circulating online in recent days, fueling allegations that police have used excessive force in handling the protest against the result of the April 17 presidential election. (JP/File).

Sabah strongwoman keeps on lifting despite financial challenge competing overseas

KOTA KINABALU: Since two years ago, former bodybuilder Joyce Heng Shu Xia has been actively going around in and out of the country to enter strongwoman competitions.

Shu Xia performing various feats during competitions. Pix courtesy of Joyce Heng .

Jealous man stabs to death ex-wife’s new husband

BANGKOK (ANN): A 45-year-old Thai man was arrested on Sunday morning for allegedly stabbing to death his love rival and wounding his ex-wife while the victims were sleeping at a relative’s house in Sa Kaew province.

Venezuela's opposition leader Guaido plays down prospects for Oslo mediation

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday played down the prospects for success at a new round of mediation with the government to be hosted by Norway next week, saying protests would continue until President Nicolas Maduro resigned.

Romanians punish ruling party in anti-graft referendum, EU poll

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanians overwhelmingly rejected measures seen as making it harder to tackle rampant state corruption in a non-binding referendum on Sunday, dealing a double blow to the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) who also lost support in European elections.

Houthi leader says drone attacks a response to spurned Yemen peace moves

DUBAI (Reuters) - A leader of Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Sunday it had resumed drone strikes deep inside Saudi Arabia this month in response to what he called the Saudi-led coalition's spurning of "peace initiatives" by his group.

Enhancing governance in Malaysia

A letter from DATUK M. SANTHANANABAN, Kajang, Selangor.

Over nine million vehicles running with faulty brakes in Malaysia

A letter from JD LOVRENCIEAR, Kuala Lumpur.