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Thousands gather in Barcelona as anniversary of independence vote approaches

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Thousands gathered in Barcelona on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of a police raid on Catalan government offices in the Mediterranean city, a move that sparked a huge demonstration ahead of a banned vote on a split from Spain.

Shi'ite Muslims mark Ashura amid tight security

KABUL (Reuters) - Millions of Shi'ite Muslims performed mourning rituals on Thursday to mark Ashura, the holiest festival in their calendar, amid heightened measures in many places to protect against sectarian attacks.

London Marathon raises record 63.7 million pounds for charity

(Reuters) - Runners at this year's London Marathon raised 63.7 million pounds for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day fundraising event for a 12th successive year.

China ramps up cyberattacks on Taiwan

Taiwan is bracing for an onslaught of cyberattacks from mainland China ahead of local elections in November intended to undermine a president who has defied Beijing’s efforts to bring the democratically ruled island under its control.

Sixty percent of organisations observed in Taiwan were targeted with advanced cyberattacks in the second half of the previous year – greater than anywhere else in the world, FireEye said in 2016. — Reuters

Wee: Wan Azizah shrugging off her duties in child marriage case

PETALING JAYA: Commenting on the latest child marriage case in Tumpat, Kelantan, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has reminded Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail that she has a duty as a policymaker to ensure that laws and policies are in place to protect vulnerable groups, including children.

Liberia probes disappearance of US$100mil in new bank notes

MONROVIA: Liberia banned 15 officials including a former central bank governor from leaving the country as it searches for about $100 million in cash, or the equivalent of almost one-fifth of its budget, that was printed abroad and disappeared after arriving at the port.

U2's Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland.

Court grants Gang 24 suspects bail

GEORGE TOWN: Eighteen of the 27 suspects accused of being members of the infamous Gang 24 have claimed trial to an amended charge in the magistrate’s court here.

Claiming trial: The gang suspects being escorted out of the court complex after they were released on bail.

Easily accessible liquor creating social problems

KUALA LUMPUR: The increasing number of intoxicated people sleeping on walkways and parks reflects a much bigger social problem and residents are blaming Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for it.

Flags and special T-shirts for motorists

MOTORISTS who seemed startled at first were smiling soon after when they reached out to accept the national flag and special T-shirts given out in conjunction with Malaysia Day along Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.

Ter (second from right) and Jamizal (third from right) handing out a T-shirt and Malaysian flag to a motorist along 
Jalan Ampang.