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Militants not behind gas leak incident

MELAKA: Illegal dumpers, not militants, were responsible for seven chemical cylinders being left at an abandoned house in Kampung Tambak Paya, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.


'It's time to talk': EU again urges dialogue in Spain

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - The EU executive called again on Wednesday for the Spanish government and Catalan authorities to open dialogue to defuse the sometimes violent confrontation over Catalonia's push for independence.


Catalan business lobby says worried by any declaration of independence

MADRID (Reuters) - The influential Catalan business lobby Cercle d'Economia said on Wednesday it was extremely worried by the prospect of Catalonia declaring independence from Spain and called for leaders from both sides to start talks.


Catalonia moves to declare independence from Spain on Monday

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.


Aid groups seek $434 million for Rohingya crisis for next six months

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Humanitarian organisations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they need $434 million (£327 million) over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, most of them children, in dire need of life-saving assistance.


South Africa's Wits University drops KPMG as auditor

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - One of South Africa's leading seats of learning, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), is dropping KPMG [KPMG.UL] as its auditor after a scandal about the firm's work for businessman friends of President Jacob Zuma, it said on Wednesday.


Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts

VIENNA (Reuters) - Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there.


Pay Luxembourg €250mil in tax, EU orders Amazon

The European Union ordered the world's largest online retailer Amazon on Oct 4 to pay back about €250mil (RM1.24bil) in taxes to Luxembourg, saying it was given an unfair tax advantage from 2003.


EU takes Ireland to EU court over RM64.6bil Apple tax bill

BRUSSELS: The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros (RM64.6bil) of tax due from Apple Inc.


Puigdemont says Catalonia to declare independence in 'matter of days' - BBC

(Reuters) - Catalonia will declare independence "in a matter of days", the region's secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont was quoted as telling the BBC, a move that would defy Madrid and attempt to implement the directive of Sunday's banned independence referendum.