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New Philippine economy minister vows strong push for family planning

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will aggressively implement the country's family planning law to push his economic growth agenda, one of his aides said on Monday, in a move that could add to simmering tensions with the Catholic church.


Anti-drug schemes must see results, NGOs told

KUALA LUMPUR: Non-govern­mental organisations dealing with drug issues must emphasise on the outcome of their missions and not just come out with programmes, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.


Thirteen militants killed in southern Yemen raid - army

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni troops killed 13 militants in a raid outside the southern city of Mukalla on Sunday in which two soldiers also died, the army said, extending a struggle to restore security in an area ruled until last month by al Qaeda.


Monitor - 60,000 have died in Syrian government jails during war

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A monitoring group has said that at least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government jails during the five-year conflict.

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Flood-hit Sri Lanka pulls more bodies from landslides

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water to hundreds of thousands of residents camped in shelters on Sunday after major floods hit the island.


Still no place like home for Syrian refugees

ABOUT four years ago, Ahmad Hassan Makur made a very difficult but important decision in his life. Together with his pregnant wife Khadijah Hassad and 10-year-old son, they decided to flee conflict-ridden Syria, leaving behind their oldest son and beloved country.

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Authorities arrest 125 over vaccine scandal

Beijing: Prosecuting authorities have approved the arrests of 125 people suspected in a vaccine scandal involving 570 million yuan (RM355mil), the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said.


No sign of budging

A CITY councillor has told Gerakan to direct their complaints on the prohibitions imposed at Penang Island City Council (MBPP) markets and hawker centres to the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.

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Weekly cases of HFMD hit four-year high in S’pore

SINGAPORE: Weekly cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) have hit a four-year high, according to figures from the Ministry of Health (MOH).


Moderate retail growth seen

THE Malaysian retail sector is expected to grow moderately in the current (second) quarter of this year, despite getting off to a slow start in 2016.