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AseanPlus News 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

China set to shape diamond industry

ZHENGZHOU: A diamond is forever but its chemical composition is just carbon, the fourth most abundant element in the universe.

Letters 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

At loggerheads with local authority

A letter from PERPLEXED, Kuala Lumpur.

Community Sports 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Bigger and longer cross country run

THE Sports Toto and Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Association (FTKLAA) Go For It! Cross Country Run will return for its 34th edition on April 14 at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur.

AseanPlus News 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Battling for Hmong heritage in Vietnam

Dong Van (Vietnam): Vuong Duy Bao surveys his ancestral palace, a vestige of Viet­nam’s marginalised Hmong ethnic minority that he says was taken from his family by local officials.

Business 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Czech rate-hike run may stall for longer as eurozone risks rise

PRAGUE: The Czech central bank will probably keep borrowing costs unchanged for a second meeting, prolonging a pause in rate hikes to digest signals of a potential economic slowdown in the eurozone.

AseanPlus News 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Plasma tests negative for HIV

BEIJING: Chinese investigators said tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV have turned up negative for the virus that causes AIDS.

Auto 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

New launches to drive BAuto’s Q3 earnings

AllianceDBS: Rising popularity for SUVs to benefit company

Business 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

EU expected to slash Italy’s growth estimate

ROME: The European Commission is expected to slash the Italian economic growth estimate for this year when it releases new forecasts later Thursday, major newspapers including Il Messaggero and la Repubblica reported.

Business 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Iran oil industry faces bleak outlook 40 years after revolution

DUBAI: As Iran’s Islamic Republic enters a fifth decade, its energy industry has little to celebrate. The country’s crude output has yet to recover to pre-revolution levels and is unlikely to do so for many years, even without US sanctions.

Letters 08 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Winds of change don’t always bring good things

A letter from DR KHOR SWEE KHENG, Paris, France