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Taxi association: Tourists enjoy being driven by women cabbies

WOMEN taxi drivers are becoming vital front-line tourism players in Langkawi.

Piggy bank power kicks off

TAIPEI: Tsai Ing-wen, widely tipped to become Taiwan’s next president, has kicked off a one-month election campaign, with supporters bringing donations in piggy banks to a rally held by her opposition party.

Danish MEP quits party over plan to take refugee valuables

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A member of the European Parliament from Denmark's centre-right ruling party has defected to a left-wing party in protest at government plans to seize valuables from refugees to help fund their stay in the country.

Insight - Gulf war trauma began Japan's retreat from pacifism

TOKYO (Reuters) - As the first Gulf War raged in February 1991, Japanese army major Nozomu Yoshitomi was supposed to be playing war games with U.S. officers at a military facility in Tokyo. But the Americans appeared distracted, watching the conflict live on CNN. On another TV, local news showed Japanese troops sculpting ice figures at a snow festival.

U.S. reports 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 20 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, including one near the Iraqi city of Fallujah that is being investigated as a possible friendly fire incident, the coalition leading the operations said on Saturday.

Briefly

THE International Educational Technology Conference (IETC) will be held in Dubai from Feb 4 to 6. It is calling for research papers to be submitted. IETC’s aim is to bring together scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups who are interested in education and technology to present their works at this academic platform.

Open houses and open hearts

IN the neighbourhood where I live, the population mix is like a microcosm of Malaysia. The pasar malam on Saturday evenings has not changed much since I moved in nearly 30 years ago. All races are represented, both among the sellers and the buyers.

Iraqi defence minister says nine soldiers killed in coalition 'friendly fire' incident

ON BOARD THE USS KEARSARGE (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft appears to have mistakenly carried out an air strike that killed Iraqi security forces near the city of Fallujah, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday.

Russia wants to maintain ties with Turkish people, Turkish leadership 'not eternal' - Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has no intention of damaging relations with the people of Turkey, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Saturday, while making clear that Moscow's ties with Ankara will not improve under the current Turkish leadership.

Amiable Club World Cup a far cry from its ugly predecessor

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - European champions Barcelona have been thronged by admiring fans and autograph hunters in Japan whenever they have appeared in public since their arrival this week for the Club World Cup.