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Thailand issues arrest warrants against four activists

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court issued arrest warrants for four pro-democracy activists on Friday for staging a public protest amid growing pressure on the junta to hold elections as promised, police said.

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Olympics - Hold the phone? Games organisers apologise to Iran for apparent gift gaffe

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Organisers of South Korea's Winter Olympics apologised to the Iranian team before Friday's opening ceremony for what they called a misunderstanding over gifts of Samsung mobile phones.


F1 will still have 'glamour' without models, says Carey

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will have no female models parading on the starting grid this season but will still be a sport of "glamour and mystique", according to chairman and chief executive Chase Carey.


Turkey orders arrest of pro-Kurdish party leader - agency

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has ordered the arrest of 17 people including the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish political party over opposition to the military's offensive in Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.


Japan PM tells South Korea's Moon that 2015 'comfort women' deal is final

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe restated Tokyo's opposition to revising a 2015 agreement on "comfort women" in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, calling the deal a promise between nations and the basis of two-way ties.

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Figure skating - Canada leads in team event as dazzling pairs make up for Chan's stumbles

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada led after the first round of figure skating's team competition in the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, with a dazzling performance by pair Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford overcoming stumbles by Patrick Chan in the men's singles.


Azalina to Dr M: Don't worry, proposed law to combat fake news unlike ISA

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has told Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad "not to worry", as the proposed law to combat fake news will not be like the now-defunct Internal Security Act (ISA).


White House warns of midnight shutdown as spending bill stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON: The White House said Thursday (Feb 8) it was preparing for a US government shutdown as Congress hit a stumbling block in its efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight.


Maxis FY17 results within expectations, says CIMB Research

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd’s FY17 results met expectations, with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amoritsation (Ebitda)/core earnings per share at 98%/97% of CIMB Equities Research’s forecasts (Bloomberg consensus: 100%/104%).


Syria calls U.S.-led coalition strike in east Syria 'war crime'

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria on Thursday described a strike by the U.S.-led coalition overnight in east Syria as a "war crime" and called for the coalition to be dismantled, Syrian state news agency (SANA) said.