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Spanish PM calls for Catalan parliament to be formed on Jan. 17

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's prime minister said on Friday that the new Catalan parliament should hold its maiden session on Jan. 17, the first step in reinstating local government after Madrid fired the old regional administration for illegally declaring independence.

Metro News

Special payment kiosks will speed things up

PAYMENT kiosk in Seberang Prai, Penang, now makes it a cinch for ratepayers to settle their assessment bills.

World

Trump will fail against Iran as did 'smarter' Reagan - Khamenei

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump would fail in his hardened stance towards Iran, saying Tehran was stronger than during the time of the "more powerful and smarter" Ronald Reagan.

Business

Vietnam deploys 10,000 cyber warriors

HO CHI MINH CITY: Vietnam is deploying a 10,000-member military cyber warfare unit to combat what the government sees as a growing threat of “wrongful views” proliferating on the Internet, according to local media.

Metro News

Still firm against coastal plan

SOME 1,500 fishermen will continue to oppose the proposed Penang South Reclamation Scheme (SRS) near Teluk Kumbar as it is deemed a danger to their livelihood.

Nation

Shahiruddin back to serve after hospital stay

RAUB: After more than a month recuperating in hospital, Pahang executive councillor Datuk Seri Shahiruddin Ab Moin (pic) is now back in action.

Nation

Different races attend Xmas open house

MELAKA: Malaysians, including foreign tourists, joined in the national-level 2017 Christmas open house at the Proclamation of Independence Memorial Building at Bandar Hilir here.

World

Cambodia's Hun Sen vows to stay in power for at least another 10 years

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to extend his more than 30 years in power by at least another decade on Wednesday, weeks after the highest court dissolved the main opposition party ahead of a 2018 general election.

Metro News

Asean craft forum gets new president

KUCHING: Society Atelier Sarawak president Edric Ong has taken over the presidency of the Asean Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (Ahpada) from Indonesia’s Thamrin Bustami.

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‘Mute’ killer loses power of speech

Beijing: A Chinese murderer who pretended to be a mute in an attempt to conceal his past ended up losing the power of speech for real, a local newspaper reported. The man surnamed Zeng left his village in Zhejiang in 2005 after killing his wife’s uncle following a rent dispute. Zeng, then aged 33, pretended to be mute and managed to find a job in another province. But local police eventually became suspicious at Zeng’s lack of identity papers. They ordered a blood test and discovered last October that his DNA closely matched that of the parents of the murderer wanted for 12 years. Zeng confessed in writing. “After 12 years of silence, he can no longer speak,” according to the newspaper. — AFP