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Alumni making an impact

In part two of our report on the 25th anniversary celebration of the Star Education Fund, the alumni share in their own words how the scholarships have made a difference


Show must go on: North Korea extends new "Mass Games" spectacle

SEOUL (Reuters) - More than 1.5 million people, among them "tens of thousands" of foreigners, have attended North Korea's new mass performances, state media said on Thursday, adding that the spectacle would be extended due to popular demand.


Drones and gymnasts - North Korean 'Mass Games' return with messages of reconciliation

PYONGYANG (Reuters) - With a formation of glowing drones, lasers and stadium-sized gymnastics shows, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un relaunched the "Mass Games" on Sunday in a pageant that declared that "waves" of international sanctions would break against the strength of North Korea's self-reliance.


What's in a name? In Uzbekistan, it signals a reform drive

ALMATY (Reuters) - One evening last December, a crane lifted construction workers to the top of the ornate arched entrance to Uzbekistan's biggest commercial market. Overnight, they replaced the huge letters spelling out its title.


Farah Ann bent on proving her worth at Asian Games

KUALA LUMPUR: National gymnastic queen Farah Ann Abdul Hadi’s performance at the 2018 Common­wealth Games was a modest one but it has spurred her to want to do better in the Asian Games in August.


China seeks investigation into University of Southern California abuse accusations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Chinese government has expressed "deep concern" over published reports that a University of Southern California gynaecologist was allowed for years to treat students, many of them from China, despite accusations of sexual abuse and harassment.


Najib wants maximum participation from women

KUALA LUMPUR: Maximum participation by women is needed for the nation to develop and prosper, the Prime Minister said.


#MeToo: WWF-Malaysia reviewing sexual harassment allegations by former staff

PETALING JAYA: Environmental conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) has launched a review in light of “troubling allegations” of sexual harassment within the organisation that was raised by a former employee.


Olympics - Circus life beckons for some athletes after the Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - When the Olympic flame goes out on Sunday life will go on for the nearly 3,000 athletes who thrilled, inspired or disappointed at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.


Seized, but not ceased - Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

RAWALPINDI/MURIDKE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan's government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4x4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers.