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UNHCR hopes Malaysia will ratify Geneva convention

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hopes that Malaysia will ratify the 1951 Geneva Convention pertaining to the status of asylum-seekers to deal more effectively with issues related to refugees here.

Indons yet to ratify haze pact

Indonesia, which has contributed to the country's haze problem with its forest fires, has yet to ratify the Asean Transboundary Haze Agreement enforced last November.

Security to dominate talks

Deliberations on Indonesia#8217;s proposal for a mechanism to maintain regional security is expected to dominate the annual meeting of Asean senior officials which starts here today.

Illegal loggers may face death

Illegal loggers in Indonesia, who are blamed for the forest fires that caused haze in neighbouring countries, may face the death penalty when a proposed interim law is passed and signed by Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

F1 supremo Ecclestone abandons all hope for British Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone insisted on Friday that the British Grand Prix has no chance whatsoever of making it back on to the 2005 calendar.

The Real value of Becks

The annual general meeting of Real Madrid Football Club on Sunday revealed the true value of midfield star David Beckham to the club.

Smoking out the reasons

Women are lighting up faster than ever and they are starting at a younger age too. Why is that so? And will the present government campaign to get them to snuff out work? DAPHNE LEE seeks some answers.

Apec leaders launch initiative for expanded trade

The 21 leaders of Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) have reaffirmed their commitment to multilateral trading system and trade liberalisation.

Racist behaviour during Real-Leverkusen match

Real Madrid have issued a statement condemning racist behaviour but say that they were unaware that any incidents had taken place in their Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen.

Eight Asean countries sign treaty on legal co-operation

Eight Asean countries have signed a treaty that will facilitate legal co-operation among their law enforcement agencies. The Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters was signed here yesterday by Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.