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Nation 01 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Musa: Stimulus better than cash aid

The Govern-ment's economic stimulus package is a better alternative compared with handing out cash to the people, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

World 30 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australia PM Rudd's popularity near record peak - poll

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Support for Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is at near-record levels, a poll showed on Monday, with a recession-fighting economic stimulus package making him one of the most popular leaders in the country's history.

World 26 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Thai PM hands out cheques, thousands protest

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 20,000 protesters surrounded the offices of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday, distracting his government as it began giving cash handouts to the poor in a bid to stave off recession.

World 26 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Thais queue for cash handouts as recession looms

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters rallied in Bangkok on Thursday, demanding Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign as he launched a campaign to help low-income workers with cash handouts in a looming recession.

World 26 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Thai PM hands out cheques, thousands protest

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 20,000 protesters surrounded the offices of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday, distracting his government as it began giving cash handouts to the poor in a bid to stave off recession.

Nation 13 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Bracing for the financial tsunami

Rather than providing cash handouts to score political points, the Government has opted for longer-term fiscal flexibility to tackle the slowing economy.

World 31 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Hamas paying Gaza war compensation in cheques

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas's government in the Gaza Strip said on Friday it had started giving cheques, rather than cash handouts, to families whose homes were destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive in the territory.

World 16 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Rebel former minister underscores Japan PM's woes

TOKYO (Reuters) - A former Japanese cabinet minister who quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) this week was set to unveil a new policy group on Friday, in the latest blow to unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso.

Business 03 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Consumer spending holds key

WHEN Malaysia faced an economic downturn in the late 1990s as a result of the Asian financial crisis, then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad (now Tun) urged Malaysian consumers not to pull back their spending so as to help the country get out of recession.