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World 15 Jul 2019 | 3:04 AM Premium

Erdogan says Trump can waive sanctions on Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russian air defence systems and should find a "middle ground" in the dispute, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

AseanPlus News 14 Jul 2019 | 11:20 PM Premium

Chinese socialite Guo Meimei is freed from jail but few report release and some stories vanish

News of the 28-year-old’s release after serving a five-year term for operating illegal casinos in Beijing appeared only in smaller mainland outlets Meanwhile, earlier reports about the online celebrity have been taken down

World 12 Jul 2019 | 9:00 PM Premium

Chastised French minister: I hate caviar and suffer a lobster intolerance

PARIS (Reuters) - France's widely lampooned environment minister denied having a taste for the high life and said on Friday he would not resign over accusations he squandered taxpayer money, in a scandal that risks upsetting the government's reform drive.

World 11 Jul 2019 | 10:47 PM Premium

French energy minister stays on despite lobster scandal

PARIS (Reuters) - France's environment minister is prepared to reimburse any undue expense from lavish lobster-and-wine dinners he hosted when parliament speaker, his boss said on Thursday, ratifying Francois de Rugy's position despite widespread public disgust.

Nation 02 Jul 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Umno leaders welcome party chief’s return

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s return from leave to lead Umno allows for the party to continue its strengthening agenda and to strategise for victory in the next general election, says deputy party president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

World 13 Jun 2019 | 8:36 PM Premium

After scandals, Pope orders his diplomats to toe the line

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday told his ambassadors around the world, some of whom have been involved in sexual and financial scandals, to live humble, exemplary lives and be closer to the poor than to the elite.

Nation 08 Jun 2019 | 3:53 AM Premium

Shukri on Latheefa's appointment: Give her a chance

PETALING JAYA: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull (pic) has come out to say he has given his full support to his successor.

World 31 May 2019 | 2:14 PM Premium

'Khan Market Gang' - India's Modi mocks his elite adversaries

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A tatty shopping centre originally built to house refugees in the heart of New Delhi has become a handy symbol for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters to rub salt in the wounds of their opponents, who just got a drubbing in India's general election.

World 19 May 2019 | 10:07 PM Premium

India's Modi set to return to power with a bigger majority, exit polls show

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to return to power with an even bigger majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.

AseanPlus News 07 May 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Ceremony offers glimpses of family ties

BANGKOK: A normally inscrutable king pulls his sister in for a hug and selfies of royal siblings rebound across Instagram – the coronation of King Rama X has provided Thais rare glimpses into a highly private family cocooned by palace protocols.