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S&P: Extra RM10b spending won’t affect book balancing

THE Government's efforts to balance its books will not likely be derailed by the additional RM10bil in development spending planned for the 8th Malaysia Plan, said Standard Poor's (SP) director of sovereign and international public finance ratings, Chew Ping.

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People’s war against porn sites launched

A SENIOR official called for efforts on Friday to follow President Hu Jintao's instructions and wage a people's war against pornographic websites, at a national teleconference on the crackdown against porn sites on the Internet.

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Campaign against Internet, SMS fraud

CHINA has kicked off a two-month campaign to fight fraud by mobile phone text messages or via the Internet, hoping to curb this new form of crime in the fast advancing information society.

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Big potential in local franchising, says consultant

Franchise consultant FranNet Asia Pacific (FAP) sees huge growth potential in the local franchise industry, said president Lim Soo Kong.

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Serena's victory in the Nasdaq-100 Open marks return to script

Serena Williams was word perfect last week. She nailed her return to competition on the first take.

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Viduka and Kewell named again in Australian side for friendly

Socceroos coach Frank Farina named England-based strikers Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka yesterday in a 22-man squad for Australia's friendly international against South Africa in London on March 30.

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No roof, but records to fall in pool

Swimmers will set world records at this year's Athens Olympics despite organisers scrapping plans for a roof over the outdoor pool, Australia head coach Leigh Nugent said yesterday.

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Free trade talks shift focus to Asia

As Japan and Mexico reached an official agreement on a free trade pact after one-and-a-half years of negotiations on Friday night, the focus now is likely to shift to FTA talks with South-East Asian nations.

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Jones adds long jump as part of comeback trail

Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones said on Tuesday she had added a long jump competition in Athens to her comeback indoor season.

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Foreign business news in brief

News briefs including from Jakarta that the government plans to build a 1,600km gas pipeline to link natural gas fields in East Kalimantan with various industries in Java, in a project worth an estimated US$1.7bil, the daily I>Kompas/Ireported.