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Ups and downs of daily living

AT times, it may seem like our country is only interested in the hot issues that somehow become tainted with racial and religious overtones.


India extends electronic visa facility to Malaysians

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has announced that its electronic visa scheme has been extended to 31 more countries, including Malaysia.


Couple charged with abusing Indonesian woman forced to work as maid

KUALA LUMPUR: A husband and wife face a string of charges for abusing an Indonesian woman who was forced to work as their maid.


MCA slams blogger Alvin Tan for insensitive video

ALOR SETAR: MCA has slammed controversial blogger Alvin Tan Jye Yee’s latest insensitive video which features him reciting the Azan, a Muslim call for prayer, while playing a keyboard.


Nepali single mothers say law change would make children stateless

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of single mothers and rights activists demonstrated outside Nepal's parliament building on Thursday, urging members of a special assembly drafting a new constitution not to weaken the citizenship rights of young Nepalis.


Couple charged with abuse of illegal maid

KUALA LUMPUR: An immigration officer and his wife were charged with a string of abuses against an Indonesian woman who was allegedly forced to be their maid.


Ukrainian tycoon Firtash escapes extradition to U.S

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian court refused on Thursday to extradite Ukrainian industrialist Dmytro Firtash to the United States, accepting his argument that political motivations lay behind U.S. efforts to try him on corruption charges.


Australians face travel ban to PNG’s Bougainville

SYDNEY, May 18, 2015 (AFP) - Papua New Guinea has banned Australians from travelling to the politically sensitive autonomous region of Bougainville, officials said Monday, after Canberra announced plans to open a diplomatic mission there.


‘Foreign workers exploited, abused’

SIBU: The exploitation of over 100 Indonesian workers by an oil palm plantation at KM88 Sibu-Bintulu Road has caught the attention of Foreign Workers Rehabilitation and Counselling Centre and it wants the relevant authorities to step in to look into the matter.


Egypt's top businessman Sawiris testifies at Al Jazeera retrial

CAIRO (Reuters) - One of Egypt's wealthiest businessmen, Naguib Sawiris, testified for the defence on Wednesday at the retrial of two Al-Jazeera television journalists, possibly boosting their standing in a case criticised from abroad.