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African leaders meet to finalise Mali force

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - African leaders meeting in Ivory Coast on Saturday are expected to sign off on a regional mission that is due to take over from French forces fighting al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali, but is still short on financing and planning.


Australian rescue under way for French yachtsman

SYDNEY: Australian authorities were Saturday coordinating a rescue operation for a French yachtsman who had abandoned his boat and was drifting in a life raft hundreds of nautical miles off Tasmania.


Black gold strike

MIRI: Rich deposits of crude oil and gas have been discovered in underground reserves onshore in the vicinity of this city.


Rich deposits of crude oil and gas discovered in Sarawak’s inland areas

MIRI: Rich deposits of crude oil and gas have been discovered in the vicinity of Miri City in northern Sarawak – the first time in 24 years that “black gold” has been found in such a sizeable volume in the inland areas of Malaysia.


Ang Lee mulls directing historical epic 'Cleopatra'

TAIPEI - Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said Saturday he will probably accept an offer to direct historical epic Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie, after the Hollywood actress wrote to him asking him to come on board.


Lorry driver and wife questioned over kids’ adoption

PETALING JAYA: The parents of the three children given up for adoption by their lorry driver father were brought in by police for further questioning.


Floods ease in Jakarta, at least 11 dead (Updates)

JAKARTA: Floods in Indonesia's capital Jakarta which have killed at least 11 people and left two missing eased Friday, authorities said, warning however of more torrential rains which could hamper relief efforts.


French, Malian forces retake front-line town from Islamists

BAMAKO/MARKALA, Mali (Reuters) - French and Malian soldiers wrested control of the central town of Diabaly from Islamist rebels on Friday, its mayor said, and West African reinforcements arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents dominating the north of Mali.


Mali army retakes town, Islamists flee French air raids

BAMAKO/MARKALA, Mali (Reuters) - Islamist rebels in Mali abandoned the central town of Diabaly on Friday after fleeing a French air strike, military sources said, while West African troops arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents in Mali's north.


Custom officers nab lorry driver

MALACCA: A raiding team from Malacca Customs Department’s enforcement unit botched an attempt by a 39-year-old lorry driver from escaping into a secondary jungle along the North-South Expressway, near Seremban, recently.