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GE to sell European private equity financing unit to SMBC for US$2.2bil

TOKYO: General Electric Co said it would sell its European private equity financing business to a unit of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp for about $2.2 billion as the U.S. conglomerate sheds financial assets amid a restructuring.

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Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii

Tokyo (AFP) - A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.


Tabung Haji inks deal with MAS charter services

KUALA LUMPUR: Tabung Haji (TH) on Monday entered into an agreement with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Charter Services to carry pilgrims to the Holy Land during the 1436H/2015 hajj season.

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Solar Impulse takes off on delayed Pacific flight

TOKYO (AFP) - The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Monday for a flight over the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.


Hubby of MH17 crew still feeling the pain one year on

KUALA LUMPUR: Every time he is asked about his wife, Hamfazlin Sham Mohamed Arifin, the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) stewardess who died in the MH17 crash in Ukraine last year, Mohd Tarmizi Ismail will feel the agony of his loss.


U.S., allies target Islamic State in Syria with 14 air strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces launched 14 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and seven in Iraq on Friday, the U.S. military said, amid reports the militant group killed 145 civilians in the town of Kobani.


Cat allegedly lost on Jeddah-KL flight, owner distraught

PETALING JAYA: A cat has allegedly gone missing on a Jeddah-Kuala Lumpur flight, according to a now-viral Facebook post calling for help in locating the pet after its cage arrived intact but empty at KLIA on Friday morning.


Japan, China to agree on procedures for unexpected military encounters - source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and China will next month conclude an agreement to define procedures for communication between their naval vessels and military aircraft during unexpected encounters to reduce the risk of confrontation, a source told Reuters.


Libya says to discuss EU plan on migrants, sovereignty a "red line"

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised government said on Thursday it will send a delegation to discuss with European Union authorities proposals for controlling migrant smuggling, saying its territorial sovereignty was a "red line" in any operation.


China says Manila trying to 'rope in' others to sea dispute

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military on Thursday accused the Philippines of trying to "rope in" other countries to the dispute over ownership of the South China Sea and stir regional tension after Japan joined a military drill with the Philippines.