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Obama, Merkel want Russia held accountable for violence in Ukraine

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their concern about Russia's role in rising violence in eastern Ukraine in a phone call late on Tuesday and agreed on the need for funds to stabilise the Ukrainian economy.

Mozambique says death toll rises after heavy flooding

MAPUTO (Reuters) - More than 100 people have been killed and 150,000 displaced by floods in Mozambique, a senior government official said on Wednesday, as southern Africa counts the human and economic costs of this month's torrential rains.

We have no idea how GST works, say petty traders

JOHOR BARU: With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) set to be implemented in April, small traders here are worried that they will not be able to adapt to the system in time.

Corruption protest in Kenya's Maasai Mara region turns deadly

NAROK, Kenya (Reuters) - One person was killed and several injured on Monday when Kenyan police clashed with Maasais protesting against a local governor they accuse of misappropriating tourism funds from the Maasai Mara game reserve, an official said.

Algeria walks economic tightrope as oil falls

ALGIERS (Reuters) - For months, Algerian officials repeated their mantra that large foreign exchange reserves would shield the country from collapsing oil prices. Last week, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal took to state television to announce what most already knew - that crisis was at the door.

Muhyiddin sees local government polls as a push for autonomy

PUTRAJAYA: The Penang state government has been asked if holding local government elections could lead to an increase in taxes such as raising assessment rates and licensing fees.

Mum struggles to feed family

A MOTHER of four is struggling to feed her children after a welfare body in Taiping stopped providing her with financial aid, reported Malaysia Nanban.

In a quandary over GST and MyEG

KUALA LUMPUR: Many small businessmen are finding themselves pushed into a corner by the new demands of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and work permit renewals via MyEG, both of which require computer literacy.

Joko praised on economy but criticised on human rights and graft

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo has won praise for bold economic reforms at the start of his term, but his man-of-the-people image has suffered after criticism of his commitment to human rights and fighting corruption.

Shahrir: Floods a wake-up call for rural progress

KUCHING: The nationwide floods are a wake-up call to the Government to spend more on rural development, Backbenchers Club chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Ahmad Samad said.