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Nation

A place to shine for students with penchant for the arts

KUALA LUMPUR: Students with a penchant for the arts are enrolling in greater numbers in Sekolah Seni Malaysia, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

AseanPlus News

New law on national anthem in the works

Beijing: China is fine-tuning legislation on the proper way and place to sing its national anthem, tightening rules that already bar people from belting it out at parties, weddings and funerals.

AseanPlus News

Cash is still money of note in India

New Delhi: Fat wads of bank notes move across counters in Old Delhi’s gold and diamond district in one of many challenges to six months of Indian government efforts to suffocate the black market.

Letters

Call for entry ban on PAS leaders

From DATUK DR JOHAN ARRIFFIN of Kota Kinabalu.

World

Germany eyes new sanctions against North Korea - German media

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will tighten economic sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear programme in line with a U.N. resolution passed in November and subsequent EU regulations, German government officials said on Tuesday.

World

Blasphemy verdict sinks Jakarta governor, elevates Islamic hardliner

JAKARTA (Reuters) - As the panel of five judges delivered the verdict condemning Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to two years in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday, they cited firebrand Islamist Habib Rizieq as a Koranic authority.

Rugby

SA Rugby gets approval to bid for 2023 World Cup after ban lifted

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The South African government on Tuesday said it had lifted a ban on the country's rugby union hosting international events after it made progress improving racial diversity in the sport, paving the way for a 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.

World

U.S. anti-Muslim bias incidents increased in 2016, group says

BOSTON (Reuters) - When the Masjid Al-Kareem mosque in Providence, Rhode Island, received a threatening letter in November calling Muslims a "vile and filthy people," its members were frightened enough they asked for and got extra police protection.

Nation

Malaysia hopes N. Korea can assure national team's safety in Pyongyang

KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin hopes North Korea can guarantee the safety of the national squad who will travel to Pyongyang for the 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match on June 8.

Cricket

Appeal on length of Russell doping ban dropped by locals

KINGSTON (Reuters) - The decision on whether West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell should serve a longer ban for breaches of the whereabouts rule now rested with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), according to Jamaica's anti-doping authority.