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Five Malaysian varsities continue to rise in rankings

PETALING JAYA: All five of Malaysia’s research universities continue to climb the rankings ladder with Universiti Malaya (UM) leading the pack.

Jakarta governor sworn in amid calls from hardliners for 'Islamic lifestyle'

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in a former education minister as Jakarta's governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

Najib and Emir of Qatar hold talks

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Qatar signed four memoranda of understanding in conjunction with the visit of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani.

Austria's conservatives show few qualms about teaming up with far right

VIENNA (Reuters) - With conservative leader Sebastian Kurz winning Austria's parliamentary elections on Sunday with around 32 percent of votes, many of his supporters see little reason to shy away from forming a government with the far right Freedom Party (FPO).

Veggie seller takes lead in going cashless

SIBU: Vegetables seller Judy Fang may not be a technocrat but she is one of the first hawkers in the country to go cashless in her business.

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Deepavali clothing prices skyrocket

INDIAN customers buying Deepa­vali clothes at popular shopping spots in the Klang Valley were shocked to discover prices had been drastically hiked up ahead of the festival, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Little India abuzz with shoppers

GEORGE TOWN: With Deepavali just two days away, the heritage enclave in Penang is buzzing with last-minute shoppers.

China steps up war on poverty, though some still left behind

BEIJING (Reuters) - Wang Qin, 59, collects scrap at a demolished residential district on the outskirts of Beijing, working 15 hours a day and struggling on her own to pay for her granddaughter's education.

Report minors who use social media sites

DELETE or report social media accounts belonging to underage users, popular social media platforms say.