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China to pour in billions for rail project

Malaysia begins its first step in the 600km rail journey from the Klang Valley to Tumpat with the inking of a deal with China offering RM55bil in soft loans, shares Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The East Coast Rail Line project, which takes off next year, is expected to see financial and development spin-offs along the way and cut down on travelling time.

World

Libyan forces wary of civilians in push to oust last Islamic State fighters from Sirte - spokesman

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Libyan forces said they were trying to avoid harming trapped women and children as they thrust on Monday into the last patch of terrain held by Islamic State militants in their former stronghold of Sirte.

World

Myanmar's Suu Kyi under pressure as Rohingya crisis deepens

NAYPYITAW/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces mounting criticism for her government's handling of a crisis in Muslim-majority northern Rakhine State, where soldiers have blocked access for aid workers and are accused of raping and killing civilians.

Business

GE to merge oil unit with Baker Hughes to create service giant

NEW YORK: General Electric Co said on Monday it would merge its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes Inc, creating the world's second-largest oilfield services provider as competition heats up to supply more-efficient products and services to the energy industry after several years of low crude prices

ASEAN+

Nepal drains risky glacial lake near Everest

Kathmandu, Oct 31, 2016 (AFP) - Nepal has successfully drained part of a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, averting risk of a disastrous flood that could have threatened thousands of lives, officials said Monday.

ASEAN+

Fart sparks fire during surgery in Japan; patient seriously burnt

TOKYO: A patient's fart during a surgical procedure allegedly sparked a fire which caused her to be seriously burnt, the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward said.

TECH

Risking Beijing’s ire, Germany gets tough on Chinese takeovers

Alarmed by a raft of Chinese takeovers, Germany is putting the brakes on the Asian giant’s shopping spree as it sends out the message that not everything is for sale – at the risk of antagonising Beijing.

Business

German minister ups rhetoric against takeovers ahead of China trip

BERLIN: China is strategically buying up key technologies in Germany while protecting its own companies against foreign takeovers with “discriminatory requirements”, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday.

Community

Urban orchard in PJ Railway Park

SECTION One residents and those living in other parts of Petaling Jaya Old Town now have an urban orchard in their midst following the official launch of the PJ Railway Park by Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.

Nation

All set for major floods to hit

KUALA LUMPUR: Major floods are about to hit the east coast prompting emergency agencies to prepare for the worst.