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Kashmir shelling, spat over Pakistan aid mar run-up to Kerry trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Reports of a $500-million Washington aid package to Pakistan and a period of intense border shelling in Kashmir have overshadowed the run-up to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to India in the next few days.Kerry travels to India on Saturday to attend an investment summit promoted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held in his home state of Gujarat, the U.S. State Department said. It declined comment on media reports Kerry may also visit Pakistan.

Obama's Cuba opening hits early obstacles, faces struggle with Congress

(This January 3 story was refiled to correct time element to "half-century" from "half-decade" in third paragraph)

Libya pays heavy economic price as fighting takes toll

CAIRO (Reuters) - The central bank is burning through its foreign reserves and many government services are being cut as Libya reels under the effects of a collapse in oil revenues caused by factional fighting that threatens to tear the country apart.

PAC to seek meeting with Finance Ministry, NSC over flood relief allocation

PETALING JAYA: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will seek a meeting with the Finance Ministry and the National Security Council (NSC), once the flood situation has improved, to obtain details of the RM800mil spent on relief efforts.

China arrests scholar who helped blind dissident flee house arrest

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have arrested a scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escape house arrest in 2012, the scholar's wife said on Tuesday, in a case that activists say signals a tighter grip on civil liberties.

Floods: Six districts still affected in Pahang

KUANTAN: Only six districts are still affected in Pahang with more evacuees returning to clean up their homes in the aftermath of the ravaging floods.

Weakening ringgit forces parents to rethink study options

PETALING JAYA: Parents planning to send their children to study overseas, particularly the United States, are beginning to feel the pinch with the ringgit continuing its slide against the greenback.

Wanita Umno members to assist in cleaning up efforts and distribution of aid

TEMERLOH: Wanita Umno will mobilise its 1.3 million members to provide assistance to flood victims nationwide, movement chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said.

Grand Lexis hotel makes use of its own bus to send essential items to flood victims

IMAGES of the devastation caused by floods in the East Coast states had such an impact on the management of the Grand Lexis Hotel in Port Dickson that they immediately wanted to do their bit to help the victims.

Help for those with rare diseases

THE Malaysia Lysosomal Diseases Association (MLDA) and Malaysia Metabolic Society (MMS) recently held the ‘Every Life Counts’ charity dinner to raise funds for patients with Lysosomal Storage Diseases (LSD).