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World 05 Dec 2013 | 4:56 PM

China's top farm official reins in land reform expectations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's new rural reforms will stop short of giving commercial firms free rein to buy land and will focus instead on creating bigger family farms, the country's top rural official said in remarks published on Thursday.

World 06 Dec 2013 | 5:40 AM

U.S. says China air defence zone unacceptable, shouldn't be implemented

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that China's new air defence zone over the East China Sea was "unacceptable" and urged Beijing not to implement it, but stopped sort of calling for it to rescind its declaration.

Community 07 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

A tactical move secures victory for former national players in badminton Flexpro league

SLOWING down the pace of the match is the key strategy taken by former national players Lai Dix Son and Muhd Roslin Hashim while facing younger and more energetic opposition.

World 07 Dec 2013 | 2:15 PM

U.S. commitment to Middle East security proven, enduring - Hagel

MANAMA (Reuters) - The United States has a proven and enduring commitment to Middle East security, backed by diplomatic engagement and a fierce array of warplanes, ships, tanks, artillery and 35,000 troops, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told Gulf Arab leaders on Saturday.

Community 08 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Group: State should build new crematorium on mainland

GEORGE TOWN: A coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGO) and concerned citizens is requesting that the state government build a new crematorium on the mainland.

World 08 Dec 2013 | 7:50 AM

Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.

Nation 10 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Former DPM speaks about losing his family to Highland Towers disaster

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Highland Towers collapse, The Star revisits that awful day in 1993, beginning with an exclusive interview with former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam.

Nation 10 Dec 2013 | 4:29 PM

Malaysia committed to curb illegal trade of conventional weapons, says Nancy Shukri

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has reaffirmed its commitment to curbing the illegal trade of conventional weapons that could encourage conflicts around the world.

World 11 Dec 2013 | 3:35 AM

In Qatar talks, U.S. underscores support for Syrian moderates

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel briefed Qatari leaders on Tuesday about the effort to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, and he underscored U.S. support for Syria's moderate opposition.

Nation 11 Dec 2013 | 2:47 PM

India rules gay sex illegal

NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality in a landmark judgment that crushes activists' hopes for guarantees on sexual freedom in the world's biggest democracy.