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Selling $600 frogs -- to save them from poachers

QUITO: Poachers in Ecuador have long known the hefty prices their country’s rare frogs can fetch. But now environmentally conscious firms are starting to sell the amphibians too -- to try to save them from the black market and threatened extinction.

Possible suspension for 40 tour guides who protested at Kota Kinabalu airport

KOTA KINABALU: The state Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture could revoke the licences of the 40 tour guides who participated in the Kota Kinabalu International Airport protest last Friday that affected dozens of visitors from China.

Myanmar’s Rohingya: cornered by poverty, stalked by violence

MAUNG HNAMA: Hemmed in by Myanmar security forces and menaced by abductions and killings, Rohingya Muslims in a conflict-scarred corner of Rakhine State say fear is one of the few constants in their lives.

Qualcomm loses appeal against EU threat of daily fine

US chipmaker Qualcomm faces the threat of a daily fine of €580,000 (RM2.8mil) for failing to provide EU antitrust regulators with information after losing an appeal against the penalty in a European Union court.

Regular businesses front for illegal gambling

MIRI: Certain sundry shops, coffeeshops and cellphones as well as phone accessories stores in the city are actually functioning as fronts for illegal four-digit gambling.

Sabah tour guides: No outsiders

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Asso­­ciation of Tour and Travel Agents is adamant that tour operators cannot hire tour guides from China.

Lost revenue due to labour shortage

KUALA LUMPUR: The shortage of farm labour at Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) is costing the oil palm planter millions of ringgit in lost revenue, contributing to its cash-flow problems.

UN: Afghan civilian deaths hit new high

Kabul: The people of war-torn Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of the grinding conflict with civilian deaths at their worst since records began, the United Nations said.

Catalan police chief resigns in run-up to independence referendum

MADRID (Reuters) - The head of Catalonia's police force resigned on Monday, just two and a half months before a referendum on independence from Spain which has been planned by regional separatist leaders but is staunchly opposed by the central government.

Ex-U.S. diplomats seek to save State Department refugee office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty former U.S. diplomats and national security officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that handles refugees in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.