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Slovak court orders detained Greenpeace activists to stay in custody

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - A Slovak court ordered 12 Greenpeace activists, who were detained after protesting against a coal mining company, to remain in custody on Sunday until a trial.


Italian PM upbeat on EU deal prospects ahead of budget votes

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian parliament begins voting this week on the government's contested 2019 budget, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte optimistic that a deal can be agreed with the European Commission.


US$ weakens as US-China trade truce revives demand for riskier currencies

SINGAPORE: The dollar fell across the board on Monday as investor demand for riskier assets rose after China and the U.S. agreed to a cease-fire in a trade dispute that has shaken global markets.


Pound braces for swings on Brexit divorce deal

LONDON: As the countdown to the Brexit divorce deal’s judgment day begins, pound investors will be following the mood in Parliament to gauge its chances of survival.


Thai election fight turns to YouTube, Facebook after campaign ban

The battle to win over millions of first-time and undecided Thai voters is now increasingly being fought online as the military-run government bans campaigning ahead of a general election expected next year.


Tabung Haji assures depositors’ savings safe

KUALA LUMPUR: Lembaga Ta­bung Haji (TH) group managing director/­chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zukri Samat has assured depositors that their savings are safe.


Bill on public service to be tabled in March, says PSD D-G

JOHOR BARU: The government will introduce the Public Service Act which will pave the way for a separation of power between civil servants and the political administration, said Public Service Department director-general Datuk Seri Borhan Dolah.


Sarawak’s development is still Putrajaya’s responsibility, says Dr M

BINTULU: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has given the assurance that federal projects in Sarawak will proceed, regardless of the state government.


Leader laments cancellation of RM50mil promised to Kojadi in Budget

KUALA LUMPUR: The Finance Ministry has cancelled the RM50mil allocation funds to Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Bhd (Kojadi), as promised in Budget 2018.


Perkasa wants Waytha to quit

KUALA LUMPUR: While yesterday’s assembly and meeting by Malay rights group Perkasa went on without incident, it was full of fiery speeches on the protection of Malay rights as well as demands for the resignation of a minister.