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Zahrain walks out of PKR

PETALING JAYA: Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim, who initiated an unprecedented open attack against DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng two weeks ago, has quit Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Obama names U.S. envoy to Muslim world body

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was naming a special envoy to a top Islamic body to further Washington's cooperation with the Muslim world.

Nobel laureate Ebadi calls for sanctions on Iran

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi urged countries on Friday to impose political sanctions on Iran by downgrading diplomatic ties and denying visas to officials, but rejected economic sanctions as hurting the Iranian people.

Clinton to visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia next week for talks that a U.S. official said on Tuesday would likely focus on Iran, Iraq and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

U.S. climate envoy says China tepid on climate deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official on Tuesday criticized China and other leading developing countries for trying to weaken the Copenhagen Accord to fight global warming and raised the prospect that a fuller international pact may be not be struck by year's end.

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ANALYSIS - Politics at play in Toyota woes; no trade war

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. politics look to be playing a role in Washington's harsh response to safety problems battering Toyota's reputation, but no one expects a replay of the bitter trade wars that frayed ties and jolted currencies decades ago.

Taiwan drops request for U.S. military subs - source

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has effectively dropped a request for U.S. submarines to help shore up the balance of power with political rival China, a military source said on Tuesday, dissolving what could be a new rift in tense Sino-U.S. ties.

Malacca CM pays tribute to cancer daycare centre

MALACCA: The Malacca Cancer Society (MCS) and its palliative daycare centre known as Oasis in Taman Melaka Raya here were recently praised by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali Rustam for their voluntary work among poor and marginalised cancer survivors and their families.