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1,000 delegates to gather in Sarawak for tourism forum

KUCHING: Over 1,000 international delegates from South-East Asia and beyond will descend on Sarawak for the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF 2014) next month.

World

African traditions, military pomp for Mandela burial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday in an elaborate ceremony combining a state funeral and all its military pomp with the traditional burial rituals of his Xhosa clan to ensure he has an easy transition into the afterworld.

World

Thai protest leader wants 12 months to push through reforms

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms.

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Kerry in Vietnam on first visit as top US diplomat

HO CHI MINH CITY (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday attended mass at a cathedral in Vietnam, where he served during the war, in a trip aimed at shoring up Southeast Asian ties amid myriad regional tensions.

World

Thai protesters outline reform aims, military neutral for now

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of the protest movement trying to overthrow Thailand's government outlined their aims at an armed forces seminar on Saturday but military leaders declined to take sides or say if a February election should take place.

World

Dissident Ugandan general launches opposition party

LONDON (Reuters) - A dissident Ugandan general launched an opposition party in London on Saturday and said it was time for President Yoweri Museveni to end his 28-year rule, a fresh challenge to a leader who is now among the longest serving in Africa.

Education

Lithuanian uni confers honorary degree to M'sian

ALBUKHARY Internatio­nal University vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak has been conferred an honorary doctorate from Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania.

World

Thai military sees role in ensuring 'fair' election

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military offered on Sunday to help the politically polarised country hold a "fair and clean" election next year, suggesting the armed forces may play a role in a vote aimed at ending protests seeking to topple the government.

Community

It pays to know the laws and your rights, women told

KUCHING: Women are told to equip themselves with some knowledge on the country’s laws so that they would not be easily taken advantage of.

Environment

Toying with nature

Hybridisation of groupers: a blessing or Frankenstein’s monster?