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Some say it’s ok for A-G to be an MP, others disagree

PETALING JAYA: Views are split as to whether the Attorney-General should be selected from among the MPs with suggestions of a senior member of the A-G’s Chambers (AGC), a lawyer MP, a retired judge or a retired professor of law as potential candidates.

Britain says U.S. sanctions on Iran have wide impact, make third-party trade difficult

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran were having a clear impact on other countries and were making it difficult for firms to assess the risks of doing business there.

Kenya's president signs cybercrimes law opposed by media rights groups

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law on Wednesday that outlaws the abuse of people on social media but which critics say could be exploited to repress civil liberties.

Italy's League, 5-Star to see president by Monday on government formation - League chief

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League party will meet with the head of state by Monday to update him on their attempts to form a coalition government, League leader Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday.

Merkel defends nuclear deal, Iran says won't 'surrender' to U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back on Wednesday against Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, saying the accord helped outside powers worried about Tehran's regional role to pursue their concerns with the Islamic Republic.

Merkel backs Iran deal, cautious on euro zone reform

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel on Wednesday defended the Iran nuclear deal following its rejection by Washington, arguing the pact is the best way to tackle concerns about Tehran's role in Syria and its ballistic missile programme.

Italy debt cancellation not in government programme - League economy spokesman

ROME (Reuters) - A plan by Italy's 5-Star Movement and League to ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros ($296 billion) of Italian debt was never in an official draft of a government programme, the League's economic spokesman told Reuters.

Australia's trade minister says China ties a priority after recent "differences"

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's trade minister will use a visit to China this week to reinforce ties with his country's largest trading partner, he said on Wednesday, following a recent souring in relations.

Dr M: Party hoppers from Umno or BN will not be accepted into Pakatan

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional members who want to defect to Pakatan Harapan will not be accepted as registered members of parties in the coalition, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak to remain in BN says James Masing

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will remain with the Barisan Nasional coalition and play their role as the Opposition in Parliament.

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