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Mum maims child to earn money from begging

A woman in Beijing has been found to have purposely crippled her daughter so that the child could help her make money from begging, state media said Tuesday.

Council wants ministry to pay for flower pots

An announcement that the public could take home the fresh flowers placed on tables at the recent national Christmas open house here resulted in guests carrying away 2,000 flower pots worth RM100,000.

Hambali plotted terror campaign

Hambali, the operations director for Osama bin Laden#8217;s al-Qaeda terrorist movement, is on the run, but for over 10 years he was in Malaysia planning and recruiting like-minded radicals for his campaign of terror to hit Western targets in South-East Asia. Malaysian police have collected new information on Hambali and his involvement in Jemaah Islamiah in their continuing war against terrorism, write WONG CHUN WAI and LOURDES CHARLES.

‘Condoms’ save HK’s palm trees from vandals

B>HONG KONG:/BPalm trees along the Kowloon waterfront here were saved from New Year's vandals by protective 'condoms' fitted to their trunks, officials said yesterday.

Dr M: We will fight back

Malaysia will come down hard on foreign governments which want to use the country to launch pre-emptive strikes or forward defence, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

Appeal for calm after Aussie riots

B>CANBERRA:/BAustralian politicians and refugee advocates appealed for calm yesterday after violence and arson attacks swept through detention centres holding asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.

Dateline Lion City: News in brief from Singapore

News briefs from Singapore including: Shoppers ignore sales tax increase; Shelter told to remove diesel tank and leave; Over 900 start year by queuing for free food

Liong Sik pays tribute to Dr Mahathir

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik yesterday paid tribute to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, describing the Prime Minister as the source of the nation's dynamic progress.

Court order gives Celcom more time

Celcom (M) Bhd has obtained an interim injunction stopping a service provider from proceeding to wind it up over an alleged debt of RM17.7mil pending an appeal.

New year, new teaching tools

Tens of thousands of teachers will begin teaching this year with the aid of notebooks, LCDs and other new teaching and educational tools. In fact, 2003 will see many changes in schools.