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Spectre of war greets New Year

B>TOKYO:/BJapanese streamed into temples, Russians packed a frigid Red Square and revellers from around the world crowded the confetti-strewn streets of New York#8217;s Times Square to greet the new year amid global concerns about war and terrorism.


Smaller oranges likely this CNY

This year's harvest of I>teochew kum/Iin China is likely to produce smaller and lower quality fruits due to the current rainy spell there.

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Mediator: Civilian killings in Aceh drop sharply

The killing of civilians has dropped sharply in Indonesia's Aceh province since the signing of a landmark peace accord between the central government and rebels, a Geneva-based organisation that brokered the deal said.


Group: No sign that tiff will hurt tourism

Malaysia#8217;s tiff with Singapore over several issues will not affect visitors from the republic coming to Terengganu or other parts of the country.


ACA to probe councils, Land and Mines Dept

The Anti-Corruption Agency will carry out a thorough inspection on the policy system and work procedures of all local councils and Land and Mines Department offices nationwide soon.

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News briefs on China

CHINA'S growing car craze is threatening to cripple the bicycle industry all over the world, I>South China Morning Post/Ireports.


Hindu council issues guidelines for Thaipusam

The Malaysia Hindu Sangam has come out with a set of guidelines to ensure that Thaipusam, which falls on Jan 19, is celebrated in a spiritual and religious manner and not turned into a carnival.

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Just too cold for 646 in South Asia

B>DHAKA/B>: Homeless people scrambled for handouts of warm clothing and blankets as the death toll from a three-week cold spell in Bangladesh and India reached 646, officials and news reports said yesterday.


Drop charges, Government urged

Amnesty International and Article 19, a British-based non-governmental organisation, have called on the Government to drop its charges against Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez for publishing an article which contravenes the Printing Presses and Publication Act.


Umno likely to propose division head as councillor

Umno is expected to propose Bukit Bendera division chairman Datuk Ahmad Ismail as one of its nine representatives in the Penang Municipal Council this year.