• BRIEF-Genting Overseas enters SP agreement

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Genting Bhd * Genting overseas entered into a sale and purchase agreement to dispose its entire 20.1 million genting hong kong ltd shares to golden hope unit trust * Deal for total ...

  • First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

    Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia's first confirmed cases linking the sickness and the birth defect. The announcement could affect Thailand's key tourism industry, one of the kingdom's

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  • Rosetta crash-lands on comet, ending 12-year space mission

    Europe's pioneering Rosetta spacecraft concluded a 12-year odyssey with a controlled crash-landing Friday onto the comet it has orbited and probed for two years to unravel the secrets of the Solar System's birth, mission controllers said.

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  • Philippines' Duterte draws Hitler parallels in war on drugs

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened his deadly crime war to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews, as he declared he was "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts. "Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts (in the Philippines

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  • Fancy a chat? Londoners appalled at Tube badges

    When American Jonathan Dunne began handing out badges encouraging travellers on the London Underground to talk to each other, he had no idea how controversial challenging the unwritten 'no conversation' rule would be. Dunne has been dismissed by some as a naive American, and the assertion on

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  • BRIEF-Titijaya land enters into three separate conditional share sale

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Titijaya Land Bhd * Entered into three separate conditional share sale agreements with Titi Kaya Sdn Bhd, Lee Eng Wah and Lim Wen Yeh * Deal for proposed acquisition NPO Builders Sdn ...

  • Turkey seeks arrests of judicial, prison staff in coup probe

    Turkish authorities on Friday issued dozens of arrest warrants for staff in the judicial and prison systems, the latest swoop against suspects said to be linked to the alleged mastermind of the July 15 coup. Istanbul prosecutors have sent out warrants for 87 people working in Istanbul courts and 75

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  • World leaders bid farewell to 20th-century 'giant' Shimon Peres

    World leaders bid farewell to Israeli elder statesman and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres at his funeral in Jerusalem Friday, with US President Barack Obama hailing him as a giant of the 20th century. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among the mourners at the city's Mount Herzl national

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  • India evacuates border villages after commando raids on Pakistan

    India evacuated thousands of people living near the border with Pakistan on Friday, a day after carrying out ground raids along the de-facto frontier in disputed Kashmir that have dramatically escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Authorities in northern Punjab state said they were

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  • BRIEF-Ytl corporation's unit acquires RW Gower Street and RW Greenside Place

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Ytl Corporation * Unit acquired RW Gower Street Limited and RW Greenside Place Limited for cash considerations of £6.9 million and £200,000, respectively * Acquisitions are not expected ...

  • Why top fashion models never smile

    "You don't smile. It is just not done," said model Ty Ogunkoya as catwalk stars criss-crossed Paris for fashion week. In his decade as a top model, the 26-year-old Nigerian-born Londoner has never once permitted himself a grin.

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  • Sting returns to rock 'n' roll roots with new album

    Legendary musician Sting returns to his rock 'n' roll roots with his latest album for which the refugee crisis and New York were key inspirations.

  • Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil

    The law "bans wearing in public clothing that partially or completely covers the face", referring to the burqa or the more common niqab. Bulgaria's mostly centuries-old Muslim community, dating back to conversions during Ottoman times, makes up around 13 percent of the population, mostly

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  • BRIEF-Managepay Systems's unit receives letter of award from OCBC Bank(Malaysia)

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - ManagePay Systems Bhd * Unit received a letter of award on 28 september 2016 from OCBC Bank (Malaysia) for the provision of mobile point-of-sales payment platform * Award shall be valid ...

  • BRIEF-Seal Incorporated announces August production figures

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Seal Incorporated Bhd * No log production of the group for the month of august 2016. Source text ( http://bit.ly/2dwnXuN ) Further company coverage:

  • BRIEF-Willowglen MSC says unit awarded 5.6 mln rgt contract by Penta-Ocean Construction

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Willowglen MSC Bhd * Unit awarded contract for the design, supply and installation of supervisory, control and data acquisition (scada) system * Unit awarded contract valued equivalent ...

  • Abbas, Netanyahu shake hands at Peres funeral

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas shook hands and spoke briefly at Shimon Peres's funeral in a rare public encounter between the two men.

  • Two stolen Van Gogh masterpieces recovered in Italy

    Two Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago have been recovered by organised crime investigators in Italy, the Van Gogh Museum announced on Friday. The 1882 "Seascape at Scheveningen" and 1884/85 "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen" were "recovered

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  • Hungary's Muslims 'feel the hate' ahead of refugee referendum

    Fellow convert Maria Nagy, standing at the counter of the Asian goods shop she runs with her Pakistani husband in the multi-cultural eighth district of Budapest, has had similar experiences. - Immigration is 'poison' - The referendum is about whether Hungary will accept one of the European Union

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  • Stock markets tumble on Deutsche Bank strains

    European and Asian stock markets slumped Friday as Deutsche Bank shares plunged on widening concerns over its financial strength, causing ripples of fear across the global financial sector. Bloomberg reported that several hedge funds had withdrawn their investments in Germany's biggest bank. It

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  • BRIEF-Guocoland malaysia says Loi Kok Mun resigns as CFO

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Guocoland Malaysia Bhd * Loi Kok Mun resigns as chief financial officer Source text ( http://bit.ly/2dgfX1N ) Further company coverage:

  • US rapper Gibbs tried in Austria for alleged sexual abuse

    US rapper Freddie Gibbs went on trial in Austria on Friday accused of sexually abusing a girl half his age in his hotel room after a concert in Vienna last year. Gibbs, whose real name is Fredrick Tipton, 34, was extradited in late July from France where police arrested him on a European arrest warrant

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  • BRIEF-Wellcall redesignates Huang Sha as managing director

    Sept 30 (Reuters) - Wellcall Holdings Bhd * Huang Sha redesignated as managing director Source text ( http://bit.ly/2dwns3Q ) Further company coverage:

  • Pedro Sanchez, Spanish Socialist leader in fight for survival

    At the helm of the Spanish Socialist party for two years, Pedro Sanchez -- or "Mr Handsome" as he is known -- is fighting for his survival as fellow heavyweights call for his head. Seventeen members of the party's executive quit Wednesday in a bid to oust the 44-year-old, unhappy about

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  • Petronas weighs sale to exit $27 bln Canada LNG project - sources

    KUALA LUMPUR/MILAN, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Malaysian state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd is considering selling its majority stake in a $27 billion Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, three people familiar with the matter said this week. Petroliam Nasional, or Petronas, is weighing options for



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