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Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive in Mandarin
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing -- surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin.
 
Zuckerberg charmed his audience comprising Chinese and international students when he kicked off the half hour session at the elite Tsinghua University with the words "Hello, everyone" in heavily-accented Chinese....

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Don't be distracted by extremist views - Najib's Deepavali message
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With the sunrise marking a new day tomorrow (today), Malaysians will once again be in a festive mood. I myself will look forward to enjoying Indian sweets and delicacies, especially murukku, thosai and paal appam. It is interesting to note that while cooking styles differ, the ingredients used for the various dishes coming out of an Indian kitchen are common, and familiar, to us all....

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Singapore slung as Maori All Blacks scrap game over pitch
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SINGAPORE -- October 21, 2014: This republic's new National Stadium suffered fresh embarrassment today when the Maori All Blacks scrapped their November 15 match against Asia Pacific Dragons over the poor state of its pitch.
 
New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) officials said they felt let down over the situation, which could affect Singapore's bid to host a team in the Super 15 southern hemisphere competition....

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More Customs officers charged for bribery
Monday, October 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- October 20, 2014: A Customs assistant superintendent claimed trial in the Sessions Court here today to nine charges of accepting bribes amounting to RM17,000.
 
Mohd. Nor Sukri Mohd Mokhtar, 36, who is with the Selangor Customs enforcement division allegedly accepted the money from an individual as an inducement not to interfere in his liquor trade operations.
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Public sector urged to utilise social media to communicate with people
Monday, October 20, 2014

PUTRAJAYA -- Governments must ride on the emergence of the social media as a new avenue to communicate with the people, instead of worrying about being dominated by the citizens' voices over cyberspace, say experts.

"Governments nowadays, are not immune to the rise of the social media, which has arguably, created the citizens-to-government channel, just like business-to-business or business-to-consumers...

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Goal celebration kills Indian footballer
Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW DELHI -- October 20, 2014: A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported today.
 
Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said....

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A breath of fresh air from Proton's IRIZ
Monday, October 20, 2014

Let me be frank, almost all Malaysians have been in a love-hate relationship with our national car, Proton.
 
We love it because it is our first national automobile manufacturer yet at times hate it for several quality issues.
 
Therefore when I was invited by Proton for a two day test drive of its latest Proton Iriz, I was quite skeptical of its performance....

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Corrupt language or corrupted enforcement?
Friday, October 17, 2014

Have you ever come across a premise signboard which cracks you up with its incorrect use of the national language? Or, perhaps, one that is in unidentified foreign language even though the premise is located in the heart of our city?

This issue concerning the proper use of the national language in public displays has once again been highlighted, indicating lack of enforcement by relevant authorities....

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Nine cases reported to National CPRC negative for Ebola
Saturday, October 18, 2014

PUTRAJAYA -- Nine cases of people under investigation for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) until Oct 15, were negative for the disease.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said the patients were from Western Africa, mainly from Nigeria who arrived in Malaysia with high fever.
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FIFA says Qatar report cannot be published in full
Friday, October 17, 2014

ZURICH -- October 17, 2014: FIFA's top judge said today that football's governing body cannot release in full a controversial report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for legal reasons.
 
FIFA has faced mounting calls, including from Michael Garcia, the former US federal prosecutor who led the investigation into the bid, for all of the report to be made public. ...

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