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Church criticised over Spain's mosque-turned-cathedral
Thursday, March 13, 2014

MADRID: Spanish campaigners accuse the country's Catholic Church of trying to cover up the Islamic history of Cordoba Cathedral, a world heritage site that was originally a mosque.
 
It is one of the most famous Islamic sites in Europe, but those coming to learn about that are left none the wiser by the information leaflets given out to tourists, critics say.
 
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Nurul Izzah & husband asked to mediate over divorce plans
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The Lower Syariah Court here on Tuesday ordered Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar and her husband, Raja Ahmad Shahrir Iskandar Raja Salim, to appoint mediators to resolve their divorce case. Syariah judge Ab. Malek Awang set April 1 for both parties to bring their mediators to court, failing which the court would close the case. ...

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6th International hot air balloon fiesta promises good family fun
Monday, March 10, 2014

PUTRAJAYA: The 6th Putrajaya 2014 will return to its home in Precinct 2, Putrajaya this coming March. The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta event will be held over the course of four days from March 27th to 30th featuring another amazing line-up of international balloonists and a new variety of attractions and side events. ...

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Sevastopol, scene of Russian glories, eager to "go home"
Monday, March 10, 2014

SEVASTOPOL: The Ukrainian flag has never really been embraced here and its famed port, home to Russia's Black Sea fleet since the time of the tsars.
 
And as Moscow cements its control over Crimea, residents here say they are looking forward to the day when the Russian flag, already omnipresent, will fly as the official standard.
 
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Petronas collaborates with Pengasih
Friday, March 7, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas, in collaboration with Persatuan Pengasih Malaysia, has embarked on a four-year research on the effectiveness of a community outreach programme known as “Program Kenali Anak Kita Petronas“ (PKAKP). The study, aimed at providing parents with the skills and knowledge to help prevent substance abuse among youth, was carried out under various approaches including interviews with programme participants, namely parents, teachers and students....

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Major report reveals extensive abuse of women in EU
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

VIENNA: A huge and damning new report revealed Wednesday extensive physical or sexual abuse against women across the EU, with one in three falling victim but far too few going to the police.
 
In addition, five per cent of the 42,000 women interviewed said they have been raped, and just over one in 10 experienced sexual violence by an adult before they were 15, according to the survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)....

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Malaysian Independent Animal Rescue receives RM8,888 in AmBank's #MalaysianHeroes campaign
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR:The Malaysian Independent Animal Rescue (“MIAR”) has won RM8,888 after garnering the highest number of votes from fellow Malaysians and has emerged on top in AmBank Group’s #MalaysianHeroes campaign. The #MalaysianHeroes campaign which ran from 17-26 January 2014, was aimed at creating awareness on the efforts carried out by local charity organisations as well as nurturing support...

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Kabul clinic offers new chance for addicts
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

KABUL: It is a spartan life of dormitory beds, communal eating and prayer, but the Jangalak treatment centre here offers a rare glimmer of hope for heroin addicts caught in Afghanistan's spiralling drug problem.
 
About 250 male addicts at a time undergo a 45-day course at the government centre, with 70 per cent of all patients successfully staying off heroin after they leave.
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Singapore is world's costliest city
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SINGAPORE: The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world's most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot, according to a survey Tuesday.
 
Tokyo's weakening yen saw it slide to sixth place, the position previously occupied by Singapore, in the 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)....

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Oscars: Best picture goes to 12 Years a Slave
Monday, March 3, 2014

HOLLYWOOD: Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" was crowned best picture Oscar on Sunday, while 3D space thriller "Gravity" was the top prize winner at the 86th Academy Awards with seven.
 
True-life AIDS activist drama "Dallas Buyers Club" won three Oscars including best actor for Matthew McConaughey, while Australia's Cate Blanchett won best actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."...

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