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Fall in competitiveness ranking a wake-up call for Putrajaya, experts say

Optimistic projections and rhetoric are not the answer, they say.

Sunak vows to 'boot out' any Tories found to have broken betting rules

The under-pressure PM made the vow tonight as he faced increasing pressure to act over a growing scandal casting a long shadow over the tail end of the campaign.

Australia waters down planned world first vape ban after opposition from Greens

By Lewis Jackson SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will water down a planned world first ban on vaping after opposition from the Greens party led the government on Monday to agree to amend a bill that would have restricted vapes to those with a doctor's prescription. The agreement between the ruling centre-left Labor party and the Greens will see legislation pass later this week that restricts the

Biden official responds to fury over comparing cops to modern slavery

White House official Tyler Cherry is downplaying his previously social media posts after they garnered widespread criticism following his promotion last week.

Residents want green efforts, better public facilities

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been actively gathering public feedback since January to draw up its 2025 budget. Read full story

Justin Timberlake DWI arrest: Bartender at hotel speaks out

A bartender at the hotel that served Justin Timberlake his now-famous martini before his DWI arrest last week has broken their silence.

New asset declaration format not finalised yet, says Azalina

In March, her deputy M Kula Segaran said the updated format had been finalised and would be presented to the Cabinet for its approval.

School tribute to teenagers killed in A17 crash

The pair died when their car collided with another vehicle at North Rauceby last week.

US couple 'walked for hours' before dying in Hajj heat

The couple's daughter says a tour agency her parents used failed to provide basic necessities.

‘Julian Assange is free’: Wikileaks founder freed in deal with US

Assange to plead guilty to one charge of espionage and return home to Australia after decades fighting US extradition.

Carers in London: 'We struggle every month'

BBC London speaks to carers about their wishes for the social care system ahead of the election.

Russia warns U.S. to brace for retaliation after attack in Crimea

Moscow summoned the U.S. ambassador and called the attack inside Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine, 'barbaric.' The U.S. has been supplying long-range ATACMs munitions.

Tragic twist after four dead bodies are found inside Australian home

Four people, including a teenage boy, have been found dead at a property in Melbourne's north overnight.

All you need to know about: Mavcom’s dissolution and merger with CAAM

JUNE 25 — On Monday, June 24, 2024, Putrajaya tabled two Bills to dissolve the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) an...

University threatens protesters with legal action

Protesters say they will not leave until the university divests itself of links with Israel.

Judge sets $10 million bond for Venezuelan man accused of killing a 12-year-old Houston girl

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge in Texas set bond of $10 million Monday for an undocumented Venezuelan man accused of killing a 12-year-old Houston girl whose body was found in a creek after she disappeared during a walk to a convenience store. Franklin Jose Peña Ramos, 26, is one of two men charged with capital murder in Jocelyn Nungaray's death. The other is Johan Jose Martinez-Rangel, 22. Peña’s bond was set during a court hearing in which prosecutors...

Bestinet should be phased out eventually, says ex-MP

Charles Santiago says Putrajaya should start developing its own system.

Boy, 9, left with 'serious' injuries after e-bike ploughs into him

CCTV footage captured the hit-and-run in Swansea, South Wales, which showed the rider leave the scene after the collision on Friday, June 21 at 3.30pm.

Hungarian Prime Minister involved in horror car crash in Germany

Orban's vehicle was being escorted through the German city of Stuttgart when a driver collided with the motorcycle killing one police officer and severely injuring another

Many types of tourism can co-exist, say hoteliers

LANGKAWI: There is more the government can do to promote Langkawi than overtly publicising it as a preferred Muslim destination, say hoteliers. Read full story

Defense rests in trial of Karen Read, accused of killing her police officer boyfriend with SUV

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — The defense rested its case Monday in the murder trial of a woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV, clearing the way for closing arguments and jury deliberations after nearly two months of testimony. Karen Read did not take the stand after three final witnesses testified in the high-profile case that's created a media storm in part by accusations of police misconduct that have been fueled...

‘Rezone heritage site to public community facilities’

The commercial zoning designated for Vivekananda Ashram in Brickfields under the draft Kuala Lumpur Local Plan (KLLP) 2040 is inconsistent with the presence of heritage sites in the area, say stakeholders. Read full story

Nigel Farage attacks 'hypocrite' Boris Johnson in clash of words on Ukraine

Nigel Farage has hit back at Boris Johnson after the former prime minister accused the Reform UK leader of a "morally repugnant" repetition of Russian President Vladimir Putin's justification for the invasion of Ukraine. The Reform UK leader addressed crowds in Maidstone, Kent, while on the campaign trail, saying that he would "never, ever defend" Mr Putin and that he had been "more far-sighted" in predicting a war in Ukraine. Mr Farage, who has been criticised for saying the West "provoked" the war in Ukraine, told the crowd: "I was alone, I was the only person in 2014 who said there will be a war in Ukraine. I can't take those words away and nor would I want to." The Reform UK leader went on to unveil a blown up poster of the i newspaper's front page from May 10 2016 with the headline "Boris blames EU for war in Ukraine".

A Canadian armored vehicle manufacturer is bringing production to Ukraine

Anger erupts as Albo's governor-general is awarded payrise

Australia's next governor-general will pocket more than $709,000 after being awarded a 43 per cent pay rise compared to her predecessor.

US is expected to send Ukraine $150 million more in munitions to fight off Russia's attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expected to announce Tuesday it is sending an additional $150 million in critically needed munitions to Ukraine, as Russia accuses Ukraine of using U.S.-provided munitions to strike inside Russia or Russian-held territory, according to two U.S. officials. On Monday, Russia summoned the American ambassador to protest what it says was the use of U.S.-made advanced missiles in a Ukrainian attack on Crimea on Sunday...

Nigel Farage accused of cosying up to the Kremlin by former NATO boss

George Robertson (pictured right) hit back at the Reform UK leader after he claimed that the ex-Nato chief backed his comments.

Malaysia upgraded to Tier 2 in US human trafficking report

Malaysia was last in Tier 2 of the US state department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report in 2017.

Murder arrest made over man's death in Lincoln

John Connolly, 69, was found dead inside a house on Portland Street on 18 June.

Former LGBT member spiritual awakening leads him back to Islam

Personal stories of repentance and returning to Islamic teachings

Bazaar sales, ministry help fund association’s hospice care for kids

Malaysian Association of Paediatric Palliative Care (Mappac) held a successful bazaar to raise funds for children’s palliative care. Read full story

Soccer-Police escort for Hungary PM Orban involved in crash, officer dies

By Christian Radnedge STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - A 61-year-old police officer died on Monday and another was seriously injured after a traffic collision while escorting Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban following his trip to watch his country in their Euro 2024 match against Scotland. The incident occurred on Monday morning after Orban had watched his side score a late winner in their

From PM's D-Day disaster to 'gamblegate' - the worst election gaffes

A More In Common survey showed more than 80 per cent of voters were aware of the fierce row over the PM's skipping of a major international event in Normandy.

Police ask Texas prosecutors to treat attempted drowning of 3-year-old child as a hate crime

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman allegedly tried to drown a 3-year-old at an apartment complex pool in suburban Dallas after making racist remarks toward the child's mother in a case investigators are asking to be treated as a hate crime, a police spokeswoman said Monday. Elizabeth Wolf, 42, has been charged with attempted capital murder and injury to a child. The child's mother told officers that Wolf told the mother she wasn't American, along with...

Stella Assange on 'constant struggle' and impact on family life

Stella Assange reacts as her husband Julian Assange wins bid to bring appeal against extradition and speaks about the impact it has had on their family life.

Princess Anne, 73, injured after horse riding accident

Labour refuses to rule out dragging Britain back under European Courts

Labour's business spokesman Jonathan Reynolds said the party won't 'give away our negotiating hand entirely' when asked if they would accept a European Court of Justice role.

A few thousands votes in seats could cut Labour's majority in half

In a speech to Tory activists, the Prime Minister acknowledged public anger with the Conservatives but urged voters to 'think what a Labour government would mean.'

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Worry over drop in development outlay

GROWING disparity between development and management allocations in the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) budget is causing concern among stakeholders. Read full story

US judge sentences Germine Joly, former leader of a powerful gang in Haiti, to 35 years in prison

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A man who once described himself as “king” of a notoriously violent gang in Haiti and is linked to the kidnapping of 16 U.S. citizens was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday in a federal court in Washington, D.C. Germine Joly, best known as “Yonyon,” had pleaded guilty in late January to weapons smuggling and the laundering of ransoms related to the U.S. citizens kidnapped in October 2021, bringing his trial to a...

Civil war breaks out as leaders BAN church from using amphitheater

Town officials in Dillon blocked all non-town sponsored groups from using their amphitheater, including Dillon Community Church which had held events there for 42 years.

Police issue urgent appeal for missing schoolgirl, 14, from Cornwall

Police have launched an urgent appeal for missing schoolgirl Miya Stewart, 14, who was last seen 10 days ago in the town of Saltash, Cornwall. They believe she has travelled to the Nottingham area.

Wanted men arrested in connection with sexual offences

The pair were found after a search involving dog and drone units, and with the help of the public.

Sunak claims migrants 'queuing up in Calais' for Labour government

At The Sun's Never Mind The Ballots leaders' event, Rishi Sunak has claimed migrants are 'queuing up in Calais' waiting for a Labour government so they can come to the UK.

Russian missiles kill five, wound 41 in Ukraine's Pokrovsk

By Anna Voitenko POKROVSK, Donetsk region, Ukraine (Reuters) -A Russian double-tap missile attack killed at least five people and wounded 41 others, including four children, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Pokrovsk on Monday, regional officials said. "This is one of the largest enemy attacks on civilians recently," regional governor Vadym Filashkin said on Telegram. Girls aged 9, 11, and 13,

Not wrong for govt to announce allocations during by-elections, says Ahmad Maslan

The Umno Supreme Council member says such issues have been brought to court before.

Tupac Shakur Murder Suspect Duane ‘Keefe D' Davis to Post $750K Bail Ahead of Trial

There will be a hearing about the conditions of his release.

Groom was stabbed on wedding day 'by brother-in-law', court hears

Hassan Jhangur (artist drawing pictured) is accused of stabbing Hasan Khan, shortly after ploughing down Chris Marriott who was helping a woman lying in a street in Burngreave, Sheffield.

Police bust life insurance death trap: Victims killed to claim policies

Police expose scheme to kill for insurance money