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November 2, 2017 11:02 AM Malaysian Islamic preacher seeks audience with Johor Ruler to defend himself

KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian Islamic preacher wants to seek an audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar and the Johor religious authorities after he was banned from preaching in the state. Mr Haslin Baharim said he wanted to explain himself in case the Sultan had been given the wrong advice, leading to a decree on Wednesday (Oct 2) which prohibits 132

November 2, 2017 6:31 AM China's Xi sends rare message to North Korea's Kim

SEOUL: Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message, Pyongyang's official news agency reported Thursday (Nov 2), in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year. The note signalled a possible improvement in their strained relationships, which has soured over Pyongyang's growing 111

November 2, 2017 2:18 AM Islamic preacher Haslin seeks meeting with Johor Islamic affairs committee following state ban

PETALING JAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - While declining to comment on the Johor Sultan's decree that bans him from preaching in the state of Johor, preacher Haslin Baharim says he wants to meet the state's Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman to "discuss the matter". Haslin, who is also known as Ustaz Bollywood, denies his sermons caused 103

November 2, 2017 12:21 AM Navy collisions that killed 17 sailors were ‘avoidable’: Official inquiry reports

WASHINGTON — Two collisions between United States Navy destroyers and commercial vessels in the Western Pacific earlier this year were “avoidable” and the result of a string of crew and basic navigational errors, the Navy's top officer said in reports made public on Wednesday (Nov 1). Seven sailors were killed in June when the destroyer Fitzgerald collided 115

November 1, 2017 6:46 AM Johor bans preachers Mufti Menk and Haslin Baharim

JOHOR BARU: Two foreign preachers Ismail Menk and Haslin Baharim have been banned from entering Johor, a day after Malaysia's deputy prime minister said the government had no intention to prevent the speakers from entering the country. Johor Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Abdul Mutalip Abdul Rahim said the Sultan of Johor had decreed on Wednesday 101

November 1, 2017 5:46 AM Johor follows Singapore’s move in banning 2 Islamic preachers

KUALA LUMPUR — Johor has banned two Islamic preachers from giving religious talks in the state, a day after Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister said Putrajaya has no issues with the clerics' conduct. Johor Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Abdul Mutalip Abdul Rahim said the Sultan of Johor decreed on Wednesday (Nov 1) that Zimbabwean Mufti Ismail 112

October 31, 2017 11:38 PM Social media giants vow to crack down on fake news

WASHINGTON(AFP) - American internet giants told Congress on Tuesday (Oct 31) they were committed to cracking down on fake news operations on their platforms like the ones Russians conducted to meddle in last year's US presidential elections. A day after bombshell indictments in a US probe of Moscow's election interference and possible coordination between 111

October 31, 2017 9:01 PM Maintenance team signed off on work not done: SMRT

Staff in charge of pump system that failed may have falsified records Train operator SMRT has found that the team responsible for maintaining a pump system that malfunctioned may have falsified documents by signing off on work that they had not done. It is suspected that such falsification of quarterly maintenance records could stretch all the way back to December 108

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM S'pore, UK share rich, enduring ties: President

She traces a common history back to Raffles, who she credits for Republic's global outlook Singapore and the United Kingdom enjoy a natural affinity owing to a common history, as well as share a "rich and enduring relationship", President Halimah Yacob said yesterday. The shared history dates back to 1819, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded a trading 97

October 31, 2017 11:00 AM SMRT flooding incident: Maintenance team signed off on work that was not done; staff suspended

SINGAPORE - Preliminary investigations by train operator SMRT have found that a maintenance team in charge of a pump system, which eventually failed and caused a massive 20-hour disruption, signed off on work that they had not done. The manager and staff responsible for the maintenance of the Bishan pump system have been suspended and are assisting in investigations 100