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  • Pimped-up trishaws a tourist hit in Malacca

    November 3, 2017 7:10 AM 255

    MALACCA — Decked out with flashing lights and cartoon characters, with loud music pumping, rickety bicycle rickshaws have become a hit with tourists visiting the historic Malaysian city of Malacca. Once a common sight in many parts of Malaysia, the three-wheelers, known locally as trishaws, have largely phased out as cars become more affordable and take over the country's

  • Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

    November 2, 2017 10:20 PM 220

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, and said the federal government would pick up 90 percent of the costs, a senior White House official told Reuters. Typically, the federal government pays 75 percent of the costs

  • Spanish prosecutor seeks arrest of ousted Catalan leader

    November 2, 2017 4:15 PM 132

    MADRID: Spain's state prosecutor sought a European arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, now in Belgium, after he failed to appear at a High Court hearing on Thursday. Other leaders of the independence drive, that has brought thousands onto the streets of Barcelona demonstrating both for and against a break with Madrid, appeared

  • Catalonia crisis a 'political win' for Rajoy as party sees popularity rise

    November 2, 2017 1:46 PM 165

    Although the pro-independence movement in Catalonia has been a thorn in the side of the Spanish government for decades, tensions came to a head in October when the Catalan government held a referendum on independence despite a ban by Spain's constitutional court and attempts by Madrid to stop the vote. The vote took place regardless and there were violent

  • New York truck attack: Donald Trump wants the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov

    November 2, 2017 1:41 PM 271

    THE wife of the Uzbeki national accused of murdering eight people in Manhattan denied any knowledge of her husband’s planned rampage. The Washington Post reports that a person who spoke to Sayfullo Saipov’s 24-year-old wife, Nozima Odilova, on Tuesday evening said she seemed “shocked” and had no idea of what her husband was planning. At the time, the feds were at her Paterson

  • The Latest: Central bank warns of cost of Catalan crisis

    November 2, 2017 12:45 PM 120

    Spain’s central bank is warning of the economic costs of the Catalan political crisis, which it says could damage the country’s growth. The Bank of Spain assesses the consequences of two possible scenarios. The first is a temporary period of uncertainty in the fourth quarter of 2017, which it predicts could shave 0.3 percentage points off forecast growth

  • Catalonia crisis: Spain's prosecutors ask for eight leaders to be jailed

    November 2, 2017 12:11 PM 159

    Prosecutors in Madrid have asked for eight sacked members of Catalonia's regional government to be jailed over their role in October's disputed independence referendum. Nine Catalan officials testified at Spain's high court over accusations of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four others disregarded

  • Spain likely to seek arrest of ousted Catalan leader, top judge says

    November 2, 2017 11:06 AM 116

    MADRID: Spanish courts are likely to issue a European arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont after he failed to appear at a Spanish court hearing on Thursday, Spain's top judge said. Puigdemont's lawyer in Belgium, where he has travelled with four members of his sacked cabinet, said the climate in Spain was "not good" and his client

  • Malaysian Islamic preacher seeks audience with Johor Ruler to defend himself

    November 2, 2017 11:02 AM 124

    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

  • British PM May appoints party whip Gavin Williamson as new defence minister

    November 2, 2017 10:52 AM 104

    LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Gavin Williamson as new defence minister on Thursday (Nov 2), replacing Michael Fallon who resigned amid a growing sexual harassment scandal that prompted calls for a wholesale change in the "locker room" culture in parliament.. "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Gavin