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FBM KLCI up at mid-day

The FBM KLCI finished the Wednesday morning session higher at 1,585.50, up 4 points on buying of key blue chips like banks and plantation companies.
 

Thai PM elect looks at economy, firms fear wage inflation

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prime minister elect, Yingluck Shinawatra, said she would hold a strategy meeting on Wednesday to review urgent action to revitalise the economy, but business leaders fear her populist wage policies will spark a surge in inflation.

Somali Man Brought To U.S. To Face Terror Trial

A Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charges.

World Briefing | MidEast: French Boat Leaves Greek Waters, but Gaza May Prove Too Far

It was the first vessel attempting to be part of an international flotilla aiming to challenge Israel’s naval blockade to successfully depart Greek territorial waters.

Report: Syrian siege may be crime against humanity

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity during a deadly siege in May, Amnesty International said Wednesday, citing witness accounts of deaths in custody, torture and arbitrary detention. The New York-based rights group called on the U.N.

London 'easiest city to get around'

Those stuck in traffic jams or held up on the Tube might not believe it, but London is the easiest city in Europe to get around, according to a survey of travellers.

Light drinking 'no effect' on birth

Light drinking in pregnancy has no effect on premature birth, small babies or low birthweight, research has suggested.

PM to detail new troop withdrawal

David Cameron will announce further details of British troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists planning to fly to Israel as counterpart to Gaza flotilla

Aharonovitch said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered him to deal with the aerial flotilla, and he in turn had ordered the police to make the requisite operational and intelligence preparations for "thwarting this illegal activity." "Those hooligans who will try to break the law and....

Carbon tax 'could hit public transport'

PUBLIC transport could become collateral damage from the government's carbon tax, says a leading transport expert.

Obama summons GOP, says no to short-term debt deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama prodded Congress Tuesday to reach a sweeping long-term deal within two weeks to raise the nation's borrowing limit rather than "kick the can down the road" with a makeshift, short-term solution to stave off a first-ever U.S. default.

Egypt ministers found not guilty

An Egyptian court makes the first not-guilty ruling in cases against three ministers from the toppled regime of Hosni Mubarak, facing charges of squandering public funds.

Rising hatred

Did the election of Barack Obama as US president boost the growth of right-wing and so-called "hate groups"? A curious thing happens when you walk down the street in Spokane, Washington, first thing in the morning. Complete strangers look you in the eye, and say, with a little smile: "Good morning.

New IMF chief starts tenure

Jane Cowan and wires Last Updated: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:14:00 +1000 Former French finance minister Christine Lagarde has taken-up her post as the new head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The 55-year-old is the first woman to hold the position, ushered in amid controversy after her....

Social services beg for money in Minn. shutdown

With 10 beds and a waiting list 21-people long, the Emily Program had planned to open a second in-patient facility for people with serious eating disorders later this month. Minnesota's government shutdown has thrown...

US calls Syrian forces to pull back from Hama

The United States urged Syria on Tuesday to end its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators and withdraw from the city of Hama, where nine people were killed earlier in the day.

S-West PDP protests alleged marginalization

PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, in the South West has lamented the lopsidedness of the distribution of political positions, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on the national leadership of the party to concede the national chairmanship of the party to the zone.

Double bombing kills 37 people at Iraqi government office

A car packed with explosives and a roadside bomb went off back-to-back outside a municipal building north of Baghdad today, killing 37 people and wounding 54, Iraqi police and a hospital doctor said.

'ISI ordered scribe's killing to stop terror nexus revelations'

The United States, signalling a precipitous falling out with Pakistan’s military establishment, has accused the country’s intelligence agency ISI of ordering the killing of a prominent journalist who consistently exposed the military-jihadi nexus in Pakistan.

DPP’s phobia for elections now, explained

Free-speaking ex-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentarian Mrs Anita Kalinde irked Mr. Nicholas Dausi when in the course of her contribution to the debate on Tripartite Elections 2014; she stated the obvious that the DPP is scared of the disaster that would result from the Local Government Elections, if they were to be conducted now.

Double bombing kills 37 at Iraqi government office

A car packed with explosives and a roadside bomb went off back-to-back outside a municipal building north of Baghdad today, killing 37 people and wounding 54, Iraqi police and a hospital doctor said.

ISRAELI RAID IN GAZA, CASUALTIES

At least two Palestinians were killed today in Gaza after being hit by a missile launched by Israeli warplanes said Israeli and Palestinian media. The latter added that the attack was aimed against a group of men that was preparing to launch rockets against Israel.

MPs back extra £9bn loans for IMF

MPs back a proposal to make extra loans worth around £9bn available to the International Monetary Fund.

At Least 11 Libyan Rebels Killed in Misrata Clashes

Medics and rebels say deaths occurred after forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shelled targets on outskirts of Misrata

French Boat Leaves Greek Waters, but Gaza May Prove Too Far

It was the first vessel attempting to be part of an international flotilla aiming to challenge Israel’s naval blockade to successfully depart Greek territorial waters.

U.S. looks to private sector as shuttle program ends

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - After the U.S. space shuttle program ends this month, NASA will rely on Russia and its Soyuz craft to deliver Americans to the International Space Station -- at a cost of more than $50 million a seat.

Greece confines Gaza flotilla and frees U.S. captain

ATHENS (Reuters) - The captain of a U.S. ship arrested for trying to sail to Gaza as part of a flotilla aiming to deliver aid to Palestinians despite a Greek ban was freed on Tuesday, but three other activists were still in custody.

South Africa fails to stop rise in xenophobia

Attacks on foreigners and their property too often go unpunished, and sometimes political leaders are implicated In a week that saw two Somali traders shot dead in Cape Town and two more in Port Elizabeth, the South African government's handling of xenophobia received the lowest possible rating in a....

Zain Bahrain opens an outlet in Al Murjan Center

As part of their efforts to enhance their top-quality customer service standards and reach their growing customer base, Zain Bahrain has opened an outlet in popular Bahrain shopping center, Al Murjan in Juffair.

Idris Jala: No hasty introduction of GST

KUALA LUMPUR: Fears that there will be a hasty introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) have beem allayed by the Government, which said it would not be implementedin the near future without public support.

Two explosions kill 27, wound 50 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two explosions at a municipal government building in the Iraqi town of Taji killed 27 people and wounded 50 others on Tuesday, Deputy Health Minister Khamis al-Saad said.
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