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IGP: Militant Mahmud Ahmad has escaped Marawi

KUALA LUMPUR: Former university lecturer-turned-militant Mahmud Ahmad is believed to have escaped from Marawi, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. "We cannot confirm this but authorities there report that Isnilon Hapilon managed to escape and we believe Mahmud is with him," said Khalid.



Remembering the less fortunate

THE month of Ramadan is a time of fasting and reflection, and a chance for people to give back to the community. For some individuals such as Syed Azmi, known for his charitable works; Mastura Rashid, the founder of the Nasi Lemak Project; Lee Seok Khin who started Tender Hearts; and Naaraayini Balasubramaniam and Koggelavani Muniandy of GoodKids; helping others who are less fortunate has become a life mission.



Rift in opposition as Sabah DAP declares seats to contest

KOTA KINABALU: A move by DAP to lay claim to certain seats in the upcoming general election is not going down well with fellow Opposition parties here. Sabah DAP secretary Chan Foong Hin's assertion that the party wanted to field candidates in the Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan and Sepanggar parliamentary as well as the Darau and Tanjung Aru state seats has raised eyebrows among the Opposition's ranks.



UNICEF greets to handle sexual crimes against children

KUALA LUMPUR_ 24 June 2017: United Nations International Children's Fund Malaysia welcomed on Friday the launching of a special court for sexual crimes against children and the 'Permata Room', for the comfort of child witnesses, state-run news agency Bernama reported. UNICEF Malaysia representative Marianne Clark-Hattingh said in a statement that the launch of the special court was a tangible step towards setting up the systems and structures necessary for protecting the child victims of sexual crimes.



Sidek: RCI on forex losses could shed more light

KUALA LUMPUR: A Royal Commission of Inquiry could help reveal more details on the foreign exchange losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia in the 1980s and 1990s, said Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan. The chairman of the Special Task Force to probe the forex losses said that its investigation found that the figure is greater than what was disclosed.



BookFest@Malaysia starts today

This year's theme, "Read More, Malaysia ... Embrace The World", invites everyone to explore the benefits of reading while reminding them that many doors open to those who read. At the official opening yesterday, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said reading has always been the core method of acquiring knowledge since ancient times.



Don't forget safety rules during festivities, says Fire Dept

TAPAH: Watch your stove and turn off electrical outlets not in use so a fire does not ruin your celebrations. Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said fires were more prevalent during festive seasons as people were engrossed with celebrations.



Ex-bank officer charged with CBT

IPOH: A former bank officer claimed trial in the Sessions Court here to five counts of criminal breach of trust involving RM81,495. Shifarina Sharif Puddin, 33, was charged with committing the offences between Oct 2015 and June 20, this year, at a CIMB bank branch in Jelapang.



Ask an Expert: Malaysia with the family

Q: I am planning a stopover in Malaysia for about seven days in late November to early December. We are a family of two adults and two teenage boys and would like to do a mix of sightseeing, amusement parks and shopping.



Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

This image taken from an undated video shown to The Associated Press by the Philippine military shows Malaysian militant Mahmud bin Ahmad, who helped lead and finance the siege in southern Marawi city. Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen.



Group Lotus deal finalised by Chinese giant Geely

Chinese car giant Geely has finalised the purchase of a controlling stake in sportscar maker Group Lotus for a reported 100m. It was announced last month that a 51% stake in the EDP/EADT Top 100 manufacturer has been had been snapped up by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, alongside a private equity firm.



Malaysia enforces cap on foreign ownership of insurers' local units -sources

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 Malaysia's central bank has asked foreign insurers to raise the proportion of local shareholders in their firms to at least 30 percent, under an initiative to lift domestic participation in the industry, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Foreign ownership of Malaysian insurers was set in 2009 at 70 percent - or more if the buyer could help consolidate and rationalise the industry.



Golf club worker allegedly molested

Kota Kinabalu: A female worker of a golf club here alleged that she was sexually harassed on several occasions by a "Datuk" president of the club in September and October last year. Her husband, who lodged a police report on June 16 this year, said his wife had no courage to report the alleged incidents for fear of losing her job in the club.



Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia's Proton

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Malaysia opens special court to handle sex crimes against children

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia on Thursday launched a special court to handle sexual crimes against children - the first such court in Southeast Asia, according to Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak. The existence of the court would help expedite cases related to sexual crimes against children, Najib said at the inauguration of the court at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.



Philippines says militants trapped in corner of besieged town

A graffiti is seen on a wall of a back alley as government soldiers continue their assault against the Maute group, who have taken over parts of Marawi City, Philippines June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco MARAWI CITY, Philippines: Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said on Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on.



Cop to enter defence on three terrorism charges

Kuala Lumpur: A 30-year-old police lance corporal has to enter his defence on three charges, including one on withholding information on terrorism. High Court Judge Justice Nordin Hassan ordered L/Kpl Mustaza Abdul Rahman to make his defence on three counts of amended charges as the prosecution had established a prima facie case against him.





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