History made as women to referee men’s AFC Cup clash

The Asian Football Confederation announced Tuesday that for the first time an all-female referee team will take charge of a men’s continental club cup clash. Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi will officiate the AFC Cup match between Myanmar’s Yangon United and Cambodia’s Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday. “This will be the …

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Sedition Act to be repealed or replaced before the end of the year, says Malaysia’s Law Minister; Lawyer argues replacement not necessary

Malaysia’s Sedition Act will be repealed, replaced with a new law, or its provisions placed under the penal code sometime this year, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong. Datuk Liew, who is also the de facto Law Minister, said that the repeal of the colonial-era law will allow for more freedom of expression in the country, …

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Malaysia foils IS-linked plot, seizes explosives

Malaysian police said Monday they have arrested four militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group who were in possession of explosives and planned to attack non-Muslim places of worship. The suspects — a Malaysian who led the group, two Rohingya from Myanmar and one Indonesian — were detained last week in raids around Kuala Lumpur and in eastern Terengganu …

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Dr Mahathir announces new economic model for Malaysia to achieve shared prosperity by 2030

One year on from being the people’s choice, Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan administration has introduced a new economic model which advocates shared prosperity with the aim of providing a ‘decent standard of living for all Malaysians’ by 2030 across economic class, race and geographic location. In a special address on the first anniversary of ‘Malaysia Baharu’ which commemorates the country’s first …

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Malaysia sends ex-Goldman banker to US over 1MDB charges

A former Goldman Sachs banker has been extradited from Malaysia to the United States to face charges linked to the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, a source and reports said Monday. Huge sums of public money were stolen from Malaysian state fund 1MDB and used to buy everything from yachts to artwork, in a scheme that allegedly involved former premier Najib Razak, …

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Toxic tales: political poisonings

Since ancient times, poisoning has been a favoured method of bumping off political adversaries, with historians still debating if Cleopatra, Napoleon and Alexander the Great were assassinated this way. One of the most shocking recent cases was the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, who had toxic nerve agent VX smeared in his …

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