Australian firefighters are on high alert for the possibility that scorching temperatures and strong winds could whip up new bushfires on Thursday, coming after rain brought welcome respite to fire-ravaged areas. Unprecedented bushfires fuelled by climate change have killed at least 29 people and devastated vast swathes of the country since September. Those blazes have [...]
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China said it was halting flights and trains from Thursday out of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the centre of a deadly SARS-like virus outbreak, as the UN extended emergency talks on the disease. Wuhan’s special command centre against the virus also said that residents should not leave without a special reason [...]
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PUTRAJAYA: Discussions on the power transition for the prime minister’s post should be done internally, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. “Having a public spat will only benefit our opponents. So let us focus on governing and this issue will be resolved internally,” said Lim, who is also Finance Minister, when asked on repeated calls [...]
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BEIJING: The Chinese city at the centre of the fight against a SARS-like virus outbreak has told people to stay away, cancelling major Lunar New Year events as medical staff handled patients in full-body protective suits and officials used fever scanners to screen travellers. The coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with 17 people [...]
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BEIJING: The death toll from a new SARS-like virus that has infected hundreds in China rose to 17 on Wednesday, as authorities urged people to steer clear of the city at the centre of the outbreak. The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 [...]
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NEW YORK: Tesla’s market value hit $100 billion for the first time Wednesday, triggering a payout plan that could be worth billions for Elon Musk, founder and chief of the electric carmaker. Shares in Tesla rose some 4.8 percent in opening trade to extend the gains in the value of the fast-growing maker of electric [...]
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LONDON: Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his family said Wednesday, after a long battle with a rare form of dementia. He died late Tuesday with his wife Anna Soderstrom at his side at his home in north London. “We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and [...]
KOTA KINABALU: Kiulu assemblyman cum Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai’s call to the State Government to consider suspending all daily direct flights from Wuhan to Sabah amid the outbreak of the mysterious coronavirus in the Chinese city was an extreme measure that will have a major impact on the tourism industry, [...]
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KUALA LUMPUR: Pos Malaysia Berhad (Pos Malaysia) yesterday unveiled its first festive stamp collection for 2020, in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat. Pos Malaysia’s group chief executive officer, Syed Md Najib said the Chinese New Year rat-themed stamp series would be available for collectors and stamp enthusiasts from [...]
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SEPANG: The Saudi Arabian government will charge haj pilgrims SAR300 (RM326) each for visa issued beginning 1441H/2020M haj pilgrimage season, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa. Mujahid said the newly introduced charge by the Saudi Arabian government would be imposed on pilgrims from all countries including Malaysia. “This [...]
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