Polling stations open in British general election

Polling stations opened across Britain for general elections widely predicted to give Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair a third straight term in power.   Polling stations opened at 7:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for a new 646-seat House of Commons. Polls will close at 10:00 p.m. (2100 GMT).   […]

Fresh blow to EU treaty as Britain shelves referendum plan

Britain shelved plans for its own referendum on the EU constitution, driving a further stake into the heart of the stricken treaty and exposing a deep political rift with the European bloc.   The move rebuffs calls from Britain’s EU partners, particularly France and Germany, for other members of the 25-nation     European Union to go […]

At least 36 killed, 72 wounded in bus blast in southwest Nepal

At least 36 people were killed and 72 wounded in southwestern Nepal when a powerful bomb ripped through a crowded passenger bus in one of the bloodiest attacks on civilians by suspected Maoist rebels since their revolt began nine years ago.   “At least 36 civilians were killed and 72 others injured when the terrorists […]

Bush promises Susilo full military ties

President George W. Bush said that his administration supported the resumption of full military ties between the United States and Indonesia, saying that such relations “would be in the interest of both countries.” Bush said the resumption in February of a US military training programme for Indonesian military officers was an important step. “It makes […]

Nestle baby formula pulled off the shelves

A type of milk powder produced by international food firm Nestle has been pulled out after it was found to contain too much iodine, according to a survey conducted by quality inspection authorities in Zhejiang Province. The “Jin Pai Growing 3-Milk Powder,” produced by the Heilongjiang-based Shuang Cheng Nestle Co Ltd, failed to meet national […]

Aussie PM urges Australians to accept Corby conviction in Indonesia

Prime Minister John Howard asked Australians to accept an Indonesian court’s decision to convict a young Australian woman on drug charges, urging people to remain calm. Howard said he felt sympathy for Schapelle Corby but he and all other Australians had to accept the Indonesian court’s 20-year sentence imposed on Corby for smuggling 4.1kg (9lbs) […]

Two Japanese soldiers left over from WWII

Japan was checking Friday if two elderly Japanese men found on a Philippine island plagued by an Islamic insurgency were soldiers left behind from World War II who were unaware of Tokyo’s surrender. “What a surprise it would be if it’s true,” Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said.   The Japanese embassy in Manila sent three […]

M’sian men are gentlemen, say Jap models

Malaysian men have won the hearts of at least three Japanese girls. “Not only are their eyes big and sparkling, they are kind and perfect gentlemen.” The verdict came from full-time models Kaoru Asami, Aki Kogochi and Mai Akiyama, all 24-year-olds. The girls are in town as part of their activities to promote the Japan […]

Foreign workers on social passes can apply to work

Foreign workers who had taken advantage of the Government’s amnesty programme early this year and have since re-entered Malaysia on social passes will be allowed to register for work documents. Even those whose social passes have since expired will be allowed to do so for the time being, provided that their applications are made through […]

S’pore, Jakarta break impasse on air rights, issues remain

A compromise deal has broken the deadlock in air-rights negotiations between Singapore and Indonesia, though some sensitive issues remain. Under the deal, Singapore’s full-service carriers will get a “modest expansion” to operate more flights to Jakarta and Bali. In return, Indonesian carriers will get “fifth freedom” rights, which allow them to pick up passengers at […]