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 2021-03-07 15:53 

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Pressure mounts on Senegal's president after deadly protests...

DAKAR, March 7 — Senegalese President Macky Sall faced mounting pressure today to speak out after a wave of deadly violence rocked the country. Five people including a schoolboy have been killed in days of clashes that erupted after the arrest of......

 2021-03-07 15:48 

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Struggling West Brom held by Newcastle in dour goalless draw...

WEST BROMWICH, March 7 — West Bromwich Albion's hopes of avoiding relegation were dented as they missed several chances in a 0-0 draw at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle United in the Premier League today. The result left West Brom......

 2021-03-07 15:42 

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Marathon fight to pass US pandemic relief tests Democrats' majority...

WASHINGTON, March 7 — The battle to pass a Covid-19 relief bill demonstrated how hard things will be for US President Joe Biden's Democrats in Congress, facing opposition from right and left as they try to score big wins with small majorities. A...

 2021-03-07 15:37 

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Rights groups call for investigation into killings of Philippine activists...

MANILA, March 7 — Human rights groups called on the Philippine government to investigate what they said was the use of "lethal force" during police raids today that left at least nine activists dead. The raids in four provinces south of Mani...

 2021-03-07 15:27 

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Sancho to miss Sevilla clash, Boateng given 'all-clear'...

BERLIN, March 7 — England winger Jadon Sancho will miss Borussia Dortmund's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday with a thigh injury, the Bundesliga club told German media today. Sancho missed yesterday's 4-2 defeat to Bayern......

 2021-03-07 15:19 

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Mancini lifts Roma past Genoa to fourth in Serie A...

MILAN, March 7 — Italy international defender Gianluca Mancini nodded in a corner to lift Roma to fourth in Serie A today with a 1-0 win over Genoa. Paulo Fonseca's side pull one point ahead of Atalanta who drop to fifth before their game Monday...

 2021-03-07 15:11 

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Masidi: 9,403 individuals vaccinated in Sabah so far...

KOTA KINABALU, March 7 — A total of 9,403 people in Sabah have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine since the state-level National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme was launched on Thursday (March 4). State Local Government and Housing......

 2021-03-07 15:11 

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Huge crowd fetes India PM Modi at rally for key state poll...

KOLKATA, March 7 — A crowd of up to 800,000 turned out for a state election rally by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, as he sought to unseat one of his fiercest critics in a campaign hit by violence. Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya....

 2021-03-07 15:06 

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Only 27 out of 2,289 employers in Kedah have certificates of accommodation...

PENDANG, March 7 — The compliance rate of employers in the state with the enforcement of the Workers' Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446) is still low as only 27 out of 2,289 employers have been given the certification....

 2021-03-07 15:04 

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Alleged bribery attempt: Sekijang MP lodges report with MACC...

JOHOR BAHRU, March 7 — Sekijang member of parliament Natrah Ismail lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today regarding an alleged attempt by certain parties to procure her support for Prime Minister Tan Sri......

 2021-03-07 15:03 

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Italy mayor accused of Covid-19 vaccine queue-jumping resigns...

ROME, March 7 — A town mayor in Italy's Sicily region said today he was stepping down after coming under fire for jumping the queue for coronavirus vaccinations. "I spent a sleepless night thinking about this decision and I concluded that it...

 2021-03-07 14:56 

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Svitolina says drop in prize money hits her motivation...

DUBAI, March 7 — Ukrainian world No 5 Elina Svitolina said the drop in WTA prize money has reduced her motivation at some events but added that players must learn to adjust their expectations. Seeded No.1 at the Dubai Championships this week,......

 2021-03-07 14:48 

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Parents killed, children hurt in Kajang accident...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — A married couple was killed while their two children were injured in an accident involving their Perodua Bezza and a van at Jalan Saujana Impian, Kajang, near here, today. In the 4 pm incident, both the victims, aged 40 and.....

 2021-03-07 13:37 

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Federer 'pain free' ahead of Qatar Open, says never eyed retirement...

DOHA, March 7 — Roger Federer said retirement was never really an option during his battle with injury, insisting today the pain was "completely under control" ahead of his return to competitive tennis at this week's Qatar Open. The......

 2021-03-07 13:29 

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Covid-19: Reopening England's schools is step towards normality, Johnson says...

LONDON, March 7 — The reopening of England's schools to all pupils tomorrow will mark the first step back towards normality and is only possible because of the efforts of the public to bring Covid-19 infection rates down, British Prime Minister....

 2021-03-07 13:22 

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Quarantine dept confident amendment to Act 728 can expand enforcement powers...

PASIR MAS, March 7 — The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) is confident that the amendment to the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728) will enable the department to expand its jurisdiction,......

 2021-03-07 13:19 

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FAM: Malaysian female footballer Berlin Leong doing well in Spain...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — After Celine Chuang made a name for herself in Germany last July, another national female youth footballer, Berlin Leong, has begun climbing up the ranks in Spain. Berlin, whose real name is Leong Xin Yang, 19, put Malaysia.....

 2021-03-07 13:08 

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Malaysia's Pearly-Thinaah stun Stoeva sisters for Swiss Open badminton title...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Malaysians can now count on women's doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah to win more Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour titles after the budding stars clinched the 2021 Swiss Open crown today. The world No 30......

 2021-03-07 13:01 

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Witness: Saudi-led coalition launches air strikes on Yemeni capital after foiling drone attacks...

SANAA, March 7 — A Saudi-led military coalition conducted air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa today, a Reuters witness and residents said, after it said it had destroyed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis, including at least five......

 2021-03-07 12:51 

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Iran frees British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her lawyer says...

DUBAI, March 7 — Iran has released British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told Iranian website Emtedad today, after her five-year prison sentence for plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. "She...

 2021-03-07 12:49 

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Despite RMCO, roadblocks continue in Putrajaya to control inter-district travel...

PUTRAJAYA, March 7 — There are still police roadblocks around Putrajaya despite it being placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) since March 5, said Putrajaya District Police chief ACP Mohd Fadzil Ali. He said that roadblocks and......

 2021-03-07 12:45 

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Burnley say defender Pieters abused online after Arsenal draw...

LONDON, March 7 — Burnley said today that defender Erik Pieters was subjected to online abuse after yesterday's 1-1 Premier League home draw with Arsenal in which the Dutchman was sent off before getting a reprieve from the Video Assistant......

 2021-03-07 12:40 

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Austria suspends AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine batch after death...

ZURICH, March 7 — Austrian authorities have suspended inoculations with a batch of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigating the death of one person and the illness of another after the shots, a health agency said today....

 2021-03-07 12:27 

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Domestic workers are not servants, says NGOs calling for amendment of Employment Act 1955 to protect the vulnerable group...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Women's aid organisations have started a campaign to change laws that exempt domestic workers from protection under the Employment Act (EA) 1955, leaving them classified as "servants" and claimless to basic rights...

 2021-03-07 12:16 

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Saudi-led coalition intercepts 10 Houthi drones, says state media...

RIYADH, March 7 — A Saudi-led military coalition intercepted 10 drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels today, state media reported, in a sharp escalation in cross-border attacks on the kingdom. The coalition — fighting in Yemen alongside...

 2021-03-07 12:08 

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Covid-19: Israel re-opens restaurants, bars with 40pc of country fully vaccinated...

JERUSALEM, March 7 — Israel took another step towards post-pandemic normalcy today, opening restaurants, bars and cafes to vaccinated "green pass" holders, with about 40 per cent of the population fully inoculated against the coronavirus.......

 2021-03-07 12:00 

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World No.1 record in the bag, Djokovic focuses on more majors...

MELBOURNE, March 7 — Novak Djokovic will realise one of his long-cherished goals tomorrow when he eclipses Roger Federer's all-time record for most weeks as the men's world number one, holding the top ranking for the 311th week. The......

 2021-03-07 11:54 

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Hundreds of houses destroyed by twin tremors in Greece...

ATHENS, March 7 — Twin earthquakes in Greece last week have left around 900 houses uninhabitable, media reported today, while strong aftershocks continue to strike fear into people made homeless and looking for shelter. Wednesday and Thursday's....

 2021-03-07 11:44 

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Covid-19 reaches previously Covid-free New Caledonia...

NOUMEA, March 7 — The remote Pacific territory of New Caledonia, one of the few places on the planet to have avoided Covid-19, is to go into strict lockdown after detecting nine cases, local officials said today. The outbreak on the French......

 2021-03-07 11:33 

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Global players brainstorm to boost Covid-19 vaccine output...

GENEVA, March 7 — Global players are gathering online from tomorrow to brainstorm ways to rapidly boost vaccine production and fight a still-virulent coronavirus that has hobbled the world for 14 months. Giving impetus to the meeting is a warning......

 2021-03-07 11:25 

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Merkel's bloc slumps in polls on German coronavirus woes...

BERLIN, March 7 — Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc hit a one-year low today, a key survey showed, hammered by growing anger over a sluggish vaccine rollout and a mask-procurement scandal. Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc....

 2021-03-07 11:17 

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China says it's ready to provide vaccines to overseas Chinese, Olympians...

BEIJING, March 7 — China said today it has plans to set up Covid-19 vaccination stations to vaccinate Chinese citizens abroad and is also ready to work with the International Olympic Committee to help provide vaccines to Olympic athletes for......

 2021-03-07 11:12 

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Seven dead in Algeria floods, says civil protection...

ALGIERS, March 7 — At least seven people died and three were unaccounted for after floods caused by torrential rains in northwestern Algeria, the country's civil protection agency said. Three men, two women, a five-year-old boy and a girl......

 2021-03-07 10:54 

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N. Sembilan mulls using Nilai Indoor Stadium as Covid-19 vaccination centre...

SEREMBAN, March 7 — The Negri Sembilan government is mulling to use the Nilai Indoor Stadium near here as a Vaccine Dispensing Centre (PPV) in the state for phase three of the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme. Negri Sembilan state......

 2021-03-07 10:50 

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Cable repair under Penang Bridge to be completed earlier, says TNB...

GEORGE TOWN, March 7 — Work to repair electrical cables under the Penang Bridge, which caught fire on February 22, has been shortened by a week compared to the scheduled 118 days, as work to dismantle the cable support structure and the damaged......

 2021-03-07 10:46 

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Vice-chancellor: Bidding for 'UM' special number plates starts tomorrow...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Bidding for the 'UM' vehicle registration number series will begin tomorrow, at the minimum price of RM1,000. Universiti Malaya (UM) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, in a statement today said the......

 2021-03-07 10:34 

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SDMC says 42 detainees in Sibu prison tested positive for Covid-19...

KUCHING, March 7 — Forty-two detainees in Sibu Prison at Jalan Awang have tested positive for Covid-19, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) reported today. SDMC said the detainees tested positive for the Covid-19 infection through an......

 2021-03-07 10:28 

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Dr Mahathir gives thumbs up after taking Covid-19 vaccine...

LANGKAWI, March 7 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali received their first Covid-19 vaccine jab here today, and the former prime minister immediately urged the people to sign up for the immunisation programme. Dr......

 2021-03-07 10:24 

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Health minister: Over three million have registered for Covid-19 vaccination in Malaysia...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — A total of 3,244,641 individuals have registered with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme as of 3 pm today. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, via an infographic uploaded on Twitter today, said the figure......

 2021-03-07 10:15 

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Malaysia's Covid-19 cases fall below 2,000 for two consecutive days...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Malaysia's daily new Covid-19 cases hit 1,683 today, dipping below the 2,000-case mark for the second day in a row. Meanwhile, 2,506 people were recorded to have recovered today, resulting in the reduction of active cases...

 2021-03-07 10:03 

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Swiss voters to decide ban on facial coverings...

ZURICH, March 7 — Swiss voters are deciding on a far-right proposal to ban facial coverings as they take to the polls today in a binding referendum viewed as a test of attitudes toward Muslims. The proposal under the Swiss system of direct......

 2021-03-07 09:58 

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Communications Ministry committed to implementing Jendela initiatives this year...

PUTRAJAYA, March 7 — The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) is committed to implementing initiatives under the National Digital Network (Jendela) this year, in efforts to strengthen the level of connectivity and quality of......

 2021-03-07 09:55 

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China says willing to engage with all parties to ease Myanmar situation...

BEIJING, March 7 — China is willing to engage with "all parties" to ease the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar and is not taking sides, the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said today. Beijing has said the situat...

 2021-03-07 09:52 

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ECRL is 29pc complete, says MRL chairman...

JELI, March 7 — The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project which is expected to be completed in 2026 has reached a progress rate of 29 per cent so far, said Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali. Mohd Zuki said although the......

 2021-03-07 09:47 

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Chinese urgency on Covid-19 goes missing in jabs drive...

BEIJING, March 7 — Shirley Shi has received three offers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 — through her hometown, her Beijing residential area and her office area — but the human resources manager is in no rush. "I'd like to kee...

 2021-03-07 09:44 

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Communications Ministry preparing cabinet paper on anti-cyberbullying laws...

PUTRAJAYA, March 7— The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) is preparing a Cabinet paper on anti-cyberbullying laws, said its minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. He said while Malaysia has some legislation on cybersecurity, it does not......

 2021-03-07 09:36 

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Sri Lanka's top Catholic demands action on Easter bombings probe...

COLOMBO, March 7 — The leader of Sri Lanka's Catholics demanded that the government find the perpetrators of deadly Easter attacks two years ago, as black-clad worshippers held silent protests outside the capital's churches today. No one......

 2021-03-07 09:28 

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Saifuddin: Combating fake news major challenge for Communications Ministry...

PUTRAJAYA, March 7 — Countering fake news has been a big challenge for the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) in the past one year, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic reared its ugly head, said Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. He......

 2021-03-07 09:26 

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China's top diplomat says Hong Kong needs electoral reform for 'brighter future'...

BEIJING, March 7 — The Chinese government's top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi today said the electoral system in Hong Kong must be improved for long-term stability, saying reform would bring about a "brighter future" for the city. Ch...

 2021-03-07 09:19 

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TNB forecasts a rebound in its revenue this year...

KUALA NERANG, March 7 — Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), which reported a 13.7 per cent drop in unaudited revenue to RM43.98 billion in 2020, expects the figure to improve this year despite the Covid-19 situation still facing the country. Chairman Datuk.....

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