Teen, five others nabbed in attempted murder of priest in Air Itam - Nation

The suspects, aged between 14 and 55, were nabbed in Air Itam and Datuk Keramat areas here. Northeast District police chief SAC Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the suspects were remanded for a week to facilitate investigations for attempted murder. In 9.50pm incident, the 50-year-old victim, a priest at a temple, was washing the compound of his double-storey terrace house when a motorcyclist arrived and fired the shots, . However, the shots missed hitting the priest who ran into the house and called the police. Based on police investigations, the incident is believed to be linked to a resident who suspected the victim of siphoning temple collections.

April 22, 2017 12:33 UTC

Clasico will not decide title race, says Real Madrid boss Zidane - Football

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed suggestions that Sunday's crucial clash against great rivals Barcelona will decide the Spanish title race. Real currently sit top of La Liga, three points ahead of the Catalans with a game in hand, and victory at their Bernabeu stadium would be a huge step towards a first league title since 2012. "We always talk about Cristiano in big games and he showed it the other night. "Tomorrow is a great game. My team will be the main act and hopefully will put on a great show.”(Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli; Editing by Toby Davis)

April 22, 2017 12:11 UTC

ITF launch Nastase investigation after Serena Williams comments - Tennis

CONSTANTA, Romania (Reuters) - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an investigation into Romanian Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase after allegations the former world number one had made a derogatory comment about Serena Williams' unborn child. Williams, who confirmed her pregnancy through a spokeswoman on Wednesday, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who is white. George Cosac, President of the Romanian Tennis Federation, said the RTF had yet to receive guidance from the ITF. ""The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind," the International Tennis Federation said in an emailed statement. Nastase was heard making derogatory remarks that appeared to be aimed at the umpire and at Konta.

April 22, 2017 12:00 UTC

Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base: govt

MAZAR-I-SHARIF: More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said Saturday, the latest in a string of deadly assaults against Afghan military sites. The US military has said that “more than 50” Afghan soldiers were killed, while an Afghan army source who was on the base at the time put the death toll as high as 150, with dozens more wounded. All were dressed in Afghan army uniforms, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity and adding that no civilians were killed. The defence ministry said Afghan forces had killed all the attackers, without specifying how many there were. According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.

April 22, 2017 11:56 UTC

Rahman Dahlan: Bring back English-medium schools in Sabah - Nation

KOTA BELUD: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan has proposed that English-medium government schools in Sabah be re-established. He said the re-establishment of English-medium government schools in the state was seen as a proactive measure to produce more human capital having mastered the universal language from an early age. "By mastering the language, Sabah will be able to 'speed up' pursuit of reducing the development gap between the state and those in the peninsular. "I'm quite confident that the schools selected will be able to compete and perform well, thereby producing progressive-minded and competitive students," he said. He said English medium government schools were established in Sabah before, but were discontinued after the state government at that time decided to follow the national educational policy.

April 22, 2017 11:45 UTC

Golf - Wiesberger holds his nerve on day three in China - Golf

(Reuters) - Austrian Bernd Wiesberger held his nerve to card a three-under-par 69 in the third round of the Shenzhen International on Saturday and will take a three-shot lead into the final day's play at the Genzon Golf Club. South Africa's Dylan Frittelli shot four-under to end the round in second place, while his compatriots George Coetzee and Dean Burmester were a shot further back in third alongside American David Lipsky and England's Ross Fisher. Wiesberger, who struck a bogey-free 65 in the second round, came in to round three four shots ahead, but saw his lead evaporate after a sparkling start by Gregory Bourdy. Wiesberger began with a series of clutch pars before also bogeying the fifth, but recovered well with two birdies before the turn as Bourdy made another mistake on the eighth hole to slip back into second. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

April 22, 2017 11:37 UTC

Jaim chief reiterates advice that even non-Muslims should "dress decently" in public

He was responding to complaints made by members of the public – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – against religious officers who have been policing how people, even non-Malaysians, dress. Rahimin was also asked to respond to a statement he made recently, which drew the ire of non-Muslims, when he urged both Muslims and non-Muslims to dress decently in public areas. In the interview with Bernama, Rahimin also urged non-Muslims to dress modestly to avoid “causing public annoyance”, as there are several laws at hand to tackle such issues. Rahimin added that while no action could be taken against non-Muslims, he advised them to “dress decently” according to their own morals and religion. "I am saying this because I have received complaints (on scantily-dressed people) from members of the public – not just from Muslims, but also non-Muslims,” he said.

April 22, 2017 11:26 UTC

Malaysian volunteers to Syria held at Heathrow Airport - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian volunteers for humanitarian mission under the Unity Convoy Ambulance for Syria faced their first challenge when they were detained for seven hours at the Heathrow Airport in London on Saturday. Team leader Mohamed Muaz Mohamed Ruslan said 20 volunteers were held and interrogated by the British immigration and police regarding the mission. All the volunteers, aged 19 to 35 years, left for the UK from KL International Airport on Thursday night. The volunteers consist of humanitarian activists from various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Malaysian Life Line for Syria, Volunteer Muslim Malaysia, Global Peace Mission Malaysia and Humanity Heroes. Mohamed Muaz said the mission would leave from London to Idlib, Syria, via Europe with 100 ambulances, including seven ambulances from Malaysia that were carrying medical supplies.

April 22, 2017 09:45 UTC

Veteran Scarponi killed in road accident while training - Cycling

PARIS (Reuters) - Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d'Italia champion, has been killed after being hit by a van while training close to his home in Filottrano, Italy, his Astana team said on Saturday. Scarponi, 37, left home early on Saturday morning for a training ride. "We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation, he was ... a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team." Scarponi was suspended for 18 months after being implicated in the Operation Puerto blood doping scandal in 2006. Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet wrote: "We will miss this guy in the peleton, always with a smile."

April 22, 2017 09:06 UTC

Perkasa defends Zakir Naik's PR status - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Ibrahim Ali (pic) is defending the Government's right to grant Dr Zakir Naik permanent resident (PR) status, saying none of the allegations against the controversial preacher have been proven. "It is the right of the government of the day to grant political asylum or PR status to him. He never promotes terrorism or extremism and we cannot prove any allegations of money-laundering," said the Perkasa president, adding that the Government should not entertain calls to deport Zakir or revoke his PR status. The Indian government is also seeking an Interpol Red Notice against Dr Zakir to curb his movements out of Saudi Arabia where he is currently based. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last week confirmed that Zakir had permanent resident status, which was given to him about five years ago.

April 22, 2017 08:48 UTC

Singapore's SMRT in talks to sell taxi business to Grab - Regional

SINGAPORE: SMRT Corporation Ltd is in talks to sell its taxi business to private-hire operator Grab. If successful, the deal will see SMRT, the third largest cab operator with a fleet of 3,400 taxis, exiting the business it has been in for 27 years. The Straits Times understands however, that the proposed deal has hit a bump over the jobs of SMRT Taxis workers. SMRT, fully owned by the government's Temasek Holdings, wants the buyer to ensure all affected workers retain their jobs. To date, Grab is available in seven South-east Asian countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and most recently, Myanmar.

April 22, 2017 08:26 UTC

Raja Bomoh released on police bail - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Ibrahim Mat Zin, also known as Raja Bomoh (pic), has been released on police bail. He was initially arrested at a hotel in Segamat, Johor at around 2.30am on Friday and taken to Bukit Aman here for questioning. Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said police were investigating the case under Section 298 of the Penal Code for uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person. "We have released him on police bail," he said when contacted by The Star on Saturday. Related story:Raja Bomoh detained in Segamat

April 22, 2017 08:26 UTC

Rugby - Highlanders trounce Sunwolves 40-15 in Invercargill - Rugby

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Centre Matt Faddes scored a brace of tries as the Otago Highlanders cruised to a bonus-point 40-15 victory over the Sunwolves in their Super Rugby match at Invercargill on Saturday. Malakai Fekitoa, Liam Squire, Aaron Smith and Ben Smith also crossed, with Marty Banks converting five of the home side's six tries. Ben Smith put the last points on the board for the Highlanders with a pick-and-go try before the Sunwolves' late rally. Number eight Britz broke through the Highlanders' line deep in attack and shrugged off a tackle to cross for the Sunwolves' first try. Replacement loose forward Warren-Vosayaco later touched down at the right corner after collecting a neat, lofted pass from Tamura.

April 22, 2017 08:02 UTC

American Airlines' employee suspended after row with passengers

American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. Less than two weeks ago, a 69-year-old doctor, David Dao, was hospitalised after Chicago aviation police dragged him from a United Airlines plane sparking international outrage and a public relations nightmare for the carrier. American Airlines was investigating Friday’s incident, which happened on Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas before the plane took off, Leslie Scott, an airline spokeswoman said. The incident started over a dispute as to whether the woman could bring her stroller on the flight, Scott said. Moments later, another American employee, who Scott said was a flight attendant, enters the plane and the male passenger confronts him.

April 22, 2017 07:26 UTC

Cops arrest another 9 students for alleged gang involvement - Nation

SEPANG: Police have arrested nine more students from several schools in the Klang Valley over gang-related activities. Selangor Deputy police Chief DCP Datuk Mohd Fuad Abd Latif said that the police arrested the students from three schools on Friday night. "We arrested six Form 5, two Form 4 and one Form 3 students," he said. The arrests came after two videos of motorcyclists causing a commotion outside a school went viral on Thursday. In the first video clip, the group is seen shouting and revving motorcycle engines outside a school.

April 22, 2017 07:18 UTC

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