LONDON: British police said Friday they had made further “significant” arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead. Four other suspects are in custody following searches at 21 locations, mostly around London, in the central city of Birmingham and in the northwestern city of Manchester. At least 50 people from 12 different countries were injured when Masood ploughed his rented car into crowds of people walking along the pavement on Westminster Bridge, before crashing the vehicle into the fence outside parliament. The IS group said it was responsible for Masood’s actions without naming him, according to the Amaq propaganda agency – its first claim for an attack on British soil. It was the deadliest in Britain since four homegrown suicide bombers killed 52 people on the city’s transport system in July 2005.
Local currency stabilises after clampdown on derivative and hedging marketTHE ringgit has been through a tumultuous ride since Bank Negara decided to act against the non-deliverable forward (NDF) market in December last year. It has not been in an upward move against all of the currencies of its major trading partners, but the bleeding has apparently stopped for now. What has encouraged Bank Negara is that the conversion of foreign-exchange (forex) export proceeds has seen a net inflow into the domestic market. Based on the latest figures by Bank Negara, it was down to RM158.9bil as of end-February, meaning an outflow of RM25.7bil. The worry has been the shrinkage of the trade account, and also the declining surpluses of the current account balance.
Facing the law: Ng flanked by two police officers after arriving at the magistrate’s court in Bukit Mertajam yesterday. Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Razali Che Ani applied for bail to be set at RM10,000 yesterday, but Ng’s lawyer Parmjit Singh sought for a lower sum. She had allegedly tested positive for amphetamine at the Seberang Prai district police headquarters at about 5pm on March 14. Ng’s parents, who were present in court yesterday, then posted her bail. They arrived in a silver sedan with Ng’s right arm still in a sling due to the accident.
LONDON (Reuters) - Everton suffered a double blow ahead of next weekend's Liverpool derby with two players injured on duty for Ireland against Wales at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Friday. Fullback Seamus Coleman faces a long spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg following a horror challenge from Wales defender Neil Taylor while midfielder James McCarthy pulled out of Friday's game moments before the start with a recurring hamstring injury. The same injury has restricted McCarthy's recent club appearances and news of his latest setback is likely to further strain the relationship between Everton manager Ronald Koeman and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, who ignored the Dutchman's plea not to play McCarthy in another qualifier last year, dismissing his unhappiness as "nonsense." Liverpool host Everton on April 1. (Reporting by Neil Robinson)
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump suffered a bitter defeat Friday in his first major legislative challenge, as the president’s effort to repeal Obamacare was shot down by rebel Republican lawmakers. Barely two months into his term, Trump was forced to withdraw an embattled Republican health care bill, moments before a vote, leaving his campaign pledge to dismantle his predecessor’s health care reforms unfulfilled. While Trump expressed disappointment, he said he was optimistic that his lieutenants will be able to craft an “even better” piece of health care legislation. “So I think it’s important now that we start over, and we do a durable, sustainable health care reform and it be done in a bipartisan way,” he added. It’s going to remain the law of the land until it’s replaced.”It was not clear when Congress would turn once again toward health care, as Trump said he would shift quickly toward tax reform, another longstanding goal of Republicans.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria squandered a hatful of chances before two goals in the last 15 minutes gave them a 2-0 win over Moldova which kept their World Cup qualifying hopes alive on Friday. Marcel Sabitzer scored with a glancing header from Marko Arnautovic's cross in the 75th minute and substitute Martin Harnik added the second in the last minute to leave them four points behind leading pair Serbia and Ireland in Group D.David Alaba struck the underside of the crossbar in an early attack, leading to a tale of frustration as the ball refused to go in for the hosts. Arnautovic, Guido Burgstaller and Zlatko Junuzovic all missed chances in the run-up to halftime and it was little different in the second half as Austria enjoyed 63 percent of possession and forced 13 corners. Austria last played at the World Cup finals in 1998 while Moldova, bottom of the group with one point, have never qualified. (Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
LONDON (Reuters) - England goalkeeper Joe Hart hailed the experimental 3-4-3 formation that manager Gareth Southgate adopted against Germany on Wednesday, saying that it was good to see them try "something new". "It's come to light with how well Chelsea have played it and what (Antonio) Conte’s brought to the Premier League. Southgate must decide whether to stick with the system for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania or, more likely, revert to something more conventional. Manchester City's John Stones is almost certain to come in, possibly alongside Michael Keane, who played well against Germany. "Michael Keane was fantastic," said Hart, who said England, who top Group F with 10 points from four games, approach Sunday's game with confidence.
Sure, foreign funds are here, but so are the much dreaded “pump and dump” operators. So just what are these “pump and dump” operators all about? Along the way, the operators dump their stock and make a fat profit for themselves. Using these big numbers and the China factor, blogs have started talking up the likes of Dataprep Holdings Bhd, GHL Systems Bhd, Rev Asia Bhd, Cuscapi Bhd, Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd, AirAsia Bhd, DKSH Bhd and Tropicana Bhd, among others. Its share price went up 72.41% or 21 sen in one day to 50 sen on Thursday.
Spain top Group G with 13 points from five points, ahead of Italy on goal difference. Israel are third on nine points and Albania are fourth on six. I'm happy with our collective spirit and this is the path we need to stay on." Thiago Alcantara dictated the play for Spain in midfield and created their first effort with a snapshot from outside the area which Marciano tipped onto the bar. Israel defender Eitan Tibi was carried off on a stretcher shortly after the first goal following a challenge from Pique.
And five-times major champion Phil Mickelson will meet in-form Australian Marc Leishman as the World Golf Championships event enters the knockout phase after completing the round-robin phase at Austin Country Club. “Today I made a bunch of birdies, no bogeys and usually in match play you do that, you win. He does things with the golf ball only a small percentage can do out here.”Mickelson finished group play in style at 3-0-0 with a 6&5 thumping of fellow American J.B. Holmes. "(I'm) having a good week or so," Australian Leishman, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last Sunday, said. Asked for his thoughts about facing Mickelson, known for his light-hearted trash talking, the laid-back Leishman sounded unfazed.
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia stayed top of World Cup qualifying Group I after a superb first-half goal by striker Nikola Kalinic gave them a 1-0 home win over Ukraine in an action-packed game on Friday. Kalinic should have doubled Croatia's lead four minutes later but goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov smothered the striker's weak lob from 12 metres when the goal was at his mercy. At the other end, Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic parried a pair of long-range efforts and defender Tin Jedvaj cleared the ball off the line after a goalmouth scramble. Pyatov came to Ukraine's rescue in the dying minutes when he palmed away a stinging Modric shot after the midfielder's darting run into the box. Croatia next visit Iceland on June 11, while Ukraine are away to Finland.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat in the third test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. The toss was delayed for 30 minutes after overnight rain, with play also pushed back until 11.30 a.m. (2230 GMT). The Kiwis also recalled left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner to join offspinner Jeetan Patel. New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (captain), Neil Broom, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner. South Africa: Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (captain), JP Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada.
(Reuters) - Jason Day’s mother, Dening, is resting comfortably following surgery for lung cancer on Friday at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, the Day family said in a statement. Day withdrew from the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, telling reporters in an emotional interview that his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia earlier this year and doctors had told her the illness was terminal. We are praying for her recovery,” the Australian world number three said in a statement on Friday. Day, who as recently as last month was still ranked number one, pulled out of his opening match in Austin after six holes to be with his mother. "Hard to comprehend being on the golf course right now, with what she's going through,” a tearful Day told reporters.
(Reuters) - Elena Vesnina, fresh off her victory at Indian Wells, crashed out of the Miami Open on Friday after a stunning 3-6 6-4 7-5 loss to world number 594 Ajla Tomljanovic. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, whose opening match on Thursday was also interrupted, fared better than Vesnina after her night's sleep. Vesnina twice double-faulted to present the 23-year-old Croatian with match points after returning on Friday, but Tomljanovic failed to cash in. Vesnina, five days removed from the biggest victory of her career at the BNP Paribas Open, committed a dozen double faultsin the two hour 12 minute match. France's Pauline Parmentier overcame Hungarian Babos, the 24th seed, 6-7(1) 6-2 6-0 three sets, and American qualifier Taylor Townsend beat 25th seed Vinci of Italy 6-3 6-2.
(Reuters) - Englishman Tyrrell Hatton was eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play after incurring a two-stroke penalty in his three-man playoff in Texas on Friday. Hatton was preparing to tap-in for par at the first extra hole when he noticed his ball had moved slightly after he had placed his putter behind it at Austin Country Club. Rules official Steve Carmen was watching on from nearby as Hatton was talking to his fellow competitors but by time he got to the green the damage had been done. "What happened was he placed his putter behind the ball and caused the ball to move and then he putted from the new position," Carmen told Golf Channel. Carmen said he could have saved Hatton from the penalty if the player had waited to confer on the matter.