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Content writer and social media specialist. Before that, I teach Journalism and radio broadcasting at the University foundation for fifteen years. only through engagement and communications can we as humans evolve. An accredited member of a leading local broadcast media organization.

A New Dawn for Argentina

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Witness the birth of a new era in Argentina as Javier Milei secures a resounding victory, promising bold reforms. Explore the challenges and protests, unveiling a transformative journey reshaping the nation's economic and social landscape.

Ceasefire Breakthrough: Israel and Hamas Agree on Hostage Release and Prisoner...

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Amidst the turbulence in the Middle East, a breakthrough unfolds as Hamas agrees to release 50 hostages from Gaza, marking a pivotal moment in the conflict. The accord, tied to a four-day ceasefire with Israel and the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners, reflects the complex dynamics at play. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserts the continuation of the war until Hamas is dismantled, international pressure adds a diplomatic layer to this temporary pause.

TM, ZTE Malaysia team up to build hybrid cloud 5G core...

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KUALA LUMPUR: To create a hybrid cloud 5G core network, Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and ZTE (M) Corp Sdn Bhd have partnered. TM and...

Malaysia’s palm oil stocks slide 6.56% in Feb

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Palm Oil Board reported that the country’s overall palm oil stockpiles decreased by 6.56% to 2.11 million tonnes in February...

MBSB Bank, Prec ink pact to drive cashless business transactions among...

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PKNS Real Estate Sdn Bhd (Prec) and MBSB Bank Bhd (MBSB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together. To promote cashless...

Crude oil prices stay muted in 1H amid altered oil flows...

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Dated Brent prices are expected to remain relatively flat in the first half of 2023. On ample inventories despite persistent supply risks. With an...

Malaysia not going into recession, growth set to continue in 2023:...

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Malaysia is unlikely to enter a recession this year. According to Bank Negara Malaysia Governor Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, as strong domestic...

EU officials visit Kyiv as Russia strikes civilian target

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KYIV, Ukraine: Leading representatives of the European Union arrived in Kyiv. For talks with Ukrainian authorities as rescue workers combed through the debris of...

US accuses Russia of endangering nuclear arms control treaty

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Washington, D.C. The Biden administration asserted on Tuesday that Russia’s refusal to permit the restart of on-the-ground inspections poses a threat. To the New...

China investment will boost green economy in Malaysia, says biz leader

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IPOH: According to a prominent member of the business community, increased Chinese investment will aid Malaysia in its transition to low-carbon development. According to Datuk...

IAEA sends staff to all Ukraine nuclear plants in safety bid

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KYIV, Ukraine: In order to lessen the chance of catastrophic mishaps while Russia’s war on Ukraine continues. The International Atomic Energy Agency has dispatched...

Indonesia’s Asean presidency to focus on economic growth, says senior minister...

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Jakarta Indonesia: According to a senior economic minister, Indonesia’s leadership of Asean in 2023 will primarily be focus on fostering sustainable growth in the...

NATO planes to be sent to Romania to eye Russian activity

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Romania’s BUCHAREST: NATO announced that it would send three surveillance aircraft to Romania the next week. The purpose is to conduct reconnaissance flights and...

Global food prices in 2022 hit record high amid drought, war

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ROME: According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, global prices for food commodities such as grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels...

US to send $3.75B in military aid to Ukraine, its neighbors

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WASHINGTON: As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the United States will provide $3.75 billion in military supplies and other aid. To Ukraine and its...

Malaysia consumer sector expected to remain robust

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PETALING JAYA: The consumer sector will continue to grow well, Due to strong domestic demand and supply chain enhancements. That will make restocking operations...

EU approves new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine war

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BRUSSELS: The European Union announced on Thursday that it had agreed on a fresh round of sanctions meant to increase the pressure on Russia...

Bursa Malaysia announces 21 additions to F4GBM index constituents

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KUALA LUMPUR: The FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia (F4GBM) Index and the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Shariah (F4GBMS) Index now has 98 constituents overall. After 21 fresh...

US banks warn of recession amid rising inflation

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According to CEOs, the largest US banks are preparing for a poorer economy next year as inflation threatens consumer demand. Jamie Dimon, the chief executive...

Malaysian economy relatively resilient in 2023, says ICAEW

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PETALING JAYA: The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales forecasts a bleak start for Asian economies in 2023. But it won’t last...

Oil prices climb after Opec+ keeps output cut targets, China eases...

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As a result of OPEC+ countries maintaining their output objectives in advance of a European Union ban. The start of a price restriction on...

Bank Negara issues exposure draft on licensing and regulatory framework for...

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Following the release of the discussion paper earlier this year. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today released the exposure draft on the licensing and regulatory...

Malaysian banks’ loan growth to stay at 5-6% in 2023 on...

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S&P Global Ratings anticipates that the Malaysian banking sector will continue to expand loans at a rate of 5% to 6% in 2023 as...

WTO warns of ‘real’ recession risk in some major economies

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Indonesia's NUSA DUA: The crisis in Ukraine, rising food and gasoline prices, and surging inflation have all contributed to a cloudy view of the...

Telenor and Axiata win key approval for multi-billion dollar Malaysia tie-up

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OSLO: Malaysian telecoms firm Axiata Group and Norway's Telenor ASA have been given clearance from the Securities Commission Malaysia for the proposed merger of...

Franchise sales to increase to RM23bil by 2025

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s franchise industry is expected to see its sales value increase to RM22.66bil by 2025 from RM14.65bil in 2020, says Prime Minister...

Better Internet connectivity for Sarawak with a new submarine cable to...

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KUCHING: Sarawak can look forward to better Internet connectivity following the launch of a new submarine cable to Singapore via Batam and a Tier...

Malaysia end-August palm oil stocks hit 2 million tonnes for first...

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's palm oil inventories in end-August likely swelled above 2 million tonnes for the first time in more than two years lifted...

Asian stock markets mixed ahead of latest US jobs reading

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Asian stock markets were mixed ahead of U.S. jobs data that might influence Federal Reserve plans for more interest rate hikes to cool surging...

Arizona Gov. Ducey hails Taiwan semiconductor investment

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TAIPEI, Taiwan: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday hailed economic and educational cooperation with Taiwan. Marked by a $12 billion investment in his state...

Biden approves $800M in new military assistance for Ukraine

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WASHINGTON USA: In anticipation of a new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, President Joe Biden approved an $800 million package of military assistance. Including...

Police focus on van renter in Brooklyn subway shooting probe

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NEW YORK USA: A gunman wearing a gas mask set off smoke grenades and fired a barrage of bullets inside a rush-hour subway train...

Biden, Modi to speak as US presses for a hard line...

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WILMINGTON USA: President Joe Biden is set to speak with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he presses world leaders to take a hard...

Food prices soar to record levels on Ukraine war disruptions

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ROME ITALY: Prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels. Everlast month largely because of Russia’s war in Ukraine...

Congress votes to suspend Russia’s trade status, enact an oil ban

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WASHINGTON USA: Congress voted overwhelmingly to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil. Ratcheting up the U.S. response...

Mariupol’s dead put at 5,000 as Ukraine braces in the east.

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ANDRIIVKA, Ukraine: The mayor of the besieged port city of Mariupol put the number of civilians killed there at more than 5,000. As Ukraine...

Wins for pro-Putin leaders buttress autocracies in Europe.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary: After two nationalist European strongmen won overwhelming victories in elections on Sunday. One of the first foreign leaders to congratulate both were...

Russia faces global outrage over bodies in Ukraine’s streets.

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BUCHA, Ukraine: Moscow faced global revulsion and accusations of war crimes. After Russian pullout from the outskirts of Kyiv revealed streets strewn with corpses...

Secret intelligence has an unusually public role in the Ukraine war.

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LONDON UK: The war in Ukraine is the conflict where spies came in from the cold and took center stage. Since Russia invaded its neighbor...

Russian space chief: Sanctions could imperil space station.

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MOSCOW: The head of Russia’s space program said that the future of the International Space Station hangs in the balance. After the United States,...

Greenhouse gas emissions rose in Rhode Island.

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While Rhode Island is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set an example for other states environmental officials said Friday that emissions were...

US seeks tighter UN sanctions after N. Korea missile test

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SEOUL, South Korea: The United States called for tougher U.N. sanctions after North Korea said it test-fired its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile to date....

Ukraine war drives the US, EU deal to undercut Russian energy

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BRUSSELS: With stunning speed, Russia’s war in Ukraine is driving Western Europe into the outstretched arms of the United States again. Especially apparent when...

The U.S. reinstates 352 product exclusions from China tariffs.

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WASHINGTON USA: The U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Wednesday it has reinstated 352 expired product exclusions from U.S. "Section 301" tariffs on Chinese...

Poland orders expulsion of 45 Russians suspected of spying.

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WARSAW, Poland: Poland ordered the expulsion of 45 Russians whom the government identified as intelligence officers. Using their diplomatic status as cover to operate...

UN chief: Don’t let Russia crisis fuel climate destruction.

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BERLIN Germany: Countries scrambling to replace Russian oil, gas, and coal supplies with any available alternative. May fuel the world’s “mutually assured destruction” through...

‘No city anymore’: Mariupol survivors take train to safety.

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LVIV, Ukraine: The heat on the train was as thick as the anxiety. Ukrainian survivors of one of the most brutal sieges in modern...

Biden’s China ‘pivot’ complicated by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON USA: President Joe Biden set out to finally complete the “pivot to Asia.” A long-sought adjustment of U.S. foreign policy to better reflect...

Russia’s invasion drives NATO rethink of Europe force stance.

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Brussels, Belgium: In an underground archive below NATO’s headquarters lies a key document. That sets out the vision of both NATO and Russia about...

EU and UK hit Russia with wider sanctions that target luxury

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BRUSSELS Belgium: EU and UK hit Russia with more sanctions this time victim is Pure-bred horses, truffles, a soccer club owner, and a media...

Tens of thousands protest in Berlin against the war in Ukraine

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BERLIN, March 13: Up to 30,000 men, women, and children joined an anti-war demonstration in central Berlin on Sunday, with many waving Ukrainian flags...

Russian strikes hit western Ukraine as offensive widens

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LVIV, Ukraine: Russia widened its military offensive in Ukraine on Friday, striking airfields in the west and an industrial city in the east. A...

Ex-Indian President alarmed on the rise of bank scandals

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India's ex-President Pranab Mukherjee said he is extremely alarmed that their country's economy is shaken by series of financial scandals that continue to arise. During...

Payroll firm probed for hiding tax payments

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Another financial sector is under fire for its own financial scandal. The payroll processing industry is being investigated by federal regulations for withholding tax...

HSBC Bank in shaky relationship with Chinese Government

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HSBC bank is in trouble with the Chinese government after it was learned they turned over documents to the US government in its prosecution...

Sweden’s largest pension fund calls on governance code amendments to reflect...

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Sweden’s largest pension fund "Alecta," through its chief executive Magnus Billing, wants the corporate governance code to reflect meaningful corporate cultures and strong values.The...

Union President arrested amid conspiracy charge

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Massachusetts State Police Union Ex-President and a Beacon Hill lobbyist were separately arrested at their homes for allegedly committing bribery schemes.It was the Federal...

RAM Ponzi victims go after New Zealand ANZ Bank

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Victims of the Ross Asset Management ponzi scheme have been given the green light to pursue a mutli-million-dollar lawsuit against New Zealand ANZ Bank by the...

North Korea steals $1.6bn in cyber attacks

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As it strives to fund its weapons programme, North Koreahas stolen a total amount of $1.6bn ($AU2.4bn) through cyber-attacks targeting crypto-forex exchanges and banks.In...

Still no boss for Wells Fargo Bank

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Wells Fargo & Co. Bank is in a quagmire as to who will they chose the new CEO of their bank. With the abrupt leaving...

Two more international banks tied to Huawei technologies case

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The US Citigroup Inc. and French bank BNP Paribas were reportedly involved in the escalating trade war of the US and China. The recently released...

European Raiffeisen Bank International and Danske Bank investigated for money laundering

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The continuing bank scandal that hit Deustche Bank has now expanded to two more European banks. Austria Raiffeisen Bank International Estonian branch and Denmark’s Danske Bank...

Deutsche Bank fights to get back image

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Deutsche Bank is trying to rebuild its banking reputation by removing itself from investment banking and revamping its corporate division in improving present business relationships and...

EU Member Brussels to revive blacklist money laundering states

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Brussels is set to reintroduced a blacklist of non-EU countries that are tied to money laundering that was previously blocked by the EU capital when Saudi...

AI to combat money laundering

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People tend to think Artificial Intelligence is a robot with arms and legs that think like humans or like Skynet in the Terminator movies bent on...

Hongkong banks sent out ads calling for calm

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The protests in Hongkong are having a negative effect on the tourism and economy that local banks have placed full-page ads in newspapers imploring the restoration...