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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ex-Sabah CM Harris Salleh wins RM600,000 for defamation

PUTRAJAYA -  The Federal Court today awarded former Sabah chief minister Harris Salleh RM600,000 in damages for defamation over the “Double Six” tragedy where then chief minister Fuad Stephens and 10 others on board an aircraft died in a crash on June 6, 1976.

Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, who delivered the judgment of the five-man bench, said the defendant, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee merely published a statement by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah but with some embellishment.

“The defendant could have invoked the Reynold’s privilege of responsible journalism, but did not verify the facts of the allegation,” he said in reinstating the judgment of the High Court in 2012.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thousands evacuated as volcano on holiday island Bali could erupt soon

KLUNGKUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from near a volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali that officials say is becoming more active and could erupt soon.

Authorities imposed a 12-km exclusion zone around the crater of Mount Agung, as increasing volcanic activity on Sunday sent strong tremors through areas in the eastern part of the one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Officials urged the public to remain calm amid false reports and videos circulating online of an eruption.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The KadazanDusun language dilemma?

DURING the third and final round of the recent statewide Mr Kaamatan or Harvest Festival Contest 2017, the seven finalists, out of 44 contestants, were asked two questions.

It was mandatory for first question to be answered in the finalist’s mother tongue while the second question, in the finalist’s choice of language.

Only one of the contestants, Dicky Jerry, representing the Keningau District, responded to both questions fluently in his mother tongue, Dusun.

Some of the other finalists could barely muster enough words in their mother tongues to deliver coherent sentences. At 19 years old, fulfilling other criteria superbly, Dicky impressed the judges, most of whom are KadazanDusun speakers, to win the coveted title.

Yong: Blame it on reckless issuance of MyKads

KOTA KINABALU - SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation Senior Vice Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye should not be shocked at all over the recent arrests of suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists working as security guards in the nation's capital.

"The reckless issuance of MyKads and dubious citizenship documents to foreigners without proper screening over the years explains why even suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists have managed to become security guards in Malaysia.

"Therefore, it is also possible that the seven suspected terrorists arrested by the counter-terrorism police is only a small part of the menace now facing the nation,' he said.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Karim: Sarawak’s rights eroded during Dr M’s era

Sarawak lost most of its rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) when Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister, said a state minister yesterday.

“It is good to see the former premier coming back to Sarawak to meet the people as he has hardly done so in the past,” Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said at a press conference.

Sipaun supports ex-IGP on Malaysia not being Islamic country

Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun says Abdul Rahim Noor was correct in pointing it out, based on events that led to formation of Malaysia in 1963

KOTA KINABALU - Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun supports the views of a former inspector-general of police who said that Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country, and Sabah and Sarawak would not agree to make it so.

He said Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor, who was the country’s top cop from 1994 to 1999, was speaking the truth when he said Malaysia could lose the Borneo states if religious conflicts got out of hand due to the federal government continuing to succumb to pressure and becoming too Islamic.

Travel warning issued for Bali as volcano threatens to erupt

Jetstar and Qantas say services to the popular tourist destination are going ahead but they are watching the situation closely

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island.

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent.

Friday, September 22, 2017

PBS lodges police report against community leader

KENINGAU - A group of leaders from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Liawan Division made a police report against a community leader for allegedly issuing a directive through WhatsApp prohibiting community leaders and government servants from attending PBS Youth chief  Datuk Jake Jikulin Nointin’s press conference tomorrow.

Liawan PBS Youth  Movement chief Stephen Kalaus and four others made the report at the district police headquarters here at 11.40am yesterday.

Stephen in his report said the community leader had instructed  village headmen, Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) chairmen, native chief representatives (WKAN) and those in the government not to attend a meeting to be held at Jake’s residence at Kampung Bariawa Laut here on September 22 at 2.30pm.

Arab News Report: MNLF ready to fight Daesh in Marawi, says Nur Misuari

DAVAO CITY - Nur Misuari, the founder and leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has broken his silence in an exclusive conversation with Arab News, in which he rejected the charges filed against him in a Philippines anti-graft court.

In his first interaction with media since the charges were filed against him, Misuari talked exclusively to Arab News in Davao City. He claimed the case was brought against him by people out to sabotage his participation in the Mindanao peace process.

North Korea’s Kim says will make ‘deranged’ Trump pay dearly for UN speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted US President Donald Trump as “mentally deranged” on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.

Tensions have risen as North Korea has resisted intense international pressure to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, with Trump and Kim exchanging ever-more threatening rhetoric.

Please lift the ban, Kelantan

KUALA LUMPUR - The Kelantan government must lift the ban on its traditional cultural performances and the restrictions it imposes on women performers in the state, says the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune (pic).

Bennoune, who has been around the country for a two-week period ending yesterday, said that the state government’s ban on its traditional cultural performances such as mak yong, wayang kulit, main puteri and dikir barat has negatively impacted the survival and preservation of these traditional art forms.

Lajim’s bankruptcy status lifted

Lajim Ukin is therefore expected to be re-elected as Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president during Oct 26 AGM

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City.

Churches and homes had been ransacked, people had been shot or taken hostage, and now Philippines government troops, planes and helicopters were pounding the Islamic State loyalists who had taken over large parts of the town on May 23.

Six days into the occupation, 17-year-old Jalil said he came across a crowd of fellow fighters led by rebel chief Abdullah Maute, including a boy who looked about 10. They were cheering the beheading of a Christian from Jalil’s neighborhood who was accused of being a spy.

Duterte: Marawi fighting almost over

The end is near for the conflict in Marawi, but don’t expect a celebration from the government when the smoke clears.

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that everybody has lost in the fighting between government forces and Islamic State-allied extremists, which had nearly leveled the once bustling Islamic city.

The fighting in Marawi has been raging for nearly four months.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country, says former IGP

Saying Sabah and Sarawak would not have agreed to form the federation if the country was meant to be Islamic, Rahim Noor warns religious conflicts will become too hot to handle if the Federal Government continues to succumb to pressure and become too Islamic.

KOTA KINABALU - The Federation of Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country because if it was, Sabah and Sarawak would never have agreed to it, according to former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rumours and lies again about Lajim rejoining Umno

Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin is staying put, the party's information chief said in a statement to counter rumours
There is no truth to rumours that Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan) president Lajim Ukin is planning to rejoin Sabah Umno, the Borneo Post reported.

Harapan information chief Karim Adam denied the rumours that had been circulating, saying it was spread by irresponsible quarters.

“The speculation is not new, as it has been around ever since Lajim formed Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah almost a year ago.

Wanted Malaysian militant still holed up in Marawi, say police

Anti-terror chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay says many other Malaysians are still fighting Philippine forces in Marawi City

KOTA KINABALU - The country’s most wanted militant Dr Mahmud Ahmad is among several Malaysians believed to be still fighting government forces in Marawi city in southern Philippines, according to Bukit Aman’s counter-terrorism chief.

“We believe Dr Mahmud is still in Marawi City,” Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director, told FMT today.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ex-IGP to give a talk on 'Malaysia in the future'

KOTA KINABALU - A public talk on “Malaysia in The Future” by a former Inspector General of Police of Malaysia Tan Sri Rahim Noor will be held at Ming Garden Hotel, Kota Kinabalu on 19th of September 2027, at 7.30 pm-with limited capacity of 200 people (Admission is FREE).

The talk is organised by PIPPA--Progressive Institute of Public Policy Analysis Sabah, a think tank established in 2007.

Over the years PIPPA has been organising talks and forums involving both local and overseas speakers.

Philippine troops rescue captive priest in assault on Marawi militants’ base

Philippine security forces have rescued a senior Catholic priest held for nearly four months by Muslim militants besieging the southern city of Marawi.

Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub, vicar-general of Marawi, was found abandoned by his captors at around 11pm on Saturday near a mosque, hours after a deadly battle that saw the military seizing the militants’ control centre, the government’s chief peace negotiator Jesus Dureza said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Rear-Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, told The Philippine Daily Inquirer that Father Soganub escaped with another hostage, Mr Lordvin Ocopio, a teacher, during the assault.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Seven picked up in relation to Keramat tahfiz school fire

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are believed to have picked up more people in connection with Thursday's tahfiz school fire that killed 23 in Kampung Datuk Keramat here.

Sources told the New Straits Times that investigators have detained at least seven people.

Those arrested were said to be between the ages of 15 and 22, and among them, were students of the school located in Jalan Keramat Hujung.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fine line between ‘joined’ and ‘formed’

Some Malaysians still clueless over distinctions in Malaysia Agreement 1963

“I AM a Malaysian! Why do I need to go through Immigration to get a social visit pass to enter Sabah?” asked an indignant Ipoh-born friend, adding, “I don’t need such a document when I enter Selangor from Perak.”

He was planning to fly from KL International Airport to Kota Kinabalu International Airport to visit my home state for the first time.

What is Malaysia in the future?

A public talk on “Malaysia in The Future” by a former Inspector General of Police of Malaysia Tan Sri Rahim Noor will be held at Ming Garden Hotel, Kota Kinabalu on 19th of September 2027, at 7.30 pm-with limited capacity of 200 people.

The talk is organised by PIPPA--Progressive Institute of Public Policy Analysis Sabah, a think tank established in 2007.

Over the years PIPPA has been organising talks and forums involving both local and overseas speakers.

PIPPA has also been participating as invited guests of other institutes such as the Perak Academy in Ipoh and the Yussof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Maute ratholes, trenches revealed as troops gain ground in Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – A network of ratholes and trenches that Maute fighters dug in the battle area emerged as troops pushed back the local terrorist groups linked with Islamic State (ISIS) and occupied their former strongholds.
The military allowed reporters to the heart of the battle area on Wednesday, September 13, to see how the war was fought on the ground. It was the 4th month of the war.

In one area, ratholes that can fit 5 people cut through adjacent buildings.

Militants fighting in Marawi using gov’t-owned guns, says Army exec

MARAWI CITY- Most weapons recovered from slain militants belonging to the Maute group and its allies or from areas they had vacated in this Lanao del Sur provincial capital bore marks which indicated that these came from the government, a military spokesperson said.

“It only meant that somebody from the government sold it to them,” said Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesperson for the Joint Task Force Marawi.

Petinglay, however, did not say how many of these recovered firearms had been confirmed to have come from the government armory.

Restore Confidence by Honouring Sabah's Special Rights and Equal Partnership, Jeffrey Tells Najib

KOTA KINABALU - PM Najib’s visit to Sabah on the eve of Malaysia’s 54th anniversary would be meaningful ONLY if he could make actionable commitments to fulfil Sabah’s Special Rights and status as an equal partner in the Federation, urged Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan who is the Assemblyman for Bingkor cum President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR).

Such actionable commitment, Jeffrey said, would go a long way to restore confidence in the Borneo States.   

Otherwise, what is there to celebrate on Malaysia Day the following day, 16th September?

For the past 54 years, since their respective Independences and since the formation of Malaysia, the Borneo States, particularly Sabah, have suffered many losses and negative experiences including:-

-     the loss of Sabah’s political autonomy

-     the loss of revenues and financial autonomy

-     the loss of ownership of our oil and gas resources

-     and the loss of business and employment opportunities for our youths who now forced to flock to Malaya and Singapore for employment and lately to Australia to pluck fruits.

North Korea launches missile over Japan

(CNN)In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday.

Group takes Malaysia Agreement to court

KOTA KINABALU - Five members of opposition Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) have filed a suit seeking to declare that the Malaysian Government committed a breach of the Malaysia Agreement when it failed to restrain Singapore leaving the federation two years later in 1965.

The first, second, third, fourth and fifth plaintiff, Lucy Liskin Batak, 59, Jeffrey Kumin @ John, 49, Homer D Lubaton, 63, Alfred Raphael, 25, and Marcel Jude A/L MS Joseph, 56, respectively, are also seeking a declaration that the Malaysia Agreement is valid and lawful notwithstanding that the Republic of Singapore seceded from the Federation of Malaysia without the consent and approval of the State of Sabah and the State of Sarawak.

The first plaintiff is the Star Wanita vice chief as well as a Supreme Council member of a political association known as Gabungan Wanita, the second plaintiff is Star State vice chairman cum Information Chief as well as Chairman of Star Inanam, while the third, fourth and fifth Plaintiff are members of Star.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Perception of Rohingya as persecuted is ‘superficial’, says Masing

The 'ebb and flow' between persecutor and persecuted in Myanmar's Rakhine state depends on who is in power, says Sarawak deputy chief minister James Masing

Myanmar alone can’t do anything to stop the plight faced by the Rohingya community there, as it is a problem that has gone on for centuries, says Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing.

He also said that the current perception that the Rohingyas were the persecuted group is “superficial”.

North Korea threatens to "sink" Japan, reduce U.S. to "ashes and darkness"

SEOUL/JAPAN (Reuters) - A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.

Pyongyang's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles the North's external ties and propaganda, also called for the breakup of the Security Council, which it called "a tool of evil" made up of "money-bribed" countries that move at the order of the United States.

"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us," the committee said in a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Abduction in Sabah waters still a concerning issue

KOTA KINABALU - The abduction of crew members from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off eastern Sabah is still a concerning issue in the state, despite a decrease in the number of reported cases.

A total of seven incidents (comprising of three actual abductions and four attempts) were reported from January to April 2017.

Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Deputy Director Nicholas Teo G B said that most of the cases in Sabah involved tugboats, something that is uncommon in other areas.

It's population engineering by KL, claims SAPP

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Amde Sidek said the Federal Government's idea of allowing the Rohingyas to come into the country is part of a plan to increase the number of "Malays" in the country.

"Anyone could guess the end game. I call this part of the population engineering to increase the number of Malays. The Rohingyas being Muslims could easily meet the criteria to be Malays," he said in a statement.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take immigrants from Sabah, not Rohingyas, Jeffrey tells KL

KOTA KINABALU - The federal government shouldn’t even consider taking in more Rohingya refugees but should instead decide to take as many as possible the illegal Filipino and Indonesian refugees now inundating Sabah.

This suggestion was made by the president of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), Datuk Dr. Jeffrey G Kitingan in a statement here in response to the announcement by Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed on Saturday that Malaysia is willing to accept more Rohingya refugees into the country following the increasingly tense situation in Myanmar.

Myanmar bloodletting: Malaysia and OIC are hypocrites, says report

A Modern Tokyo Times report says Malaysia and the OIC are forgetting the elephant in the room: the large number of Muslims being ‘butchered’ by Muslims in Yemen and elsewhere

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is manipulating language and being hypocritical in its condemnation of the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, according to a report in the Modern Tokyo Times.

The e-journal also criticised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the mass media of hypocrisy for focusing only on the killing of Muslims in Myanmar, and overlooking the killing of Muslims by Muslims themselves in several nations.

North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test

The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports. The latter is aimed at starving the North of income for its weapons programmes.

The US had originally proposed harsher sanctions including a total ban on oil imports.

China facing intensified threat of religious infiltration, extremism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is facing heightened threats from foreign infiltration via religion and from the spread of extremism, a top official for religious affairs said on Tuesday, after strict new rules were passed to manage religious practice in the country.

President Xi Jinping has emphasized the need to guard against foreign infiltration through religion and to prevent the spread of "extremist" ideology, while also being tolerant of traditional faiths that he sees as a salve to social ills.

Irma death toll in US rises to 10; leaves 'devastation' in Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma was still wreaking havoc in South Carolina late Monday after causing at least 10 deaths in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

A flash flood emergency was issued for Charleston Monday afternoon as Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning, battered the Southeast with torrential rain and dangerous storm surges.

As of 8 p.m., Irma was about 120 miles south of Atlanta, moving north-northwest at 16 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph.

Monday, September 11, 2017

North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of UN sanctions vote

(CNN)The United States will pay a "due price" if harsh sanctions against North Korea are agreed at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York Monday.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the US "does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution'" it would respond in kind.

"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means," the statement said, referring to the country by its official name the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Court to decide if stateless children can be made citizens

PUTRAJAYA - Thousands of parents will now look forward to a Federal Court ruling on whether their stateless children can obtain Malaysian citizenship through a court order.

This follows today’s decision by a three-man bench led by Hasan Lah to allow leave applications by three sets of parents who wanted their appeals to be heard on the position of stateless children.

The fundamental question before the apex court is whether the blood or lineage is a requirement under the Federal Constitution in determining the citizenship of a child.

2 soldiers killed in latest push in Marawi battle area

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Two soldiers were killed on Sunday, September 10, in close-quarter battles with local terrorist groups in Marawi City, according to Joint Task Force spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner.

They were shot while conducting a major operation in the heart of the battle area to clear remaining strongholds of the local terrorist groups. It was Day 111 of the war.

Four others were also wounded in the push to liberate Marawi from terrorist groups linked with international terrorist network Islamic State (ISIS).

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Labuan SAPP: Not time for Yong to step down

LABUAN - Staunch supporters of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) here want party President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee to continue to lead it. They feel SAPP's mission is not complete yet and there is no suitable leader in sight to pass the baton.

SAPP spread its wings here in 1994 and remained active till 2007. The party's strongholds here were Rancha Rancha and Sungei Keling, which have a predominant Chinese population.

Labuan SAPP has a few hundred members and though being a Sabah-based party, there are still many here remaining loyal to it due to Yong.

Report: Sarawak to look into castration for convicted rapists

Castration as a form of punishment for rapists is one of the proposals up for discussion at a high level meeting involving the Sarawak state government today.

According to the Malay Mail Online, the proposal was made as part of efforts to combat the rising sexual crimes in the state, especially cases involving incest.

The report quoted Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women and Family Development Minister Fatimah Abdullah as saying that the proposal would require amendments to the Penal Code which currently does not provide castration as a form of penalty against such offenders.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Category 4 Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory — just a few more miles to the west — that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm gulf water.

The hurricane re-strengthened to Category 4 status with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (210 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma was expected to gain a little more strength as it moved through the Straits of Florida and remain a powerful hurricane as it approached Florida.

Duterte rejects Maute proposal to trade hostages for safe exit from Marawi

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday rejected a proposal from Omar Maute for the safe exit for their followers in Marawi City exchange for the freedom of the hostages.

The exact number of hostages remaining in the hands of the Maute Group and its allies remained unclear, but Duterte said they could be between 70 and 300.

Funerals crowd cemetery of dead from massive Mexico quake

JUCHITAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Anguished mourners lined the streets of the southern Mexican city devastated by the most powerful earthquake to strike the country in 85 years, coffins raised on their shoulders as they advanced slowly to a crowded cemetery on Saturday.

More than half of the 65 known victims of Thursday night’s 8.1 magnitude quake died in Juchitan, a picturesque, historic city near the coast where more than 5,000 homes were destroyed and many more left without running water or electricity.

Hurricane Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From Beaches In The Bahamas

This natural phenomenon occurs after extremely powerful storms.

Sabah cops step up security ahead of Malaysia Day celebrations

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah police have beefed up security ahead of the national-level Malaysia Day celebrations here on Sept 16.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din (pic) said sufficient manpower including for traffic control will be deployed to ensure the smooth running of the celebrations which will be held at the Likas Sports Complex.

"The security surveillance does not only cover Likas but also the Eastern Sabah Security Zone.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mass exodus in Florida as 'lawn mower' Irma approaching

MIAMI - Store owners boarded up their windows and families sandbagged their homes to join a mass exodus as Hurricane Irma churned toward Florida as a maximum-strength storm.

Irma made landfall in Cuba’s Camaguey Archipelago as a Category Five storm Friday after killing at least 19 people and devastating thousands of homes on a string of Caribbean islands.

The militant might be your neighbour

Recent arrests prevented terror attacks last month and have exposed an Abu Sayyaf presence within Peninsular Malaysia.

HOW did an Abu Sayyaf gunman from Basilan island in southern Philippines end up in the heart of Kuala Lumpur?

Before we go to the how, let’s talk about the who.

The gunman is Abu Asrie.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Latest: Mexico expels North Korea’s ambassador

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 7:15 a.m.

Mexico’s government is expelling the ambassador of North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.

The Foreign Relations Department said ambassador Kin Hyon Gil was declared persona non-grata and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours.

“With this diplomatic action, Mexico expresses to the North Korean government its absolute rejection of its recent nuclear activity,” the department said on a press release.