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United States : The United States and South Korea are discussing sending more strategic US assets to the Korean peninsula following the North’s claimed hydrogen bomb test last week.

On Sunday a B52 bomber flanked by US and South Korean fighter jets flew over Osan Air Base in a show of strength.

The White House said the low level flight underscored a deep and enduring alliance with its ally South Korea.

“Deployment of American strategic assets is highly crucial. North Korea has conducted nuclear experiments, and nuclear experiments mean that the North will arm itself with nuclear weapons,” said Kim Min-seok, South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman

North Korean TV has been showing photos of leader Kim Jong Un visiting the military personnel behind its nuclear test, although Western experts have cast doubt on whether the North has the technological capability to test an hydrogen bomb.

The test angered not just the US, but neighbouring China, North Korea’s main ally in the region.

Britain : Music Legend David Bowie has died after losing an 18-month battle with cancer, his son has confirmed.

Britain’s Prime Minister led the tributes to Bowie, who he called a “master of re-invention”.

His death comes days after the release of his first new album in a decade, entitled Black Star.

BANGKOK : Thailand plans to produce about 25 million tonnes of rice in the 2016-2017 crop instead of the normal production output of between 31-32 million tonnes in the last periods, according to the latest report released by the country's Ministry of Commerce.

The decision to cut output is prompted by a huge rice inventory and severe droughts in the country, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Commerce permanent secretary Chutima Boonyaprapat said that the private and farming sectors had

Called to keep Umno out of Sarawak, its Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has responded with his own proposal to also bar opposition parties DAP, PKR and PAS from setting up base in the Borneo state.

Adenan disclosed that he had been urged by opposition lawmakers to approve a motion at the state assembly recently to disallow the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s biggest party from establishing an office in Sarawak, national paper New Sunday Times reported today.

“Since Umno, a political

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said Sarawak will be developed 'the Sarawakian way' without interference from people or quarters from outside the state. Adenan also said he would not bow down to critics who opposed his way of steering the state to greater heights.

Speaking at the launch of this year's Sejiwa, Senada programme here today, Adenan said the fate of Sarawak lies in its own hands.

"Rest assured, the fate of our state is controlled by Sarawakians. Who knows Sarawak better than

PUTRAJAYA : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants civil service administrators and staff to optimise government expenditure rather than resort to austerity measures.

In his address at the first monthly assembly this year for the Prime Minister's Department here, today, he urged the workforce to apply creative thinking and innovation to enhance productivity.

He stressed both processes must be given priority in the government administration to offset external factors that Malaysia has

KUALA LUMPUR: A new year, a new beginning for Malaysia Airlines.

The just-ended year saw the team at newly-formed Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), led by Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller, working at putting the building blocks together as part of the transformation process.

After years of financial hemorrhaging worsened by the double tragedy in 2014, Malaysia Airlines started on a clean slate from Sept 1 last year, with MAB no longer dragged down by the turbulent financial baggage of the

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