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PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia is considering buying the French multi-role combat aircraft Rafale, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said the possibility of getting the aircraft was discussed with French President Francois Hollande.

“We are looking into the possibilities. We are not ready yet to make a decision but will take note of your (the aircraft) success in several countries,” he said at a joint press conference with Hollande, after they held talks at Perdana Putra.

Malaysia has been looking to replace its combat aircraft and the Rafale reportedly was among the top contenders.

Hollande said the “Rafale is the best jet in its category” and his government would provide all necessary support.

Hollande also pointed out that Malaysia had chosen France to build a submarine force and it quickly got access to build this force.

He also said that Malaysia had purchased the A400M transport plane from France and was the first non-Nato member to acquire the aircraft.

Najib added both leaders also talked about the need to work closely to fight militancy, extremism and global terrorism.

“I shared with President Hollande our experience in Malaysia, some of the challenges

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s official visit to India from this Friday until next Tuesday underlines the strong bilateral relations between the two countries, which have been established for 60 years.

The visit, at the invitation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be Najib’s third to India since assuming office as Prime Minister in 2009.

According to a statement released by the Communications and Public Diplomacy Division, Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, the visit would provide

BANGKOK - A Thai woman who alleged that she was raped by a Malaysian Immigration officer in Malacca has told the Thai Embassy in Malaysia that the incident did not happen.

Thailand's Foreign Ministry said the 32-year-old woman denied that the sexual assault had taken place.

“The Royal Thai Embassy was informed by the woman that there was no sexual assault and no closed-door questioning in a separate room, as recorded in the report,” the ministry said in a statement.

Officers from the embassy

BUTTERWORTH - Heavy rain caused flash floods in several areas around Butterworth on Monday, leaving vehicles stranded along the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE) near here.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said that heavy rain which started at 3pm caused both Sungai Pertama and Sungai Perai to overflow and resulted in flash floods in several areas.

"About 50 houses were flooded between 0.3 meters to 0.6 metres but there was no evacuation as flood

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is ready to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) following the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said the Government was aiming for a high quality FTA with Europe and hoped to conclude the negotiations in the near future.

“Malaysia has received investments from almost every EU economy and European

KOTA KINABALU - An overwhelming military presence in the rugged hilly jungle around a Jolo village forced notorious Abu Sayyaf gunmen to abandon the last three of their five Malaysian hostages.

Intelligence sources believe that the gunmen, led by Abu Rami @Muammar Askali decided to leave the three sailors when the military started closing in on them.

The group has been terrorising the southern Philippines with murders, kidnaps and beheadings including that of Malaysian hostage Bernard Then

PETALING JAYA - International media leaders have penned a letter to United States President Donald Trump signalling their deep concern with the US administration’s persistent attacks on the press.

The letter, sent to the US administration on behalf of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and World Editors Forum (WEF) and signed by more than 40 media chiefs from across the globe, including Star Media Group Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer

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