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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and Russia have cemented an agreement to set up a Joint Malaysia-Russia Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (ESTC).

The ESTC agreement provides for a bilateral mechanism to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

Russian Economic Development First Deputy Minister Elexei Likhachev signed the agreement on behalf of Russia, while Malaysia was represented by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev witnessed the signing ceremony early Sunday on the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN summit and Related Summits here.

Earlier, both leaders held a closed-door bilateral meeting, which lasted nearly 30 minutes, on matters of mutual interest.

Prior to that, Malaysia hosted a gala dinner, honouring the presence of top ASEAN leaders and international leaders from the US, Russia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia.

Medvedev, who is on a three-day visit to Malaysia, arrived in the capital Saturday.

Malaysia and Russia have been pushing for the realisation of the ESTC agreement since Anifah's working visit

KUALA LUMPUR - The establishment of the ASEAN Community by year-end will not only benefit its people but propel the region to be a more developed and integrated bloc, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

To realise the vision, various plans had been undertaken throughout this year to steer ASEAN's peoples to together uphold the advocacy of creating a truly people-centred ASEAN, he said.

"ASEAN will be a more powerful vehicle for the realisation of our peoples'

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and the United States have agreed to make Malaysia a counter-messaging centre to fight violent extremism.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when disclosing this after bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama in Malaysia's capital Friday said that they held similar positions in terms of combating violent extremism and both agreed to work closely to make the Southeast Asian region safer.

Najib pointed out that Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: France has given its assurance on the safety of Malaysian students in the country, but has urged them to be vigilant following last Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.           

French Ambassador to Malaysia Christopher Penot said that French security forces had been placed on full alert to ensure the safety of people in France.

"We are trying to prevent further attacks and we are doing our best to ensure the security of everyone in France, including tourists and

KUALA LUMPUR- The 10 leaders of ASEAN cemented a key convention in the Malaysian capital Saturday to demostrate their commitment in protecting victims of trafficking and combating trafficking in persons in the region.

The signing ceremony of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), was led by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The convention establishes a legal framework for the region to effectively address the issue of

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has proposed several steps to be implemented once the Asean Community is launched.

For a start, Najib said the Asean business travel card can be implemented.

"At the airports, where there is Asean lane, it is a feeling you have as a member of Asean. It means something.

"If Apec can do it, why can't Asean, " he said at the Asean Business and Investment Summit here.

The Prime Minister said some of the doable steps can be the next journey

KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of RM2.6 billion donation deposited into prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's account is not related to investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin today.

The PAC chairman stressed that the public must be clearly informed of the difference, he said.

"You must understand that 1MDB and RM2.6 billion are entirely different subjects. 1MDB has nothing to do with the RM2.6 billion...let the

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