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WASHINGTON, April 5 -- US President Donald Trump said Saturday the country will see "a lot of death" next week because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

"This will probably be the toughest week between this week and next week. And, there will be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death than if this wasn't done," Anadolu Agency quoted him as saying at a White House's COVID-19 task force news conference.

His remarks came as the country's death toll approached 8,200 and diagnosed cases near 305,000. So far, 14,500 people have recovered.

The doctor leading the White House's coronavirus response team, Deborah Birx, presented a model Wednesday for the potential number of deaths from the virus in the US.

It showed between 100,000 and 240,000 could die if the US follows social distancing and public health guidelines. Without any intervention, the model forecasts 1.5 to 2 million deaths.

The US has become the country with the most confirmed coronavirus infections, followed by Spain and Italy with 124,700 and 124,600, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 -- The government expects the country’s economy will need at least six months to recover after the COVID-19 crisis ends, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said the estimated recovery period was reasonable with the support of the right strategies.

“We pray for that, so surely we need to find another strategy to recover,” he said.

He said this to Bernama after appearing as a guest on the ‘Ruang Bicara’ talk show programme

KUALA LUMPUR - Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic) has refuted an allegation on the withdrawal of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Special Action Unit (UTK) officers.

He said the Royal Malaysia Police still maintained the service of the UTK personnel to accompany and protect the former prime minister, including at his home.

"The police still maintain the UTK members for Dr Mahathir," he said when contacted by Bernama here on Sunday (Nov 5) night.

Mohamad Fuzi said this in

KUALA NERUS - The desire of a 73-year-old grandmother to obtain a driving licence came true when she finally passed a driving test organised by the Road Transport Department (RTD) today.

Fatimah Hassan, 73, had taken a driving test on Oct 4 but failed and was determined to retake the test.

"I am so grateful to Allah, words cannot describe my feelings of happiness. It was as if a heavy burden is lifted from my shoulders when RTD announced that I have passed the test.

"Now that I have obtained

GEORGE TOWN - A viral video of an unidentified woman, lamenting how things have changed for the worse in Penang in recent years under DAP, has struck a chord with youths in the state.

Trader Muhammad Yusuf Abdul Ghani, 27, said the video accurately captured local sentiments that the state government had failed to deliver its promises to the people.

Accusing the government of paying lip service, he claimed the DAP-led administration had failed the resolve numerous issues despite helming the

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched two books promoting loyalty in Islamic jurisprudence and rebutting allegations that the country is a failed state.

A simple ceremony was held in the Parliament building by Najib after he chaired the National Moderation Policy Implementation Committee meeting.

The books, published by Institut Wasatiyyah Malaysia, were entitled Fiqh Wala dan Taat: Peranan Dalam Mensejahtera Negara and Malaysia Bukan Negara Gagal.

The first book

KUALA LUMPUR - Visitors to the Malaysian International Halal Showcase (Mihas) 2017 had the rare opportunity to watch a tuna cutting demonstration at Japan Pavillion yesterday.

The event was organised by global logistics company, Nippon Express, the first Japanese logistics company to acquire halal logistics certification from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

The 50kg blue-fin tuna was specially flown to Kuala Lumpur from Uwajima City in Japan for the 14th edition of

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