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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 trafficking in persons.

The signing of ACTIP was held in conjunction with the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits under Malaysia's 2015 chairmanship of the regional grouping.

Najib then handed over the signed convention document to ASEAN secretary-general Le Luong Minh.

ACTIP's objectives among others are to effectively prevent and combat trafficking in persons, especially women and children; protect and assist human trafficking victims with full respect for their human rights; and promote cooperation among the relevant parties.

Recognising the urgency to address human trafficking in the region, the ASEAN leaders during the 18th ASEAN Summit in Indonesia, 2011, tasked the Ministers in

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

PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today instructed the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to take action against individuals who insult the religion, even though they are abroad.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said freedom of speech or a world without borders cannot be used as the basis of innovation, to the extent of tearing up pages of the Quran and using them as toilet paper.

"This is a total insult and very unbecoming

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

MANILA - The ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which represents 40 per cent of the world's Gross Domestic Product, is gaining more momentum with at least five more countries keen to join the United States-led pact.

Ever since the completion and publication of the trade pact's text the "noise" over it has died down quiet a bit, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

"More people have better understanding of the trade pact now, including in Malaysia

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