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/ 21 April 2008

Tight security for Olympic torch in Malaysia

The Olympic torch set off through the Malaysian capital on Monday to rapturous cheers from Chinese supporters and tight security by police keen to avoid the disruption seen on earlier legs. More than 1 000 police and other security forces were deployed on the route from the city centre to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

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/ 17 April 2008

Nigeria named number-one piracy hot spot

An international piracy watchdog on Thursday announced an increase in pirate attacks in global waters and warned seafarers of increasing, violence especially in waters off Nigeria. The London-based International Maritime Bureau (said that worldwide piracy attacks jumped to 49 incidents from January to March this year.

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/ 9 March 2008

Malaysia wakes to new political landscape

Malaysians awoke on Sunday to the biggest sea-change in politics in almost 40 years, with opposition Islamists and reformists winning control of five states and giving the government a wake-up call. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s multiracial National Front coalition won just a simple majority in Parliament, and his future as leader is in doubt.

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/ 2 March 2008

SA fall 12 runs short of the crown

India were on Sunday crowned champions of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia after a thrilling conclusion against South Africa in Kuala Lumpur. Set a revised target of 116 to win from 25 overs after the second innings was reduced because of rain, South Africa needed 26 runs from the remaining two overs.

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/ 19 February 2008

SA fall to India in U19 Cricket World Cup

A devastating spell of swing-bowling by Pradeep Sangwan was too much for South Africa to handle in what had been billed as the big match of Group B, as India beat South Africa by six wickets in their International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup match at the Kinrara Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

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/ 18 February 2008

So far, so good for U19 cricketers

An unbeaten 58 by Rilee Rossouw led South Africa to a three-wicket victory over the West Indies on Monday, while New Zealand defeated Zimbabwe by 98 runs in first-round matches of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Meanwhile, Bangladesh hammered Bermuda by 178 runs while Sri Lanka defeated Nepal by 61 runs.

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/ 5 February 2008

Malaysian burglar caught napping

Malaysian police have arrested a thief who fell asleep after snacking on cookies in the home of his victim and was discovered curled up in bed clutching a stolen purse, a newspaper said on Monday. V Sathya said his nine-year old son was startled to find the intruder sleeping in his bed after the family returned from a shopping trip.

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/ 26 December 2007

Malaysia’s stalling reform threatens investment

Malaysia’s drive to woo investment is losing traction, as efforts to get rid of red tape and inept bureaucrats falter, threatening to put it further behind neighbouring Singapore. A year after the authorities vowed to speed up the business approval process, businessmen are still battling unwieldy procedures and inert government staff.

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/ 22 November 2007

Federer bests Sampras again

World number one Roger Federer defeated retired United States legend Pete Sampras on Thursday for the second straight time in three days at an exhibition match in Kuala Lumpur. Both men held serve to take the first set to a tie-break, with the Swiss maestro inching ahead when Sampras hit a forehand into the net.

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/ 27 September 2007

Burmese take desperate measures to survive

People in Burma were already living on the edge before the government doubled fuel prices, raising the cost of just about everything and shoving many over the precipice. The sudden announcement of fuel price hikes on August 15 became the tipping point of a crisis that had been building for a long time.

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/ 20 August 2007

Police dogs receive medals for outstanding service

Six months after sniffing their way to fame in Malaysia, Labrador crime dogs Lucky and Flo were awarded medals on Monday for "outstanding service" in tracking down pirated discs. The exploits of the canine sleuths, who nosed out about $6-million in illegal merchandise, endeared them to Malaysians and regularly landed them on the front pages in the country.

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/ 18 July 2007

Determined thief steals stolen Porsche from cops

what could have been a scene from car-heist movie <i>Gone In 60 Seconds</i>, a brazen Malaysian Porsche thief has struck again. After crashing the car, worth more than $280&nbsp;000, out of an auto showroom, then abandoning it when fuel ran out, the thief returned with a can of petrol and stole it again — this time from the police, reports said on Wednesday.