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Exiled Leader Fights For Xinjang.


THINKING OUT LOUD

A couple of years ago I had set up a wifi system around my house but it was down, I am thinking of making another one and I am going to name it "wifi republic".

I am going to re-organize my blogs too, now I am testing some templates, trying and testing them at this stage. I am trying to fully utilized the latest blogspot editor. Not doubt that they are better with many needs that are taken care of. However the new blogspot editor lack fluidity where we can used different blog templates for different categories of posts or entries.

However I had thought of this new format. Try
anak matlesen to see the new format. The present PERWI is slightly messy as I had attempted to master the new blogspot editor. I think by doing that I had taken extra "memories".

I am still in the learning curve and I may not proceed with the present idea for I have to evaluate either to follow the existing system that blogspot new editor provide or do the necessary such as amending the html on the free template that I had obtained satisfactorily to get a system that I want.



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Yang Berhormat,

Alhamdulillah, dengan izin Allah, saya telah mengikuti isu di sekitar percubaan YB untuk mengenali Islam melalui pembacaan Ayat-Ayat Al-Quran dengan tekun. Saya juga terharu mendengar keluhan YB yang berbunyi “saya berasa amat kesal apabila masyarakat Tionghua yang cuba mengenali Islam dan Al-Quran melalui kitab berkenaan, tiba-tiba dihalang.”[seterusnya]

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Burns urges Russia, China sanctions on Iran

Former US undersecretary of state Nicholas Burns urges Washington to dissuade Russia and China from backing Iran's nuclear program.

Burns, who was the Bush administration's point person on Iran, said all major powers, including Moscow and Beijing, should agree to impose tougher sanctions on Iran, if future negotiations fall.

“This a strong challenge to China and Russia: China is Iran's leading trade partner. Russia has been an important arms supporter. This is undercutting the unity of the UN sanctions,” Burns suggested.

The UN Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions on Iran due to Western allegations that Iran seeks weapons-grade nuclear fuel.[more]

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Bolivia's opposition resists Morales' mandate

While President Evo Morales is on hunger strike, Bolivia's opposition in the Senate refuses to pass a measure allowing the president a second term.

"They must think they can wear me out," Morales told reporters, recalling that in 2004, one year before he was elected president, he went 'more than 18 days' without food after he was expelled from Congress. [more]


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Tindakan Zalim Polis Keatas Adi Anwar

April 11, 2009 - Belumpun reda kes A Kugan yang dibelasah hingga mati dalam lokap polis USJ awal tahun ini, satu lagi kes menggemparkan rakyat mengenai tindakan zalim yang dipercayai dilakukan oleh pihak polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Klang.

Kali ini, Adi Anwar Mansor dibelasah dan dipercayai diberi minum pelarut hingga menyebabkan dia koma dan dimasukkan ke unit rawatan rapi Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang 8 April lalu.[video inside]


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An unexpected ending for Najib in Pattaya

An unexpected ending — that was the description by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the postponement of the 14th Asean Summit and related summits when he walked into the press conference with the Malaysian media here today.

When asked how his day had been, he said: "It has been a frustrating day. I was absolutely prepared to meet them (the other leaders at the summits), I was looking forward to meeting them.

"Unfortunately, that couldn't take place. We were unsure what was going to happen next, so I was in a state of flux," he said.

Najib said he was told of the postponement at about noon.


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Water deal back in Selangor’s hands?

In what would be a dramatic U-turn, the federal government appears ready to hand over the statutory acquisition of water assets in Selangor back to the state government.

Quoting sources, The Edge today reported that Putrajaya has decided to stand by the letter of mandate it issued to Selangor’s investment arm Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) in February 2008, before the state was taken over by Pakatan Rakyat.

The Malaysian Insider understands that no decision has been communicated between the two governments, whether verbally or in black and white, as the change of heart occurred only after Thursday’s Cabinet reshuffle and has not been ratified at the top level.[more]

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So Botox isn’t just a pretty face

No other therapeutic agent “has so many demonstrated uses,” he says.

But some health advocates worry that doctors are widely adopting novel uses for Botox before federal guidance and rigorous clinical studies have established safe and effective dosages for the new treatments.

“It’s trial and error with a nerve poison,” says Dr Sidney M. Wolfe, the director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. Last year, the group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to require a warning label for injectable toxins.

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin, a nerve poison produced by the bacteria that cause botulism, a disease that paralyses muscles and can be fatal. Injections of Botox act like minuscule poison darts that temporarily blunt chemical nerve signals to certain muscles or glands, reducing their activity.[more]

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Fairus' successor to be announced Wednesday

The name of the new deputy chief minister (I) will be announced on Wednesday, said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said he was still waiting for feedback from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as to who should be appointed to the position.

He said that although he had been vested with the power to appoint his deputy, in the spirit of comradeship, he had asked Anwar to nominate a candidate to fill the post.[more]


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RPK - Innocent until proven guilty? Or the other way around?

I would not have allowed Ibrahim Ali to contest that seat if it was left up to me to decide. And the reason is simple. Ibrahim Ali has a very unstable and inconsistent track record. I would therefore place him way at the top of my list of ‘suspects’. In short, I would pronounce him guilty until proven innocent.

I know this goes against the very grain of justice. One should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Yes, that would be so if that were in a court of law involving a criminal case. But when it involves public office, and involves public funds putting you and keeping you in office, then we have to use the basis of guilty until proven innocent.[more]

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A rollback by Obama & ACTA

April 11, 2009 - Secret war on sharing! Obama embarked on policy laundering - copy write used to be a civil matter - now, Obama wants to criminalized it! This is digital rape! Will the world under the leadership of Obama be overtaken by surveillance.

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US budget deficit hits one trillion dollars

The US budget deficit hits almost one trillion dollars in the first half of the current fiscal year, according to figures released by the Treasury.

The deficit for the first six months of the fiscal year which began on October 1 was 956.80 billion dollars, said the Treasury's monthly statement of receipts and outlays. [more]


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After the G20: America, Obama, the world

A smooth London summit and European tour allow the global problems Barack Obama faces to be seen in their true scale, says Godfrey Hodgson.

It is too soon to say whether the Group of Twenty summit in London on 2 April 2009 has brought closer the world economic crisis closer to an end. The effect of the unimaginably vast sums of money (or at least figures) that were declared available to lubricate a blocked credit system will be an early sign. No one knows too whether the plan of United States treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, to clear up the vast toxic assets remaining in the system will work. The potential for further damage is ever-present.[more]

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Sivakumar remains Umno’s stumbling block

On Thursday the Federal Court declared that the three independent Perak state assemblymen have not resigned and remain as state assemblymen. A five-man panel, in an unanimous decision, made this declaration after it ruled that the Election Commission has the right to decide the status of the three state seats.

The three — Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang), Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering) — had applied to the Federal Court for an interpretation of points of law in the Perak Constitution with regard to vacancies of state seats and whether it was the EC or the Speaker of the Perak legislature who had the final say in determining the vacancy of a state seat.

Court of Appeal president Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, who chaired the panel, said the EC was the rightful entity to establish if a seat in the Perak State Assembly was vacant.[more]

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Daim to make comeback?

One of the most powerful figures of the Mahathir era could re-emerge as an economic advisor to the government.

Tun Daim Zainuddin, respected for his decisiveness and deal-making skills and reviled by critics of the Mahathir regime, is being touted to the Najib administration as a man with the perfect combination of experience and skill sets for the Council of Economic Advisors.

The Malaysian Insider has learnt that supporters of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have been lobbying for the former finance minister’s inclusion into the council.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak this week announced the setting up of a council of economic advisors. Members of the council will enjoy ministerial powers.[more]

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Sayyed Nasrallah Denies Claims, Rejects Enmity with Any Arab State


Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denied on Friday the Egyptian aggressive claims against the Resistance party, stressing that his party has no intentions or plans at all to destabilize the Egyptian security.

Speaking through a TV screen, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah has no intention to be enemy with any Arab system or with any other state, confirming that Hezbollah's sole enemy was represented through the Zionist entity. His eminence expressed regret over the attempts of some Arabs to present Hezbollah as Al-Qaeda, confirming that Hezbollah does not have extensions abroad and is not involved in any conflict in other Arab countries.[more]

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Winds of change in PAS too?

He was among the young Turks in PAS who had pushed hard for Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin to be the candidate in Bukit Gantang over a well-known ulama figure from the area.

Nizar, they had argued, would be more representative of the referendum they wanted on Perak politics.

But the former Mentri Besar’s win is not only about Pakatan Rakyat’s claim on Perak; it also has bearing on the PAS elections in June.

Major contests are shaping up for the party polls which will take place at the party muktamar from June 5 to 7.[more]

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Najib clarifies Khairy’s role

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar had stated his willingness to concentrate on party activities although he was not given a Cabinet post.

"He understands his situation and it's not a problem for him," said Najib when asked about comments by some quarters that the Umno Youth chief should be given a role in the Cabinet.[more]


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Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan boost regional coop

Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan will pursue a common vision for regional peace, says a statement after a trilateral ministerial meeting.

The agreement was made after the meeting between Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, the Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Kabir Farahi, and Pakistan's Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir, in Islamabad on Friday, a Press TV correspondent reported.[more]

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Muslim Brotherhood: Egyptian Claims against Hezbollah Fabricated


The Egyptian aggressive claims against Hezbollah continue to trigger furious reactions here and there…

Indeed, while Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is scheduled to declare his party's official stance over the claims during a speech to be delivered Friday night, the refutation of Egypt's accusations came from its own ground putting these claims as part of a campaign against the Resistance party over its objection to the Egyptian regime's behavior during the Israeli aggression against Gaza.[more]

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German FM Wants US Nuclear Arms out of Country


German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wants the remaining US nuclear weapons in his country to be removed as they are obsolete, a magazine reported Friday.

According to the issue of Der Speigel due to go on sale Monday the weapons are "militarily obsolete" and "should be withdrawn from Germany" in the view of Steinmeier, a Social Democrat minister in the ruling coalition. "The withdrawal of this kind of weapon should be a theme at the forthcoming disarmament conference proposed by the United States," the magazine quotes Steinmeier as saying. [ more ]

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Taliban nearing Pakistan capital

The Taliban in Pakistan have moved deeper into areas near the capital Islamabad after they established their rule in the restive Swat valley.

About 20 vehicles carrying defiant militants entered Buner district, some 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad on Monday.

The local officials confirmed on Wednesday that the insurgents were moving into the town, clashing with police in some parts of the district.

Several people were reported to have been killed in the battles after the security forces backed by local militia tried to confront the militants in the region.[more]

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'Saniora's Decision to Run Was Made in US to Create Tension'


Former Member of Parliament Nasser Qandil said that Prime Minister Fouad Saniora's decision to run for the legislature in June ends the Doha agreement, adding that the decision to run was "made in America to create tensions in the city."

In a press conference on Friday, Qandil said that "Saniora's nomination ends the Doha agreement, for the prime minister is supposed to be neutral." He called for forming a new cabinet with a neutral prime minister that would oversee the June parliamentary elections.[more]

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Najib is now the Caliph

Today, Malaysia has a new successor, a new Caliph, and that successor is called Najib Razak. And he must rule this community called Malaysia by the same standards set by the first successor to Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakar.

Najib is not King. Neither is he Emperor. He is a mere successor, successor to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. And he must rule this community called Malaysia as any successor or caliph since the time of Abu Bakar should.

A religious person would certainly believe, and would never dare deny, that a community leader, by whatever name you wish to call him or her, is chosen by God. God decides everything. In Islam this belief is even stronger. Innalillah hainaillahi raajiun. From God we came, and to God we shall return. [ more ]

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Focus on Gaza - The Spin Battle

April 10, 2009 - This week we will discuss a controversial cartoon published in America and visit an Israeli family of reservists to find out how they feel about their countrys public relations war. We also met with Gerry Adams who spoke to us about his feelings on the impact of media bias in conflict.
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GOLD VS DOLLAR

April 04, 2008 - The value of the dollar is dropping like a rock and this video is to show how this is affecting the prices of everything from gas to milk. This is the first of several videos to show what is really happening to the ecomy of the United States and why this country is in a lot of trouble financially.
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Azilah appeals against conviction in Altantuya murder

Chief Insp Azilah Hadri who was sentenced to death yesterday for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu filed his appeal today.

The notice of appeal against conviction and sentence was filed by his counsel, J. Kuldeep Kumar.

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Dr M unwanted, says Zaid

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had no effect on the April 7 by-elections and this shows that people do not want him anymore, says Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

The former law minister, who has had a running feud with the former prime minister since his move last year to compensate judges sacked by Dr Mahathir in the 1987 judicial crisis, said this in an interview on the “Fairly Current Show” [video below], a short programme that aired on the Internet yesterday.[more]


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Kelantan DAP wants Ibrahim Ali to quit Pasir Mas

Kelantan DAP has supported the call by Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that Pasir Mas member of parliament (MP) Datuk Ibrahim Ali resign so that a by-election could be held.

Its pro-tem committee secretary Sew Kok Beng said this was in line with the voters’ wish that the constituency be represented by a credible leader.

“Ibrahim should resign as Pasir Mas MP because he won on a Pas ticket,” he said when commenting on a suggestion by the Pas spiritual leader that voters in Pasir Mas should be given the chance to pick a new leader.[more]


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Defiant Iran opens nuclear fuel facility

April 09, 2009 - Iran's president has inaugurated the country's first nuclear fuel production plant in Isfahan.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked Iran's National Nuclear Day with a speech, saying his country is open to talks based on "justice and respect".

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports.[ video inside ]


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Ibrahim Ali wants Umno to 'propose'

Pasir Mas Member of Parliament Datuk Ibrahim Ali said today he was not in a hurry to apply to join Umno and instead would wait for the party to make the first move.

“I will not propose to Umno, but I will think about it if Umno proposes to me. I have no idea when that is going to happen,” he said when asked to comment whether he wanted to remain as the sole independent MP or return to Umno.

Ibrahim, whose Umno membership has been suspended for life, said that he would think about it carefully should Umno want him back in the party.[more]



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Iraqi shoe-thrower's prison sentence reduced

The Iraqi journalist who was originally sentenced to three years imprisonmant for throwing a shoe at George W. Bush will spend only one year in jail.

Muntadher al-Zaidi's lawyer said on Tuesday that an appeal court had reduced his client's jail term to one year, after a Baghdad court on March 12 convicted al-Zaidi of assault.[more]

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RPK - The case of the virgin prostitute

Malays, meaning Muslims, must first comprehend that there is no such thing as detention without trial. Islam just does not allow for this. And as long as they continue to argue that Malaysia still needs the Internal Security Act, then they have deviated from Islam and have violated Islamic teachings. You just can’t sing about Islam and in the same breath sing about things that violate Islam. It is like claiming you are a virgin prostitute. A virgin can’t possibly be a prostitute and a prostitute can’t be a virgin if she is a prostitute.

We do not need the Internal Security Act to be reformed. It is like saying we shall now slaughter pigs and sell the meat as halal pork. Pork can never be halal even if the pigs are slaughtered by Muslims wearing white skullcaps who utter bismillah as the knife touches the jugular vein. Pork is haram, full stop, in spite of reforming the way the pig is slaughtered. And so will the Internal Security Act be haram in the eyes of Islam in spite of amending the manner and circumstances in how a police officer can detain a Malaysian without trial.

As long as Muslims make a mockery of Islam and show no respect to the teachings of Islam, that will be how long non-Muslims will look down on Islam and consider the religion a total joke. And this is not the fault of the non-Muslims. This is the fault of the Muslims. When you run naked on the street and have sexual intercourse on a park bench, can you fault the passer-by for thinking you may be not quite right in the brain?[ more ]

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KJ launches new Youth unit

April 10, 2009 - Newly minted Umno Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin showing no signs of feeling slighted for not being given a cabinet position, launched a unit of the wing called 'Gerak Khas' to reach out to young urban Malays.

Khairly said that the March 08 elections showed that young urban Malays had abandoned the party and he has been tasked by prime minister Najib Razak to bring back this young into the Umno fold by the next general election.


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Mahathir-Najib Cabinet, Losers but Cronies are Welcome

The much-awaited new cabinet (no, it’s not kitchen cabinet) list is out and everybody is talking about it or rather digesting the difference compared with the previous one. In the process the Altantuya murder case which came to an end after the death sentence was delivered for both killers, never mind they have no freaking motive for doing so, was almost ignored. Many people also may have given an interesting advertisement a miss – Berjaya Corporation Berhad’s (KLSE: BJCORP, stock-code 3395) boss Vincent Tan started sucking PM’s wife by splashing a full-page declaring her as the “First Lady of Charity” *more contracts for this guy please*. I can’t remember the tycoon did the same to former premier Abdullah Badawi.[ more ]

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Najib's cabinet gets a mixed response

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's cabinet line-up received mixed response from political opponents to the business community but all agreed that Malaysia has only a small window of opportunity to transform itself in the current global economic slump.

There were high expectations that the new Prime Minister will radically overhaul the cabinet and cut it down in size as part of his reform agenda of "People First, Performance Now" but political accomodation ensured just a slightly trimmer administration.

Some who lost in Election 2008 or in the recent Umno party polls still made it to the front bench.

"It's not to my expectations," said Professor Agus Yussoff, who lectures in political science at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.[more]


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Iraqis hold 'anti-occupation' rally

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets, on the 6th anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country, calling for a complete US troop pullout.

The demonstrations held on Thursday also marked the fall of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime.

The protesters, including Iraqi officials and lawmakers, demanded immediate withdrawal of 'the occupier forces' from the oil-rich country and the release of innocent Iraqis held by US forces.[ more ]

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India's sold children

April 09, 2009 - For some families living in extreme poverty, children are seen as a commodity. Some are kidnapped, and there are syndicates that will sell the children elsewhere in other parts of the world.In this edition of 101 East, we look at how trafficking, adoption and surrogacy affect India's struggling families

[ video inside ]


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Political turmoil continues in Thailand

The current anti-government protests in Thailand are the latest development after years of political instability.

Al Jazeera's Azhar Sukri looks back at the turmoil of the last three years.

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Grading Najib's Cabinet

The Malaysian Insider gives its view on the Cabinet.

• Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister and Finance Minister - He was always going to be in charge of the finance portfolio, with the turning around of the slowing Malaysian economy and finding new growth engines being his main KPIs.

Also, even since Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused Anwar Ibrahim of empire building as finance minister, it appears that no prime minister wants to outsource this important portfolio.

Senior civil servants say that Najib is more decisive than Abdullah and is likely to crack the whip harder to get the powerful civil servants at MOF to implement projects at a faster pace.[more]

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Flu shot ingredients


Do you want to know what are the shots made of?

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No big changes in Najib’s Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced his Cabinet of 28 ministers today, with many faces retained and Sabah emerging big winners with four members given senior portfolios.

But despite the expectations otherwise, there were only a sprinkling of new faces with many members of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s team retaining their jobs albeit with different ministries.

The Cabinet was also marginally trimmed down even though a leaner Cabinet was expected.

Among the ministers dropped were Datuk Azalina Aziz, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Tan Sri Amirsham Aziz, Datuk Ong Ka Chuan and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, newly elected as Umno deputy president, was made deputy prime minister.[more]

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Powers Invite Iran to Nuclear Talks, US to Play Full Role


World powers urged Iran to take the opportunity to engage in talks with the US as a move to find a diplomatic solution to its nuclear issue.

In a statement released on Wednesday after a meeting in London, the US, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain said they would ask EU Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, to invite Tehran to a meeting to find "a diplomatic solution to this critical issue".

The statement by the major world powers came as US President Barack Obama declared that Washington would participate in future talks on Iran's nuclear program.[more]

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Election violence claims 5 in Indonesia

Police inspect a suspected bomb outside the police station in Abepura in eastern Papua province on April 9, 2009.


Separate incidents have claimed five lives across Indonesia's eastern Papua province as ballots opened in the country's third general elections since 1998.

The politically tense province has a decades-long history of separatism and police were on high alert on Wednesday in wake of calls for a boycott of the polls and demonstrations.[ more ]

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Is he going to war?


April 09, 2009 - While media plays up program cuts, total defense budget surpasses Bush by $20B

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GAZA: Behind the scenes

Following the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza and southern Israel on December 27, 2008 and then Israel's ground invasion of Gaza on Jan 3, Amnesty International delegates traveled to the region on Jan 8th. There, they began to research allegations of war crimes and others serious violations of international law by Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups.

This video is about the preliminary findings of our fact-finding team in Gaza.

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United States Delivers Massive New Weapons Shipment to Israel, Confirmed by Pentagon, Says Amnesty International

Amnesty International - Press Release

(New York) -- Amnesty International today revealed that the United States has sent a massive new shipment of arms to Israel -- about 14,000 tons worth -- despite evidence that U.S. weapons were misused against civilians in the Gaza attacks. The unloading of the shipment in Israel was confirmed by the Pentagon. The human rights organization called on President Obama to suspend future arms shipments to Israel until there is no longer substantial risk of human rights violations.

Amnesty International said the Wehr Elbe, a German cargo ship, which was chartered and controlled by the U.S Military Sealift Command, docked and unloaded its cargo on March 22 at the Israeli port of Ashdod, about 25 miles north of Gaza.

The Pentagon confirmed the successful unloading of the ship, which left the United States for Israel last December 20, a week before the start of Israel's attacks on Gaza. Reportedly, the ship carried 989 containers of munitions, each of them 20 feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tons.[more]

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Egypt holds dozens over Gaza support

Egyptian security agents have arrested about 50 people over alleged links to the Palestinian movement of Hamas.

Lawyer Montasser al-Zayat said a group of Egyptians, Lebanese and Palestinians are being held and interrogated by the police on suspicion of having connections with and assisting Hamas -- the democratically elected government of the Gaza Strip.

Zayat noted that state security prosecutors had begun interrogating the men on Saturday, and that he had been denied access to his clients.[more]

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Algerians divided over upcoming elections

April 08, 2009 - Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria's president, has received huge public support in Algeria as he runs for a third term as president, but his opponents say the elections will be a sham.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reports on Algeria's upcoming elections and the man who appears likely to win them.[ video inside ]


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Cops to hang for Altantuya murder

Policemen Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were today sentenced to death by the High Court for murdering Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, ending one of the longest trials in Malaysian history.

Azilah, 33, and Sirul, 37, were found guilty of killing Altantuya, 28, and then blowing up her body in a jungle clearing at nearby Bukit Raja between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006 and 1am the next day.[more]

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Size matters, sometimes

Don’t get too excited. Political news may rule the day but change has yet to stamp its mark. With the new prime minister, hope is once again resurrected.

But even with promises of change, it may not mean the reform that the majority of Malaysians are hoping for. We’ve all heard it before — new leader, new promises, striving to be one true community, unity and so on.

Fine ideals but many of us have been disappointed before; more than once. I just think that more time is needed for positive changes. We’re still bogged down by the baggage of the past.[ more ]

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Political turmoil continues in Thailand

The current anti-government protests in Thailand are the latest development after years of political instability.

Al Jazeera's Azhar Sukri looks back at the turmoil of the last three years.[video inside]
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We know nothing but that she is dead

There are some fixed rules and guidelines in life. For example, gravity always wins, faster-than-light travel is impossible, and politicians are, by and large, economical with the truth.

On the other hand, there are some things which are a little fuzzier. Some people think that magnetic bracelets can cure hypertension, djinns invade bodies and turn some women into lesbians, and it's okay to call someone a murderer without proof.

For the last fuzzy point, the MP for Puchong was the most high-profile person to accuse the MP for Pekan of the act, specifically in relation to the unfortunate death of a Russian-speaking lady. He's not the only one, nor was he the first to cast aspersions on Pekan's character.[more]

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