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Ayer Rajah Expressway (Photo: Land Transport Authority)

Could realigned AYE segment be moved underground?

One transport expert believes doing so would free up the land for better planning, especially if the area will become home to the future Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail station. 

Britain says will not work with Assad to combat IS

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to combat Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country and his permission would not be needed for any military intervention, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday (Aug 22).


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Family members of Malaysia Airlines flight attendant Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh, one of those who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine, grieve during a burial ceremony in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on Aug 22, 2014. (AFP/MOHD RASFAN)

Malaysia falls silent in honour of returning MH17 dead

A grieving Malaysia stood still in a minute of silence from 10.54am on Friday (Aug 22) as a mark of respect as the remains of 20 of 43 Malaysians killed in an air tragedy over Ukraine in July arrived home.





Shiite Muslim fighters from the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) hold a position on the Jurf al-Sakhr front line, the scene of heavy fighting against advancing Jihadist militants and fighters of the Islamic State (IS), south of the capital Baghdad. (AFP/Ali Al-Saadi)

Iraq forces battle militants as US warns on jihadist threat

Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad on Friday (Aug 22), as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was "beyond anything" it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed.



Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

US jobs market 'has yet to fully recover': Yellen

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday (Aug 22) that the US jobs market has not yet fully recovered, but acknowledged that data is sending mixed signals, spurring debate over inflationary pressures.



Posters promoting the 2014 Incheon Asian Games are seen at a subway station in Seoul. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Asian Games: New talks set as North Korea slashes delegation

North Korea will hold new talks with South Korea about taking part in the Incheon Asian Games after slashing the size of its delegation, a government official said on Friday (Aug 22).





File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Facebook awards 'Internet Defence Prize'

US$50,000 Internet Defence Prize awarded to German researchers Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany for coming up with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications.



A Liberian soldier watches as policemen deploy in Monrovia's West Point slum as part of quarantine measures to contain the spread of Ebola. (AFP/Zoom Dosso)

Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

Study links antibiotic to heart death risk

Danish researchers reported a link on Wednesday (Aug 20) between a commonly-used antibiotic and a "significantly" higher risk of heart deaths, while observers urged caution in interpreting the results.



Photo from @incident_alert on Twitter shows the koala, which was revived after it received CPR.

Lucky koala Sir Chompsalot gets kiss of life

A lucky koala was recovering on Friday (Aug 22) after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious from a tree before being given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.