KL based Salihin gets CIBAFI Accreditation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 29 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Salihin Shariah Advisory (Salihin) has become an accredited agent of the General Council for Islamic Banks and Institution (CIBAFI) to promote its professional certifications and training programmes in Malaysia. In the pix are L to R: Founder and Managing Partner of Salihin, Salihin Abang with the Sec Gen of CIBAFI, Abdelilah Belatik. Salihin CEO D... Read More

Powerful tornado hits Cuba 3 dead, 172 injured

Havana, Cuba, Jan 29 - People survey the damage left behind by a tornado in Havana, Cuba on Monday. Three people are dead and more than 172 injured after a rare tornado ripped through Cuba's capital, Havana. With wind speeds of up to 100km/h (60mph), the first tornado to hit the city in decades uprooted trees and cut power. Photo courtesy of Acn.cu. ... Read More

AirAsia unveils AI chatbot

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan 29 - (From left) AirAsia head of Innovation & Product Transformation Kenneth Andersson; AirAsia group head of Software Engineering Elias Vafiadis; AirAsia chief customer happiness officer Adam Geneave; AirAsia deputy group CEO (Digital, Transformation & Corporate Services) Aireen Omar; and AirAsia chief product officer Nikunj Shantion y. Low- cos carrier AirAsia unv... Read More

Leave Venezuela in peace to decide its future

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan 28 - The charge d'Affaires of Venezuela for Malaysia and Thailand, Morella Barreto Lopez says the US has been asked to leave Venezuela alone to decide its fate. Speaking to Bernama Monday, she said her country made its first ever appeal on the country's situation at the United Nation Security Council (UNSC). Photo courtesy of Bernama. ... Read More

At least 15 killed, 30 injured after hotel collapse in Peru

Apurimac, Peru, Jan 28 - Rescuers working at the site where the wall and roof of a hotel collapsed during a wedding ceremony in the Tamburco district, Abancay province of the department of Apurimac, southern Peru. At least 15 people were killed and 30 others injured after the wall and roof of a hotel collapsed in southern Peruvian department of Apurimac, the Indeci said on Sunday. The official sai... Read More

Brazil dam collapse: Search for survivors resumes as death toll reaches 58

Brumadinho, Brazil, Jan 28 - People look over a road buried in mining waste a day after the collapse of a dam belonging to Brazil's mining company Vale, in Brumadinho, Brazil. Brazilian rescuers were searching for some 300 missing people after a tailings dam burst on Friday at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA, the second major dam disaster involving the company in just over three years. No-one w... Read More

At least 27 dead in twin bombings near cathedral in Philippines

Sulu, Philippines, Jan 27 - Debris inside a Catholic Church where two bombs exploded in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao. At least 27 people were killed as two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said, just days after a regional vote for a new Muslim autonomous region. The first blast occurred inside ... Read More

Republic Day in India

New Delhi, India, Jan 26 - Tableaus on display at Rajpath during 70th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. India celebrates its Republic Day on the 26th of January. The Constitution of India, which made the country a Sovereign, Democratic, Republic was formally adopted on January 26, 1950.Photo courtesy PTI Photo ... Read More

UN chief appeals for dialogue to stop Venezuela's political crisis

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 25 - A motorcyclist passed charred remains of a government bus in Caracas on Thursday, a day after they were torched during protests. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday appealed for dialogue to stop Venezuela's political crisis spiralling out of control after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. Photo courtesy of Andina ... Read More

Japan's top diplomat Taro Kono meets South Korean counterpart amid widening rift over 'provocative' SDF flights

Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Davos, Switzerland. The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea exposed a deepening rift between the two countries despite agreeing on the need to maintain close communication, as Seoul made fresh accusations over allegedly provocative flights by the Self-Defense Forces. Photo courtesy of KYODO ... Read More

Felix Tshisekedi sworn in as DR Congo president

Kinshasa, Congo, Jan 25 - New Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi appears at his inauguration ceremony at the Palais de Nation in Kinshasa, The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was sworn in Thursday as the country's new president -- succeeding longtime head Joseph Kabila. The Congolese Constitutional Court declared Ts... Read More

Death toll from Mexico pipeline blast stands at 100

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 25 - Forensic experts register the area after the explosion of a clandestine outlet in a Pemex pipeline, in Tlahuililpan, Hidalgo. The number of fatalities in Mexico's tragic pipeline explosion has climbed to 100, the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) said. The death toll climbed after four of the injured in Friday's blast in the central Mexican town of Tlahuelilpa... Read More

Chinese clones five monkeys from gene-edited macaque

Shanghai, China, Jan 25 - Monkeys cloned from a gene-edited macaque with circadian rhythm disorders are seen at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China. China has cloned the first five monkeys from a gene-edited male macaque that has circadian rhythm disorders, which can help discover methods to treat mental diseases such as depression. Photo courtesy of Institute of Neuroscience of ... Read More

Parachicos celebration in Mexico

Chiapas, Mexico, Jan 25 - Parachicos, traditional dancers from Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, perform in the streets every January to honour local patron saints. People in Chiapa de Corzo, in Chiapas state, southern Mexico dance as "Parachicos" on Thursday. The "Parachicos" is a celebration with pre-Hispanic origins. Photo courtesy of Omar Torres ... Read More

A new West Bank highway opens with a wall segregating Israeli and Palestinian traffic

ANATA, Palestinian Territories, Jan 24 -- Vehicles drive on the newly opened Route 4370 Israeli highway near the Palestinian town of Anata. Israel opened the controversial new West Bank highway on Thursday that features a large concrete wall segregating Israeli and Palestinian traffic. Critics have dubbed the road as an "Apartheid Highway", saying it is part of a planned segregated road system tha... Read More

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ASIA
NEXT ROUND OF AFGHANISTAN TALKS TENTATIVELY SET FOR FEB 25

DOHA, Jan 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Another round of peace talks between Afghanistan’s Taliban and the United States is tentatively set for Feb. 25, a Qatari foreign ministry official said.

A draft pact was reached to potentially end the United States’ longest war during an earlier talks held here.

MIDDLE EAST
SYRIA AND IRAN SIGN 'STRATEGIC' ECONOMIC AGREEMENT

DAMASCUS, Jan 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Syria and Iran signed 11 agreements and memoranda of understanding late Monday, including a "long-term strategic economic cooperation" deal aimed at strengthening cooperation between Damascus ...

AFRICA
NIGERIA REJECTS FOREIGN 'MEDDLING' OVER CHIEF JUSTICE SUSPENSION

LAGOS, Jan 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- The Nigerian government said it would not accept any foreign “meddling” after the European Union, United States and Britain raised concerns over last week’s ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
US SANCTIONS VENEZUELA'S STATE OIL COMPANY IN COORDINATED EFFORT WITH OPPOSITION LEADER

WASHINGTON. Jan 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- The United States announced sanctions on Monday against Venezuela's state oil company in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled President ...

EUROPE
BRITISH MPs TO VOTE ON MOVES WRESTING CONTROL OF BREXIT

LONDON, Jan 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- British lawmakers will vote on Tuesday on whether to try to take control of the Brexit process in a series of crunch votes that threaten ...