JOINT MILITARY DRILLS FOR CHINA, MALAYSIA
CHINA and Malaysia will hold their first joint military exercises next year, the South-east Asian nation's defence minister said yesterday, despite the country's rival claims to the South China Sea.
The announcement by Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is in Beijing to meet Chinese military leaders, follows a visit to Kuala Lumpur earlier this month by Chinese President Xi Jinping, in which the two countries pledged closer ties.
It was not immediately clear how Malaysia's warming defence ties with China would be received in other Asean capitals.
INDIAN BUS-CRASH INFERNO KILLS 44
A SPEEDING bus exploded in a ball of flames after crashing into a central reservation on a southern Indian highway early yesterday, killing 44 passengers who were sleeping.
Only five people in the vehicle escaped the inferno, including the driver and a cleaner who broke windows and fled before the fuel tank exploded, police said.
INDONESIAN COPS FIND SECRET EXOTIC ZOO
INDONESIAN police probing the murder of a young woman at a luxury villa stumbled upon a secret collection of exotic animals, including a cross-breed of a lion and tiger, or liger, officials said yesterday.
Officers made the discovery as they investigated the death of a 23-year-old woman, who allegedly had her throat slit by a maintenance worker at the property south of the capital Jakarta after she refused his sexual advances.