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French ambassador says Australia ‘childish’ to keep U.S. subs pact secret

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's assertion that it could not inform France of its top-secret talks with the United States and Britain to build nuclear submarines is "childish", the French envoy to Canberra said on Friday.

Australia walked away from a $40 billion deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines last month and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership with those two countries.

The cancellation angered France, which accused Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back by holding talks without informing them.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he did raise concerns with Paris over the tr

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Maybank invests in mRECs to offset carbon emissions

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank has signed a letter of intent with TNBX Sdn Bhd to purchase Malaysia Renewable Energy Certificates (mREC), making it the first local bank to purchase the non-tangible energy commodities to support renewable energy generation.

TNBX, which is a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd, is currently the only provider of mRECs with recognition of certification from the International REC Standard Foundation (I-REC).

In a statement, Maybank said an REC is a tradeable, market-based instrument that is produced for every 1 MWh of renewable energy generation deli

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Samsung Electronics says Q3 profit likely highest in 3 years on rising chip prices

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday said third-quarter operating profit likely rose 28% to its highest in three years, helped by rising memory chip prices and brisk sales of its new foldable smartphones.

The world's largest memory chip and smartphone maker estimated July-September profit at 15.8 trillion won ($13.3 billion), versus a Refinitiv SmartEstimate of 16.1 trillion won.

Revenue likely rose about 9% from the same period a year earlier to a record 73 trillion won, Samsung said in a short preliminary earnings release. It is due to announce detailed earnings later this month.

Rising memory chip prices and shipments, plus a jump in profitability at Samsung's chip contract manufacturing business, likely raised the chip division'

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Continue to follow SOP, urges DG

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are urged to continue following Covid-19 standard operating procedures once they are allowed to travel interstate.

“In the next couple of days, interstate travel restriction will be lifted.

“It’s important to take all precautions like wearing a mask, washing your hands and physical distancing, even for those vaccinated,” said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a tweet yesterday.

State borders are due to reopen after 90% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, 88.8% of the adult population have gotten their full jabs.

Many are expecting the country to hit the threshold by this weekend.

Dr Noor Hisham also asked Malaysians to do periodic saliva RTK-An

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Mauritius reopen tourism despite overwhelmed hospitals and packed cemeteries

Hospitals are overwhelmed, ventilators are hard to find, and there’s no longer enough space at the main cemetery for Covid-19 victims in Mauritius.

Barely two weeks before it flings its doors wide open to international travellers at the start of the peak tourist season, the paradise island nation is struggling with an alarming explosion in coronavirus infections and deaths.

In just two months, cases have jumped over five-fold to more than 12,600 as of last week, by far the largest increase across Africa during this period, according to data compiled by AFP.

Since the pandemic started, Mauritius has recorded 1,005 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, far higher than the continent’s average of 598.

The crisis is now so acute that 74-

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Nadja Ascends To The Supreme Council

What We Do In The Shadows’ Nadja of Antipaxos (Natasia Demetriou) is bound to ascend to the Supreme Council of vampires. A 500-year-old vampire of Romani descent, Nadja had a very disadvantaged life as a human. But in What We Do In The Shadows season 3, Nadja – along with her roommates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Colin (Mark Proksch) – are promoted to become the leaders of the local Vampiric Council.

In the final episode of What We Do In The Shadows season 2, the group is summoned by the Vampiric Council to be executed for killing Baron Afanas (Doug Jones). However, Guillermo

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Asean to benefit from China’s inclusion in CPTPP

KUALA LUMPUR: Asean countries will benefit from China joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), said Nation-Building Institute (Thailand) chairman Prof Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak.

The CPTPP is a free trade agreement (FTA) between 11 countries around the Pacific Rim, namely Mexico, Canada, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam.

On Sept 16, 2021, China formally submitted a request to accede to the CPTPP, which was very much welcomed by Malaysia.

“When China is in both the CPTPP and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), we (Asean) can leverage both blocs, and eventually, we can merge.

“China is a big player, the more they join in (t

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Tesla moving headquarters to Austin, Texas, says CEO Musk

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday that the electric carmaker plans to move its headquarter from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas.

Musk spoke at Tesla's annual shareholders' meeting at its car and battery factory complex in Austin, which is under construction.

(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin, Subrat Patnaik and Bhanvi Satija; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Football: Soccer-Deschamps finds the right formula again for France

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - There were plenty of question marks over Didier Deschamps and his France side after their disappointing Euro 2020 campaign but their performance in a 3-2 comeback win over Belgium in the Nations League semi-finals on Thursday, answered many of them.

This was not the France that went out of the Euros in the last 16 with a penalty shootout defeat by Switzerland, instead there was a verve and confidence about the team that grew throughout the match, despite them falling two goals down in the first half.

France now take on Spain in Sunday's final at the San Siro and while Luis Enrique's young side were hugely impressive in their 2-1 victory over Italy on Wednesday, Deschamps knows his team will offer a sterner test of the Spanish defenc

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