Landfill fire forces 400 to evacuate

GEORGE TOWN: Residents staying near the Pulau Burung landfill are being relocated while 10 schools have been ordered to close for the next three days.

Some 400 residents from 86 families living near the landfill were evacuated by the authorities following an unhealthy Air Quality Index reading as a result of the fire that broke out at the landfill last Wednesday.

State police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain assured the residents who had been ordered to evacuate their homes since Sunday not to worry about the safety of their neighbourhood.

Police personnel on duty, including the Motorcycle Patrol Unit as well as the south Seberang Prai district Patrol Car Unit, would conduct regular patrols in the affected areas, he said in a post on the Pen

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KLIA will replace Aerotrain system after over 20 years in service

The Aerotrain system at the KL International Airport (KLIA) will finally be replaced after more than two decades in service.

The Aerotrain, also known as the Automated People Mover (APM), has shuttled more than 300 million passengers between the satellite and main terminal buildings over the years.

It has been in operation since KLIA opened 23 years ago.

Malaysia Airports managing director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said the current Aerotrains are approaching their end-of-life stage and need to be upgraded.

“It is no longer feasible to maintain the current Aerotrains. Old assets are more prone to break down and this will inconvenience passengers,” he said in a statement.

Iskandar added that the current Aerotrains were running o

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Second Syria torture trial opens in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Syrian doctor suspected of crimes against humanity, including torturing prisoners at military hospitals in Syria, goes on trial in Germany on Wednesday in the second such case over alleged state-backed torture in Syria's conflict.

After a landmark German court ruling last week sentencing a Syrian former intelligence officer to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, the trial of the 36-year-old doctor will start at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt am Main.

The defendant, identified as Alaa M. under German privacy laws, is accused of torturing opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while working as a doctor at a military prison and hospitals in Homs and Damascus in 2011 and 2012.

The Assad government d

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Oil price hits 7-yr highs as global unrest stokes supply jitters

NEW YORK: Oil prices on Tuesday climbed to their highest since 2014 as investors worried about global political tensions involving major producers such as the United Arab Emirates and Russia that could exacerbate the already tight supply outlook.

The risk added a premium to prices during the session. Brent crude futures rose US$1.03, or 1.2%, to settle at $87.51 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures ended $1.61, or 1.9%, higher at $85.43 a barrel.

Both benchmarks touched their highest since October 2014, and some OPEC sources

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Moncler says key data on customers safe despite hacking incident

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian luxury down jacket maker Moncler said that key data on its customers was safe following a cyber attack it suffered last year, after some data was released on the dark web on Tuesday.

Updating on a hacking incident that hit the group in December, Moncler said some data obtained from the company had been released on Tuesday after the luxury group rejected a ransom demand.

The stolen data concerned employees, former employees, some suppliers, consultants, business partners and some customers registered on its website.

But Moncler said in a statement that this did not include customers' credit cards or means of payments information. The company said it did not store such information on its systems.

It was not clear specific

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Longhouse saved from fire | The Star

KUCHING: A longhouse in Saratok could have been burnt to ashes had it not been for the quick action of its residents who put out the blaze before firefighters arrived.

Anthony Gasah, one of the residents of Rumah Dennis Nyalamba, said he was outside the longhouse on the evening of Jan 11 when he heard cries for help.

“I could see a lot of smoke inside and outside the longhouse. I immediately directed some of our youngsters to take the fire extinguishers from the longhouse to put out the flames.

“I told them not to save their belongings but to extinguish the fire first because if they were to try to save their things, the fire would spread,” he related.

Anthony was one of seven longhouse residents who received certificates of appreciati

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Airlines scramble to rejig schedules amid US 5G rollout concerns

Major international airlines rushed on Tuesday to rejig or cancel flights to the United States on the eve of a 5G wireless rollout that triggered safety concerns, despite two wireless carriers saying they will delay parts of the deployment.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that potential 5G interference could affect height readings that play a key role in bad-weather landings on some jets and airlines say the Boeing 777 is among models most directly in the spotlight.

Despite an announcement by AT&T and Verizon that they would delay turning on some 5G towers near airports, several airlines still canceled flights. Others said more cancellations were likely unless the FAA issued new formal guidance in the wake of the wireless announce

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U.S. regulators must provide more clarity on crypto rules, says BNY Mellon CFO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators need to provide more clarity on the rules of the road for cryptocurrencies and other digital assets amid ongoing confusion over what activities are allowed, a top banking executive said on Tuesday.

"We're hoping for more clarity around digital assets," Emily Portney, chief financial officer for Bank of New (BNY) York Mellon Corp, the country's tenth largest lender, told Reuters in an interview.

"Frankly, it's a bit confusing about who actually regulates digital assets and especially crypto ... and of course exactly what you can or cannot do," said Portney, speaking after the bank posted a 17% rise in fourth quarter profits.

Portney's comments highlight growing frustration among banking industry executives as U.

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