‘It is a nightmare’: Parents of Pakistani exchange student killed in Texas prepare for her funeral

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral Sunday in Texas of Sabika Sheikh, the young Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting Friday at a Texas high school, organisers told AFP.
The sombre ceremony is to take place at an Islamic centre in the Texas town of Stafford, not far from Santa Fe High School, where the shooting took place, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston said in a statement. 
Girl turned down Texas teen – ‘so he killed her and 9 others…

Malaysia’s Najib seeks police protection, visits hometown, claims he’s a scapegoat

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, his spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the ex-leader complained about the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption.
Having ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years, Najib – and his wife, Rosmah Mansor – have been barred from leaving the country after his coalition’s defeat in an election on May 9. The new government led by his mentor-turned-foe,…

Key ally of Narendra Modi quits as leader of Indian state after two days in the job due to lack of support

The chief minister of a key Indian state plunged into a political crisis that saw Supreme Court hearings and accusations of bribery quit on Saturday after admitting he did not have enough support to form a government.
B.S. Yeddyurappa of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stepped down after just two days in the post and minutes before he was to have faced a vote of confidence in the Karnataka state assembly.
His move ended a week of mounting acrimony between Prime Minister…

Malaysians celebrate the downfall of Rosmah Mansor, the big-spending, reviled wife of ousted PM Najib Razak

Malaysia’s unpopular former first lady on Saturday lamented the “trying times” since her husband Najib Razak’s ouster from power, in a plea for public sympathy just a day after police seized a huge trove of cash, jewels and designer handbags linked to the couple.
Rosmah Mansor, who is widely reviled for her reported luxurious tastes and tone-deaf attitude towards the struggles of ordinary Malaysians, issued a statement lashing out at the police raids, complaining that…

Despite claim by acupuncture specialists, it does not improve IVF live birth rates, new study says

One of the most popular wellness services at fertility clinics is acupuncture, a traditional Chinese treatment that involves placing sterile needles at various points on the body to manipulate the “chi”, or energy flow – but a new study suggests that its usefulness is limited.
Acupuncture practitioners say the procedure may increase blood flow in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), which may increase the chances of an embryo that has been fertilised in a…

New owner of Phnom Penh Post denies Cambodian government launched crackdown on independent press

The new Malaysian owner of one of Cambodia’s major newspapers has brushed off suggestions of a far-reaching media crackdown and vehemently denied links to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for 33 years, as concerns about the country’s press freedom deepen.
In a fiery press conference in the capital Phnom Penh on Friday, Malaysian businessman Siva Kumar Ganapathy blasted former Phnom Penh Post journalists as “careless, malicious and defamatory” in their reporting of…

Donald Trump says North Korea could have been ‘influenced’ by Xi Jinping to turn on US ahead of talks with Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Chinese President Xi Jinping “could be influencing” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after Kim’s regime abruptly shifted to a sharp, negative tone this week about the prospects of a planned summit with the US in June.
“If you remember two weeks ago, all of a sudden out of nowhere Kim Jong-un went to China to say hello again – second time – to President Xi,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office…