• Guan Eng seeks higher damages as Umno papers never apologised - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 28, 2015.Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was awarded a total of RM550,000 in damages after winning a defamation suit where he was said to have leaked national secrets to Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP), will appeal for higher compensation. Lim's lawyer, Americk Sidhu, said that the High Court had wrongly decided that his client was entitled to a lower quantum on grounds that three Umno-controlled newspapers had already offered an apology before the suit was filed. Americk, however, said that the newspapers had apologised to others who were also defamed together with Lim, but not to his client. "The newspapers only apologised to businessman Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan and then Malaysia Airlines board member Datuk Mohamad Azman Yahya," he said.

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  • Mother of death row Australian says he’ll be executed at 1700 GMT

    CILACAP, (Indonesia) : The mother of an Australian drug trafficker on death row in Indonesia said Tuesday he would be executed by firing squad at midnight (1700 GMT). Sukumaran is one of eight foreigners due to be put to death imminently in Indonesia. Preparations are under way for the executions on the prison island of Nusakambangan, where Jakarta puts condemned prisoners to death, but authorities have refused to disclose when the executions will take place. Please, president, don’t kill him today,” she said, appealing to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who has been a vocal supporter of using the death penalty against drug traffickers.

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  • Indonesian executions: key questions and answers

    JAKARTA: Eight foreigners and a Indonesian facing execution on a prison island are believed to be spending their last hours Tuesday before they are led into a clearing, tied to posts, and shot by firing squad. Under Indonesian regulations the eight men and one woman will be given the option of sitting, kneeling or standing as they meet their fate. The position of their hearts will be marked on their clothes in black ink to provide a target for the 12-man firing squad. Q: Where do the executions take place?

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  • Press Digest: Owner probed for selling RM150 fish head soup | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: The owner of a well-known eatery in Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan in Kota Baru, Kelantan, is being investigated for selling fish head soup between RM130 to RM150 per bowl. State Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism director Datuk Abd Ghani Harun said it had opened two investigation papers under Section 57 and Section 21 (5) of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for failing to reply to a notice from the ministry on April 22. “The two investigation papers were opened to probe the allegation of expensive fish head soup and if found guilty, the owner could be fined RM100,000 to RM200,000,” he said. “Investigation results will be submitted to the deputy public prosecutor for further action to decide whether the owner can be charged or not,” he was quoted as saying in Berita Harian today.

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  • Oil prices fall as stockpiles continue to rise - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 28, 2015.Oil prices fell on Tuesday ahead of weekly US crude inventory data that is expected to hit another high, withdrawing further from a rally that saw Brent crude futures touch a 4 1/2 month high on Friday. US commercial crude stockpiles were expected to have risen last week for the 16th straight week, up from a record 489 million barrels, even though drilling activity fell, a preliminary survey by Reuters showed on Monday. "Crude oil has made a strong price recovery on the expectation that you would start to see lower US production and also some stock draws," said Olivier Jakob of Swiss-based consultancy Petromatrix. Brent June crude futures fell 43 cents to $64.40 a barrel.

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  • Indonesia gears up for executions as families wail in grief

    — Reuters picCILACAP, April 28 — Indonesia made final preparations today to execute eight foreigners by firing squad, as family members wailed in grief during last visits to their loved ones and ambulances carrying white coffins arrived at the drug convicts’ prison. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called ‘Bali Nine’ heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran’s sister collapsing in grief. They are among nine prisoners, including nationals from Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria, and one Indonesian, facing imminent execution after authorities gave them final notice. Officials must give a minimum 72 hours’ notice to convicts facing execution, and as they were notified on Saturday, speculation is mounting they will be put to death early tomorrow.

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  • Nazir: 1MDB issues should be put 'behind us' | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Holdings Bhd Chairman, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak said issues pertinent to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) should be put "behind us" as they could impact investors' sentiment towards Malaysia.

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  • Maid jailed for mixing eucalyptus oil in baby’s milk - Regional | The Star Online

    A MAID put eucalyptus oil in packs of breast milk meant for her employer’s baby because she wanted to be scolded and sent back to Indonesia. The court heard that the Health Sciences Authority advises against feeding children eucalyptus oil as it contains terpineol, a potentially fatal ingredient. The maid had been alone at their Ang Mo Kio home on Aug 23 last year when she came across the bottle of oil and decided to mix it with breast milk which her employer would store in the fridge and feed to her son two or three times a day.

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  • Australian trafficker marries before impending execution

    — AFP picCILACAP, April 27 — An Australian drug trafficker married his girlfriend today on the Indonesian prison island where he is set to be executed soon, his brother said, urging the country’s president to show compassion to the newlyweds. Andrew Chan, 31, married his Indonesian girlfriend Febyanti Herewila in a ceremony on Nusakambangan Island, home to several high-security prisons, his brother Michael said. He could be put to death by firing squad as soon as tomorrow, along with seven other foreign drug convicts, after authorities at the weekend gave then formal notice of their executions. “We’ve had a special day today,” Michael Chan said as he announced the marriage after returning from a visit to Nusakambangan.

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  • Court to consider ‘Bali Nine’ appeal, rejects Filipina bid - The Malaysian Insider

    Indonesia's Constitutional Court has agreed to consider a last-ditch legal challenge brought by two Australian death row convicts, a lawyer representing…

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  • Chong Wei had no intention to cheat, BWF doping panel finds

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed today its decision to suspend badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei from active competition for eight months, but said although the national player did violate an anti-doping regulation, he had not done so with intent to cheat. In a statement on its website, the authority found that Lee had indeed been "negligent" when he took the banned substance Dexamethasone, but the degree of negligence was "rather light" as he had not known at the time that he had ingested the substance. According to BWF, the panel hearing Lee's case said that it is "convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat". The panel also found it "correct and fair" to backdate the eight month suspension order to the date that Lee's sample was collected last year.

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  • Putrajaya fails to stop Rafizi’s application to challenge legality of banking law - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 27, 2015.Putrajaya has failed in its bid to stop an application by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia). The Shah Alam Sessions Court today ruled that Putrajaya’s objection was frivolous and lacked merit. Judge Rozina Ayob fixed May 15 to hear submissions whether the High Court could hear and rule on the constitutionality of Bafia.

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  • East Malaysia keen to take over MASwings from troubled national carrier - The Malaysian Insider

    – Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.Sabah and Sarawak state governments have expressed their interests in taking over MASwings, a subsidiary of loss-making and financially strapped national air carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS). He added that the a written notice had been sent to Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the federal government investment company that had taken over ownership of the airline.

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  • 'Cops harassing PKR campaign workers' claim

    PMTG PAUH Volunteers are apparently questioned as to who attended PKR ceramah.

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  • RMAF brings home 102 Malaysians from Nepal | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 102 Malaysians boarded the C-130 aircraft belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) departing from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu this afternoon to return home. RMAF deputy chief Lt Gen Datuk Seri Che Akmar Mohd Nor said the aircraft was now on its way to Kolkata, India, and was expected to arrive at the RMAF Subang base tonight, depending on flight conditions. "The RMAF is willing to continue working with the National Security Council (NSC) if there are requirements to use RMAF aircraft to bring Malaysians home or to send relief supplies to Nepal," he told Bernama today.

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  • Top Japanese restaurant defends foreign policy - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.A top-notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer. Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an "across-the-board policy" of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers – unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company. "(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons. The confirmation came after a report that the restaurant, located in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, had refused to take a reservation for Chinese journalist Mo Bangfu.

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  • Kelantan iron ore companies plead for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 28, 2015.Iron ore mining companies in the state have pleaded with the Kelantan state government to reduce the royalty rate following the plunge in the commodity price since last year. Pulai Mining Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, Datuk Wan Mustapha Wan Ab Hamid, said the companies were also faced with rising production costs. "In 2011 and 2012, we produced about 300 metric tonnes of iron ore worth RM3 million, however, after the 36% drop in the market price of the commodity, its value is now only about RM1 million. "Now, the government (state) is trying to increase the tax (royalty) up to 15%.

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  • Lagging contractors leave section of MRT behind schedule, says report

    Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 28 — The construction of the Mass Rapid Transit's (MRT) elevated guideway is 20 per cent behind schedule due to "underperformance" of contractors engaged in that segment of the ambitious project, according to the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) 2014 annual report. The report said that completion of the elevated guideway for Line 1 currently stands at 59 per cent, behind the target of 80 per cent. "Nonetheless, the overall progress of the MRT construction is proceeding very well and slightly ahead of schedule at 59 per cent, with elevated sections at 49 per cent and underground sections at 73 per cent (completion)," the report said.

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  • Coffee may help to prevent breast cancer from recurring | theSundaily

    WOMEN diagnosed with breast cancer could halve the risk of recurrence by drinking at least two cups of java per day, according to a recent Swedish study. The most common cancer among women, breast cancer represents close to 12% of all cancers worldwide, and around 1.7 million new cases were diagnosed in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. Following previous research on the role of coffee in keeping breast cancer at bay, researchers at the University of Lund and the Skane University Hospital in Barngaten in Sweden decided to investigate the effects of the beverage in women already diagnosed with the condition. The research team combined clinical data and lifestyle information on a cohort of 1,090 Swedish patients diagnosed with breast cancer, together with available data on breast cancer cells.

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  • MCA veep must apologise for insulting all housewives, Pakatan insists

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayPERMATANG PAUH, April 27 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members accused today an MCA leader of criticising PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and by extension, all housewives in Malaysia. Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail cited a report published on news portal Malaysiakini that she said had reported MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun insulting the role of all housewives in Malaysia, insisting that Chew issue an apology. “She fails to understand the significance of a housewives’ (sic) voice and the strength it can carry in a parliamentary sitting,” the PKR assemblyman said in a statement, referring to Chew’s purported insult to Dr Wan Azizah and all housewives.

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  • Nepal quake: Cultural heritage destroyed - Videos | The Star Online

    The earthquake that hit Kathmandu on Saturday destroyed many temples and statues that were built between 12th-18th centuries.

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  • Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake - World | The Star Online

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Here are details released by some foreign governments on citizens who found themselves in Nepal at the time a strong earthquake hit on Saturday, killing more than 2,450 people.

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  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend - Motorsport | The Star Online

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

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  • Everything a ‘pan mee’ should be, in the heart of OUG - The Malaysian Insider

    The Malaysian Insider hunted down 30 cheap and good food spots around the Klang Valley and will reveal one for each day of the month of April. Nestled within the busy morning market area of OUG along Old Klang Road is a shop that sells only “pan mee”, a Chinese noodle dish that can be served with soup or dry, with the standard accompaniments of fried anchovies, minced pork and shredded mushrooms. J&E Little Kitchen started out as a stall operating from one of the nearby coffeeshops, but over time, the popularity of their “pan mee” enabled them to venture out on their own and into their very own shop. They’re extremely generous with the condiments at J&E, and my dining partner’s entire bowl of basic noodles (RM5.50) was piled high with minced pork, shredded mushrooms, crispy anchovies and lovely, leafy spinach.

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  • PKR warns of fake statements in Permatang Pauh campaign - The Malaysian Insider

    PKR national strategy chief Sim Tze Tzin said the graphics were made by Umno's cybertroopers – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 27, 2015.PKR is crying foul over material used in the Permatang Pauh by-election that it says are aimed at driving the party and its ally PAS apart in their campaign for the seat. Pictures have been circulating showing PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail with a statement that reads "Jika PAS tidak menyukai saya sebagai calon, saya juga tidak perlukan undi mereka". PKR national strategy chief Sim Tze Tzin said the statement was fake and stressed Dr Wan Azizah never made such a remark. "It is obvious that the graphics were made by Umno's cybertroopers," he said in a press conference at Yayasan Aman in Penanti this morning.

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  • Musa urges leaders to work towards the good of country - Videos | The Star Online

    Tun Musa Hitam calls on Malaysians to focus on “alleviating the socio-economic conditions” instead of falling into “the trap of being diverted” by political games.

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  • Colin Farrell hasn't dated for four years | theSundaily

    COLIN Farrell (pix) hasn't been on a date in four years. The 38-year-old actor is famous for his dalliances with many A-list women including Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie and Lindsay Lohan but has insisted his lothario days are now far behind him as he's much more interested in raising his two sons, James, 11 and five-year-old Henry. The "Phone Booth" star also puts his children down as the reason for him overcoming his drug addiction and living up to "those old expectations", especially James - who he has with Canadian model Kim Bordenave - as he was born with a developmental disorder called Angelman syndrome, which causes severe intellectual and physical disability. Speaking to Style magazine, Colin said: "(When you have children) it's not all about you any more, which is a relief.

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  • KL-Singapore high-speed rail may miss 2020 deadline, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    The multi-billion ringgit high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to miss its 2020 deadline by two years, Singapore's Business Times reported today. Citing unnamed sources, the business paper said 2022 may be a more realistic deadline as there were many unresolved issues in the mammoth project, which is estimated to cost nearly RM40 billion. More time is needed to sort some aspects out so that it can take off smoothly," a source close to the project was quoted as saying by The Business Times.

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  • US dollar peg to remain, says HK chief executive - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: The policy to keep the Hong Kong dollar pegged against the US dollar will remain although the Asian currencies have come under increasing pressure due to the volatility in the dollar. Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said that the policy of pegging the Hong Kong dollar to the US dollar has been operating well and he was not going to change it. “Yes we had to sell Hong Kong dollars (in recent weeks) to maintain the peg but the amount deployed is quite small relative to the inflows. The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to the US dollar when capital started to flow out prior to the handover of the special administrative region by the United Kingdom back to China in July 1997.

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  • Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy - The Malaysian Insider

    The mother of an autistic Filipino boy she says faces deportation because he would be a burden to the Australian taxpayer presented a petition Monday signed by tens of thousands of people begging authorities to let him stay. But he was diagnosed with autism in 2008, a condition the Migration Review Tribunal said posed a "significant cost" to the Australian community in denying the family a visa extension, his mother told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Maria Sevilla, who said she pays tax and has private health insurance, is on a work visa, which expired Monday.

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  • Penang Harmony Street walk lauded - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The “Harmony Street” walk in Penang to symbolise that Malaysia is a land of religious harmony has continued to gain attention from academics and activists. “It displayed cohesion as an everyday experience,” said Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, principal research fellow for UKM’s Institute of Ethnic Studies. The walk, which was organised by The Star, saw the participation of Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and activists, among others.

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  • Minister promises savings of up to 20% at farmers’ markets – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Effective June 1, consumers will enjoy savings of up to 20% on essential goods at the farmers' markets, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister,…

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  • No immediate threat to Asean Summit, say police - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Police said there was no immediate threat to the Asean Summit following the arrests of 12 IS militants who were planning bomb attacks in the Klang Valley. Federal Internal Security and Public Order department director Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim said security at the summit was sufficient and that they were remaining vigilant.

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  • Petronas takes an important Thai step - The Malaysian Insider

    Petronas’ petrochemical arm, Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), has made an important mark in its Thailand business operations with the opening of the first Petronas Chemicals Marketing (Thailand) Co Ltd office today. The new office was officiated by Malaysia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Dato’ Nazirah Hussain.

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  • Paris Hilton Gives Update On Aunt Kim Richards; Shows Support For Bruce Jenner

    At the annual Race to Erase MS event, Paris Hilton talks about her aunt, Kim Richards, and voices support from Bruce Jenner.

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  • Chelsea edge closer to title with Arsenal draw - Football | The Star Online

    The man selling 'Chelsea Champions 2015' scarves outside The Emirates was a little premature but he is unlikely to be asked for refunds after they ground out a 0-0 Premier League draw at Arsenal on Sunday. Apart from three penalty appeals, the strongest of which saw Arsenal's goalkeeper clatter into Chelsea's Oscar in the first half and put the Brazilian in hospital, there was precious little to raise the pulse on a dreary afternoon in north London.

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  • Three U.S. citizens dead in Nepal earthquake - World | The Star Online

    Three Americans have died in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday, including a woman who died when an avalanche triggered by the temblor struck the climbers' base camp on Mount Everest. The woman, Marisa Eve Girawong, was a physician's assistant who worked for Madison Mountaineering, a Seattle-based guide service, according to Kurt Hunter, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer. Girawong, who was from Edison, New Jersey, according to media reports, was among more than a dozen people who perished in the Mount Everest avalanche.

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  • Malaysian job advertisements jump 15% in 2015 - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia's overall annual growth in job advertisement volume increased by 15% in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Asia Job Index published…

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  • Quake overwhelms Nepal's weak healthcare system - World | The Star Online

    A massive earthquake in Nepal has exposed the woeful state of its medical facilities as hospitals struggle to treat vast numbers of injured with limited supplies and staff. The country of 28 million has only 2.1 physicians and 50 hospital beds for every 10,000 people, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report. The situation is worsening a humanitarian crisis triggered by Nepal's worst earthquake in 81 years. Casualties are expected to rise, as many more people are feared trapped in debris across the country, from the capital Kathmandu to remote villages and mountain peaks.

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  • Israeli air strike kills four planting bomb at Syria frontier - source - World | The Star Online

    An Israeli air strike killed four militants on Sunday as they placed an explosive on a fence near Israel's frontier with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights, an Israeli military source said. "Four terrorists placed an explosive on a fence near Majdel Shams and an Israeli aircraft shot and killed them," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and identifying a village in the territory at the foot of strategic Mount Hermon. Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move never recognised internationally, amid the civil war raging in Syria in the past four years.

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