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The international scandal centred on Malaysian state development fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that has embroiled Prime Minister Najib Razak and his stepson Riza Aziz now a personal twist.

Mr Najib's stepdaughter Azrene Soraya Abdul Aziz rebuked her family on social media, reported The Australian.

Ms Azrene told her estranged mother Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Mr Najib, not to throw her US-based brother Mr Riza Aziz under a bus.."

She appealed to her mother to "Be. A. Mother."


US Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate on Friday.

The selection of Mr Kaine, a self-described "boring" former Virginia governor with a reputation for low-key competence, could appeal to independents and moderates.

Mrs Clinton made the announcement via Twitter and text message to supporters during a campaign swing through Florida.

She called Mr Kaine to tell him about 40 minutes before the announcement, and she also called President Barack Obama.

Mr Kaine, 58, tweeted: "Just got off the phone with Hillary. I'm honored to be her running mate. Can't wait to hit the trail..."

- Reuters


Two eight-year-old girls have been charged under a Thai junta law for tearing down voter lists for an upcoming referendum, police in Bangkok said yesterday.

The junta has outlawed critical discussion of the charter it has drafted and put up for voters to pass in the Aug 7 poll. Offenders face a 10-year prison sentence.

Campaigning of any kind is also banned, and the authorities have already arrested or warned scores of people for handing out critical leaflets or wearing "Vote No" T-shirts.

The eight-year-olds confessed to tearing down voter lists outside a school in northern Thailand because they liked the paper's pink colour.


EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, likely after a fire near or inside the cockpit quickly overwhelmed the crew, The New York Times reported, quoting Egyptian officials involved in the inquiry.

But the officials could not determine whether the fire had been set off by a mechanical malfunction or by a malicious act, the report said.

The findings are based on information from the Airbus A320's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, along with an analysis of the condition and distribution of recovered debris, including human remains, the report quoted forensic and aviation officials in Cairo as saying.

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