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(MENAFN - AFP) One hand clinging to his boat's gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he "listens" for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths.

Harun is one of Malaysia's last "fish listeners," and he and his apprentice son Zuraini are believed to be the only active practitioners of this mysterious and dying local art.

"When ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in Skymark Airlines surged Tuesday after a report that Malaysia's AirAsia may buy the struggling Japanese carrier, which was left reeling after a collapsed jet order with Airbus last month.

The Tokyo-listed stock jumped 27.77 percent to 230 yen in morning trade, its maximum allowable single-day gain, on the report in Japan's leading Nikkei business daily.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese investors are to plunge more than US$1 billion into developing Antigua and Barbuda's first mega-resort, creating 1,000 jobs for the tiny cash-strapped nation.

Construction on the mammoth 1,600-acre (647-hectare) multi-hotel, residential and commercial project is slated to begin early next year.

The 'Singulari' scheme - 50 per cent bigger than ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine.

A timid and strange-looking creature, the pangolin is rarely seen in the wild, emerging only at night.

But in the markets of Libreville, the capital of this west African ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The heads of Britain's largest companies earned 143 times as much as their average employee last year, a study said, exposing the growing pay gap between bosses and workers.

The wage divide has nearly tripled since 1998, when the average chief executive of firms in the FTSE 100 earned 47 times as much as staff, the report found.

The British government ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ataui Deng, a Sudanese model who has worked with some of the world's top designers, has gone missing in New York, police said Monday.

Deng, 22, measures 6 feet, one inch (1.85 meters) and weighs 110 pounds (50 kilograms), and was last seen August 6 near Times Square.

Police said Deng, also known as Ataui Deng-Hopkins, was missing.

"We put out a ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ever felt like your neighbour's antics could drive you to an early grave

Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbours and a healthier heart.

"Having good neighbours and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual's heart attack risk," said a statement ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Outspoken Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has labelled the Chinese government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade that was criticised by Canberra Tuesday as "hugely damaging".

The billionaire politician, who was elected to parliament last year as head of the Palmer United Party and is known for rebuilding a replica of the Titanic, also ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A British former trader at Dutch bank Rabobank pleaded guilty in the United States Monday to conspiring to manipulate the key Libor interest rate for the yen.

The US Department of Justice said that Paul Robson, who was Rabobank's main submittor of the benchmark yen London InterBank Offered Rate (Libor) in London, admitted in a New York federal court that he ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Pope Francis called Monday for collective action through the United Nations to "stop unjust aggression" in Iraq, in an implicit criticism of unilateral US air strikes there.

The pope, speaking to reporters aboard his flight back from a trip to South Korea, said he was ready to visit Iraq "if necessary", providing it would help people under threat there.

Asked ...

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