Mon06252018

LAST_UPDATESun, 24 Jun 2018 9pm

Defence Ministry Organising Visit To Cox's Bazar For Aidilfitri Celebration

Defence Ministry Organising Visit To Cox's Bazar For Aidilfitri Celebration

SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry is organising a on...

Call To Hire Only Local Cooks Needs To Be Studied

Call To Hire Only Local Cooks Needs To Be Studied

KUALA LUMPUR -- The proposal to implement rules ...

Govt Decision To Continue ECRL A Good Move: Ti

Govt Decision To Continue ECRL A Good Move: Ti

KUALA LUMPUR – The Pakatan Harapan (PH) governme...

Grab Driver Found Dead In Vehicle In Bizarre Position

Grab Driver Found Dead In Vehicle In Bizarre Position

KUALA LUMPUR -- A Grab driver believed to have b...

Turks Vote For President, Parliament In Crucial Test For Erdogan

Turks Vote For President, Parliament In Crucial Test For Erdogan

ISTANBUL - Turks began voting on Sunday for a ne...

Saudi Women Hit The Roads As Driving Ban Lifted On Sunday

Saudi Women Hit The Roads As Driving Ban Lifted On Sunday

JEDDAH -- Women throughout Saudi Arabia wasted n...

Syrian Rebels Say Washington Tells Them It Won't Intervene In Southern Syria

Syrian Rebels Say Washington Tells Them It Won't Intervene In Southern Syria

AMMAN: Washington told the main Syrian rebel fac...

Trump Adviser Kushner Says Will Publish Mideast Plan 'Soon': Newspaper

Trump Adviser Kushner Says Will Publish Mideast Plan 'Soon': Newspaper

JERUSALEM: Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald ...

Saudi Arabia's Ban On Women Driving Officially Ends

Saudi Arabia's Ban On Women Driving Officially Ends

Saudi women are officially allowed to get behind...

Heavy Foreign Selling In Line With Asian Peers: Analysts

Heavy Foreign Selling In Line With Asian Peers: Analysts

KUALA LUMPUR -- Both the markets and investors w...

Contract Of MAHB Managing Director Ends Today

Contract Of MAHB Managing Director Ends Today

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia Airports Holdings ...

New BNM Governor Appointment Lifts Bursa Malaysia At Close

New BNM Governor Appointment Lifts Bursa Malaysia At Close

KUALA LUMPUR -- Bursa Malaysia closed higher tod...

Mexico Opium Poppy Growers See Price Drop, Turn To Marijuana

Mexico Opium Poppy Growers See Price Drop, Turn To Marijuana

TENANTLA, Mexico — Opium poppy growers in southe...

Petronas Denied Leave Over Legal Challenge Against Sarawak Government

Petronas Denied Leave Over Legal Challenge Against Sarawak Government

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has denied Petroliam ...

Millions Gather As Fireworks Brighten St Petersburg's Skies

Millions Gather As Fireworks Brighten St Petersburg's Skies

ST PETERSBURG: Soccer fans from all over the world...

Teacher Throws A Hari Raya Feast For Students, But None Of Them Showed Up

Teacher Throws A Hari Raya Feast For Students, But None Of Them Showed Up

Hari Raya is not complete without attending open...

What To Do If You Accidentally Hit An Animal While Driving

What To Do If You Accidentally Hit An Animal While Driving

Driving is a huge responsibility, yet some of us...

The 10-Year-Old Boy That Was Buried In His New Raya Clothes

The 10-Year-Old Boy That Was Buried In His New Raya Clothes

While we have been joyously celebrating Hari Ray...

What Are Today's Headlines?

What Are Today's Headlines?

The English dailies end the week by front paging...

ISTANBUL: Violent protests that have hit Turkey over recent days need to end swiftly but will have no bearing on Istanbul's candidacy to host the 2020 Olympics, bid leaders said on Wednesday, reported Reuters.


Turkey is also scheduled to host the Under-20 football World Cup, starting on June 21, and Fifa said the tournament would go ahead as planned.

Riot police have cleared the Istanbul square at the center of almost two weeks of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

"The feedback Istanbul 2020 has received from IOC (International Olympic Committee) members and the wider Olympic family continues to be positive and very understanding," bid officials said in a statement.

"While they are obviously as keen as we are for a swift and peaceful resolution, the majority of people we have spoken to recognize that 2020 is still seven years away."

Istanbul is bidding for the fifth time in the last six IOC votes for the summer Olympics with Japan's Tokyo and Spanish capital Madrid also in the running. The IOC will elect the winning bid in September.

Turkey's biggest city, whose bid is called "Bridge Together", has highlighted its location at the crossroads of Asia and Europe and is eager to become the first city of a majority Muslim country to land the world's biggest multi-sports event.

The city saw more fighting overnight with police in running battles with pockets of demonstrators, clearing Taksim Square which by dawn was strewn with wreckage from bulldozed barricades.

Several hundred protesters remained in an encampment of tents in nearby Gezi Park.

Erdogan, who has dismissed the demonstrators as "riff-raff", was due to meet a group of public figures to discuss the unrest, which began as a peaceful campaign against plans to build on the park abutting the square.

"This situation will have no bearing on our ability to deliver our Games concept, which was designed after consultation with environmental groups and NGOs (non-governmental organisations)," Istanbul 2020 said.

"This is a bid for the people of Turkey and we are united by our passion to bring the Games here for the first time. Istanbul 2020, and the 20-year dream of the Turkish people, will not be affected by these events."

Bid cities are due to attend a meeting of national Olympic Committees in Lausanne in Switzerland later this week with Istanbul planning to offer "assurances" there.

Bidders will also attend a key IOC meeting in Lausanne on July 3 to present their files to all members for the first time.

Like the Olympics bid, Turkey hopes the hosting of the Under-20 football World Cup will be unaffected by the recent protests with Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying football was a good way of uniting people.

"We have been in contact with the political authorities in Turkey since the conflict arose in the country and guarantees have been given that nothing will happen," he told reporters.

"What is more, we are sure that football can help calm down the situation because the tournament will be played in seven cities and it's a good opportunity to show that football can bring people together.

"Football connects people all over the world, can you imagine that football is being played in Syria every day, in Kabul, not to mention Iraq and Libya although a fixture had to be moved from Benghazi to Tripoli," he said.

"We shall not remove football under any circumstances."

- mD