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A police truck being loaded with orange boxes, the signature colour of the French luxury brand Hermes, on May 18, 2018.
A police truck being loaded with orange boxes, the signature colour of the French luxury brand Hermes, on May 18, 2018. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Police seize 284 luxury bags and 72 bags of cash and valuables from Najib-linked apartment

Malaysian police on Thursday (May 17) night raided three apartments in a posh Kuala Lumpur condominium owned by former prime minister Najib Razak’s family, carting away 284 boxes containing luxury handbags and 72 bags filled with jewellery, cash of various denominations, watches and other valuables. 

Mr Amar Singh, director of police commercial crime investigations, said the police have searched six premises since Wednesday - the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Najib’s residence in Taman Duta and four other residences linked to him.

At one of these residences, Pavilion Residences, the police took what was likely to be their biggest haul, loading five police trucks with hundreds of orange boxes containing Hermes Birkin bags. Astro Awani reported that a police officer emerged from the condominium with a money counting machine.

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Donald Trump says summit still on, Kim Jong Un will get "adequate protection"

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was "willing to do a lot" and offer North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "protection" if he were to make an agreement at the two leaders' upcoming summit in Singapore on June 12.

"He will get protections that are very strong," Mr Trump told reporters at an Oval Office meeting with visiting Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg. "The best thing he could do is make a deal."

North Korea threw the summit into doubt on Wednesday (May 16), saying it would reconsider meeting if the US insisted on demanding nuclear disarmament.

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US Senate confirms Gina Haspel to be first woman CIA director

The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday (May 17) to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency's past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.

Haspel, who will be the first woman director of the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director.

As senators continued to vote, the tally was 51-43 in favour of her nomination in the 100-member chamber, where a simple majority was required for confirmation.

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Mothercare to shut a third of British stores in battle for survival

Struggling British mother and baby products retailer Mothercare will close over a third of its British stores as part of a survival plan that also sees the return of the chief executive who was sacked just five weeks ago.

The firm's sales and profit have been hammered by intense competition from supermarket groups and online retailers in its main British market as well as by rising costs, resulting in what it called on Thursday (May 17) "a perilous financial condition".

It reported a loss before tax of 72.8 million pounds (S$132 million) for the year to March 24, on group sales down 2 per cent to 654.5 million pounds.

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Football: Mikel Arteta has qualities to be Arsenal manager, says Arsene Wenger

Mikel Arteta has "all of the qualities" to become the next Arsenal manager, according to Arsene Wenger who is leaving the London club after 22 years in charge.

British media reported that former Arsenal captain Arteta has emerged as clear favourite to take over from Wenger.

"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites," Wenger, who signed Arteta for Arsenal in 2011, told beIN Sports.

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