15 Breathtaking Places to Visit Before They Disappear

The Maldives

Beautiful tropical Maldives island with beach , sea , and coconut palm tree on blue sky for nature holiday vacation background concept -Boost up color Processing

Last year, yet another study published in Nature determined that climate change has accelerated the rate at which the sea levels are rising. So it stands to reason that the destination most at risk is the lowest-lying country in the world, an island nation comprised of a series of atolls formed from coral in the Indian Ocean. Go now, while the Maldives are still a tropical paradise with year-round temperatures in the low 80s, crystalline waters, and beaches that glow in the dark.

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10 Forbidden Places No One Will Ever Be Allowed to Visit

Snake Island, Brazil

Snakes Island, Guanabara bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil’s Ilha da Queimada Grande—dubbed Snake Island—is home to a dense population of one of the world’s deadliest snakes. The golden lancehead viper’s venom is so poisonous that it melts human flesh around the bite, and some claim there’s one snake per square meter in certain areas. For safety reasons, the Brazilian government doesn’t allow visitors, and a doctor is required on the team of any research visits.

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Visit the Real Places That Inspired Disney Rides

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If you like Jungle Cruise… Alewtincka/Shutterstock …Head to the Amazon, Congo, Nile, and Mekong Rivers. Jungle Cruise, the classic ride located in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resorts, simulates a riverboat cruise down some of the major rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. Park guests board a 1930s British […]

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Najib’s fourth official visit to India is to strengthen our ties


MO,22/1/2018, IT will be an old familiar feeling for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he arrives in the Indian capital on Wednesday. This marks his fourth official visit to India since taking office in 2009, coming on the heels of his high-profile appearances in Chennai and New Delhi less than a year ago. Last April, Indian and Malaysian business leaders signed one of the biggest trade deals in Malaysian history – US$36bil (RM158.68bil).

The amount was even higher than the RM144bil worth of deals signed by Malaysia in China just four months earlier. This time, Najib is scheduled to attend the Asean-India Comme­morative Summit which will coincide with India’s Republic Day celebration. India’s relationship with the 10-nation regional grouping is a key pillar of its foreign policy and foundation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy.

The world’s largest democracy became a Sectoral Partner of Asean in 1992, Dialogue Partner in 1996 and Summit Level Partner in 2002, leading to its upgrading as a Strategic Partner in 2012. Political observers said Najib’s presence at the two-day Comme­morative Summit, themed “Shared Values, Common Destiny”, on Thursday, recognises the geo-political importance of India to Asean.

“His visits to India also prove his interest to widen engagement with a country that is predicted to be the world’s third most powerful economy by 2030,” said Datuk Dr A.T. Kumararajah, former executive director of SEED (Secretariat for Empowerment of Indian Entre­preneurs). “Malaysia’s relations with India have always been strong based on social ties alone, with the natural tendencies of the 2.7 million-strong Malaysian-Indian diaspora which is now in its third and fourth generations,” added Kumararajah, who was in Chennai last year for Najib’s meeting with South Indian corporate leaders.

Wisma Putra has been working on the finer details of a bilateral meeting of two Prime Ministers who have forged a close bond between them. Although it is common that such bilateral meetings are held on the sidelines with the visiting heads of state or government, officials said Najib’s meeting with Modi will be substantive due to the enormous strides in the relationship. “This meeting will give both PMs an early opportunity to revisit some of the significant MoUs signed during Najib’s visit last year.

“There is a further opportunity to break new ground with the robust growth of the Indian economy,” said Consortium of Indian Industries in Malaysia (CIIM) founder chairman Datuk Umang Sharma. He said with an ambitious government undertaking comprehensive reforms, India has enormous growth potential compared to other emerging economies, with a projected growth rate of 7.3% in 2018 and 7.5% for the next two years.

He suggests India consider awarding “Most Favoured Nation” status to Malaysia within Asean and for Malaysia to reciprocate, which will go a long way in enhancing two-way trade and investments. India’s ruling party BJP, Malaysia chapter, president and convenor Pardeep Batra said the Indian government holds Malaysia in high esteem and the Najib-Modi partnership is the closest forged between both countries in recent times.


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Malaysia-Turkmenistan boost ties further with Anifah’s visit


MO,12/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Turkmenistan strengthened their bilateral ties further, following a two day official visit to the central Asian country by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman. In his November 10 to 11 visit, Anifah called on Turkemenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as well as holding bilateral talks with his Turkemenistan counterpart Rashid Meredov.

The courtesy call on Berdimuhamedov took place in a warm and cordial atmosphere with discussion covering a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. “Both sides stressed the importance of developing a comprehensive cooperation in the trade and investment, oil and gas industry, transportation, culture, education, tourism and people-to-people contact, which will contribute positively towards strengthening relations between Malaysia and Turkmenistan,” Wisma Putra said in statement today.

The President of Turkmenistan also expressed his appreciation for Malaysia’s continuous involvement in the oil and gas sector in Turkmenistan, it said. Anifah thanked the President and the Government of Turkmenistan for the opportunity given to Petronas and reiterated that both countries will continue to develop new areas of cooperation in various other fields for the benefit each other.

In his meeting with Meredov earlier, both ministers pledged to utilise bilateral mechanisms such as Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) or Political-Economic Consultations to further enhance bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and Turkmenistan. “They also exchanged views on regional and international issues including the situation of Rohingya minorities in Myanmar, situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Palestine.

“The meeting has reflected the close understanding and the common views that both ministers shared in fostering a strong relation between Malaysia and Turkmenistan, Wisma Putra said. During his visit, Anifah also delivered a lecture on Malaysia’s Foreign Policy and Malaysia-Turkmenistan bilateral relations at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan to the faculty members, students and young diplomats at the institute.

“The Official Visit by The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia has successfully laid the strong foundation for further cooperation and collaboration between the two countries since his last visit to Turkmenistan on 12 December 2015,” Wisma Putra said.


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Sudanese Home Minister pays courtesy visit to Zahid ahead of PISD


MO,4/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today received a courtesy visit from Sudanese Home Minister Major General (Police) Dr Hamid Mohamed Mannan at his office in Perdana Putra.

Hamid’s visit was in conjunction with Putrajaya International Security Dialogue (PISD) which will be run from Friday to Saturday at Marriot Hotel here.

Both leaders spent about 45 minutes discussing various issues, including national security.

Dr Hamid is scheduled to give his country statement at PISD on Saturday.

Themed ‘Wisdom and Moderation in Countering Terrorism’, the event is organised by the Home Ministry in collaboration with Rabitah Al-Alami Al-Islami, a non-governmental organisation based in Saudi Arabia.

The objective of the event is to highlight the importance of moderation as the way to combat terrorism and extremism ideology, in line with the role played by Malaysia in adopting wasatiyyah (moderation) as the main approach in achieving peace.

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From Dec 27 Malaysians dont need visa to visit Morocco

KUALA LUMPUR: Starting Dec 27, holders of all Malaysian Diplomatic, Official and Ordinary passports will be able to enter Morocco freely for 90 days, for official, business or social purposes without the requirement of a visa.

This is in accordance with the agreement on ‘Partial Abolition of Visa Requirement’ signed in Putrajaya on July 19 between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

“After all internal requirements have been fulfilled by both countries, this Agreement will come into force on 27th December, 2017.

“The enforcement of this Agreement is expected to continue to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries, as it provides a platform to further enhance the cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment and tourism,” according to a press release issued by Foreign Ministry today.

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The partial abolition of the visa requirement is expected to encourage more Malaysians and Moroccans to visit each other’s countries.

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Lebanons Hariri to visit Egypt on Monday – leader in Future Movement

BEIRUT: Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Monday, a leader in Hariri’s Future Movement said.

Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for its Independence Day celebrations.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri’s resignation until it is delivered in person and all sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return.

The resignation sparked a political crisis in Lebanon and put it on the front line of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Hariri criticised Iran and its ally Hezbollah, a heavily armed grouping that is part of the Lebanese government, in his resignation statement, and said he feared assassination. Apart from a brief trip to Abu Dhabi, he remained in Saudi Arabia until he flew to France.

His stay in the kingdom led to accusations from Lebanese officials and politicians that Saudi Arabia had coerced him to resign, which he and Riyadh denied.

On Friday, Hariri tweeted that his presence there was for “consultations on the future of the situation in Lebanon and its relations with the surrounding Arab region”.

On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo, requested by Saudi Arabia, to discuss ways to confront Iran and Hezbollah over their role in the region. Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil did not attend.

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Prince Charles kickstart Malaysia visit with Islamic Arts Museum

The Sultan of Perak Sultan, Nazrin Shah and The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles visited the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur earlier today as part of the Malaysian leg of the Asian Tour.

Charles and wife, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall arrived from Brunei and Singapore on Thursday and are scheduled to tour Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sarawak and Penang during their five-day stay in Malaysia.

Sultan Nazrin and Prince Charles visited two main galleries – the calligraphy section and a section that featured a collection of miniature mosques from all over the world.

The two royalties also took the time to admire two pages from the Quran, written on velum from the 7-10th century AD on display in the calligraphy gallery.

The Sultan of Perak and Prince Charles then gathered at the atrium to exchange gifts and meet with local leaders from various organisations including Khanazah Nasional Berhad Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar and Tunku Besar Seri Menanti, Tunku Ali Redhauddin.

Both the Sultan of Perak and The Prince of Wales also took the time to admire the collection of geometric reprints and drawings from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

This is Prince Charles and Camilla’s first visit to Malaysia.

The tour will highlight charities and causes close to the Prince of Wales including education, women empowerment and environmental conservation.

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