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Netherlands takes Russia to European court over MH17 downing

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The Dutch government's move is designed to support cases brought by the relatives of dozens of victims to the European Court of Human Rights

MH17. A picture taken on November 7, 2014, shows a part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Malaysia police question Australian Al Jazeera journalists

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:53 PM

The probe into the Qatar-based network's program adds concerns about a widening media crackdown in Malaysia since a coalition headed by a scandal-plagued party took power in March

Australian Al Jazeera journalists, reporter/senior producer Drew Ambrose (L), executive producer Sharon Roobol (3rd R) and cameraman Craig Hansen (2nd R), involved in a documentary about the arrests of undocumented migrants arrive at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on July 10, 2020. Malaysian police said on July 9 they are investigating an Al Jazeera documentary about the arrests of undocumented migrants during the coronavirus lockdown after officials denounced it for damaging the country's image. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Malaysia slashes rates to record low to fight virus impact

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Bank Negara Malaysia cuts its key rate by 25 basis points to 1.75%, its 4th straight reduction

Fishing boats sit idle at the seafront in Penang on May 21, 2020, as Malaysia relaxes its partial lockdown that was set up to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by GOH CHAI HIN / AFP)

Malaysia probes Al Jazeera documentary about migrant arrests

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Concerns about worsening freedom of expression have been growing in Malaysia since the collapse of a reformist government in February and the return of a scandal-plagued party to power

Malaysia drops another high-profile corruption case

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Musa Aman, ex-leader of Sabah state, is a senior member of the United Malays National Organization, which took control of the national government as part of a coalition in March

Spike in Malaysia virus cases as migrants are infected

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Cases have been increasing rapidly since last week at centers where foreigners are detained on suspicion of being in the country illegally

COVID-19 IN MALAYSIA. Shoppers wear masks outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2020, as sectors of the economy are being reopened following restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian beauty queen sorry over racist U.S. protest remarks

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Samantha Katie James, who competed in Miss Universe 2017, issues an apology for her statement regarding the riots in the US

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial nears end

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Najib Razak's lawyers argue the 66-year-old is ignorant of the transactions into his accounts from a former unit of 1MDB, SRC International, and is a victim of others who masterminded the fraud

FIRST 1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir, 4 others sacked from Bersatu party

May 29, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Mahathir Mohamad and 4 other federal lawmakers, including Mahathir's son, are sacked from the Bersatu Party for sitting with the opposition during a parliamentary event

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives a speech as he takes part in a plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 5, 2019. File photo by Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Host Photo Agency/AFP

Anger after Malaysia drops 'Wolf of Wall Street' charges

May 18, 2020 - 6:25 PM

Malaysia's former attorney-general Tommy Thomas, who had taken the decision to prosecute the film producer, says the agreement is a 'sweetheart deal for Riza [Aziz] but terrible for Malaysia'

ANGER. In this file photo, Riza Aziz, producer of the Hollywood film 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and stepson of Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak, arrives for a court appearance at Duta court in Kuala Lumpur on July 5, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia drops charges against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

May 14, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Riza Aziz, who is also the stepson of Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak, is accused of allegedly receiving nearly $250 million from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

DETAINED. Malaysian producer Riza Aziz will appear in court on Friday, Photo by Mohd Rafsan/AFP

Malaysia records slowest growth since 2009 due to virus

May 13, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Malaysia's gross domestic product grows 0.7% in January-March 2020, the worst figure since 2009 but better than gloomy forecasts of contraction

STUCK. Passengers wearing protective face masks amid concerns of the coronavirus outbreak wait to board their plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on February 19, 2020. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The strategic waterway is choppy as ever as China presses on its expansive claims, leaving countries to battle a pandemic and defend their territories

VOLATILE REGION. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

U.S. announces $49-million settlement in Malaysia 1MDB scandal

May 07, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The US Justice Department says it has now returned or helped Malaysia recover nearly $1.1 billion in funds and assets

SCANDAL. File photo of a project site of the 1MDB. Photo by Shutterstock.com

Malaysia slashes rates to fight virus impact

May 05, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Bank Negara Malaysia cuts the key rate to 2%, the lowest since the 2009 global financial crisis

A vendor wearing a face mask and gloves waits for customers at a shop in Kuala Lumpur on May 4, 2020, as Malaysia eases its lockdown measures related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Mohd Rasfan / AFP)

Virus pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation

May 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'If a few more months pass and we don't get any aid from the government or other international organizations, then with a heavy heart we'll have to feed herbivores...to the carnivores.'

This picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a tiger resting inside its enclosure at the zoo in Bandung, West Java. Indonesian officials said on April 30 that some 60 cash-strapped animal parks -- home to roughly 70,000 creatures -- across the Southeast Asian archipelago have been closed since mid-March and most say they have only enough food until the middle of May. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Malaysia turns back Rohingya boat over virus fears

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The latest developments have sparked concerns of a repeat of a 2015 crisis when many Rohingya died at sea after Southeast Asian nations turned their boats back

ROHINGYA MIGRANTS. Malaysia is a favored destination for the migrants from Myanmar as it is a Muslim-majority nation with a sizeable Rohingya diaspora. AFP FILE PHOTO/MALAYSIAN MARITIME ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

U.S. returns $300 million of 1MDB money to Malaysia

Apr 15, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'The amount of money stolen from the people of Malaysia is staggering, and we have been relentless in recovering assets that always should have been used for their benefit,' says US Attorney Nick Hanna

GUILTY. File photo of Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low taken on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP

'Medibot' to do rounds on Malaysian virus wards

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:35 PM

'Medibot' is a 1.5 meter tall white robot, equipped with a camera and screen via which patients can communicate remotely with medics

MEDIBOT. Engineering professors pose with the version two prototype of the IIUM Medibot medical robot at the International Islamic University Malaysia in Gombak, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, on April 13, 2020. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Fishing boat takes 202 Rohingya migrants to Malaysia

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Authorities are investigating an information that 3 people, who escaped to sea after bringing the boat into Malaysian waters, were operatives of a human smuggling ring

55 Filipinos in Malaysia positive for coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Nine have been discharged from hospitals, according to Ambassador Charles Jose

Bangsamoro region orders LGUs to track attendees of Malaysia gathering

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There were 215 Filipinos who joined the Itjima congregation at the recent 4-day tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur, says the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Background file photo of Tablighi Jamaat in Malaysia from Wikipedia

Malaysia to ban citizens from travel abroad, foreign arrivals

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Malaysia has 566 virus cases according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, the highest number in Southeast Asia

STUCK. Passengers wearing protective face masks amid concerns of the coronavirus outbreak wait to board their plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on February 19, 2020. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesia busts Malaysians for virus-mask smuggling

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Authorities in Sumatra's Medan city prevent a pair of Malaysians from trying to smuggle 12,000 face masks back to their home country

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PH hits China, Malaysia claims in West Philippine Sea

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:54 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs quietly files diplomatic notes at the United Nations asserting its claims in the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE WATERS. A Philippine flag is flown on a boat off the waters near the coast of Occidental Mindoro in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malaysia, Thailand bar cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The Costa Fortuna is carrying dozens of Italians. Its operator says there are 'no suspected virus cases aboard.'

CRUISE SHIP. In this file photo, Costa Fortuna, the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, is moored at Genoa's harbor on November 22, 2003. Photo by ANSA/Pool/AFP

Malaysia anti-graft chief who investigated 1MDB quits

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Latheefa Koya, a leading human rights activist who had been head of the anti-corruption commission since June, insists she was not pressured

RESIGNATIONS. The 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo is seen on a billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange under-development site in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's new PM says no 'traitor' after turmoil

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Muhyiddin Yassin defends his legitimacy as premier, saying he has secured majority support from MPs

FIRST DAY. This handout photo taken and released on March 2, 2020, by Malaysia's Department of Information shows the country's new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, signing a document on his first day at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya. Photo by Wazari Wazir/Malaysia's Department of Information/AFP

New Malaysia PM sworn in amid crisis, Mahathir fights on

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Muhyiddin Yassin takes the oath of office, capping a week of political turmoil following the collapse of the former ruling coalition and Mahathir's resignation

SUPRISE VICTORY. Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin (C) waves as he arrives to submit an application for a new political party in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 9, 2016. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia in crisis as Mahathir rejects new PM

Mar 01, 2020 - 12:06 AM

The victory of Muhyiddin Yassin and his coalition, which is dominated by the country's ethnic Malay Muslim majority, is a shock as Mahathir Mohamad appears to be in the lead

REJECTED. Resigned prime minister Mahathir Mohamad rejects the pick of the king. AFP file photo

Malaysia's Mahathir loses PM race, scandal-plagued party returns

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Not only does it remove a democratically elected government but it also signals the return to power of the United Malays National Organization, the scandal-plagued party of disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak

SUPRISE VICTORY. Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin (C) waves as he arrives to submit an application for a new political party in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 9, 2016. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir, Anwar ally again amid crisis

Feb 29, 2020 - 5:09 PM

The move is aimed at stopping a coalition dominated by the country's Muslim majority

MALAYSIAN POLITICS. In this file photo taken on June 1, 2018, resigned Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (R) and politician Anwar Ibrahim leave after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Mohd Rasfan / AFP

Malaysian king hits back at Mahathir amid crisis

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:56 PM

He rejects Mahathir Mohamad's plan to convene parliament to vote on the country's next prime minister, after it was widely criticized as against the constitution

POLITICAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on January 31, 2019, the incoming 16th King of Malaysia, the sixth Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah (R) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) pray during the welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Malaysia in turmoil as Mahathir, Anwar vie for power

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'Party politics must be put aside for now. If allowed, I will try to form an inclusive government, not siding with any political parties,' says Mahathir Mohamad.

AFTER RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's Office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018. File photo by AFP

Malaysia's political machinations: What happens next?

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Here are some details about the political crisis and what could happen next

CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 1, 2018, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (R) and politician Anwar Ibrahim leave after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Goldman pleads not guilty in Malaysia 1MDB case – report

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs (Asia), and Goldman Sachs (Singapore) are accused of giving false statements that led to large sums being misappropriated

HEADQUARTERS. The Goldman Sachs Manhattan headquarters stands in Manhattan on December 17, 2018 in New York City. Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday over their alleged role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar state investment fund. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Turmoil in Malaysia as PM Mahathir resigns

Feb 24, 2020 - 2:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) Mahathir Mohamad, who already submitted his resignation to the king, is appointed interim leader until a new premier is found

RESIGNATION. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives a speech as he takes part in a plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum at far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 5, 2019. File photo by Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Host Photo Agency/AFP

Malaysia 1MDB fugitive spotted in virus-hit Chinese city

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Low Taek Jho – commonly known as Jho Low – is accused of playing a major role in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Malaysia insists virus diagnosis from cruise passenger is correct

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Fears are mounting that more of the 2,200 passengers and crew who disembarked may have been infected after one passenger was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus

LANDED. Passengers on board the Westerdam cruise ship wave in Sihanoukville on February 14, 2020, where the liner on February 13 docked after being refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Malaysia's former first lady goes on trial for corruption

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Rosmah Mansor, wife of ex-prime minister Najib Razak, is on trial for allegedly bankrolling a luxurious lifestyle with kickbacks and stolen public money

Rosmah Mansor (C), wife of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak, arrives for the start of her corruption trial at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on February 5, 2020. STR / AFP

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Asian nations try to shield against deadly coronavirus outbreak

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The outbreak is sending shock waves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors

TEMPERATURE. A private school in Manila suspends classes and takes precautionary measures on January 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus emergency. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleges Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks of prisoners if the rope used to hang them broke during executions

Badminton king Momota out for 2 months after car crash

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Kento Momota focuses on full recovery as he hopes to return at the All England Championships on March 11

GOLD MEDAL HOPE. Badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota is one of Japan's gold medal hopes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Johanes Eisele/ AFP

Badminton world No. 1 Momota hurt, driver killed in Malaysia crash

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Police say Kento Momota, who is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, suffered a broken nose and cuts to his face when the van carrying him crashed

STILL FORTUNATE. Kento Momota escapes with minor injuries from the dangerous crash. Photo by STR/AFP


Angkas-like: Motorcycle taxis in Southeast Asia hit bumpy road toward gov’t recognition

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Like Angkas in the Philippines, app-based services in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia want their governments to recognize motorcycles as official modes of transportation

Malaysia ex-PM 'sought Abu Dhabi royal's help over scandal'

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:32 PM

A 2016 recording reveals that Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak urged Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to help fabricate a loan agreement for Hollywood producer Riza Aziz

HELP. In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan after his welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya on March 12, 2013. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian financier denies masterminding 1MDB graft scandal

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Low Taek Jho is charged in Malaysia and the US for allegedly playing a major role in the theft of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

1MDB SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows a Malaysian woman walking past a billboard with the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange construction site in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Nepalese worker dies in Malaysia meat machine accident

Dec 30, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Malacca fire department's Zulkhairani Ramli says the 47-year-old man was working at a meat-processing factory near Masjid Tanah when the incident occurred