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Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

'Justice for the dead' sought 5 years after MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The remembrance services in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur come less than a month after international investigators charged 3 Russians and a Ukrainian with the murder of the 298 people who died

COMMEMORATION. Relatives of passengers who perished aboard flight Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine five years ago, listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian MPs back lowering voting age to 18

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The Southeast Asian nation is one of a handful of countries around the world that limits voting to those aged over 21, and the change still has to be debated and passed in the country's senate before it can become law

Dutch tourist killed in Malaysia cave floods, guide missing

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Eight other tourists in the same group are safe after fleeing to higher ground

ACCIDENT. Flash floods kill a Dutch tourist in a popular cave located in the rugged Mulu National Park on Malaysia's Borneo island, an official said on July 13, 2019, as a search continues for a missing guide. Photo courtesy of Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department / AFP

ONE Championship: Torres falls anew against Malaysian foe

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Filipina brawler Jomary Torres fails to end her losing slump against Jihin Radzuan

SLIPPING. Jomary Torres fails to sustain the fiery start to her MMA career. File photo from ONE Championship

U.S. singer Maggie Lindemann arrested during Malaysia show

Jul 05, 2019 - 5:34 PM

'I was confined in a living hell,' Maggie Lindemann says after she was arrested midway through her set in Malaysia

Hollywood producer Riza Aziz arrested in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'The Wolf of Wall Street' producer Riza Aziz was arrested on the suspicion of money laundering

Malaysia proposes softening drug laws

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The move is a crucial step "towards achieving a rational drug policy that puts science and public health before punishment and incarceration," he said in a statement on Thursday.

SOFTENING DRUG LAWS. File photo of Dzulkefly Ahmad on May 31, 2018. File photo by Souldinero from Wikipedia

Scores ill, schools closed in Malaysia due to toxic fumes

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:17 PM

It is the second serious incident involving poisonous gas in Pasir Gudang district, in southern Johor state, in 3 months after thousands of people got sick in March when waste was dumped in a river and emitted noxious fumes

Abu Sayyaf frees 9 fishermen seized off Borneo

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The Abu Sayyaf group releases the fishermen off the coast of Jolo island on Friday, June 21

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

Flight MH17 crash probe set to name suspects

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The Dutch-led probe says it will first inform families, and then hold a press conference to unveil 'developments in the criminal investigation' into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Russia's defence ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov (R) and the Chief of the Main Rocket and Artillery Department Lt. Gen. Nikolai Parshin attend a press briefing dedicated to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane operating flight MH17 in Moscow on September 17, 2018. All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when a Russian-made Buk missile slammed into the plane over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

3 elephants found poisoned in Malaysia

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The dead animals are believed to be part of a herd of 30 elephants from the nearby forest reserve in Johor, Malaysia

POISONED. File photo of a elephant in the wilds of Malaysia. Shutterstock photo

Mahathir says Malaysia will use Huawei 'as much as possible'

May 30, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Mahathir Mohamad, speaking at a conference in Tokyo, acknowledges the security concerns regarding Huawei but says they would not deter Malaysia

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech during the 25th International Conference on the Future Of Asia in Tokyo on May 30, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste

May 28, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'We urge developed countries to stop shipping garbage to our country,' says Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change

PLASTIC WASTE. A member of the media takes pictures of containers filled with plastic waste before shipping back to the country of origin in Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino dies – officials

May 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The cause of the animal's death is not immediately clear, but previous media reports have suggested it was suffering from kidney and liver problems

ENDANGERED. Once found as far away as eastern India and throughout Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino has been almost wiped out, with fewer than 80 left, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Rhino file photo from Shutterstock

Malaysian teen takes own life after Instagram poll

May 16, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Majority of the 16-year-old's Instagram respondents vote for D rather than L, which apparently mean 'Die' or 'Live,' respectively

Malaysia foils ISIS-linked plot, seizes explosives

May 13, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The suspects – a Malaysian who led the group, two Rohingya from Myanmar and one Indonesian – are detained last week in raids around Kuala Lumpur and in eastern Terengganu state

Ex-Goldman banker pleads not guilty on 1MDB charges in U.S. court

May 07, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Malaysian Ng Chong Hwa, a former managing director at the bank charged in both Malaysia and America over the 1MDB fraud, is extradited to the US, Malaysian attorney-general Tommy Thomas says

Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to U.S.

May 02, 2019 - 7:34 PM

A spokesman for Jho Low says he is 'pleased to learn that the United States Department of Justice and all the relevant parties are working to amicably resolve these matters'

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Prominent Malaysian human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen calls the decision 'shocking and unacceptable'

ADELINA SAU'S DEATH. In this file photo taken on February 17, 2018, Petronela Koa cries next to the coffin containing her niece Adelina Sau during its arrival at Kupang airport in East Nusa Tenggara. File photo by Joy Christian/AFP

Malaysia revives massive China-backed project

Apr 19, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The 140-billion ringgit ($34 billion) Bandar Malaysia development in Kuala Lumpur is expected to attract financial institutions and companies, and will be an interchange for a number of rail lines

MALAYSIA. The Perdana Putra, which is located in Putrajaya, is the seat of power of the Malaysian federal government's executive as it houses the office complex of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Photo by King Rodriguez / Presidential Photo

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1MDB graft trial resumes

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Najib Razak earlier denies 7 charges related to the theft of 42 million ringgit ($10.2 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit

NAJIB RAZAK. 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. Photo by AFP

Malaysia's former first lady faces new graft charge

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Rosmah Mansor is charged with accepting a 5 million ringgit ($1.2 million) bribe in relation to a government solar power project

ROSMAH MANSOR. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's wife Rosmah Mansor (C) leaves the High Court after facing corruption charges in Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2019. Photo by Sadiq Asyraf/AFP

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Rights groups warn Singapore's proposed fake news laws could be used to stifle online discussion, are too vague and may be used to target government critics

FAKE NEWS LAWS. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong smile during a joint press conference in Putrajaya, April 9, one topic from which were laws on fake news. AFP photo

Rohingya arrive in Malaysia, more believed at sea

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:17 PM

(UPDATED) About 200 more are thought to be trapped at sea in Thai waters

ROHINGYA ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. File photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib goes on trial over 1MDB mega-scandal

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak faces the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation

TRIAL. File photo of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Malaysia, Indonesia to help Philippines settle palm oil dumping

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Malaysia and Indonesia, the two sources of the Philippines' palm oil imports, agree to help combat further dumping and smuggling of the product

This picture taken in Kampar on August 20, 2018 shows a palm oil farmer collecting palm oil seeds in Kampar, Riau province. - Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop. Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. (Photo by WAHYUDI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-Malaysia-EU-environment-food-agriculture, FOCUS by Ridwan Nasution and M. Jegathesan

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday, April 3

Image via Shutterstock

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Anger as wartime memorial in Malaysia calls Japanese troops 'heroes'

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia in the early 1940s was marked by brutality, and bitter memories still linger

The war monument surrounded by five large red banners bearing various protest slogans. Photo from MCA National Youth Facebook

Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed,' says Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

REGRET. In this file photo, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case loses bid for release

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Doan Thi Huong breaks down in tears as a prosecutor tells a court the attorney-general rejects a request to free her

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (L), 28, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Malaysia accused of U-turn on death penalty abolition

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory

DEATH PENALTY. As a pedestrian (L) walks past, a grim message of Malaysia's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking adorns the perimeter wall of the historic Pudu Jail downtown Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free Kim assassin suspect

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is set to appear in court on Thursday, March 14, after her lawyers asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a hearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 during trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia Airlines could be sold or shut down – PM

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it,' says Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The person found guilty, known only as Facebook user 'Ayea Yea,' will be jailed for 10 years and 10 months after pleading guilty to 10 charges of anti-religious activity and the misuse of communications networks

Emotional MH370 families demand answers, 5 years on

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Five years after the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, those demanding answers call for the search to resume

STILL SEARCHING. Relatives of passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 walk to the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on March 8, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

'[Doan Thi Huong] is in good health, confident and is ready to take the stand,' says one of the suspects' lawyers

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia open to proposals to revive MH370 hunt

Mar 03, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'If there are any credible leads and any specific proposals, especially from Ocean Infinity, we are more than willing to look at it,' Transport Minister Anthony Loke says

SEARCH IS OVER. A young girl holds a balloon with a message during a memorial event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur on March 3, 2018 for 4th anniversary of the ill-fated plane’s disappearance. Photo by  Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Ex-policeman in Malaysian murder case loses Australia asylum bid

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Sirul Azhar Umar maintains he was ordered by 'important people' to murder Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu

SIRUL AZHAR UMAR. Charged political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda (R) waves to photographers as he and charged special unit police officers Sirul Azhar Umar (C) and Azilah Hadri (L) cover their faces while being escorted out of court during an intermission in Shah Alam, near Kuala Lumpur, 29 June 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

Malaysia makes record 30-ton pangolin seizure

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Malaysia is battling to clamp down on rampant poaching and smuggling of pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal

SCALES SEIZURE. A Malaysian customs official poses with seized pangolin scales following a press conference at the Customs Complex in Sepang on May 8, 2017. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayed

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyers have filed an application for the trial to be delayed pending an appeal on a technicality related to the transfer of charges between different courts

NAJIB RAZAK. In this file photo from December 12, 2018, former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak (C) leaves the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Malaysia, Singapore tensions flare after boat collision

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Both Singapore and Malaysia claimed that Saturday's collision involving a Greek bulk carrier and Malaysian boat off Tuas, in western Singapore, had happened in their own waters

Malaysia politician urged to quit over 'Cambridge degree'

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Marzuki Yahya's educational background is under scrutiny after doubts were raised on social media that he has a distance-learning degree in business administration from the British institution

File photos from Shutterstock, website of Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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