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US ban on Myanmar army chief not enough, says UN

Kuala Lumpur - A US travel ban on Myanmar's army chief and three other top officers for their role in orchestrating a crackdown against Rohingya Muslims does not go far enough, a UN rights investigator said Thursday.

Malaysian MPs back lowering voting age to 18

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's parliament Tuesday backed lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, a change that would add millions of people to the electoral roll and was pushed by the country's reformist government.

$800,000 spent in one day on Malaysia ex-PM's cards, court hears

Kuala Lumpur - Credit cards belonging to Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak were used to spend over $800,000 in one day at a luxury jeweller in Italy, a court has heard.

Hollywood producer charged in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian producer of Hollywood film "The Wolf of Wall Street" and stepson of the country's disgraced ex-leader was Friday charged with illegally receiving almost $250 million from state fund 1MDB.

Hollywood producer arrested in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian producer of the Leonardo DiCaprio-starred film "The Wolf of Wall Street" was arrested Thursday on suspicion of money laundering as part of investigations into the 1MDB scandal, officials said.

US seeks extradition of North Korean from Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - The US is seeking the extradition of a North Korean man from Malaysia for alleged involvement in money-laundering in breach of sanctions against Pyongyang, a Kuala Lumpur court heard Thursday.

Malaysian minister criticised for Uighur camp visit

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's religious affairs minister came under fire Monday for describing a camp in China where ethnic Uighurs are held as a "vocational and training institution" during a visit.

Najib's former deputy hit with new graft charges in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's former deputy premier under scandal-plagued ex-leader Najib Razak was hit with seven fresh corruption charges Wednesday for allegedly receiving about $3 million in bribes.

Malaysian court delays Goldman case on 1MDB fund theft

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian case against Goldman Sachs on charges the US investment bank stole huge sums from the country's 1MDB state fund was postponed Monday until September after defence lawyers argued there was a problem with paperwork.

Malaysia launches legal action to recover 1MDB millions

Putrajaya - Malaysia has launched legal action to recover about $65 million stolen from scandal-hit state fund 1MDB, much of it from groups connected to the ousted former regime, anti-corruption authorities said Friday.

Malaysia fights to save centuries-old creole

Malacca - Children in colourful outfits sing in a creole of Portuguese and Malay during a class in the historic Malaysian city of Malacca, part of efforts to stem the decline of the centuries-old language.

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste

Port Klang - Hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia said Tuesday, insisting the country did not want to be a global dumping ground.

Malaysian teen took own life after Instagram poll

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her own life after a majority of respondents voted for the latter, sparking calls for an investigation.

Sri Lanka blasts show Asia is fertile ground for IS ideology

Kuala Lumpur - The Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" may have collapsed in the Middle East but Asia provides fertile territory for a resurrection, analysts say, as last month's bloody Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka have shown.

Sole remaining Kim Jong Nam assassination suspect to be freed

Kuala Lumpur - A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will be freed Friday, ending legal proceedings stemming from the shocking hit despite criticism that the real culprits never faced justice.

Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to US

Kuala Lumpur - Diamond jewellery worth $1.7 million, allegedly bought by a Malaysian financier for his mother with money stolen from scandal-hit fund 1MDB, will be handed over to the US government, a report said Thursday.

China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos

Jenjarom - From grubby packaging engulfing small Southeast Asian communities to waste piling up in plants from the US to Australia, China's ban on accepting the world's used plastic has plunged global recycling into turmoil.

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian woman has reportedly been cleared of murdering her Indonesian maid, who was allegedly tortured and forced to sleep outside with a dog, with activists Monday criticising the "shocking" decision.

Malaysia revives massive China-backed project

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia will revive a $34 billion Chinese-backed transport and property development that was abandoned in 2017, the prime minister said Friday, adding the project would contribute to Beijing’s global infrastructure drive.

Malaysia probes talk on Muslim women giving up headscarves

Kuala Lumpur - Islamic officials in Malaysia have launched an investigation into a public event that discussed women who stop wearing the hijab, according to a group of female activists who spoke at the forum.
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