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Seven make final cut as world's most wondrous cities

Surviving three years of global voting and competition from almost 1,200 other candidates, seven communities were announced Sunday as New7Wonders Cities.

Malaysia reverses vow to scrap controversial sedition law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday abandoned plans to repeal a controversial sedition law increasingly used against his regime's political opponents, as the opposition warned of a lurch back to authoritarian rule.

Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming

Kuala Lumpur - The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday.

Air Asia becomes latest major endorsement by Manny Pacquiao

Another major endorsement has been added to Manny Pacquiao's long list of commercial endorsements as he gears up for a potential "Fight of the Year" duel with American Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Macau, China.

Elite Talk: A talk with Alan Bollard on FTAAP, New Silk Road Special

APEC Secretariat Executive Director Alan Bollard joins the Elite Talk show from People's Daily Online to talk about the on-going APEC events.

Malaysia transgenders win landmark court case

Putrajaya - Three Malaysian transgender women on Friday won their landmark bid to overturn an Islamic anti cross-dressing law in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

Op-Ed: Ailing Singapore dolphins and dubious SeaWorld connections

Sentosa - Captive dolphins in Singapore made the headlines this week — for all the wrong reasons. Water quality, disease, and a dubious link to a SeaWorld-funded website, raised several eyebrows and great concern.

First lawsuit filed in Malaysia over flight MH370

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.

Focus of world piracy shifts to Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - The strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a "worrying new rise" in piracy even as the number of attacks continues to tumble globally, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Op-Ed: Malaysian air disaster more of nightmare than thought

Amsterdam - The destruction of the Malaysian Airliner Boeing 777 allegedly shot down by a Russian missile crew has become even more of a horror story than thought.

One dead, a dozen hurt in Malaysia grenade blast: police

Kuala Lumpur - One man was killed and a dozen other people wounded early Thursday when a hand grenade exploded in a tourist section of Malaysia's capital in what police suspect was related to a gangland turf battle.

Op-Ed: Malaysian Airliner investigation says plane shot down

Amsterdamsche Veld I - The Dutch government has released a report on its investigation of the downing of a Malaysian Airliner, at a cost of 298 lives, though it admits the presence of Russian-backed forces has prevented experts from determining exactly what happened.

Op-Ed: Western Russian-Ukraine Invasion Charades

Washington and its western cohorts are currently ratcheting up their "Russia invaded Ukraine" charades because President Obama's fraudulent follies in Ukraine are failing miserably.

Australia PM in Malaysia ahead of intensified MH370 search

Kuala Lumpur - Australian premier Tony Abbott will visit Malaysia on Saturday ahead of an intensified search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing six months ago and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Student activist found guilty of sedition in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced a student activist to 10 months in jail for sedition, with the government increasingly using tough colonial-era legislation to stifle dissent despite promises to repeal the law.

Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs in survival bid

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced Friday to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis.

Malaysia jails six over 'nude games'

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian court sent six men to jail for a month on Thursday and will try four other people over a nudist gathering that triggered outrage in the Muslim-majority country, a defence lawyer said.

In somber homecoming, Malaysia lays MH17 dead to rest

Kuala Lumpur - Millions of black-clad Malaysians fell silent Friday in tribute to their 43 countrymen killed in the MH17 disaster as the first remains were brought home and laid to rest amid deep sorrow and anger.

Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia will drape itself in black for a national day of mourning Friday as it welcomes home the remains of 20 citizens killed on downed Flight MH17.
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