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Anwar's request for Malaysian royal pardon rejected: report

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's king has rejected a royal pardon request for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently serving five years in jail for sodomy, local media reported on Wednesday.

Indonesia to end search for Flight 8501 victims on Sunday

Jakarta - Search and rescue officials in Indonesia plan to call off the search for victims of an AirAsia plane that crashed over the Java Sea in December even though the bodies of 56 of the plane’s 162 passengers were never found.

Islamic law push strains Malaysian opposition's unity

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian Muslim party on Wednesday launched a push to implement Islamic criminal punishments such as flogging and amputations in a state it governs, a move that threatens to tear apart the country's opposition.

Q&A on the MH370 mystery

Kuala Lumpur - A year on, there remains no evidence to indicate what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to vanish or where it ended up, despite the most expensive search operation in history.

Tears for MH370 as mystery persists on anniversary

Kuala Lumpur - Emotional families marked the first anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370 Sunday as a new report said the battery on its black box locator beacon had expired, but shed no new light on the cause of the disaster.

'Back to drawing board' if MH370 search fails, Malaysia says

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's transport minister said Saturday the hunt for MH370 would be sent "back to the drawing board" if the search now under way comes up empty, but insisted his government remained committed to finding the plane.

Q&A on the MH370 mystery

Kuala Lumpur - A year on, there remains no evidence to indicate what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to vanish or where it ended up, despite the most expensive search operation in history.

India blocks erotic '50 Shades of Grey' despite removal of nudity

The erotic movie, "50 Shades of Grey," has been blocked by India's censorship board despite the removal of nude scenes to tone down the movie.

Listeria monocytogenes contamination of salad now less common

Refrigerated foods, like salads, are at risk from Listeria monocytogenes contamination. While the bacterium remains a risk, a new survey suggests that antibiotic resistant strains are less common.

UN Security Council powers may lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty has called on members of the UN Security Council to relinquish their veto power. The recent findings of the 2014 Amnesty Annual Report shows repeated abuse of their vetoes by failing to protect civilians and provide them with peace and security.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Malaysia's Anwar alleges 'conspiracy' as he is sent to jail

Wilayah Persekutuan - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim alleged a "political conspiracy" as he was sent to jail on Tuesday after his appeal against a sodomy conviction was overturned, likely spelling the end of his political career.

Malfunction forces AirAsia X to abort flight, turn back

Kuala Lumpur - A system malfunction forced the pilots of an AirAsia X flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah to abort the flight and return to Malaysia on Sunday, the AirAsia Group's CEO said.

Report: Co-pilot was flying AirAsia plane when crisis began

Jakarta - The co-pilot was at the controls when an AirAsia jetliner went out of control over southeast Asia in December, crashing into the Java Sea and killing all 162 people aboard, unnamed flight officials said.

Malaysia declares all on board MH370 dead, angering relatives

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Thursday formally declared the passengers and crew of missing flight MH370 to be presumed dead, a step that it said opens the door for compensation payments but which was angrily rejected by distraught relatives.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

29 arrested over Malaysia 'birthday orgy'

Kuala Lumpur - Police in mainly Muslim Malaysia arrested 29 people including two auxiliary police officers in a raid on an birthday party which they said Monday had turned into a drug-fuelled orgy.

Storms hamper recovery of bodies from AirAsia crash

Surabaya - Indonesian searchers recovered the bodies of seven of 162 victims believed to have perished in Sunday's crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea off Borneo.

Malaysia flood relief helicopter crashes, four crew injured

Kuala Lumpur - A police helicopter carrying aid to displaced flood victims in northeastern Malaysia has crashed, injuring four crew members, a police official said Thursday as flood waters continued to recede.
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