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Malaysia declares virus emergency and suspends parliament

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's king declared a nationwide state of emergency Tuesday to fight a coronavirus surge and parliament was suspended, with critics charging it was a bid by the unstable government to cling to power.

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

Kuala Lumpur - Masks that helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic are proving a deadly hazard for wildlife, with birds and marine creatures ensnared in the staggering number of discarded facial coverings littering animal habitats.

Malaysian villagers escape floods on excavator as 28,000 evacuated

- Malaysian villagers were evacuated in an excavator while others swam through deep waters Wednesday as the number forced from their homes by floods rose to more than 28,000 with at least four dead.

French-Irish teen's Malaysia death ruled misadventure

Kuala Lumpur - A French-Irish teenager with learning difficulties died by misadventure after disappearing in the Malaysian jungle on a family holiday and no one else was involved, a coroner ruled Monday.

Malaysian coroner to give inquest verdict in French-Irish teen's death

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian coroner will Monday deliver an inquest verdict into the death of a French-Irish teen whose body was found in the jungle after she went missing on a family holiday.

'Profits over people': Virus overruns Malaysian glove factories

Kuala Lumpur - Bangladeshi migrant worker Sheikh Kibria recalls with horror the filthy, overcrowded dormitory where he was housed by the world's biggest rubber glove manufacturer when a coronavirus outbreak erupted and infected thousands.

World's top surgical glove maker shuts factories due to coronavirus

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian company that is the world's biggest manufacturer of surgical gloves will close over half of its factories after a surge in coronavirus cases among workers, authorities said Monday.

Trump joins APEC summit as China counters US protectionism

Kuala Lumpur - US President Donald Trump on Friday made a rare appearance at a virtual Asia-Pacific summit, touting his commitment to work towards "peace and prosperity" in the region, as China's Xi Jinping used the forum to counter American protectionism.

Trump to address APEC summit as he contends election loss at home

Kuala Lumpur - US President Donald Trump will take part Friday in an Asia-Pacific summit as he continues to reject his election loss, a day after Xi Jinping used the forum to hail China's growing economic clout.

China to push trade agenda at APEC summit as US retreats

Kuala Lumpur - China will get another chance to reshape Asia-Pacific trade at a regional summit starting Thursday, days after securing a huge trade pact victory and with the US playing protectionist defence.

Father heard noises before teen vanished in Malaysia, inquest hears

Kuala Lumpur - The father of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found in the Malaysian jungle told an inquest Thursday he heard noises in the family's holiday chalet before she disappeared.

French-Irish teen's mother criticises Malaysian police at inquest

Kuala Lumpur - The mother of a teenager whose body was found in the Malaysian jungle told an inquest Wednesday the police response to her disappearance while on holiday had been slow and ineffective.

Malaysia's Mahathir says Muslims can kill French, Twitter deletes post

Kuala Lumpur - Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad tweeted Thursday that Muslims had a right "to kill millions of French people" after a deadly attack in Nice, sparking widespread anger and prompting Twitter to delete his post.

Malaysian king rejects PM's push for emergency powers

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's king Sunday rejected a proposal by the premier to declare a state of emergency and suspend parliament to fight the coronavirus after the plan sparked a massive backlash.

Malaysian police probe Anwar over bid to become PM

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police questioned Anwar Ibrahim on Friday over his push to topple the government and become prime minister, with the opposition leader slamming the investigation as "political harassment".

Malaysia's Anwar meets king in bid to topple government

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had a long-awaited meeting with the king Tuesday, seeking to prove he has support to take power and fulfil a decades-old ambition of becoming premier.

Malaysia's Anwar to meet king as he seeks to topple govt

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will meet the king next week to prove he has support from MPs to take power, he said Thursday, the latest move in the country's political crisis.

Malaysian PM faces major test in state polls

Semporna - Malaysia's embattled leader faces state elections Saturday that are his biggest political test since taking office, with analysts saying he desperately needs a win to strengthen his tenuous hold on power.

Malaysia's Anwar says has backing to form govt, PM stands firm

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he had "formidable" support from MPs to form a new government, but the prime minister insisted he remained the country's legitimate leader.

Malaysia's Anwar says has 'strong' support to form govt

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he had the "strong" backing of lawmakers and was seeking an audience with the king to form a new government.
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