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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.

Floods kill 21 in Malaysia, waters recede

Kuala Lumpur - At least 21 people have been killed and eight others are missing after the worst flooding in decades across Malaysia's northeast, police said Wednesday, with almost a quarter of a million people displaced.

6 bodies recovered, Air Asia flight wreckage located on seafloor

The Indonesian government has said that they have a SONAR image of the wreckage of the AirAsia QZ8501 flight that crashed on Sunday. It is still unclear if the wreckage on the seafloor is in one piece or many.

Bodies from AirAsia flight being recovered, parts of plane found

The dead and the debris of AirAsia Flight 8501 were being brought on board search and rescue ships Tuesday as the fate of the plane is no longer in doubt. Bodies were found in the Java Sea near where parts of the Airbus A320-200 are being recovered.

Aerial search for missing Indonesia jetliner suspended

Surabaya - Nighttime has forced Indonesia to suspend the search for a missing jetliner that disappeared from radar screens after encountering bad weather on a routine flight to Singapore.

Malaysia pledges more flood aid for stranded thousands

Pengkalan Chepa - Malaysia on Sunday pledged more funds to help over 160,000 people hit by the country's worst flooding in decades, as forecasters warned fresh rain could hamper efforts to relieve thousands left stranded by the waters.

Rescuers struggle to reach Malaysia flood victims as anger mounts

Pengkalan Chepa - Rescue teams struggled Saturday to reach inundated areas of northeast Malaysia as victims accused the government of being slow to provide assistance after the country's worst flooding in decades.

PM under fire as 118,000 flee worst Malaysia floods in decades

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's worst flooding in decades forced some 118,000 people to flee as premier Najib Razak came under fire after photos showed him golfing with US President Barack Obama during the storms.

Argentine court grants captive orangutan human right to freedom

Buenos Aires - Sandra, a Sumatran orangutan has spent the last 20 years in a zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now, an Argentine court has decided that she should be recognized as a non-human person with a right to be free.

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.
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