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A year after 1MDB: Malaysian premier takes hardline turn

Kuala Lumpur - Giant video screens lining Malaysia's ruling-party headquarters flash towering, 40-storey images of a smiling Prime Minister Najib Razak across a corner of the capital, a glaring reminder of who's in charge.

ASEAN retracts South China Sea criticism: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Southeast Asian countries have reversed course on a statement that expressed deep concern over events in the South China Sea, where Beijing is embroiled in territorial rows, Malaysia said Tuesday, adding that "urgent amendments" would be made.

Australia war dead repatriated from Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Half a century after they died, the bodies of 32 Australian soldiers and their dependents, many of whom were killed in the Vietnam War, were returned home from Malaysia Tuesday.

Personal suffering fuels Malaysia trans advocate's fight

Kuala Lumpur - Nisha Ayub has endured virtually everything thrown at Muslim-majority Malaysia's repressed transgender community: contempt, violence, arrest and sexual assault in a prison where she was sent to become a "real man".

Honda Malaysia recalls more than 58,000 cars amid airbag scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Honda Malaysia is recalling tens of thousands of vehicles to replace the driver airbag inflator, urging owners of affected cars to consult with their dealers.

Japan, China battle for first high-speed railway in SE Asia

Japan and China are currently engaged in a fierce competition for the contract to build Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway.

Deputy minister's body found after Malaysia helicopter crash

Kuala Lumpur - Search teams on Friday recovered the body of a Malaysian deputy minister in the Borneo island state of Sarawak near where a helicopter carrying her and five others is believed to have crashed, officials said.

Two more Takata-linked airbag deaths in Malaysia: Honda

Kuala Lumpur - Two people have died in Malaysia after airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata exploded, carmaker Honda announced, raising the global toll to 13 in a scandal that has led to the biggest auto recall in US history.

Malaysian capital to be one of world's most connected cities

The Malaysian government is implementing an ambitious three-year plan to transform the capital Kuala Lumpur into one of world’s most connected cities.

Malaysia PM names new bank chief amid funding scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's scandal-plagued prime minister on Wednesday appointed a new central bank governor, who will take over from respected longtime chief Zeti Akhtar Aziz amid a contentious financial scandal.

Malaysian caught with half a ton of cannabis in Thailand

Bangkok - Police authorities in Thailand announced Tuesday the arrest of a Malaysian who attempted to smuggle half a ton of cannabis into his country.

Gunmen kidnap four Indonesian sailors off Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Gunmen have abducted four Indonesian sailors and shot and wounded one crew member on the high seas off the east coast of Malaysia's Sabah state, waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate, a senior police official said Saturday.

Firebomb thrown at Malaysia office after 'Satan' preacher jibe

Kuala Lumpur - A petrol bomb was thrown on Tuesday at the office of a senior politician in Malaysia's opposition-ruled Penang state, after he described a visiting fiery Islamic preacher as "Satan".

Op-Ed: China’s parallel reality

Washington D.c. - While Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China may have visited Washington earlier this month to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit, nobody seemed to care too much about nuclear disarmament.

Malaysia PM accounts funded luxury buys, election payouts: WSJ

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts were used to purchase $15 million in luxury goods and pay out millions more to political figures ahead of 2013 elections, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Malaysian punk artist clowns with scandal-hit leader

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian designer's caricatures of the scandal-plagued prime minister as a sinister clown have become a viral phenomenon, spurring a wider protest-through-images movement and making the artist a target of authorities.

Opponents of Malaysian PM step up drive to oust him

Kuala Lumpur - Leaders from across Malaysia's political spectrum said Sunday they plan to present a petition to the country's Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

Poaching of this rare bird's 'ivory' is flying under the radar

The slaughter of elephants and rhinos for ivory and horns has generated a lot of media attention, and rightly so. But there is a rare and endangered bird called the helmeted hornbill that is being slaughtered for the same reason.

Australian journalists detained in Malaysia for trying to question PM

Kuala Lumpur - Two Australian journalists were detained and barred from leaving Malaysia after they had tried to "aggressively" question Prime Minister Najib Razak about a corruption scandal, police said Sunday.
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