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Obama says world must not succumb to fear of terror

Kuala Lumpur - US President Barack Obama called Sunday for resolve in the face of heightened jihadist threats, insisting panicked citizens must not succumb to fear and urging world leaders not to abandon a climate summit in Paris.

China under fresh fire over sea rows as US courts SE Asia

Kuala Lumpur - China came under renewed criticism Sunday over its rising profile in the South China Sea as it jostled with the United States for regional influence at the conclusion to a week of top-level diplomacy.

Asia-Pacific summit season to wrap up

Kuala Lumpur - Asia-Pacific leaders on Sunday wrap up a week of diplomacy on trade and security issues that has been jolted by revulsion over the recent jihadist attacks.

Focus on jihad attacks as Asia-Pacific leaders reconvene

Kuala Lumpur - Asia-Pacific leaders meeting in Malaysia on Saturday condemned the string of Islamic extremist attacks from Paris to Mali, urging an international effort to fight the scourge.

Obama meets refugees as bitter Syria debate rages

Kuala Lumpur - US President Barack Obama said the world must offer haven to refugees, as he visited a Malaysian centre for displaced children Saturday amid a bitter and racially tinged US debate over the Syria exodus.

Terrorism, sea dispute top agenda as Asia leaders reconvene

Kuala Lumpur - Terrorism and territorial tensions are expected to dominate discussions when Asia-Pacific leaders reconvene for a fresh round of summitry in Malaysia on Saturday.

US defence chief to visit ship in South China Sea as tension simmers

Kuala Lumpur - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he would visit an American aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on Thursday as US-Chinese tensions over the waterway escalate.

S. China Sea tensions torpedo Asia defence chiefs statement

Kuala Lumpur - US-Chinese tensions over the South China Sea have forced a meeting of Asia-Pacific defence ministers to scrap plans for a joint statement after Beijing opposed mention of the hot-button issue, diplomats said Wednesday.

US to keep operating in South China Sea

Kuala Lumpur - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Tuesday told his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan that the American military would continue to operate in the South China Sea.

UN body calls for Malaysia's Anwar to be freed: family

Kuala Lumpur - A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed in violation of international law and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family.

SE Asia breathes sigh of relief as rains dampen smog crisis

Kuala Lumpur - Persistent rains have cleared the air across vast stretches of Southeast Asia that have choked for weeks on hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials and citizens expressing hope Thursday the crisis could soon end.

Malaysia becoming 'police state' as govt battles scandal: HRW

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia increasingly resembles a "police state" as the government uses repressive laws to silence critics including those demanding the prime minister answer corruption allegations, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: ASEAN is riding today’s rapids, but smooth sailing is in sight

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), formed in 1967, has represented a major slice of the world’s economic activity since its founding.

UN drugs office urged to publish leaked paper backing decriminalisation

Kuala Lumpur - Delegates at an international drug-policy conference in Malaysia urged the UN drugs office on Wednesday to officially release a leaked policy paper in which it makes a landmark call for decriminalisation.

UN denies 'world drug decriminalization' claim by Richard Branson

Kuala Lumpur - Sir Richard Branson caused a stir when he shared an unpublished draft document on drug policy from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that purports decriminalizing drugs would be in agreement with international law.

SE Asia haze 'could last until year-end'

Kuala Lumpur - The haze suffocating Southeast Asia could last for another month, Malaysia's environment minister warned Monday, while a forestry expert said it could even take until year-end to clear the air.

Malaysia again shuts schools due to Indonesia smoke haze

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia closed schools in several states and the capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday due to choking smoke from Indonesian slash-and-burn farming that has smothered much of Southeast Asia in smog for weeks.

'IS hacker' accused of stealing U.S. data arrested in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police have arrested a "terrorist hacker" wanted by Washington for allegedly stealing data related to more than a thousand US military and government personnel and providing the information to the Islamic State group.

Malaysia vows to punish 'trigger-happy criminals' who downed MH17

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia vowed on Tuesday to seek the prosecution of the "trigger-happy criminals" who downed flight MH17, after a Dutch-led investigation said it was shot down by a missile fired from war-torn eastern Ukraine.

In Muslim speed dating, Malaysians seek matches made in heaven

Kuala Lumpur - Looking out nervously from her pink headscarf, Malaysian single Siti Aisha chats with a man she has never met, but who could become her husband following their Islamic speed-dating session.
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