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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.

First lawsuit filed in Malaysia over flight MH370

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.

Focus of world piracy shifts to Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - The strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a "worrying new rise" in piracy even as the number of attacks continues to tumble globally, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Op-Ed: Malaysian air disaster more of nightmare than thought

Amsterdam - The destruction of the Malaysian Airliner Boeing 777 allegedly shot down by a Russian missile crew has become even more of a horror story than thought.

One dead, a dozen hurt in Malaysia grenade blast: police

Kuala Lumpur - One man was killed and a dozen other people wounded early Thursday when a hand grenade exploded in a tourist section of Malaysia's capital in what police suspect was related to a gangland turf battle.

Op-Ed: Malaysian Airliner investigation says plane shot down

Amsterdamsche Veld I - The Dutch government has released a report on its investigation of the downing of a Malaysian Airliner, at a cost of 298 lives, though it admits the presence of Russian-backed forces has prevented experts from determining exactly what happened.

Op-Ed: Western Russian-Ukraine Invasion Charades

Washington and its western cohorts are currently ratcheting up their "Russia invaded Ukraine" charades because President Obama's fraudulent follies in Ukraine are failing miserably.

Australia PM in Malaysia ahead of intensified MH370 search

Kuala Lumpur - Australian premier Tony Abbott will visit Malaysia on Saturday ahead of an intensified search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing six months ago and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Student activist found guilty of sedition in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced a student activist to 10 months in jail for sedition, with the government increasingly using tough colonial-era legislation to stifle dissent despite promises to repeal the law.
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