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Malaysia carries out autopsy on Palestinian gunned down in 'Mossad' hit

- An autopsy was being carried out Sunday on the body of a Palestinian professor who was gunned down in what his family claim was an assassination by Israel's Mossad spy agency.

Asian push to crack down on 'fake news' sparks alarm

Kuala Lumpur - Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace.

Syrian stranded in Malaysian airport for weeks

Kuala Lumpur - A Syrian man said he has been stranded at the main airport serving the Malaysian capital for over a month after being denied entry to several countries, and begged for help to escape.

Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament for tough election

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Friday announced the dissolution of parliament for a general election that will pose one of the sternest-ever tests for his ruling coalition, due to a massive financial scandal and a challenge from former leader Mah...

Mahathir party deregistered close to Malaysia polls

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities on Thursday deregistered the party of veteran former leader Mahathir Mohamad, who is trying to unseat scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak at upcoming elections.

Defence in Kim Jong Nam trial casts doubt on poison test lab

Shah Alam - The laboratory that tested the nerve agent allegedly used to assassinate the North Korean leader's half-brother was not on the list of centres approved by the global chemical weapons watchdog, a Malaysian court heard Thursday.

Malaysian state wants Koranic recitals for cows

Kuala Lumpur - Cows in a conservative Malaysian state could be played Koranic recitals in the hope it will help them relax and improve the quality of their beef, a senior official said Thursday.

Boat carrying dozens of Rohingya arrives in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya from Myanmar arrived in Malaysia Tuesday and the refugees will be allowed to enter the country, but an expert played down fears of a new exodus.

Malaysia approves 'fake news' law despite outcry

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government Monday pushed a law through parliament that makes "fake news" punishable by a maximum six-year jail term despite an outcry from critics worried it will be used to stifle dissent before elections.

Top Malaysian opposition politician on trial for graft

- A leading Malaysian opposition politician and vocal critic of Prime Minister Najib Razak went on trial for corruption Monday as elections loom, in a case critics say is politically motivated.

Malaysia proposes 10 years' jail for 'fake news'

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government Monday proposed a "fake news" law which would carry a maximum 10-year jail term, including for articles published abroad, sparking fears of a crackdown on dissent as elections loom.

Defence lawyer slams Malaysian police over Kim murder probe

Shah Alam - The Malaysian police's investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother was "shoddy" and could lead to an unfair trial, a court heard Wednesday.

Top Malaysian activist to run as opposition bet in upcoming polls

Petaling Jaya - A prominent Malaysian rights activist Tuesday announced her candidacy in upcoming polls in what analysts see as a boost for the opposition's attempt to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Malaysian businessman hits out after scandal-linked yacht seized

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian businessman allegedly at the centre of a financial scandal has accused US justice officials of "global overreach" after a yacht linked to the controversy was seized off Bali.

Kim Jong Nam believed life in danger before hit, court told

Shah Alam - The half-brother of North Korea's leader expressed fears for his life months before he was assassinated in Malaysia in a Cold War-style hit, a court heard Tuesday.

Indonesian maid's death highlights failure to protect helpers

Kuala Lumpur - Trafficked to Malaysia, forced to sleep outside with a dog before dying from serious injuries -– the latest abuse case involving an Indonesian maid highlights a failure to protect domestic helpers despite repeated government pledges, critics say.

Malaysian rapper held over Lunar New Year dog video

Kuala Lumpur - A rapper in Muslim-majority Malaysia was arrested Thursday for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video that features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves.

Kim Jong Nam murder suspect 'visited Cambodia for TV pranks'

Shah Alam - An Indonesian woman charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited Cambodia to take part in what she believed were pranks for a TV show with suspected Pyongyang agents, a court heard Thursday.

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Kuala Lumpur - Ten suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday.

Malaysian artist jailed for clown caricature of PM

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian artist was jailed for a month Tuesday for publishing a caricature of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak looking like a clown, the latest government critic to be imprisoned.
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