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Obama administration gives slavery a free pass in favored nations

Washington - High-ranking Obama administration officials pressured State Department human rights experts to gloss over slavery and other human rights violations in countries with which the United States is seeking to enter lucrative trade and strategic agreements.

South China Sea tensions flare at Asia security talks

Kuala Lumpur - Southeast Asian diplomats said Tuesday that China's controversial island-building drive is raising regional tensions, with the Philippines slamming its "unilateral and aggressive activities".

Malaysia graft agency says PM's funds not linked to scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's anti-graft agency has said that nearly $700 million deposited into the prime minister's personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal.

Flight MH370: What we know and what we don't

Kuala Lumpur - Boeing 777 debris found on the island of Reunion appears to prove that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed in the Indian Ocean, but the cause of the disaster remains unknown.

China's island-building faces scrutiny at Asia security talks

Kuala Lumpur - Beijing faces pressure over its island-building in the South China Sea during high-level Asian security meetings this week that will include the top US and Chinese diplomats.

IOC dismisses Tokyo logo dispute

Kuala Lumpur - The International Olympic Committee on Saturday denied there was a legal problem over clashing logos for the Tokyo 2020 Games and one for a Belgian theatre.

Tests on apparent plane debris to begin Wednesday

Toulouse - Plane debris that might be from a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared without a trace last year will undergo testing by aviation experts beginning Wednesday.

'Moving close' to solving MH370 mystery: Malaysian official

Kuala Lumpur - Investigators are "moving close to solving the mystery of MH370," Malaysia's deputy transport minister said Friday, adding that a piece of wreckage found in the Indian Ocean has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777.

Plane debris could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight

Washington - Plane debris found in the western Indian Ocean appears to be from a Malaysia Airlines airliner that disappeared with 239 passengers and crew last year.

Plane debris 'very likely' from a Boeing 777: Malaysian PM

Kuala Lumpur - Plane wreckage found in an Indian Ocean island is "very likely from a Boeing 777", Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday, as speculation mounted that it could be debris from missing flight MH370.

Malaysia PM replaces deputy, sacks AG amid scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday sacked his deputy premier and attorney general as part of a major cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to tighten his hold on office amid corruption allegations.

Obama accepts Malaysia slavery in order to seal TPP deal

Washington - The Obama administration is set to remove Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders despite the existence of pervasive forced labor and sex slavery in the Southeast Asian nation.

Malaysia's prime minister to sue Wall Street Journal

Malaysia's Prime Minister is looking to take the Wall Street Journal to court after the newspaper released an article claiming that nearly $700 million dollars has flowed from Malaysian government programs into the Prime Minister's personal accounts.

Malaysian PM dismisses funds report as 'political sabotage'

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday dismissed as "political sabotage" a report that a probe into a state-owned investment fund had found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to his personal bank accounts.

Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

Alor Setar - Malaysian authorities on Monday held a sombre mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human-trafficking graves last month, with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven.

Hijackers of Malaysian tanker escape, one crewman shot

Kuala Lumpur - Pirates who commandeered a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the South China Sea for a week have escaped from the vessel in a lifeboat, giving warships the slip under cover of night, the country's naval commander said Friday.

Malaysia to deport four Westerners over nude photos on sacred peak

Kota Kinabalu - Four Western tourists were ordered deported from Malaysia on Friday after pleading guilty to obscenity charges for taking nude photos on a popular climbing peak, an act some in the country blamed for causing a deadly earthquake.

Malaysia detains Western tourists over nude pix on quake-hit peak

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have detained four tourists -- two Canadians, a Briton and one Dutch national -- for allegedly stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu, an act some locals say angered tribal spirits and caused a deadly earthquake, officials said.

16 dead after Malaysia quake loosed 'rocks as big as cars'

Kota Kinabalu - Boulders "the size of cars" roared down the crowded slopes of Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu after its earthquake, a witness said, as authorities on Sunday raised the death toll in the disaster to 16.

Hopes fade as crews search 'river of stones' on Malaysia peak

Kota Kinabalu - Hopes dimmed Sunday for six people still missing after an earthquake at Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu triggered a "river of stones" that killed 13 climbers, with several Singaporean schoolchildren feared to be among the victims.
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