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Malaysia state leader quits post amid PM scandals

Kuala Lumpur - A leading Malaysian politician relinquished his post as a state chief minister Wednesday in what is widely seen as the latest move by scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak to purge potential rivals.

Malaysia pledges to help Swiss probe as pressure on PM grows

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's attorney general promised Saturday to cooperate with a Swiss call for help in probing alleged massive corruption that has placed Prime Minister Najib Razak under severe pressure.

Chinese ship to join Australia-led search for MH370

Sydney - A Chinese ship is set to join the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370, Australia's deputy prime minister said Friday, as the jet's fate remains a mystery almost two years after it vanished.

Outrage and new questions after Malaysia PM cleared in scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's official explanation of the $681 million that ended up in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank account -- it was an entirely proper gift from friends -- has triggered derision and fresh questions in a country already well-used to alleg...

Five more Indonesian bodies wash ashore in Malaysia after boat tragedy

Kuala Lumpur - Five more bodies believed to be those of illegal Indonesian migrants were found in Malaysia on Wednesday following a boat tragedy, raising the death toll to 18, police said.

Malaysia confirms Thailand debris not from MH370

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia confirmed Tuesday that debris found on the coast of southern Thailand was not from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, laying to rest one question but leaving the fate of the missing airliner still shrouded in mystery.

Malaysia clears PM in scandal, says Saudis provided 'donation'

Kuala Lumpur - The Saudi royal family was the source of a $681 million "donation" that has engulfed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in scandal, his attorney general said on Tuesday, clearing the premier of graft allegations.

Japan firm say debris found in Thailand 'likely' rocket not jet

Amphoe Hankha - A metal panel that washed up on the Thai coast is "likely" to be from a rocket, a Japanese manufacturer said Monday, pouring cold water on speculation it comes from a missing Malaysian Airways jet.

Thai air force to examine 'jet debris' amid MH370 conjecture

Bangkok - Thailand's air force said Sunday it would bring a piece of suspected aircraft debris found on the southeast coast to Bangkok, amid media speculation it may belong to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.The metal panel measuring two metres (6.

Malaysian officials nab four suspected IS-linked militants: Police

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have arrested four suspected militants and confiscated a weapon along with Islamic State group (IS) documents, national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said Saturday.

Pig character in film poster gets the chop in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Cinema posters and a billboard advertisement for a Hong Kong blockbuster film have been modified in Muslim-majority Malaysia to erase a half-man, half-pig character.

Senior Malaysian policeman jailed for 100 years for raping girl

Kuala Lumpur - A high-ranking Malaysian policeman was Wednesday sentenced to 100 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane for raping and sodomising a 13-year-old girl in a hotel.

Embattled Malaysia PM vows 'no surrender' amid funding scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday defiantly rejected calls to step down over a political funding scandal as the ruling party doubled down on its support for him in the face of an uncertain electoral outlook.

Australia says new analysis shows MH370 hunt in right area

Sydney - Australia on Thursday said fresh analysis of data on missing jet MH370 confirmed authorities are searching in the right place, with hopes remaining that it will one day be found.

Ex-Malaysia envoy guilty of New Zealand indecent assault

Wellington - A former Malaysian diplomat pleaded guilty Monday to the indecent assault of a New Zealand woman, with a court hearing he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down.

China offers funds in search for missing MH370 plane

Shanghai - China on Saturday pledged Aus$20 million ($14.5 million) to help fund the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the government said in a statement, after the plane vanished in 2014.

Malaysia PM says hostage murdered in southern Philippines

Manila - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that a man held for months by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines had been murdered, condemning what he called a "savage and barbaric" act.

Iran appoints first woman ambassador since revolution

Tehran - Iran has appointed its first woman ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, naming foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham to head its embassy in Malaysia, the foreign minister announced on Sunday.

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.

Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

Jakarta - Indonesia has put warships on standby to evacuate people affected by acrid haze from forest fires which has killed at least 10 and caused respiratory illnesses in half a million, officials said Saturday.

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.

SE Asia fires 'produce more greenhouse gas than US'

Jakarta - Indonesian forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in acrid haze are spewing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each day than all US economic activity, according to an environmental watchdog.

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.

Beijing tries to soothe South China Sea jitters

Bejing - Beijing sought to soothe tensions over its South China Sea claims Saturday, saying it will avoid the use of force in the region as the US ponders sending warships close to territory claimed by the Asian giant.

'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.
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Siakap merah goreng tradisi dihidang bersama sos liman kasturi, Daging kurma, Sayuran segar bersama herba masala and Ayam merah dimasak dengan jintan
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Under Chief Minister Taib, the Penan's forests have been ravaged for 30 years. © Survival
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Citrawarna Malaysia parade in Kuala Lumpur
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An aerial view of the Adelaide, Australia, city center is seen, looking southeast.
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Citrawarna Malaysia parade in Kuala Lumpur
Citrawarna Malaysia parade in Kuala Lumpur
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STILL LOOKING: An Australian Navy helicopter leaves the HMAS Toowoomba in the southern Indian Ocean to rejoin the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
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Citrawarna Malaysia parade in Kuala Lumpur
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The Australian Navy vessel Ocean Shield has been outfitted with a high-tech listening device to detect locator signals from the black boxes aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) meets with Malaysia's prime minister, Najib Razak, in 2013.
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Rare pygmy elephants poisoned to keep them away from palm oil plantations.
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STUDY AREA: Map provided by investigators shows areas being considered for the next phase of the multi-nation search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished in March with 239 passengers and crew.
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Malaysia's jet-black leopards really do have spots.
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Under Taib's rule the Penan have mounted countless blockades to stop their forest being destroyed. © A.Rain/N.Rain/Survival
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As seen on this map of Malaysia, Brunei is a small Sultan state on the Island of Borneo
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A law enforcement counter-terrorist team in action. Special Actions Unit (UTK) or Pasukan Gerakan Khas (PGK) operatives armed with a Heckler and Koch 9mm MP5-N sub-machine guns simulates Counter-Terrorism operations at Bukit Aman Main Police Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Orchid. Penang island, Malaysia.