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Malaysia held talks with Goldman over 1MDB charges: report

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia held talks with Goldman Sachs about dropping charges against three units of the Wall Street bank that prosecutors brought over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, a report said Thursday.

Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing's growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea.

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal 'fake news' law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian lawmakers voted to repeal a controversial law Wednesday that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent.

Malaysian PM says Hong Kong leader should quit

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's prime minister said Friday Hong Kong's embattled leader should resign over the city's increasingly violent pro-democracy protests and warned China would take "harsh action" to end the demonstrations.

Malaysia threatens ride-hailing firm Grab with $21 million fine

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's competition watchdog on Thursday threatened to hit Grab with a $21 million fine for practices that allegedly reduce competition, the latest problem for the ride-hailing giant.

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

New York - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran."We do not know under what laws sanctions are applied.

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk: UN

Jakarta - Air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk, the United Nations warned Tuesday, as scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.

Malaysia bans hit stripper movie 'Hustlers'

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has banned the hit Jennifer Lopez movie "Hustlers", authorities said Friday, criticising the film about strippers as packed with "obscene content" not suitable for cinema-goers in the conservative country.

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Fpo - Singapore's skies cleared Friday and air quality improved as smog from raging Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend's Formula One race may be affected.

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Fpo - Singapore's skies were clearer Friday and air quality improved as smog from Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend's Formula One race may be affected.

Malaysia raises diplomatic temperature as Indonesia burns

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia said Thursday it will raise pressure on its Southeast Asian neighbours to find a solution to recurring outbreaks of smog-belching forest fires in Indonesia, as air quality plummeted and more schools closed.

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Kuala Lumpur - Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting.

Schools, airports closed as Indonesia fires spark fears for Singapore F1

Kuala Lumpur - Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed schools and airports across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the city's Formula One motor race.

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia closed more than 1,000 schools nationwide Wednesday and air quality worsened in Singapore days before the city's Formula One race, as toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires engulfed the region.

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires — President Widodo

Pekanbaru - Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area Tuesday.

Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse underground fires

Pekanbaru - Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy -- underground fires that aggravate global warming.

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes

Pekanbaru - Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country that has forced mass school closures.

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country.

Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change

Pekanbaru - With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming.

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

Pekanbaru - The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring.

Hundreds of schools shut as forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia

Jambi - Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia's rainforests -- some of the world's biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday.

Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

Nha Trang - Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia -- dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains.

Ukraine releases MH17 'suspect' ahead of expected prisoner swap

Kiev - A court in Ukraine on Thursday released from detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, prompting concern from the Netherlands that he may avoid questioning.

Return to sender: Malaysia seeks origin of tons of plastic waste

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia wants to return almost 200 shipping containers believed to contain plastic waste, officials said Thursday, but first they need to work out where they came from.

Malaysia ex-PM Najib 'pivotal' in 1MDB plunder, trial hears

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's ex-prime minister Najib Razak played a pivotal role in plundering state fund 1MDB and hundreds of millions of dollars were illicitly channelled to his bank account, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of his biggest graft trial.

Malaysian prosecutors wrap up first case against Najib

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian prosecutors Tuesday wrapped up the first of several cases against toppled leader Najib Razak over the plundering of 1MDB, a day before the start of his main trial linked to the scandal-hit fund.

Parents claim body of Franco-Irish teen found dead in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - The grief-stricken parents of a Franco-Irish teen found dead in Malaysia after she disappeared from a rainforest resort claimed her body Friday, police said, following an autopsy that showed no signs of foul play.

Starvation likely killed Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia, no sign foul play

Seremban - A Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding after about a week in the jungle, with no immediate sign of foul play, police said Thursday.
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Citrawarna Malaysia parade in Kuala Lumpur
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Orchid. Penang island, Malaysia.
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