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Thailand urged not to deport trans woman charged in Malaysia

Sep. 20, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A human rights group urged Thailand not to deport a transgender businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she is charged under Islamic laws for insulting Islam by cross-dressing. Malaysian police are seeking to extradite Nur...

Malaysia's PM signs landmark pact with opposition lawmakers

Sep. 13, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Barely a month in office, Malaysia's new leader has won opposition support to shore up his fragile government in exchange for a slew of reforms as Parliament reopened Monday. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob signed an unprecedented...

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

Sep. 13, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as...

Malaysian mothers win battle over 'sexist' citizenship law

Sep. 09, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Several Malaysian mothers won a legal battle Thursday for the right to pass their nationality to their children born abroad, a landmark court decision hailed by activists as a giant step toward gender equality. Malaysia is one of 25...

"A childless father": MH-17 families speak of deep trauma

Sep. 06, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — Since her father and stepmother died in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17, Ria van der Steen has been dealing with feelings of hate, revenge, anger and fear. She is not alone. Seven years later, Sander Essers still feels...

Until 2023? Parts shortage will keep auto prices sky-high

Sep. 05, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight. That hope has now dimmed. A surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant in several...

MH17 investigations team appeals to Russians for information

Sep. 02, 2021 05:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The international team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine seven years ago appealed Thursday for Russians in the city of Kursk to come forward with information about the deployment of the missile that investigators...

Malaysia's new PM self-isolates, misses Cabinet swearing-in

Aug. 30, 2021 04:44 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new prime minister missed the swearing-in ceremony of his new government on Monday after coming into contact with someone infected with COVID-19, his office said. Ismail Sabri Yaakob has begun self-isolating and will virtually...

Malaysia's new leader keeps largely same Cabinet, no deputy

Aug. 27, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob retained mostly familiar faces in his Cabinet unveiled Friday, but vowed his government will be more open as it seeks to curb a worsening pandemic. The Cabinet lineup mirrors that of his...

Malaysia's new PM strikes conciliatory tone in 1st address

Aug. 22, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob struck a conciliatory tone in his first national address Sunday, saying he would embrace the opposition in an effort to tackle the runaway pandemic and revive a slumping economy. A day after...