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In this image from video released by Malaysian Judiciary, Nathaniel Cary, a forensic pathologist, bottom right, raises his hand to take his oath ahead of his testimony being provided online from the United Kingdom during a Malaysian virtual inquest on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The British pathologist said there was no positive evidence of sexual assault on French-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quorin, who was found dead last year after vanishing from a Malaysian jungle resort, but that he couldn't fully rule it out due to severe body decomposition. (Malaysian Judiciary via AP)

UK doctor can't exclude sex assault of dead teen in Malaysia

Nov. 30, 2020 5:35 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A British pathologist said Monday there was no positive evidence that a French-Irish teenager found dead last year near a Malaysian jungle resort was sexually assaulted, but he couldn't fully rule it out due to severe body decomposition. Nathaniel Cary, a forensic pathologist...

In this photo released by Malaysia's Information Ministry, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin poses for a picture at the parliament, in Kuala Lumpurf, Malaysia Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Malaysia's Parliament Thursday approved the government's proposed 2021 budget, throwing a political lifeline to embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin amid strong resistance to his nine-month-old leadership. (Zarith Zulkifli/Malaysia's Department of Information via AP)

Malaysian PM gains political lifeline with budget approval

Nov. 26, 2020 7:14 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Parliament approved the government's proposed 2021 budget on Thursday, throwing a political lifeline to embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin amid strong resistance to his 9-month-old leadership. Opposition lawmakers as well as members of his governing coalition...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, a worker inspects disposable gloves at the Top Glove factory in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Tuesday it expects a delay in deliveries after it was hit by a coronavirus outbreak that affected thousands of workers. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's Top Glove says virus outbreak may push prices up

Nov. 25, 2020 6:58 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Top Glove, the world's largest maker of rubber gloves, said Wednesday that supply disruptions at its factories due to an outbreak of the coronavirus may push glove prices up. The company said it shuttered 20 of its factories in an area outside Kuala Lumpur in stages...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, a worker inspects disposable gloves at the Top Glove factory in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Tuesday it expects a delay in deliveries after it was hit by a coronavirus outbreak that affected thousands of workers. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Virus outbreak delays production at world's top glove maker

Nov. 24, 2020 10:20 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp., the world’s largest maker of rubber gloves, said Tuesday it expects a two-to-four-week delay in deliveries after more than 2,000 workers at its factories were infected by the coronavirus, raising the possibility of supply disruptions...

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, arrives for the opening of the first virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

APEC leaders, including Trump, agree on free trade

Nov. 20, 2020 11:40 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, including U.S. President Donald Trump, pledged Friday to work toward free, open and non-discriminatory trade and investment to revive their coronavirus-battered economies. The leaders cast aside differences to issue...

A volunteer teacher gives a basic English lesson to a minority Muslim Rohingya refugees at a slum on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Oct. 11, 2020. Refugee women in Malaysia, some in their late 50s, are learning to read and write for the first time. The classes outside Kuala Lumpur are offered by the Women for Refugees group, which was formed in September by two law students to help illiterate migrant women integrate into the local community and empower them to be more than just passive wives. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia group teaches refugee women how to read and write

Nov. 20, 2020 12:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — In a bare room, students seated on the floor recite the alphabet. But these are not children. The students are refugee women in Malaysia, some in their late 50s, who for the first time are learning how to read and write, both in Malay and English. The weekly classes in a dingy...

In this photo provided by Malaysia's Department of Information, monitors show Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering speech via virtual meeting during the APEC CEO Dialogues 2020, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Nazri Rapaai/Malaysia Department of Information via AP)

Xi: China will avoid decoupling amid tension with US, Europe

Nov. 19, 2020 2:10 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday spurned suggestions that his country might decouple or separate itself from the U.S. and other trading partners amid tension with Washington and Europe over technology and security. Speaking by video link from Beijing to a meeting of...

A woman who sprays pesticides in a palm oil plantation blames her red, irritated eyes on the chemicals she works with, in Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017. Many female workers spray toxic chemicals and spread fertilizers without wearing any protective gear. (AP Photo/Margie Mason)

AP investigation: Female palm oil workers face abuse, no pay

Nov. 18, 2020 10:23 AM EST

Key findings of The Associated Press’ investigation into the treatment of female palm oil workers in Indonesia and Malaysia: — Women on plantations often face sexual abuse, ranging from verbal harassment and threats to rape, and victims rarely speak out. When they do, companies often don’t...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus holds an umbrella as she walks out of an underpass tunnel on a rainy morning rush hour in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: S. Korea sees biggest jump in cases since August

Nov. 18, 2020 6:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three months as it gets set to tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 313 new cases on Wednesday, raising the...