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A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

Sep. 30, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about children, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence. The order against FGV...

Lawyer: Russian suspect denies involvement in downing MH17

Sep. 28, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — One of the suspects charged in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 denies any involvement and wants to speak in court to explain his version of events, his lawyer said Monday as the trial in absentia of three Russians and a Ukrainian resumed...

Voters wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus wait for their turn at a polling station during a state election on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo island, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Polls opened Saturday in Malaysia's eastern Sabah state in a vote seen as a referendum for embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's 7-month-old unelected government. (AP Photo)

Malaysia's embattled PM wins crucial state polls

Sep. 26, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's 7-month-old ruling alliance triumphed Saturday in its first electoral test in eastern Sabah state, a major victory for embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin amid challenges to his leadership. Sabah was ruled by the opposition and the state poll was seen as a...

Takeaways: Labor abuses in the palm oil industry

Sep. 25, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Palm oil is almost impossible to avoid. It can be found in roughly half the products on supermarket shelves, from Dove soap and Oreo cookies to instant noodles and hand sanitizer. While most shoppers know little about the commodity or the human toll, the $65 billion industry has...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim gestures as he leaves after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Anwar said he has secured a majority in parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar plans new government

Sep. 23, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he has secured a majority in Parliament to form a new government, but parties in the ruling coalition called it a “cheap publicity" stunt. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Anwar must provide evidence, and...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he has a parliamentary majority to form a new government

Sep. 23, 2020 12:23 AM EDT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he has a parliamentary majority to form a new government.

Newnan woman visits ‘Magick River’ in Malaysia

Sep. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Michaela Beck of Newnan has been stuck in Malaysia since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while there she was able to visit a sacred place not many foreign tourists get to see. Beck went to visit her son in New Zealand in January. Her return flight to the U.S. was supposed to...

This photo provided by Zackrydz Rodzi shows a monkey which took a selfie in Batu Pahat in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Rodzi, a Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it. (Zackrydz Rodzi via AP Photo)

Primate monkeys around with student's phone, takes selfies

Sep. 16, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it. Zackrydz Rodzi, 20, said Wednesday that his phone was missing from his bedroom when he woke up...

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng speaks to media outside court house in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Lim has been charged with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim was part of a reformist government ousted in March, and his party slammed the criminal charge as political persecution by the new government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's ex-finance minister faces 2 fresh graft charges

Sep. 11, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s former finance minister pleaded not guilty Friday to two new corruption charges, saying the legal moves against him were politically motivated ahead of impending elections. Lim Guan Eng was charged last month with three counts of corruption linked to his...