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Malaysia vaccinating for polio after first case in 27 years

Dec. 9, 2019 1:50 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia began a vaccination campaign in a rural town on Borneo island after a 3-month-old boy was confirmed to have polio in the country's first case of the highly infectious virus in 27 years. The infant from Tuaran town in Sabah state tested positive for vaccine-derived...

Australia death is 25th from faulty Takata air bag inflators

Dec. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Authorities are reporting the death of another driver who was injured by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, raising the worldwide death toll to 25. The unidentified driver was killed in Australia in a 1998 BMW 3 Series car. The location and date of the death and the driver's identity are unknown. Takata's...

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib seeks to show he’s victim of fugitive

Dec. 3, 2019 1:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sought to show he was the victim of a cunning fugitive financier as he opened his defense Tuesday in his first corruption trial linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund. Najib is defending himself...

Prosecutors say Russia let MH17 suspect leave the country

Dec. 2, 2019 10:01 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Russia deliberately allowed a suspect in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to leave the country, Dutch prosecutors said Monday, calling it a breach of a European extradition treaty. Prosecutors announced that Volodymyr Tsemakh is considered a suspect in the...

Malaysian court frees Australian woman in drug case

Nov. 26, 2019 9:50 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — An Australian woman escaped the death penalty and was released Tuesday after Malaysia’s top court acquitted her of drug trafficking, a rare ruling that could bolster calls for an end to capital punishment in the country. Defense lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the...

Malaysia’s top court has acquitted an Australian grandmother who faced the death penalty in drugs case

Nov. 25, 2019 11:37 PM EST
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court has acquitted an Australian grandmother who faced the death penalty in drugs case.

Sumatran rhino is extinct in Malaysia as lone survivor dies

Nov. 23, 2019 10:05 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer. The Wildlife Department in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island said the rhino, named Iman, died of natural causes Saturday due to shock in her system. She...

Malaysia detains 680 in China-based online scam syndicate

Nov. 21, 2019 4:46 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Immigration Department said Thursday it has broken up a China-based online investment scam syndicate with the arrest of 680 suspected Chinese citizens after storming a building where they were operating, but another 100 managed to flee. Immigration...

Former Malaysian PM Najib’s third corruption trial opens

Nov. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s third corruption trial opened Monday, with prosecutors saying Najib had tampered with a government audit of the 1MDB state investment fund in a bid to avoid civil and criminal proceedings. Najib, 66, faces multiple corruption...

Cambodian opposition leader in Indonesia, ponders next move

Nov. 14, 2019 11:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived Thursday in Indonesia to meet some of the country’s lawmakers as he considers when and how to make his long-promised return to his homeland. Sam Rainsy, head of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, flew in from...