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Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, center, hands out food parcels to reporters who was camped outside the palace following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. After months of resisting pressure to hand over the premiership to his named successor, Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged stronger than before, while his ruling alliance, which won a historic vote about two years ago, met its Waterloo. (AP Photo)

AP Explains: Malaysia political upheaval as leader resigns

Feb. 25, 2020 6:40 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's ruling alliance collapsed this week after 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned and dozens of lawmakers defected in an audacious attempt to form a new government. The political earthquake occurred less than two years after the alliance won a historic...

In this photo released by Prime Minister Office, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad works at his office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Malaysia's king accepted Mahathir's shocking resignation Monday. The move came in tandem with plans by Mahathir's supporters to team up with opposition parties to form a new government and foil the transition of power to his named successor, Anwar Ibrahim. (Prime Minister Office via AP)

Race to form Malaysia gov't heats up, with eyes on Mahathir

Feb. 25, 2020 6:01 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After months of resisting pressure to hand over the premiership to his named successor, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged more powerful than before, while his ruling alliance, which won...

People stand an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

World shares mostly lower after Dow drops more than 1,000

Feb. 25, 2020 5:14 AM EST

Shares opened lower in Europe on Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia, where Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index skidded more than 3% as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged fresh efforts to contain the outbreak of a new virus that has spread from China to nearly three dozen countries. Nerves appeared to have steadied after...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares extend losses after Dow drops more than 1,000

Feb. 24, 2020 10:21 PM EST

Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 3%, to 22,686.61 after it...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.  Malaysia's alliance government under 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir is threatening to unravel less than two years after a historic election victory ousting the coalition that had ruled the country since independence.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian king accepts Mahathir's resignation amid upheaval

Feb. 24, 2020 10:14 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Monday accepted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's shocking resignation but reappointed him as interim leader following the collapse of the ruling alliance in a major political upheaval less than two years after its historic election victory. The stunning...

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave to the crowd at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. India poured on the pageantry with a joyful, colorful welcome for President Donald Trump on Monday that kicked off a whirlwind 36-hour visit meant to reaffirm U.S.-India ties while providing enviable overseas imagery for a president in a re-election year. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 24, 2020 6:05 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHERE DEATH TOLL FROM VIRUS DRAMATICALLY SURGED An Iranian lawmaker says the death toll from the new coronavirus in the city of Qom is 50, even as the Health Ministry insisted only 12 deaths have been...

Office of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says he has tendered his resignation to Malaysia's king

Feb. 24, 2020 1:32 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Office of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says he has tendered his resignation to Malaysia's king.
FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, a man writes a condolence message during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File)

Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. Abbott was prime minister when the...

In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Arellano, right, looks at a man who forgot to take off his protective mask and tried to insert the host in his mouth during communion at a mass at the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila's Chinatown, Philippines. In a popular Catholic church in Manila, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up, some in protective masks, have been asked to refrain from shaking or holding hands in prayers. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

No handshakes: Viral outbreak spooks Asian places of worship

Feb. 16, 2020 10:21 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a popular Catholic church in the Philippines, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up were asked to refrain from shaking others' hands or holding them during prayers to prevent the spread of the virus that started in China....