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Indonesia seals off 30 companies over forest fires

Sep. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has sealed off 30 companies amid a row with Malaysia over forest fires that are spreading a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia, officials said Saturday. The plantation companies, including a Singapore-based company and four firms affiliated with Malaysian...

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

Sep. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election. Mahathir's alliance...

As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close

Sep. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport on Sumatra island on Friday due to poor visibility caused by smoke from raging fires burning through peatland, while schools in several provinces and in neighboring Malaysia closed due to the hazardous haze. Fluctuating visibility that at...

Malaysia's Mahathir begins state visit to Cambodia

Sep. 2, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister arrived in Cambodia on Monday to strengthen ties and witness the signing of several agreements. Mahathir Mohamad will meet with Cambodian leader Hun Sen on Tuesday to discuss cooperation and exchange views on regional and international affairs, the...

Malaysia ex-PM use 'elaborate' plan to loot fund: prosecutor

Aug. 28, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's second corruption trial started Wednesday, with a prosecutor alleging he pilfered billions of dollars from the 1MDB state investment fund through an "elaborate charade" and then sought to cover his tracks. Chief prosecutor Gopal...

Prosecution rests in 1st case against Malaysia's ex-PM Najib

Aug. 27, 2019 3:48 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors Tuesday wrapped up their case against former Prime Minister Najib Razak in his first corruption trial, paving the way for his second court case to begin. Prosecutors told the High Court that they were resting their case against Najib after questioning 57...

UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

Aug. 24, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A U.N. special rapporteur challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country are still considered poor. Malaysia's official poverty rate fell from 49% in 1970 to just 0.4% in 2016. Philip Alston, the...

Malaysia bans Indian Muslim preacher from public activities

Aug. 20, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police said Tuesday an Indian Muslim preacher, wanted in India for alleged money laundering and hate speech, has been banned from public activities after racial slurs in his recent speeches sparked outrage in Malaysia. Zakir Naik was grilled a second time by police on Monday...

Judge postpones 2nd corruption trial of Malaysia's former PM

Aug. 19, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The second trial of Malaysian's ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund was delayed Monday by a week to allow his first trial to end. Najib faces a total 42 charges of corruption, abuse of power and money...

Malaysia renews Aussie rare earth plant's permit, sets rules

Aug. 15, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government extended Australian miner Lynas Corp.'s license to operate a rare earth refinery for six months on Thursday but set new rules for it to tackle radioactive waste amid renewed public fears of health and environmental risks. Lynas has been operating its...