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Famed architect Cesar Pelli dies at 92

Jul. 20, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world's tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92. Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New...

UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

Jul. 18, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said Thursday the U.S. didn't "go far enough" in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar's commander in chief and his deputy, two other generals, and their immediate...

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

Jul. 17, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — With songs, speeches and solemn silence, relatives and friends on Wednesday commemorated the 298 passengers and crew killed five years ago when a missile blew Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky above war-torn eastern Ukraine. Central to the memorial service at a Dutch...

North and South Korea to meet in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Jul. 17, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group as the road to soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar became clearer Wednesday. The Korean neighbors will play each other north of the border on Oct. 15 and in the south on June 4 in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon,...

China asks for 'friendly consultation' in Malaysia dispute

Jul. 16, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government expressed hope Tuesday that Malaysia's dispute with a state-owned Chinese company building two multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline projects can be resolved through "friendly consultation." Foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said the project being built by a subsidiary...

Malaysian rescuers find body of Dutch hiker in popular cave

Jul. 13, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian rescuers on Saturday found the body of a Dutch hiker, a day after he was reported missing during flash floods in a popular national park. District fire and rescue chief Law Poh Kiong said the body of Peter Hans Hoverkamp, 66, was discovered at a river in Deer Cave in...

'Wolf of Wall Street' producer charged in Malaysian scandal

Jul. 5, 2019 1:54 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — "The Wolf of Wall Street" producer and stepson of Malaysia's former prime minister pleaded not guilty on Friday to laundering $248 million from a state investment fund, becoming the third person in his family charged in the 1MDB scandal that helped end Najib Razak's government...

Malaysian ex-PM stepson to be charged with money laundering

Jul. 4, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's anti-graft agency said Thursday it has detained Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, and will charge him with money laundering. Anti-Corruption Commission chief Latheefa Koya said Riza was picked up Thursday but...

Success has Malaysian rapper Bunga dreaming of music

Jul. 3, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

One of the few Malaysian female rappers, Bunga says she at first didn't consider a career in music. "My initial dream was to be a politician or a lawyer," the 19-year old rapper told The Associated Press before her first performance in Singapore for the Malay arts festival "Pesta Raya" last weekend. Her success...

Malaysia plans to decriminalize drug use to battle addiction

Jun. 28, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government plans to drop criminal penalties for the possession and use of drugs in small quantities to battle addiction, but stressed the move is not akin to legalizing narcotics. Malaysia has one of the world's harshest penalties for drug possession. Anyone found...