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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...

This image taken from video provided by VTV shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking during an online meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. During the meeting, Pompeo slashed out on China saying Beijing does not respect fundamental democratic values and urged ASEAN nations to act against China's dominance. (VTV via AP)

US to ASEAN: Reconsider deals with blacklisted China firms

Sep. 10, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Southeast Asian nations Thursday to reconsider deals with Chinese companies blacklisted by Washington for building island outposts he says Beijing is using to “bully" rival claimants in the disputed South China Sea. Pompeo spoke with...

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Mahathir said Friday that Malaysia's governing coalition isn't likely to call for early general elections due to political infighting and foresee his new ethnic Malay party to play the role of kingmaker in the next polls. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

AP Interview: Mahathir sees new role as powerbroker

Sep. 4, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — At 95, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad isn't yet done with politics. The veteran politician, who had returned to power in 2018 but lasted only 22 months, is not giving up the fight against what he said was a return of corrupt practices and a rollback of...

Guilty plea in Hawaii woman's lobbying of Trump officials

Aug. 31, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An American consultant pleaded guilty Monday in an illicit lobbying effort to get the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, and to arrange for the return of a Chinese dissident living in the U.S. Federal...

Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis, rear fifth from right, opens the court session as the trial resumed for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with crimes including murder for their alleged roles in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, at the high security court building at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, Monday, August 31, 2020. Judges and lawyers representing relatives of the 298 people killed are expected to discuss the issue of compensation. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool photo via AP)

Lawyer: Families of MH17 victims want reparation for damages

Aug. 31, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer for relatives of victims killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 told trial judges Monday that the families want damages as a recognition of the injustice they suffered and told judges that Russian...

People disinfect as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S. Korea sees 299 new cases as virus spikes

Aug. 29, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 299 new cases of the coronavirus as officials placed limits on dining at restaurants and closed fitness centers and after-school academies in the greater capital area to slow the spread of the virus. The 17th consecutive day of triple-digit daily increases brought...

In this undated photo provided on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, by the North Korean government, an employee disinfects the inside of Pyongyang Station to protect against the coronavirus in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

Asia Today: Cases still rise in S.Korea, Malaysia stays shut

Aug. 29, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus as health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. The 16th consecutive day of triple-digit jumps brought the national caseload to 19,400. Fatalities reached 321 after five more...

Consultant charged in covert lobbying of Trump officials

Aug. 24, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American consultant has been charged in an illicit lobbying effort to get the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund, and to arrange for the return of a Chinese dissident living in the U.S. Federal...

Police officials view the livestream of the court case of French-Irish teen, Nora Anne Quoirin at the court in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan state, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. A Malaysian coroner began an inquest Monday into the death of Quoirin,  a year after her naked body was found near a nature resort where she mysteriously vanished while on holiday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia opens inquest into foreign teen's death near resort

Aug. 24, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian coroner began an inquest Monday into the death of a French-Irish teen, a year after her body was found near a nature resort where she vanished while on holiday. Nora Anne Quoirin’s disappearance from her family’s cottage at the Dusun eco-resort in...