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ASEAN ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Aug. 04, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay. ...

Malaysian PM refuses to resign, delays vote by a month

Aug. 04, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin refused to resign Wednesday after some lawmakers in his alliance pulled support for him, but said he will seek a vote of confidence in Parliament next month to prove his legitimacy to govern. ...

Malaysia leader in limbo as key party, minister pull support

Aug. 03, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The biggest party in Malaysia's ruling alliance declared Tuesday that embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has lost the right to govern because a number of its lawmakers have signed declarations withdrawing their support. The...

Malaysia lawmakers protest Parliament closure as ploy by PM

Aug. 02, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police blocked opposition lawmakers from marching Monday to protest a two-week lockdown of Malaysia's Parliament, which they consider another ploy for the embattled prime minister to dodge a no-confidence vote. With a crucial parliamentary...

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

Aug. 02, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in...

Malaysian PM postpones Parliament, avoids no-confidence vote

Jul. 31, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's embattled prime minister postponed a critical parliamentary session set for Monday, citing COVID-19 infections and allowing him to avoid a no-confidence vote amid growing calls for him to resign. A circular sent to lawmakers...

Malaysia PM under pressure to quit after stern royal rebuke

Jul. 29, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Thursday rebuked Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government for misleading Parliament over the status of coronavirus emergency measures, sparking renewed calls for the embattled leader to resign. Muhyiddin obtained...

Family reunion awaits Philippines' 1st Olympic champion

Jul. 26, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — From a bamboo pole to Olympic gold, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz’s arduous buildup to the Tokyo Games culminated on the top step of the podium. Diaz won the first gold medal for the Philippines on Monday, a triumphant result for a country that has competed...

Malaysia's Parliament opens after 7 months, emergency to end

Jul. 26, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said it will not extend a coronavirus emergency beyond Aug. 1 as the country's Parliament reopened Monday after a disputed seven-month suspension amid a worsening pandemic. The emergency, which allowed the government...

Malaysian contract doctors walk out to seek fairer treatment

Jul. 26, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hundreds of contract doctors walked off their jobs in Malaysian government hospitals on Monday, demanding fairer treatment for more than 20,000 physicians who work without permanent positions and play a key role in the fight against the country's worsening...