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Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a press conference at his party headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Friday, May 29, 2020. Mahathir has been ousted from his Malay party in the latest twist to a power struggle with his successor Muhyiddin Yassin, but he has vowed to challenge it. (AP Photo)

Mahathir challenges ouster from party amid party struggle

May. 29, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, was ousted from his ethnic Malay political party in the latest twist of a power struggle with his successor, but vowed Friday to challenge the move. The 94-year-old Mahathir, along with his son and three other senior members,...

CORRECTS TO CLARIFY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN MUSLIM NATIONS NOT GAZA - Muslims wearing face masks attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a mosque in Gaza City, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Millions of Muslims worldwide are marking a muted and gloomy religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan -- a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

May. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel,...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

A woman in protective suit passes by a disinfection tent before she enters the departure area of Manila's International Airport, Philippines on Friday, May 22, 2020. Some airlines began flights in and out of the country as the capital eases it's lockdown while it continues to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: India's cases surge again, China opens Congress

May. 22, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — India reported its biggest single-day spike in virus cases Friday ahead of a resumption of domestic flights after a two-month halt. The 6,088 new cases reported in the last 24 hours took its total to 118,447. Deaths rose to 3,583 while more than 48,000 people have recovered, according to the...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

Singapore sentences drug suspect to death at Zoom hearing

May. 21, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore sentenced a drug suspect to death at a court hearing held on the videoconferencing app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, in a decision slammed by a human rights group as callous and inhumane. Defense lawyer Peter Fernando said the Supreme Court...

Malaysia former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad removes his face mask before a press conference at his office of Perdana Foundation in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, May 18, 2020. Mahathir slammed the government for using the pandemic as an excuse to block parliament from sitting. The king in his speech urged lawmakers not to stir up another political crisis but to focus on the people's welfare amid the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Mahathir slams Malaysian gov't for shortened Parliament meet

May. 18, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Parliament held an unusual half-day meeting Monday that was shortened due to the coronavirus and allowed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to avoid a no-confidence vote after more than two months in office. More than 200 lawmakers, including former leader Mahathir...

FILE - In this July 3, 2018, file photo, Riza Aziz, right, stepson of Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrives at Anti-Corruption Agency in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against

Former top prosecutor says Riza deal 'terrible for Malaysia'

May. 18, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former attorney-general said Monday that when prosecutors dropped money-laundering charges against “The Wolf of Wall Street” producer and stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak they gave him a “sweetheart deal" that is “terrible for...

FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo, Riza Aziz, stepson of Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak, walks into a court room at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against

Malaysia drops charge against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

May. 15, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against “The Wolf of Wall Street” film producer and stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move slammed by Human Rights Watch on Friday as a “triumph for impunity and corruption." Former...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, photo, a couple wearing face masks walk past the Merlion statue in Singapore. A second wave of coronavirus infections in tightly packed foreign workers' dormitories has caught Singapore off guard, and exposed the danger of overlooking marginal groups in a health crisis. Infections in Singapore, an affluent Southeast Asian city-state of fewer than 6 million people, have jumped more than a hundredfold in two months — from 226 in mid-March to over 23,000, the most in Asia after China and India. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh, File)

'Tale of 2 outbreaks': Singapore tackles a costly setback

May. 12, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Weeks after two of his roommates were diagnosed with COVID-19, Mohamad Arif Hassan says he's still waiting to be tested for the coronavirus. Quarantined in his room in a sprawling foreign workers' dormitory that has emerged as Singapore's biggest viral cluster, Arif says he...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi sits at the start of ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting plenary session in Bangkok, Thailand. Foreign Minister Marsudi said in a video conference Sunday, May 10, 2020, from the capital, Jakarta, that 49 Indonesian fishermen, ranging from 19 to 24 years old, were forced to work an average of over 18 hours a day on at least four Chinese fishing boats.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

May. 11, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...