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King Harald V of Norway has been hospitalized with an infection while on vacation in Malaysia

Feb. 27, 2024 14:22 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — King Harald V of Norway has been hospitalized with an infection while on vacation in Malaysia, the Norwegian royal house said in a statement Tuesday. The 87-year-old monarch has had several illnesses in recent months, raising concern about the head of state's...

Malaysia's top court invalidates state's Islam-based laws on incest, sodomy and other offenses

Feb. 09, 2024 08:54 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court on Friday struck down Shariah-based criminal laws in an opposition-run state, saying they encroached on federal authority. Islamists denounced the decision and said it could undermine religious courts across the Muslim-majority nation. ...

Ex-Malaysian leader Najib disappointed he wasn't given a full royal pardon for 12-year graft term

Feb. 07, 2024 03:51 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak is disapppinted he wasn't given a full royal pardon of his 12-year prison sentence for graft, and may file a new appeal to the new monarch, his lawyer said Wednesday. The decision last week by the Pardons Board...

Malaysia halves prison term for ex-Prime Minister who oversaw multibillion-dollar 1MDB thefts

Feb. 02, 2024 07:35 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Pardons Board said Friday it has reduced ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak's 12-year jail sentence by half and sharply cut a fine, less than two years into his sentence from a corruption case linked to the theft of billions of dollars from state coffers. ...

More than 100 Rohingya flee a Malaysian detention center

Feb. 02, 2024 02:19 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than 100 Rohingya immigrants have escaped from a detention center in Malaysia after a protest, with one confirmed killed in a road accident, officials said Friday. This was the second time in two years that such a breakout occurred. In 2022, 528...

Malaysia's new king is an outspoken billionaire in a role with growing political influence

Jan. 31, 2024 08:33 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The billionaire sultan who rules Malaysia’s Johor state was sworn in as the nation’s new king Wednesday under a unique rotating monarchy system. Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, 65, took his oath of office at the palace and signed the instrument of the...

Malaysia charges ex-minister for not declaring assets, as graft probe targets Mahathir's allies

Jan. 29, 2024 20:08 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia charged a former minister on Monday with failing to declare assets, the latest step in a corruption probe that’s targeting several people connected to a former prime minister. Former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin, who left office more than...

Two Malaysian filmmakers are charged with offending the religious feelings of others in banned film

Jan. 17, 2024 21:28 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The director and producer of a banned Malaysian film that explores the afterlife were charged Wednesday with offending the religious feelings of others in a rare criminal prosecution of filmmakers, slammed by critics as an attack on freedom of expression. ...

AP PHOTOS: In Malaysia, Wangkang procession seeks to banish evil spirits

Jan. 11, 2024 20:45 PM EST

MALACCA, Malaysia (AP) — Ethnic Chinese devotees towed a giant replica of a royal barge on a wheeled platform through a Malaysian city on Thursday in a rare and colorful procession aimed at collecting and banishing evil spirits. Steeped in religious and cultural rites, the Wangkang...

'I feel trapped': Scores of underage Rohingya girls forced into abusive marriages in Malaysia

Dec. 13, 2023 11:31 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — In a bedroom in Malaysia that has become a prison, the 14-year-old girl wipes away tears as she sits cross-legged on the concrete floor. It is here, she says, where her 35-year-old husband rapes her nearly every night. Last year, the Rohingya girl...