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Norway's King Harald, Europe's oldest monarch, in hospital in Malaysia after falling ill on vacation

Feb. 28, 2024 19:57 PM EST

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — King Harald V of Norway remained hospitalized with an infection on Malaysia's northern resort island of Langkawi on Wednesday as officials said that his condition was improving. Harald, Europe's oldest monarch at age 87, became ill while he was on...

In water-stressed Singapore, a search for new solutions to keep the taps flowing

Feb. 25, 2024 19:18 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — A crack of thunder booms as dozens of screens in a locked office flash between live video of cars splashing through wet roads, drains sapping the streets dry, and reservoirs collecting the precious rainwater across the tropical island of Singapore. A team of government employees...

Microsoft says US rivals are beginning to use generative AI in offensive cyber operations

Feb. 14, 2024 15:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Microsoft said Wednesday that U.S. adversaries — chiefly Iran and North Korea and to a lesser extent Russia and China — are beginning to use its generative artificial intelligence to mount or organize offensive cyber operations. The technology giant and business...

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. ...

Thailand and Muslim separatist rebels agree on roadmap to peace, Malaysian facilitator says

Feb. 07, 2024 06:20 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's facilitator said Wednesday that the Thai government and Muslim separatist rebels in southern Thailand have agreed in principle on a roadmap to try to end a decades-long Muslim insurgency. The sides held two days of talks in the Malaysian...

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...

After a bumpy end to a banner year, McDonald's says sales growth will moderate in 2024

Feb. 05, 2024 10:53 AM EST

After three years of exceptional sales growth, McDonald's appears to be returning to Earth. The Chicago burger giant said Monday it expects its same-store sales — or sales at locations open at least a year — to rise 3% to 4% this year, which is in line with historical averages....

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. ...

Out of options, Rohingya are fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat despite soaring death toll

Feb. 01, 2024 23:15 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Across a treacherous stretch of water, the Rohingya came by the thousands, then died by the hundreds. And though they know the dangers of fleeing by boat, many among this persecuted people say they will not stop — because the world has left them with no other choice. ...

As his son faces a graft probe, a Malaysian ex-PM says the government wants to prosecute its rivals

Jan. 22, 2024 07:33 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad attacked a graft probe into his associates as politically motivated, a week after his eldest son was ordered to hand over information to investigators. Mahathir, a two-time prime minister who's been a fixture in...