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COVID case in Blinken press curtails his Southeast Asia tour

Dec. 15, 2021 11:13 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A positive COVID-19 test among U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s traveling party has cut short the top diplomat’s first official tour of Southeast Asia. A member of the press corps accompanying Blinken on what was to have been a three-nation visit to...

Report: Chinese hackers targeted Southeast Asian nations

Dec. 08, 2021 20:50 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese hackers, likely state-sponsored, have been broadly targeting government and private-sector organizations across Southeast Asia, including those closely involved with Beijing on infrastructure development projects, according to a report released Wednesday by a U.S.-based...

Malaysian court upholds ex-premier Najib's graft conviction

Dec. 08, 2021 02:01 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction and 12-year jail sentence of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to the massive looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that brought down his government in 2018. Najib was found guilty by a...

Malaysia's Appeal Court upholds ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak's graft conviction linked to the 1MDB state fund

Dec. 07, 2021 21:49 PM EST
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Appeal Court upholds ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak's graft conviction linked to the 1MDB state fund.

Joyful reunions as Malaysia-Singapore land border reopens

Nov. 29, 2021 03:53 AM EST

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysians working in Singapore held joyful reunions with their loved ones after returning to their homeland on Monday following the partial reopening of a land border that has been shuttered for nearly two years due to the pandemic. Buses...

Xi says China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea. Xi made the remarks during a virtual conference with the members of the...

Malaysian PM's party wins landslide victory in state polls

Nov. 20, 2021 11:20 AM EST

MALACCA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s Malay party won a landslide victory in a state election Saturday, defeating its allies in the ruling coalition as well as the opposition ahead of national polls. The victory in southern Malacca...

Malaysia ex-PM Najib defends asking for $24M property gift

Nov. 19, 2021 03:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A surprising disclosure in Malaysian Parliament that former Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked to be given a house and land estimated to be worth 100 million ringgit ($24 million) despite his graft conviction has sparked fierce reactions. ...

Malaysian state poll tests ruling alliance as allies split

Nov. 19, 2021 01:11 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian southern state will hold elections Saturday in a test for Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s ethnic Malay party as it faces off against allies in the government for the first time amid a widening rift. While the outcome of...

Singapore delays appeal hearing on disabled man's execution

Nov. 09, 2021 11:51 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's top court on Tuesday postponed the appeal hearing for a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, in a case that has drawn international attention. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam,...