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Australia FM stresses AUKUS will not create nuclear weapons

Jun. 28, 2022 06:10 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong stressed Tuesday that her country's security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. will not create nuclear weapons, and said she hoped concerns that it may spark a regional arms race would dissipate over time. “We are...

UN expert: Myanmar's pledge for clean polls 'preposterous'

Jun. 23, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Military-ruled Myanmar's promise of free and fair elections next year is “preposterous,” a U.N. expert said Thursday as he warned the international community not to fall for the army regime's propaganda to legitimize its rule. Tom Andrews, the U.N....

Myanmar minister joins Southeast Asian defense meeting

Jun. 22, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Myanmar’s defense minister, under sanctions from the United States, Britain and other countries for abuses committed by his country’s military, was welcomed Wednesday to an annual meeting with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ...

Malaysia: Disney refused to cut gay scenes in 'Lightyear'

Jun. 17, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's film censors said Friday that it was Disney's decision to ax the animated film “Lightyear” from the country's cinemas after refusing to cut scenes promoting homosexuality. The Film Censorship Board said it approved the movie with...

Malaysia lawyers protest probe of judge who convicted ex-PM

Jun. 17, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hundreds of Malaysian lawyers staged a protest Friday to condemn the anti-graft agency's unprecedented probe of a senior judge who convicted former Prime Minister Najib Razak, calling it a threat to judicial independence. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption...

United Arab Emirates bans Pixar's 'Lightyear' from showing

Jun. 13, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear" from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters. The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly...

Russian suspect appeals for acquittal at Dutch MH17 trial

Jun. 10, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Russian suspect in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine appealed Friday in a video statement to a Dutch court to be declared innocent, as judges adjourned the long-running trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian separatist rebel...

Malaysia agrees to abolish mandatory death penalty

Jun. 10, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has agreed to abolish the mandatory death penalty and allow judges to set alternative punishments for a range of offenses, the country's law minister said Friday. The government will study other proposed punishments for 11 offenses that...

Thailand urged to let UN evaluate refugee status of Rohingya

Jun. 07, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of ethnic Rohingya left on a Thai island after a dangerous boat journey from Bangladesh should be given help and the opportunity to determine if they are refugees, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The mostly Muslim Rohingya have long been persecuted in...

Malaysia suspends chicken exports amid rising food prices

Jun. 01, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia suspended exports of live chickens Wednesday to guarantee adequate supplies for domestic markets, prompting distress in neighboring Singapore, where chicken rice is a national dish. In Singapore, which sources a third of its poultry from...