AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Dozens of people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that were full of worshippers attending Friday prayers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacks in Christchurch...
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's attorney-general ordered the murder case to proceed against a Vietnamese woman accused in the killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader,...
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Just four days ago, the future for Indonesia's Siti Aisyah looked bleak — she was two years into her detention in Malaysia and faced a possible death sentence if convicted of...
Malaysia backtracks on plans to abolish death penalty
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government backtracked Wednesday on abolishing capital punishment, saying instead that the death penalty would no longer be mandatory for selected...
RANCASUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — A chaotic crush of jubilant villagers and reporters greeted the young Indonesian woman who was freed after Malaysia dropped charges that she killed the estranged half...
Asian Cup host UAE fined $150K for fans targeting Qatar
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian Cup host United Arab Emirates was fined $150,000 on Monday for fan misconduct during the team's semifinal loss to eventual champion Qatar.
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — One of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother by smearing VX nerve agent on his face was freed after two years of detention Monday...
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the dropping of a murder charge against the Indonesian suspect in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother (all times...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Sunday that six Egyptians and a Tunisian man believed to be linked to an African-based terror group have been detained and deported.
BEIJING (AP) — Around 40 people gathered outside China's foreign ministry Friday to seek answers on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which took away their loved ones exactly five years...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian coroner ruled Friday there was no criminal involvement in the death of an 18-year-old Dutch model whose nude body was found after plunging from a...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday met a Filipino Muslim rebel leader who has become a regional governor under a Malaysian-brokered peace deal, telling...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that China should define its "so-called ownership" in the disputed South China Sea so other claimant countries...
Wife, stepsons charged for murder of Malaysian CEO
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The wife and two teenage stepsons of a Malaysian company CEO who died in an incident that attracted national interest were charged Monday with his murder.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister said Sunday that the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than 30 Muslim Rohingya women and children were found stranded along a beach in Malaysia's northernmost state, and are believed to have been dropped off by human...
Airlines need better info before flying over conflict zones
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — More than four years after a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down over conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine, airlines around the world still need more and better...
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Wildlife group: Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state on Borneo, the biggest such bust in the country, a wildlife monitoring group said Tuesday.
The monitoring network Traffic said in a statement that Sabah police this month uncovered two major pangolin processing facilities, throwing a spotlight on Sabah's role in the sourcing and trafficking of the endangered scaly mammal.
Malaysian ex-PM Najib combative ahead of 1MDB graft trial
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — From appearing in an R&B music video and trolling social media to vilify the new government, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been combative before the start of his graft trial, linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that has battered the country's standing abroad.
The trial was to start Tuesday, but Najib's lawyers won a delay of proceedings on Monday.
The Latest: Malaysian ex-leader’s graft trial delayed
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on graft charges (all times local):
A defense lawyer says former Malaysian leader Najib Razak's graft trial, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed by a court ruling.
Dutch, Russia in talks about responsibility in MH17 downing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands is in diplomatic discussions with Russia about the European country's assertion that Moscow bears legal responsibility for its role in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine, the Dutch foreign minister said Thursday.
Goldman execs may have pay cut over Malaysian fund scandal
Goldman Sachs Group's board is taking steps to slash its top executives' 2018 compensation, depending on the outcome of investigations into the investment bank's role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar Malaysian state investment fund.
Malaysia crowns Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah as 16th king
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was crowned Thursday as Malaysia's 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system, nearly a month after the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V.
Garbed in aqua blue regalia, Sultan Abdullah, 59, took his oath of office in a nationally televised ceremony at a cavernous hall in the national palace. Dozens of dignitaries, led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his Cabinet ministers, attended the event.
Malaysia leader: Still negotiating China-backed rail project
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Tuesday that proceeding with a multibillion-dollar China-backed rail link project would impoverish the country, saddling the government with excess debt for the next 30 years.
Since winning a historic vote last May, Mahathir's government has axed or reviewed large-scale infrastructure projects to rein in a surging national debt that it blames mostly on corruption in the previous government.
Malaysia defiant despite being stripped of Paralympic event
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has remained defiant despite losing the right to host the World Para Swimming Championships after it banned Israelis from competing in the event, a qualifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was unapologetic.
Malaysia stripped of Paralympic event over ban on Israelis
LONDON (AP) — Malaysia has been stripped of the hosting rights for the World Para Swimming Championships after refusing to let Israelis compete in the event that serves as a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
The Malaysian government said earlier this month that no Israeli delegates can enter Malaysia for sporting or other events in solidarity with the Palestinians. Malaysia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
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Malaysian royals pick Pahang sultan as new king
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was named Malaysia's new king on Thursday, replacing Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on the throne.
Sultan Muhammad V, 49, resigned Jan. 6 as Malaysia's 15th king, cutting short his five-year term in the first abdication in the nation's history. No reason was given, but it came after he reportedly married a 25-year-old former Russian beauty queen in November.
Indonesian in North Korea trial wins appeal for statements
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman jointly accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader won an appeal Thursday to obtain witness statements given to police as part of her defense.
Prosecutors said they will challenge the Appeal Court's ruling in the nation's top court.
Family of slain Mongolian seeks answers in Malaysia lawsuit
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The family of a Mongolian woman murdered in Malaysia 13 years ago hopes to find answers with a lawsuit that opened in court this week, their lawyer said Wednesday.
Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and blown up with military-grade plastic explosives in a jungle outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006. Her killing touched off a scandal linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, but he has repeatedly denied any involvement.
A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After stripping Malaysia's royal families of some of their powers during his 22-year stint as prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad almost didn't make it to the premiership a second time.
Though largely a ceremonial post, Malaysia's monarch still signs off on most laws and appointments, including the prime minister, and hours after Mahathir and his alliance's stunning general election victory last May, King Sultan Muhammad V offered the job to someone else.
Austria’s young chancellor welcomes one of oldest PMs
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has some special words of welcome for his guest, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is more than six decades his senior.
Kurz told Mahathir after meetings Monday in Vienna "for me personally it is nice, as one of the youngest prime ministers of the world, to be able to welcome the probably oldest prime minister of the world and also one of the most experienced prime ministers."
Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay, apology not enough
PUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.
Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay, apology not enough
PUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it has to pay $7.5 billion as compensation.
Malaysia’s 2018 auto sales rebounded, flat growth seen
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded last year after two straight years of contraction, thanks to a three-month tax holiday, but growth is likely to remain flat this year amid uncertainties over government policies, an automotive group said Wednesday.
Malaysia says it won’t host any more events involving Israel
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel.
Singapore: Malaysia to bear ‘consequences’ of actions at sea
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's foreign minister warned Monday of "consequences" if neighboring Malaysia continues to escalate a dispute over waters claimed by the city state.
Malaysia state’s new sultan tipped to be country’s next king
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The central Malaysian state of Pahang's soon-to-be new sultan is tipped to become the country's next king under a unique rotating monarchy system.
Malaysia royals to pick new king Jan. 24 after abdication
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's royal families will meet on Jan. 24 to pick a new king after Sultan Muhammad V abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on the throne, an official said Monday.
Malaysia’s king abdicates in unexpected and rare move
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday in an unexpected move, after just two years on the throne.
The palace said in a statement that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia's 15th king with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term. No reason was given in the statement.
It marked the first abdication in the nation's history.
Indonesian defendant suffers setback in Kim murder trial
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman due to begin her defense next month in her trial for the murder in Malaysia of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother suffered a setback Tuesday when a judge rejected her bid to secure statements given to police by seven witnesses.
Siti Aisyah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, said he will appeal the High Court's ruling that the statements were privileged. He said the statements were crucial because most of the witnesses were unreachable.
Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB.
Attorney General Tommy Thomas said the government is seeking several billion dollars in fines from Goldman Sachs for breaches of securities laws that involved it making false and misleading statements to investors.
Thai Islamic leaders tighten rules on child marriage
BANGKOK (AP) — Islam's guiding council in Thailand has introduced new regulations requiring that marriages of children under age 17 be approved by a religious committee.
The action follows an uproar earlier this year over an 11-year-old Thai girl who married a 41-year-old Malaysian man, triggering calls in both countries for stronger laws against child marriage. The girl was reportedly sent back to Thailand from Malaysia and put under the care of Thai social welfare workers.
Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants
FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.
Indonesia arrests 5 foreigners in Bali for drug smuggling
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said some of the five foreigners who have been arrested for alleged drug smuggling on the tourist island of Bali since the end of November face the death penalty if convicted.
Police paraded the citizens of Peru, Britain, China, Malaysia and Germany at a news conference Thursday in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province.
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Malaysia’s Proton launches 1st SUV with China’s Geely
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian national car maker Proton launched its first SUV on Wednesday in a fresh effort to transform its stale brand and turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched the 1.8 liter (0.48 gallon) -engine X70 and expressed hopes for Proton's recovery.
Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Wednesday with tampering with the final audit report on a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections.
Najib was charged along with Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the former head of the 1MDB fund, which is being investigated in the U.S. and other countries for alleged cross-border embezzlement and money laundering.
Big rally by Malaysia Muslims calls for upholding privileges
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive street gathering since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a historic vote in May.