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Corrupt people must be punished, says Malaysia PM Mahathir

LONDON: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday (Sep 24) that corrupt people must be punished, but did not think that it had reached a stage in Malaysia where the corrupt should be sentenced to life in prison.

US accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities

A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar’s military waged a planned, coordinated campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Southeast Asian nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

US almost doubles aid for Rohingya in Bangladesh, Myanmar

The United States almost doubled its aid for displaced Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh and Myanmar, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced on Monday as Britain hosted a ministerial meeting on the crisis.

One year later at UN, Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'

UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to hold a second summit soon with Kim Jong Un, lauding the North Korean strongman at the United Nations as "terrific" one year after he eviscerated him from the same platform.

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China hopes Britain doesn't take sides, respects South China Sea sovereignty

BEIJING: China hopes that Britain can stand by its position of not taking sides in the South China Sea and earnestly respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Chinese government's top diplomat told Britain's foreign…


Malaysia anti-graft agency completes Rosmah investigation, says now up to Attorney-General

ARAU, Perlis: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) has completed its investigation into Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, and submitted its report to the Attorney-General for further action.


Malaysia may roll out Vehicle Entry Permit by year-end

PONTIAN, Johor: Malaysia aims to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit for foreign vehicles entering the country through the Johor Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link at the end of this year, the Road Transport Department said on…


Insight: The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota

With the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu at her Minneapolis area apartment, a 21-year-old University of Minnesota student sent a WeChat message to a friend in the middle of the night. She wrote that Liu had forced her to have sex with him.

Britain concerned by Hong Kong's decision to ban pro-independence party

Britain's foreign ministry said on Monday that it was concerned by the decision by Hong Kong to ban a group promoting independence from China, the first outlawing of a political organisation since Britain handed its former colony back.


Thai army chief eyes role in politics after election

BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha is "interested in politics," he said on Monday (Sep 24), a sign that he sees a public role for himself after a general election promised next year.

Malaysia's CIMB says chairman Nazir Razak to step down by year end

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holdings, Malaysia's second biggest bank, said on Monday (Sep 24) its chairman Nazir Razak would step down by the end of the year.


Indonesia teen rescued after 49 days adrift at sea

JAKARTA: An Indonesian teenager survived seven weeks adrift at sea after his tiny fishing trap lost its moorings and ended up some 2,500km away in waters near the Pacific island of Guam, his family said Monday (Sep 24)


Barisan Nasional to boycott Port Dickson by-election being contested by Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional will boycott the upcoming Port Dickson by-election in protest at the way the seat is being vacated to make way for the People’s Justice Party’s (PKR) president-elect Anwar Ibrahim’s return to parliament.


Nepal reinstates US$2.5 billion hydropower deal with Chinese firm

Nepal has reinstated a deal with a Chinese state-owned company to build a $2.5 billion hydroelectric plant scrapped by the previous government, officials confirmed Monday, as the new pro-Beijing administration seeks massive infrastructure…

Rohingya crisis: UN should not 'interfere', says Myanmar army chief

Myanmar's powerful army chief said the United Nations had no right to interfere in the sovereignty of his country, a week after UN investigators called for him and other top generals to be prosecuted for "genocide" against the Rohingya.

Malaysian finance minister tells developers to cut prices, says no foreigners-only townships

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Monday (Sep 24) told developers to reduce residential prices, and warned them against building projects exclusively for foreigners.


Hong Kong pro-independence party formally outlawed in first such move since handover

HONG KONG: Hong Kong authorities formally banned on Monday (Sep 24) a group promoting independence from China - the first outlawing of a political organisation since Britain handed its former colony back to Chinese rule in 1997.

Japan's PM says talks with Trump on trade were constructive ahead of meetings this week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had constructive talks on trade with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Sunday ahead of the second round of trade dialogues between the two countries this week.

Spray-can satire creates headache for Thai military government

Thailand's military government chief caricatured as a "lucky cat" with a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line - daring graffiti is cropping up across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for rare…

US, China impose fresh tariffs with no trade talks in sight

U.S. tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods and retaliatory tariffs by Beijing on $60 billion worth of U.S. products took effect as of 0401 GMT.

Sunday, Sep 23

Maldives opposition leader declares victory in presidential poll

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives' presidential election on Sunday (Sep 23), following a controversial campaign observers said was rigged in favour of strongman President Abdulla Yameen.

Malaysian NGO calls for mandatory jail sentence as alcohol poisoning deaths hit 36

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has called on the government to introduce a mandatory jail sentence for those who sell smuggled or adulterated alcohol, as the death toll from an alcohol poisoning case rose to…

Commentary: The bittersweet return of Anwar Ibrahim to Malaysian politics

Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim might win the by-election for the Port Dickson seat come Oct 13, but he will have to contest with bigger issues, says one observer.

Saturday, Sep 22

China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

BEIJING: China summoned the US ambassador on Saturday (Sep 22) to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the United States against a Chinese military organisation for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, state media said.

China says US has 'no right' to interfere in Russia military cooperation

BEIJING: China's decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries and the United States has "no right to interfere", defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday…

Malaysia alcohol poisoning case: At least 29 dead, dozens ill

KUALA LUMPUR: The death toll from an alcohol poisoning case in Malaysia has risen further, with at least 29 people dead, authorities said on Friday (Sep 21).

Kidnappers expected to strike again in Sabah as militants seek funds for terror activities

SANDAKAN, Sabah: A sense of unease has overcome parts of the east Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island after a kidnapping incident off the waters of the coastal town of Semporna last week (Sep 11).

Friday, Sep 21

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

HANOI: Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for dissent, died on Friday (Sep 21) aged 61 after a serious illness, state media reported.

Indonesia's presidential hopefuls woo millennials, Muslims as election in focus

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo launched his re-election campaign on Friday (Sep 21), looking to win over big blocs of millennial and Muslim voters as Southeast Asia's biggest economy sails into choppy waters.

Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage, says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday (Sep 21), amid growing instances of persecution of LGBT community in the Muslim…

North Korea's Kim wants another Trump summit to speed denuclearisation: South's Moon

SEOUL: North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearisation, but a key goal is declaring an end this year to the 1950-53 Korean War, the South's President Moon Jae-in said on…

Thursday, Sep 20

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak claims trial to 25 charges of abuse of power, money laundering

PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak on Thursday (Sep 20) pleaded not guilty to 25 charges relating to abuse of power and money laundering over hundreds of millions of dollars of funds received in his personal bank…

Japan's Abe wins party leadership election, on course to stay as PM

TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won re-election as leader of his ruling party Thursday (Sep 20), setting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier and realise his dream of reforming the constitution.

Port Dickson by-election set for Oct 13

KUALA LUMPUR: The by-election for the Port Dickson parliamentary seat will be held on Oct 13, Malaysia's Election Commission (EC) announced on Thursday (Sep 20).

Two Koreas' leaders in mountain show of unity

SEOUL: Kim Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in visited the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation Thursday (Sep 20) for a show of unity after their North-South summit gave new momentum to Pyongyang's negotiations with Washington.