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Malaysia's Najib explains why he had so many luxury handbags, lots of cash, jewellery

LANGKAWI, Malaysia: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak says he shouldn't be blamed for the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, and declares he knows nothing about money from the state fund appearing in his personal account.

Najib's former aide a 'crucial witness' in murder of Mongolian model Altantuya: Lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR: The father of murdered Mongolian model Àltantuya Shaariibuu lodged a police report on Wednesday (Jun 20) to jump start the process of reopening investigations into the case, nearly 12 years after she was killed in Malaysia.

Mongolian model Altantuya's murder case can be reopened 'if there's new evidence'

The investigation into the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu can be reopened if there is new evidence, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday (Jun 20) after meeting the victim’s father.

Malaysia to reopen investigations into death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock

Malaysia's Cabinet has agreed to reopen investigations into the controversial 2009 death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

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North Korea data shows slight children's health gains: UN

New data from North Korea show a "slight" improvement in children's health, the United Nations reported Wednesday, saying the isolated nation had made a step forward by providing better information about the condition of its people.


Explosion at Vietnam police station injures officer: State media

HANOI: A small explosion outside a police station in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City injured an officer on Wednesday (Jun 20), state media reported.

Philippine agency urges graft charges against former president Aquino

MANILA: The Philippine anti-graft agency on Wednesday recommended charges of corruption against former president Benigno Aquino, for disbursing more than a billion dollars of state funds without the required approval of Congress.


Indonesia ferry sinking: 2 found dead, number of missing increases to 180

JAKARTA: Nearly 180 passengers are missing after a ferry sank in Sumatra's Lake Toba, police said on Wednesday (Jun 20), almost triple the vessel's capacity.


European firms say China business 'more difficult'

BEIJING: European companies complain they still face a tough business climate in China despite Beijing's pledges of openness, with about half saying it has become tougher in the past year, according to a survey released on Wednesday (Jun…


Penang police cripple 3 drug syndicates, seize RM300,000 worth of contraband

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysian police crippled three drug smuggling syndicates and seized RM300,000 (US$74,840) worth of the contraband in raids conducted at three locations in Penang over the past week.


North Korea's Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

Kim Jong Un declared North Korea's unstinting "friendship, unity and cooperation" with Beijing during his third visit to China this year, in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump.

Chinese paper says Trump administration has 'blood lust' over trade

The Trump administration has "blood lust" when it comes to pushing its trade agenda against China and wants to "suck the lifeblood" from the Chinese economy, an official state-run newspaper said on Wednesday, stepping up the rhetoric.

North Korea expected to begin transferring remains of US troops soon: Officials

North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mahathir directed me to disclose scandals: Malaysia finance minister

PUTRAJAYA: Finance minister Lim Guan Eng has explained that he made the disclosures on financial scandals such as those linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) as he was directed to do so by the prime minister.


Commentary: Don't be fooled by the illusion of security from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

No schedule has been set for North Korea's denuclearisation; meanwhile the US and South Korea have offered to suspend military drills, points out one observer.

Tuesday, Jun 19

Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against ex-prime minister Najib over 1MDB: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Embezzlement and bribery with government money are among the charges that Malaysia is looking to bring against former prime minister Najib Razak following a probe into funds allegedly looted from the state-run fund 1MDB,…

Trump threatens extra tariffs on US$200b of Chinese goods

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 per cent tariff on US$200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing warned it would retaliate, in a rapid escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest…

Toll rises to four after quake in Japan's Osaka

TOKYO: The death toll in a powerful earthquake that rocked Japan's Osaka on Monday (Jun 19) has risen to four, with over 380 injured, officials said on Tuesday, urging vigilance against landslides ahead of heavy rains.

China says will 'fight back firmly' if US publishes additional tariffs list

BEIJING: China will take "qualitative" and "quantitative" measures if the United States government publishes an additional list of tariffs on Chinese goods, the commerce ministry said on Tuesday (Jun 19), accusing the US of initiating…

Monday, Jun 18

Malaysia police 'aware' that Najib holidaying with family in Langkawi

ALOR SETAR, Kedah: The Kedah police said on Monday (Jun 18) that they were aware that former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were on holiday in Langkawi, along with several family members.

At least 3 killed, 300 injured as strong quake hits Osaka

TOKYO: At least three people were killed and more than 300 injured after a strong quake rocked Osaka in western Japan during the morning rush hour on Monday (Jun 18).

Alibaba founder Jack Ma meets Malaysian PM, 'surprised' by Mahathir's tech knowledge

KUALA LUMPUR: Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma met Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the latter's office in Putrajaya on Monday (Jun 18).

South Korea conducts war games to defend against Japan

SEOUL: South Korea on Monday (Jun 18) will begin two days of war games to practice defending the disputed Dokdo islands off its east coast - against an unlikely attack by Japan.

Sunday, Jun 17

Taliban say ceasefire won't be extended, as suicide attack kills 18

KABUL: A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Jun 17) killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday, the second assault in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire.

India to resume military strikes on Kashmir militants

India said Sunday it was resuming military operations against rebels in disputed Kashmir after a rare 30-day suspension for Ramadan expired, with a top minister blaming militant attacks.

Khairy Jamaluddin to contest UMNO presidency

KUALA LUMPUR: United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has thrown his hat into the ring for the party's top post ahead of elections on Jun 30.

Mobile phone explosion kills Malaysian venture capital firm's CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: A mobile phone explosion led to the death of 45-year-old Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan, according to a statement released by the company on Friday (Jun 15).

Saturday, Jun 16

Afghanistan extends ceasefire after suicide attack kills 25

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Afghan Taliban, security forces, and civilians celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, officials said.

US, China firms brace for escalating trade war

Companies and trade groups in the US and China have expressed concern over how the escalating trade spat between the world's two biggest economies could affect operations.

Senior indie rockers in Thailand show old age can be cool and full of hope

The band Bennetty is made up of six retirees - the oldest of whom is 86. Their debut single Jood Derm, which deals with the themes of old age and death, has been a surprise hit.

Commentary: A month after the historic election, can the new Pakatan government change Malaysian politics for good?

Malaysia needs institutional changes to be effected, in order to enshrine practices of good governance, says one observer from advocacy group, the Centre to Combat Cronyism and Corruption.

Friday, Jun 15

Trump slaps tariffs on China, triggering swift retaliation

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump Friday (Jun 15) announced tariffs of 25 per cent targeting tens of billions in Chinese imports, sparking immediate retaliation from Beijing and bringing the world's two largest economies to the brink…

Malaysia's Najib may face charges of money laundering, misappropriation of property: Source

Malaysian authorities investigating scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) are considering charging former prime minister Najib Razak with money laundering and misappropriation of property, a source familiar with the…

Najib liable for 1MDB's problems; one more major scandal to be unveiled soon: Lim Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's former prime minister and finance minister Najib Razak is fully responsible for the problems plaguing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

China, Singapore can help Malaysia cope with debt, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng believes countries like China and Singapore understand why it has had to review mega projects such as the China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High…