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Feds: Laundered Cash Financed Wolf of Wall Street

DOJ accuses Malaysian officials of stealing $3.5B

(Newser) - The financing of The Wolf of Wall Street was "a case of life imitating art," prosecutors say—with shady Malaysian officials standing in for Leonardo DiCaprio's stock-swindling character. On Wednesday, the Justice Department accused Malaysian officials of plundering more than $3.5 billion from the country's... More »

Unborn Twin Surgically Removed From 15-Year-Old

It had hair, legs, and more

(Newser) - Doctors in Malaysia recently identified the source of a teen’s longstanding stomach pain: his unborn twin. The fetus, which reportedly had developed to the point of having hair, legs, hands, and genitals, was surgically removed from the 15-year-old boy, according to Fox News , which quotes a report by Central... More »

Probe: Nothing Shady About PM's Mystery $681M Gift

All aboveboard, according to Malaysia's attorney general

(Newser) - Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday that $681 million channeled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's private accounts was a personal donation from Saudi Arabia's royal family and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing, the AP reports. The announcement capped months of uncertainty for Najib, who has come under... More »

After Disasters, New Airline Works to Avoid 'Allah's Wrath'

Rayani Air is Malaysia's first Islamic airline

(Newser) - Malaysia's Rayani Air has taken to the skies with a clear bailiwick. It is the country's first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules, including prayers, no serving of alcohol or meals with pork, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants. The idea... More »

747s Left Languishing at Airport for Year Are Claimed

Swift Air Cargo is pretty dumbfounded by the whole thing

(Newser) - A new Malaysian air cargo company said Friday it is the owner of three jumbo jets parked for more than a year at the country's main airport and that it was shocked by authorities' claim that the owner could not be traced . Malaysia's airport operator on Monday took... More »

The US Would Like You to Avoid This Street

US, Australian embassies say there is 'credible threat' in Malaysian capital

(Newser) - The US and Australian embassies in Malaysia have warned of a potential terrorist attack at a popular hawker street in Kuala Lumpur. The US Embassy issued an advisory saying it has credible threat information and urged its citizens to avoid Alor Street, located in a shopping belt in the city... More »

France Clashes With Malaysia: What New Plane Debris?

Conflicting information from France, Malaysia, Australia brings confusion

(Newser) - France and Malaysia are butting heads over the Reunion Island debris thought to be linked to MH370 as the French government kicks off a new search for items using a military plane, helicopter, boats, and people on the ground. In addition to a wing piece Malaysia says is definitely from... More »

Seat Cushions, Plane Window Appear on Reunion

Investigators have yet to confirm they belong to MH370

(Newser) - The piece of plane wing confirmed to be from MH370 has company. In addition to a suitcase , Malaysia's transportation minister says "many items," including seat cushions, aluminum foil, and a window, have washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, but experts have yet to prove... More »

Naked Tourists Blamed for Mountain Quake

Kinabalu death toll rises to 16

(Newser) - The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia's highest peak rose to 16 today as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing. A magnitude-5.9 earthquake on Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 13,435-foot Mount Kinabalu in... More »

Quake Wrecks Landmark, Traps 160 Climbers

Malaysian authorities trying to reach stranded group

(Newser) - Terror on Mount Kinabalu: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake this morning trapped scores of climbers and guides, some of them badly injured, on Borneo's highest mountain, the BBC reports. Malaysian authorities estimate there are 160 people on the 13,435-foot mountain and say that since the "trail has been... More »

Mass Graves Discovered in Malaysia's Jungle

139 suspected graves found in abandoned jungle camps

(Newser) - A cluster of abandoned Malaysian jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, authorities revealed today. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said forensics experts were exhuming the suspected graves found at 28 vacated camps in the hilly... More »

Malaysia Airlines: No, the Old Battery Wasn't a Problem

2nd battery would have worked just fine, even in water, airline says

(Newser) - The 584-page report released yesterday on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 noted an expired locator-beacon battery. That detail has the airline today maintaining the battery didn't interfere with the search for the plane. Reuters explains the beacon in question is supposed to convey a signal in the... More »

Malaysia Opposition Honcho Loses Last Sodomy Appeal

In a verdict largely decried as political

(Newser) - Malaysia's top court today upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction and sentenced him to five years in prison, a verdict he slammed—while standing in the dock—as the "murder of judicial independence." The case was widely seen at home and abroad as politically motivated... More »

Man Crawls 3 Days for Help After Car Crash

Malaysian man had broken arm, leg

(Newser) - A Malaysian man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through the jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village, authorities say. The man, identified as Nicholas Andrew, showed up at the village on Wednesday after the car he was driving sped off a highway in central Malaysia... More »

Your Gadgets' Dirty Origin Story: Forced Labor

Apple, Samsung, Sony products made at factories in question

(Newser) - Many factory workers behind Apple, Samsung, and other top electronics products are working in Malaysia—where 28% of electronics workers, and 32% of migrant workers in the industry, are stuck in forced labor, a report commissioned by the US government finds. Some 92% of the country's workers from Bangladesh,... More »

Bleeding $2M a Day, Malaysia Airlines Plans a Hail Mary

Disaster-wracked airline to slash staff, routes in vast overhaul

(Newser) - In a year that's seen one plane disappear and another get shot down, Malaysia Airlines is feeling the financial pain. "The southeast Asia air carrier burns its cash reserves at nearly $2.16 million each day," said Howard University professor Oliver McGee, as per Mashable . "Operations... More »

Malaysia Air Exec: The Story of That Night

Hugh Dunleavy offers in-depth interview

(Newser) - After Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, the airline's commercial boss and his team were on overdrive: They didn't sleep for 48 hours as they desperately tried to find the plane and field concerns from victims' relatives at the same time. Hugh Dunleavy gives a harrowing account of... More »

MH370 Captain 'Planned Route' to Remote Island

Malaysia investigation focuses on Captain Zaharie Shah, 53

(Newser) - Malaysia's police probe into the downing of flight MH370 has zeroed in on one suspect: the captain, who had plotted a flight path to a remote island on his flight simulator at home, according to a report in the Sunday Times . The investigation doesn't rule out terrorism or... More »

Flight 370 Families Start Seeing Money

Initial payments of $50K go out, but more is likely to come

(Newser) - There are still no answers for the families of Flight 370's passengers, but there now is money. Seven families have so far received $50,000 in initial compensation, and Malaysia Airlines' insurer is reviewing the claims of 40 more, the BBC reports. But the Wall Street Journal calls the... More »

Giant Moths Descend on Malaysia

Though alarming, moth swarms not dangerous

(Newser) - To some they represent the souls of dead relatives, to others they are beautiful pollinators, but to many they are just plain creepy. What are they? Giant Lyssa Zampa moths, swarms of which have descended on Malaysian homes and even a football match, the BBC reports. “The moths are... More »

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