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Kim Jong Nam Had Something Precious in His Backpack

$100K now held in police safe

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam's accused killers were apparently unaware that the half brother of North Korea’s leader was carrying $100,000 in cash in his backpack when he was fatally attacked at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on Feb. 13, per Reuters . But Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi... More »

DiCaprio May Have to Return Millions in Artwork

Feds are seizing assets related to Malaysian corruption

(Newser) - The feds are in the midst of a complex money-laundering investigation tied to Malaysian financiers, but it's got some easy-to-understand ramifications: Leonardo DiCaprio has to return a Picasso and an old Oscar that once belonged to Marlon Brando. As Reuters reports, DiCaprio himself is not charged with any wrongdoing,... More »

Kim's Body Released to North Korea

As 9 Malaysians depart Pyongyang

(Newser) - A diplomatic dispute between Malaysia and North Korea appears to have come to an end with the release of Kim Jong Nam's body. The body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un— officially identified earlier this month—left Malaysia on a plane bound for Pyongyang via... More »

How North Korea Claims Kim Died

Envoy says it was probably a heart attack

(Newser) - A North Korean envoy says Kim Jong Nam likely died of a heart attack, not in an assassination that used the nerve agent VX. Ri Tong Il, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UN, says Kim was taking medication for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, reports... More »

2 Women to Be Charged in Kim Killing

They'll face the death penalty if convicted

(Newser) - Two women accused of wiping chemicals on the face of Kim Jong Nam in what they say they thought was a prank will be charged with murder, Malaysian officials announced Tuesday. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam will face a mandatory death sentence if convicted, reports... More »

Someone Really Wants to Get to Kim Jong Nam's Body: Cops

Malaysian police say there was break-in attempt at hospital morgue

(Newser) - As Malaysian cops seek out a North Korean diplomat for questioning in the poisoning death of Kim Jong Un's half brother, the morgue where Kim Jong Nam's body is being held is having its own issues. Khalid Abu Bakar, head of the country's police force, told the... More »

Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Reportedly Assassinated

South Korean officials say Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in Malaysia

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's half-brother has died in Malaysia in what South Korean government officials claim was an assassination. Police official Fadzil Ahmat tells Reuters that Kim Jong Nam—the son of Kim Jong Il and actress Song Hye Rim—became dizzy and "felt like someone grabbed or held... More »

Rapist Who Attacked Up to 1K Women Being Sent Home

Selva Kumar Subbiah 'is a total, classic psychopath'

(Newser) - An unrepentant serial rapist believed to have attacked up to 1,000 women has finished a 24-year prison sentence in Canada, but he won't be enjoying a minute of freedom there. Instead, guards will accompany Selva Kumar Subbiah on a plane back to his native Malaysia and hand police... More »

Hiker Sets Out to Find Himself, Ends Up Lost, Gets Maggots

Andrew Gaskell learned the hard way to heed trail signs

(Newser) - Andrew Gaskell set out to find himself and, well, got lost. The Australian was rescued from the Malaysian jungle on Tuesday after spending two weeks alone in a remote section of Borneo's Mulu National Park. Gaskell had been touring Asia while trying to "come to some sort of... More »

Why Food Vendors in Malaysia Have to Rename Hot Dogs

Government tells Auntie Anne's that 'dog' can't be in product name if it wants halal certification

(Newser) - What's in a name? In Malaysia, a heck of a lot when it comes to hot dogs. Per the BBC , the country's Islamic Development Department has told food vendors in the mostly Muslim nation that if they want a halal designation (meaning food items have been given the... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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