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Malaysia Sentences Aussie Grandma to Death by Hanging

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was found to be carrying meth in her luggage in 2014

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Australian grandmother who was acquitted of drug trafficking charges in December has just seen the tables turn. The ruling was overturned on appeal, and a Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced her to death, with the head of a three-judge panel saying "you are convicted and will suffer... More »

Cops Take 284 Boxes of Designer Handbags From Ex-PM

Malaysia's Najib Razak accused of pocketing $681M from state fund

(Newser) - As of last week, Najib Razak was prime minister of Malaysia. As of Friday, he was a mere civilian barred from leaving the country as authorities raided his Kuala Lumpur properties. The rapid fall centers around $4.5 billion missing from a state development fund overseen by Najib before his... More »

Defeated Malaysian Leader's Exit by Private Jet Is Blocked

Najib Razak and his wife are barred from leaving the country

(Newser) - Malaysia's Immigration Department said Saturday that former scandal-ridden Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife are barred from leaving the country, shortly after he announced plans for a short holiday. A leaked flight manifest shows Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor were due to leave on a private jet... More »

He's About to Be the Oldest Elected Leader in the World

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, makes a political comeback in Malaysia

(Newser) - "Yes, yes, I am alive" is not the typical comment from the winner in the wake of a national election, but Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad is not your ordinary winner. The 92-year-old is poised to become the world's oldest elected leader, reports the BBC . Mahathir's coalition of... More »

One Country Just Banned 'Fake News'

But critics say Malaysia is really just muzzling media, putting lid on scandal ahead of elections

(Newser) - Malaysia passed a new law Monday prohibiting "fake news," a move critics fear will be used to silence dissent ahead of elections, reports the AP . Despite criticism from opposition lawmakers that the legislation will lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved after heated debate, with 123... More »

He Trained Firemen to Catch Snakes. A Snake Killed Him

Malaysian 'Snake Whisperer' Abu Zarin Hussin dies just days after trying to catch a cobra

(Newser) - Just a few days after being bitten by a cobra, Malaysia's famous "Snake Whisperer" has died. The Star and Free Malaysia Today report that 33-year-old firefighter Abu Zarin Hussin was attacked by the snake earlier this week in Betong while trying to catch it, and he was rushed... More »

How to Spot Gay People? Malaysia Newspaper Has List

Gay men are partial to beards, apparently

(Newser) - A top newspaper in Malaysia has produced a guide on spotting homosexuals on the street. It may sound nuts, but the Guardian has some of the tips from the daily Sinar Harian. Gay men, it seems, are partial to facial hair and branded clothing, "like to wear tight clothes... More »

While Searching for MH370, Ship, Too, Disappears

Seabed Constructor resurfaces after 3 days in Indian Ocean

(Newser) - Just when you thought the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 couldn't get any more mystifying, it has. While searching for the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 people on board after departing Kuala Lumpur in March 2014, a ship itself disappeared more than 1,200 miles off Western... More »

Kim Jong Nam Was Carrying Nerve Agent Antidote

Court told it was in backpack when he was attacked

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam had more than just $100,000 in his backpack when he was assassinated, a Malaysian court heard this week: He had something that could have saved his life. At the trial of alleged killers Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, a government toxicologist... More »

Could This Be the World's Stinkiest Aphrodisiac?

The Malaysian government plans to find out

(Newser) - The durian is a notoriously smelly fruit, as well as a reported superfood with numerous health benefits, but might it also have the ability to turn men into good sex-havers? That's the question the Malaysian government is apparently setting out to answer. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ahmad Shabery... More »

Video Shows N. Korean Reps Meeting With Murder Suspects

Embassy and airline reps seen with male suspects shortly after Kim Jong Nam's death

(Newser) - Video shown in a Malaysian courtroom Monday makes perhaps the strongest connection yet between North Korea and the assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother. The video shows four still at-large male suspects meeting with a North Korean embassy official and a representative from North Korea's state airline shortly... More »

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 »

Accused Kim Jong Nam Killers Go on Trial in Malaysia

They say they thought they were playing a prank

(Newser) - Two women accused of fatally poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler pleaded not guilty as their trial began Monday in Malaysia's High Court, nearly eight months after the brazen airport assassination that sparked a diplomatic standoff. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of... More »

Police Arrest 7 Boys Linked to School Fire That Killed 23

Malaysian police say suspects were teased by students

(Newser) - Malaysian police say they have arrested seven boys suspected of intentionally starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people because students there had teased them. Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said Saturday the boys, aged 11 to 18, were rounded up after they were identified... More »

Fire Kills 24 at Religious Boarding School

At least 22 teens, 2 teachers dead in Malaysia blaze

(Newser) - A fire killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5:41am and took an hour to put... More »

Experts Say MH370 Could Be in 1 of 3 Spots

New areas based on 2014 satellite images

(Newser) - Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean through new satellite and drift analysis of the 2014 crash released Wednesday, reports the AP . But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau cautioned that the drift analysis by Australian science... More »

Date Set for Kim Jong Nam Murder Trial

Suspect's lawyer says 'there was no guilty intention'

(Newser) - A chemist's report that shows the banned VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea's leader needs further scrutiny, a lawyer for one of the two women accused of poisoning the man said Friday, per the AP . High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin set... 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 »

Kim's Identity Confirmed With Child's DNA

As Malaysia, N. Korea begin formal talks

(Newser) - Malaysian police were able to confirm the identity of Kim Jong Nam, who was killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's airport, using a DNA sample from one of his children, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Wednesday, per the AP . Zahid also said negotiations began Monday to resolve... More »

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