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Malaysia Says Goodbye to Last Sumatran Rhino

Iman, 25, had actually died several times

(Newser) - It's a sad day in Borneo, where Malaysia's last Sumatran rhino has died—meaning the species is gone in its native country, the Washington Post reports. The 25-year-old female, Iman, died of cancer in a sanctuary after dying multiple times from blood loss and being revived, per the... More »

Nora Quoirin's Grandfather: View on Her Death Is 'Absurd'

He says there is just no way a girl who couldn't button her clothes could have left resort

(Newser) - The Irish-French parents of a teenager found dead in the Malaysian jungle still don't believe she left her hotel room on her own. An autopsy showed Nora Quoirin, 15, died of internal bleeding likely triggered by stress and starvation roughly a week after she was discovered missing from her... More »

Stress, Starvation Likely Killed Teen in Jungle

Nora Quoirin suffered intestinal damage, internal bleeding

(Newser) - A London teenager who vanished from a remote resort in Malaysia earlier this month likely died as a result of starvation and stress just over a mile from her family, according to an autopsy. The findings back up a police theory that 15-year-old Nora Quoirin, born with a neurological disorder... More »

Body Found in Jungle Hunt Is Missing Teen

Nora Quoirin, 15, went missing at Malaysian resort 10 days ago

(Newser) - The hunt for a missing teenager in remote Malaysia has come to a tragic end. Police have confirmed that a body found in the jungle near the resort where 15-year-old Nora Quoirin went missing 10 days ago is Nora's, reports the BBC . Authorities are working to confirm the cause... More »

Vacationing Teen's Dad Checked on Her, Found an Open Window

Nora Quoirin, a London 15-year-old with learning disability, missing from Malaysian resort

(Newser) - Nora Quoirin was enjoying a vacation in Malaysia last week, but now a desperate search effort is on for the London teen whose family says she's "not like other 15-year-olds." Nora, who has a learning disability, was staying with her parents at the remote Dusun resort , located... More »

MH370, 5 Years Later: 'The Riddle May Not Be Deep'

'Atlantic' follows detective work of 'beachcomber' Blaine Gibson, wonders what Malaysian cops know

(Newser) - It's been more than five years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and it doesn't seem we're much closer to knowing where it is now than we were immediately after the plane with 239 on board vanished on March 8,... More »

Malaysia Mourns 'Loss of a Species'

Country's last male Sumatran rhino died

(Newser) - The Sumatran rhino—the smallest and hairiest of all rhino species—once roamed all over Malaysia. Now, just one survives in the country. Tam, a male around 30 years old, has died at a wildlife reserve in Borneo, leaving Iman, a female, as the only member of the critically endangered... More »

Results of an Instagram Poll May Have Spurred Tragedy

Malaysian girl apparently killed herself after asking online if she should live or die

(Newser) - A gruesome online poll, with a tragic aftermath. It happened in Malaysia, where a 16-year-old girl decided to survey the masses on whether she should live or die. The Guardian reports that, per police, the teen put up her poll on Instagram, with the comment: "Really Important, Help Me... More »

Kim Jong Nam's Murder Nowhere Near Being Solved

Doan Thi Huong released from Malaysian prison on Friday

(Newser) - Two years after Kim Jong Un's half-brother was murdered, the case seems to be dead as well. Doan Thi Huong, one of two women arrested in the aftermath of Kim Jong Nam's death, is heading home. The Vietnamese woman pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge of... More »

2nd Suspect Pleads Guilty in Murder of Kim Jong Nam

Doan Thi Huong could be free in weeks

(Newser) - A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's brother pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday and her lawyer said she could be freed as early as next month. Doan Thi Huong... More »

Kim Jong Nam Murder Suspect Freed

Prosecutors unexpectedly drop charges

(Newser) - An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother was freed from custody Monday after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom, the... More »

In Rare Move, a King Abruptly Abdicates

Malaysia's Sultan Muhammad V steps down without giving a reason after 2 years on throne

(Newser) - Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday in an unexpected move, reports the AP , after just two years on the throne. The palace said in a statement that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia's 15th king with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term. No reason was... More »

Refugee Finds New Home After 7 Months in Airport

Hassan Al Kontar arrived in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday

(Newser) - For seven months, Hassan Al Kontar documented his life inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where the Syrian refugee was held in limbo after arriving on March 7. Finally, Al Kontar and his 20,000 Twitter followers will get a change of scenery. "For today, I am in Taiwan International... More »

6 Formed a Human Chain to Find a Teen. All Drowned

Firefighters were caught in an abandoned mining pool in Malaysia

(Newser) - One tragedy in Malaysia has been compounded by an even greater one: Six rescuers drowned Wednesday night while trying to find a teen who'd fallen into an abandoned mining pool, reports the BBC . The firefighters had tied themselves together with a rope and formed a human chain as they... More »

Man Stuck in Airport Since March Is Arrested

Hassan Al Kontar of Syria was trying for seven months to find a country to issue him a visa

(Newser) - A Syrian man who found himself stuck in an airport for months after overstaying his Malaysian visa and subsequently refusing to return to his war-torn home country has been arrested. Per CBC , Hassan Al Kontar spent the last seven months living in the Kuala Lumpur airport and documenting on Twitter... More »

Malaysian Court Orders US Citizen to the Gallows

Gerald Mickelson found guilty of murdering ex-wife

(Newser) - A Malaysian court has sentenced an American man to death by hanging for killing his ex-wife, but the man will appeal the ruling on the grounds that he acted in self-defense, the AP reports. Lawyer KA Ramu says the High Court found his client, 63-year-old Gerald Wayne Mickelson, guilty of... More »

Malaysia Just Caned 2 Lesbians

Amid a worsening crackdown on LGBT people

(Newser) - Malaysia caned two women who were caught having sex in a parked car, giving them each six lashes on Monday morning amid a heightened crackdown on homosexuality, reports CNN . The women, ages 22 and 32, were also fined $800. The AP appears to make the punishment sound softer, noting that... More »

'Well-Planned Conspiracy' or Trick in Kim Jong Nam Death?

Judge greenlights murder trial for 2 women accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half brother

(Newser) - They've been called trained assassins , but one of the two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia has a different excuse for his death last year : "This whole thing is a setup, I was tricked." Per the Guardian , that's what Indonesian... More »

Aviation Chief Quits Over Flight That Vanished in 2014

Report on MH370 highlighted Malaysia air traffic control shortcomings

(Newser) - Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Tuesday he has resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Flight 370's disappearance four years ago. The report released Monday raised the possibility that the jet may have been hijacked even though... More »

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 »

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