Malaysia

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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 »

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 »

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