US blocks goods from companies suspected of forced labor

Business 10/02/19, 03:36

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is holding imports of clothing, gold, diamonds and other items believed to have been produced with forced labor by companies based in Brazil, China and Malaysia as well as some gold mined in eastern Congo and diamonds from a region in Zimbabwe. An official ...

Malaysia PM says global garbage trade ‘grossly unfair’

Asia & Pacific 05/30/19, 04:59

The practice of advanced countries such as the U.S., Canada and Japan sending their non-recyclable waste to poorer countries is "grossly unfair" and should stop, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday.Mahathir comments during a visit to Tokyo on came days after his government announced plans to return thousands of ...

Mahathir urges US to talk with China, accept its greatness

Tech 05/29/19, 23:48

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is calling for talks to resolve ongoing trade dispute between Washington and Beijing and is urging the world to accept China's technological prowess.Mahathir says the U.S. cannot expect to always be at the top in technology, and countries need to talk to deal with a ...

Malaysia to send back plastic waste to foreign nations

Enviroment 05/28/19, 02:38

Malaysia will send back some 3,000 metric tons (3,300 tons) of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations, Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Tuesday.Yeo said Malaysia and many developing countries have ...

Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

Asia & Pacific 05/05/19, 23:06

Brunei's sultan has said a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an international outcry.The United Nations has called the laws implemented April 3 "draconian" while the U.S. and several other countries have urged Brunei ...

Malaysia destroys 4 tons of ivory tusks, products

Science 04/30/19, 05:58

Malaysia has destroyed nearly four tons of elephant tusks and ivory products estimated to be worth 13.26 million ringgit ($3.2 million) as part of its fight against the illegal ivory trade.Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar says the ivory was confiscated in 15 raids between 2011 and 2017.The ...

Asian soccer candidate files complaint about Kuwaiti sheikh

Sports 04/18/19, 04:43

A candidate who lost an election to join the FIFA Council this month has filed a formal complaint accusing Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of "threats and manipulation."Mariyam Mohamed of Maldives says in a letter to the Asian Football Confederation's election oversight committee that "women's football should work and ...

Mahathir says Chinese contractor will help run new rail link

Business 04/14/19, 23:44

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday a Chinese company building a rail link across peninsula Malaysia will jointly help to manage, operate and maintain the network that will help reduce the country's financial burden.The East Coast Rail Link was suspended after Mahathir's alliance swept into power last May, a decision ...

Malaysia revives China-backed rail link, cost cut by a third

Business 04/12/19, 01:10

Malaysia's government says it has decided to resume a China-backed rail link project, after the Chinese contractor agreed to cut construction cost by one-third.The deal ended months of vacillating over the 688-kilometer (430-mile) East Coast Rail Link, which connects Malaysia's west cost to eastern rural states and is a key ...

Philippines: 1 hostage escapes, another drowns and 3rd shot

Asia & Pacific 04/06/19, 04:36

An Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines swam his way to freedom but another drowned, and a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping, officials said Saturday.The two Indonesians and the Malaysian separately escaped while Philippine marines were attempting to rescue them on Simusa island ...

FIFA chief hails re-election of Asian football chief

Sports 04/06/19, 00:07

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.Bahrain's Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation's presidential election Saturday after two candidates withdrew last month.Infantino told the AFC Congress ...

Head of Asian soccer running unopposed for new term

Soccer 04/04/19, 19:56

The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain standing unopposed for a new term.With soccer politics in the region fractured, it was expected that the election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, would be fiercely-contested when Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi ...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib attends 1st day of graft trial

Asia & Pacific 04/03/19, 01:14

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund.The trial was originally ...

Malaysia to sell yacht at center of 1MDB scandal for $126M

Business 04/02/19, 23:40

Malaysia's government said Wednesday that a luxury yacht allegedly bought with money stolen from a troubled state investment fund will be sold to casino operator Genting Berhad for $126 million, half its original price.Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said the Admiralty Court on Wednesday approved the sale of the Equanimity, which has ...

Detailed and public, Kim Jong Nam murder may never be solved

Asia & Pacific 04/01/19, 21:53

The murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother at an airport in Malaysia was brazen, intricately orchestrated and, thanks to scores of security cameras, witnessed by millions around the world. The real masterminds behind the killing, however, may never be brought to justice. The murder charge was dropped ...

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