Malaysian court postpones ex-PM Najib's corruption trial pending appeal

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian court on Monday postponed the corruption trial of former prime minister Najib Razak over charges related to a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB pending an appeal, his lawyer said. Najib was ousted in an election in May last year amid public fury over the alleged theft of $4.5 billion from 1Malaysia Development Berhad […]

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Malaysia court postpones ex-PM Najib's corruption trial pending appeal: lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian court on Monday postponed the corruption trial of former prime minister Najib Razak over charges related to a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB pending an appeal, his lawyer said. Najib has pleaded not guilty to ten charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power and his trial was originally […]

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Israel calls Malaysian ban on its athletes 'shameful'

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel condemned on Thursday Malaysia’s ban on Israeli participation in international sporting events it hosts and said the decision was inspired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s “rabid anti-Semitism”. Malaysia, a majority-Muslim country that does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, announced it would bar Israelis from any event in the Southeast Asia nation after banning Israeli athletes […]

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Malaysia: Former PM Mahathir tapped for election run

The 92-year-old will attempt to lead the opposition to victory against embattled current leader Najib Razak. Malaysia’s long-serving former leader Mahathir Mohamad will run in this year’s election as head of an opposition alliance – a move that poses a significant threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak who is mired in corruption allegations. Mahathir, 92, was chosen on Sunday to lead […]

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Malaysia's king abdicates after two years on throne

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday, the palace said, after two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure. The king’s resignation took effect immediately, the National Palace said in a statement. No reason was given and palace officials did not respond to requests for comment. […]

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Malaysia tells Lynas to remove rare earths radioactive waste

Decision follows an expert review of the east coast facility’s operations. It has until September to remove the waste. Malaysia has told Lynas, the Australian company operating a rare earth elements processing plant on the country’s east coast, that it must remove the radioactive waste that accumulated as a result of its activities over the past six years if it […]

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Former Malaysian PM Najib, 1MDB ex-CEO face fresh corruption charges

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian prosecutors on Wednesday filed new graft charges against former prime minister Najib Razak and the former chief executive of scandal-linked state fund 1MDB, in the latest cases over alleged theft of billions of dollars from the fund. Anti-graft investigators this week questioned Najib and the former fund official over accusations that the former premier’s office […]

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Malaysia Muslims rally in Kuala Lumpur to protect ethnic privilege

Kuala Lumpur:  Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims have rallied in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges. The rally on Saturday is the first massive street gathering since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a historic vote in May. A protester covering his face takes a part in a rally to celebrate […]

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