Malaysia

BANGKOK | Asian lender says trade wars, debt adding to financial risks

BANGKOK — Trade conflicts, rising debt and the potential impact from rising interest rates in the U.S. will likely dampen growth in the coming year, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday in an update of its regional economic outlook report. The Manila, Philippines-based regional lender said Wednesday that it expects economic growth to remain at … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asian lender says trade wars, debt adding to financial risks

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws for attempting to have sexual intercourse have been caned in a rare public whipping that was slammed by rights activists as a “grave miscarriage of justice.” Lawyers and activists say more than 100 people witnessed the caning Monday in a Sharia court in … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Amnesty urges Malaysia to quash caning sentence of lesbians

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — Amnesty International has urged Malaysia to quash a caning sentence for a lesbian couple, calling the punishment cruel and unjust. Two unidentified ethnic Malay women, aged 22 and 32, had pleaded guilty for attempting to have sexual intercourse and were sentenced to six strokes of a cane and fined by a … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Amnesty urges Malaysia to quash caning sentence of lesbians

BEIJING | Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

BEIJING — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren’t needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir told Malaysian reporters that both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier … Continue reading BEIJING | Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers. The bill was passed in April under former Prime Minister Najib Razak despite concerns that it would be used to … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia | Women’s trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Two women on trial for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half brother were told Thursday to make their defense after the judge found evidence of a “well-planned conspiracy,” extending their murder trial until next year. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX … Continue reading SHAH ALAM, Malaysia | Women’s trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia | The Latest: Judge calls for defense in Kim Jong Nam killing

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia— The Latest on the murder trial of two Southeast Asian women in the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half brother (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A Malaysian judge has ruled the two women charged with murdering the North Korean leader’s half brother should begin entering their defense. High Court Judge Azmi … Continue reading SHAH ALAM, Malaysia | The Latest: Judge calls for defense in Kim Jong Nam killing