Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:20AM UTC Karpal Singh, left, and Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.

Obama sets date for tricky Malaysia visit

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:36AM UTC US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia this month as part of his push to increase US diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. But despite the relative size and strategic importance of the other countries, it is his April 27 trip to Malaysia that arguably gives the president his biggest problems.

Malaysian tour operators count cost of MH370 fallout

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 2:05PM UTC Malaysian tour operator Xiao Zhong, third from right, with Chinese tourists on a Sabah beach last year. Image courtesy of Xiao Zhong.

Malaysian tour guides like Xiao Zhong thought 2014 would be their most prosperous year yet. Chinese tourists had been coming in droves to companies like his as the Southeast Asian nation branded itself as an affordable and quieter alternative to neighboring vacation hotspots.

UN warns banana fungus spreading from SE Asia

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:34AM UTC Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture organization is warning banana growers that a fungal disease is spreading through crops from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

Vietnam police probe football match-fixing

By Mon, Apr 14, 2014 5:39PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police are investigating an alleged match-fixing incident involving 11 players from a top-flight local team. The owner of Vissai Ninh Binh says the players had admitted to police they conspired to fix the result of an Asian Football Confederation Cup match against Malaysian club Kelantan

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