Second ship to join search for missing Malaysian plane

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:24PM UTC Second ship to join search for missing Malaysian plane

SYDNEY (AP) — Malaysia’s defence minister has expressed confidence Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will eventually be found as a second ship prepares to join the search. The Fugro Discovery is scheduled to arrive in the search area about 1,800 kilometers (1,100) miles west of Australia on Wednesday. The GO Phoenix, a Malaysian ship that has been combing the area since early October, has returned to port in Australia to resupply.

Opposition leader Anwar expects to be jailed again

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:14AM UTC Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he expects Malaysia’s top court will dismiss his final appeal against a sodomy conviction next week and that he will be sent to prison. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC Cambodian and Thai villagers presenting their case at SUHAKAM. Pic: EarthRights International.

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” — accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns — but there is some cause to believe that may be changing

Ukrainians recover belongings of MH17 victims

By Tue, Oct 14, 2014 10:15AM UTC A piece of a plane with the sign "Malaysia Airlines" lies in the grass as a group of Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a crashed Malaysian passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine. Pic: AP.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government says Ukrainian searchers have recovered belongings including passports, luggage, jewelry and children’s toys from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

3 Malaysian banks announce merger

By Fri, Oct 10, 2014 10:35AM UTC Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Three Malaysian banks have announced plans for a merger to create Southeast Asia’s fourth-biggest commercial lender and an Islamic bank.

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