Asia News

Malaysian fund denies it funneled $700 million to prime minister

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 3:33PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s state investment fund 1MDB says it has never provided any funds to Prime Minister Najib Razak, denying reports that entities linked to the fund had funneled $700 million ($2.6 billion) into Najib’s personal accounts.

China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 11:33AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Officials say a 6.5 magnitude earthquake has hit China’s far western region of Xinjiang.

Prostitution: Thailand’s worst kept secret

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 11:08AM UTC

You could be forgiven for thinking if you were new to Thailand that prostitution was a market aimed solely at foreign tourists and fund-dumping expatriates. The garish lights, garish hook-ups, and garish whispers in the night have become iconic, a thing of holiday myths, books, films, and for many who don’t live here deceitfully representative of an entire culture. But Thailand’s lusty epithet of a land of salacious, often mendacious smiles, is a foreign concoction, and within these borders most citizens I think don’t taint themselves with that brush.

Malaysia seeks ‘criminal accountability’ for Flight MH17 crash

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 10:05AM UTC

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Malaysia has told the U.N. Security Council that it plans to submit a resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.

Southeast Asian nations to set up fund to help Rohingya migrants

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 6:05PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian minister says Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.