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Ugandan women tricked into Malaysian sex work

By Tue, Feb 21, 2012 6:53PM UTC Comments Off

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Advertisements pinned on the walls of shopping malls in Uganda’s capital promise young women a free ticket to a well-paying job in Malaysia as a nanny, maid or bartender. Instead many are forced to become “sex slaves” to pay off travel fees and other costs, totaling as much as $7,000. The...

Malaysian PM’s wife and Aussie uni under fire over doctorate award

By Tue, Feb 21, 2012 10:49AM UTC 2 Comments Rosmah Mansor, pictured with husband and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, left. Pic: AP.

Following an alleged shopping spree in Sydney that had many Malaysians’ tongues wagging, the Prime Minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, has caused another uproar – this time for receiving a doctorate from Curtin University in Australia. Curtin University had last week announced that it would honor Rosmah with a doctorate for being the founder and driving...

Thai police: 3rd Iranian involved in blasts fled to Malaysia

By Wed, Feb 15, 2012 4:13PM UTC Comments Off

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say the third Iranian suspect involved in a series of blasts in Bangkok has escaped into Malaysia. Immigration police chief Lt. Gen. Wiboon Bangthamai identified the third suspect as Zedhaghat Zadech Masoud. Wiboon said Wednesday that Masoud boarded a flight from Bangkok’s international airport on Tuesday night and arrived...

Malaysia: Anwar faces renewed pressure to retract Israel remarks

By Tue, Feb 14, 2012 3:35PM UTC Comments Off Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

The chapter on Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s controversial remarks on Israel has not yet come to a close, as he faces renewed pressure from various political leaders to retract his statements. Nik Abdul Aziz, the spiritual leader of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), said Anwar must withdraw his statement or sue the Wall Street Journal...

Malaysian govt: No court order to stop deportation of Saudi blogger

By Mon, Feb 13, 2012 4:24PM UTC Comments Off Malaysian govt: No court order to stop deportation of Saudi blogger

The Malaysian government has denied receiving any court order that prevented Saudi blogger-in-exile from being repatriated to his country, where he might face execution for allegedly insulting Islam on his Twitter account. Malaysia’s Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said if there were a court order, the country’s authorities would abide by it. “But, there wasn’t, so...

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