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Malaysia: Country in Southeast Asia
Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world's 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, home to large numbers of endemic species.


Malaysia's Anwar says sexual assault claim is 'politics at its worst'

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's prime-minister-in-waiting, denied on Thursday that he had sexually assaulted a former male aide, describing the accusation as "politics at its worst" days before his ruling..
Reuters - Published

Mahathir, world's oldest prime minister, prepares to host his second APEC summit

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad formally launched on Wednesday preparations to host next year's APEC summit, recalling with pride how his country hosted the event more than 20 years ago, but..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Malaysia

Fishermen free whale shark from rope off Malaysian coast [Video]Fishermen free whale shark from rope off Malaysian coast

Video shows the moment when a whale shark is freed from rope and swimming away into open sea

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:49Published

Julia Roberts to join Michelle Obama for girls' empowerment trip to Southeast Asia [Video]Julia Roberts to join Michelle Obama for girls' empowerment trip to Southeast Asia

Julia Roberts is set to join Michelle Obama as a special guest on her girls' empowerment trip to Vietnam and Malaysia.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:40Published

Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding on romance, health and Bond [Video]Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding on romance, health and Bond

Actress Emilia Clarke on Monday (November 11) described dating in the public eye as "tough" and said she'd make a "bad ass" James Bond as she walked the red carpet in London for the premiere of "Last

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published

'I still need justice': Cambodia frees opposition leader [Video]'I still need justice': Cambodia frees opposition leader

Cambodia freed opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest on Sunday, amid EU deliberations over whether to punish a crackdown against the country's opposition by removing preferential trade terms...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:01Published

Malaysian fish farmers call on gov’t to tackle water pollution [Video]Malaysian fish farmers call on gov’t to tackle water pollution

Malaysian fishermen say poor-quality seawater is causing financial losses.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:22Published


Malaysia pushes for two-term limit for prime ministers

Malaysia's government on Tuesday tabled a parliamentary bill seeking to set a two-term limit for the premiership, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's administration seeks to fulfil an election pledge..
Reuters - Published

Former Malaysian PM Najib takes stand in 1MDB scandal-linked trial

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took to the witness box for the first time on Tuesday to defend himself on criminal charges linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia..
Reuters - Published

Julia Roberts, Michelle Obama travel to Malaysia, Vietnam for leadership, girls' education

Julia Roberts and Michelle Obama will team up for a journey to Vietnam and Malaysia. Find out how you can witness their conversation and reflections.
USATODAY.com - Published

Malaysia orders inquiry over half-naked tattoo show

Malaysia ordered an investigation on Monday into what the government called a half-naked tattoo show held in the capital Kuala Lumpur, after pictures of heavily-inked men and women circulated on social..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia reopens probe into death of Dutch model for possible murder

Malaysian authorities on Wednesday said they would reopen investigations into the death of a Dutch model nearly two years ago, after a local court ruled that there was reason to believe she may have..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia says Islamic State may shift operations to Southeast Asia

A Malaysian minister warned on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group may shift its base of operations to Southeast Asia after the death of its leader, according to a media report.
Reuters - Published

Malaysian court acquits Australian woman facing death penalty for drug trafficking

An Australian woman sentenced to death for drug-trafficking in Malaysia was acquitted on Tuesday after the Federal Court in Kuala Lumpur quashed her earlier conviction by a lower court.
Reuters - Published

The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in Malaysia

"May we be as strong as you in our urgent fight to save your species. May we be as courageous as you to never give up," wrote the Borneo Rhino Alliance
CBS News - Published

Sumatran rhinos declared extinct in Malaysia after last female dies of cancer

The last female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia has died of cancer. Her death came less than six months after the country's last male Sumatran rhino died. Deforestation and poaching have contributed to the..
CBS News - Published

Malaysia's Mahathir says cabinet reshuffle on cards after by-election loss

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday he would consider a cabinet reshuffle to address growing public discontent over his young government's handling of the country, days after a..
Reuters - Published

Dead-end: Rohingya in Malaysia warn against fleeing from Bangladesh

Before he flew to Thailand on a fake Bangladeshi passport and then crossed into Malaysia, Mohammed Imran was one of the most influential Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. He headed an 18,000-strong camp..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia's ruling party loses fourth by-election

Malaysia's ruling coalition lost its fourth electoral contest on Saturday since coming to power last May, uncovering deepening cracks in the young alliance mired by uncertainty over a succession plan..
Reuters - Published

Bangladesh coast guard rescues 122 Rohingya from sinking boat

Bangladesh coast guard rescued 122 Rohingya Muslim refugees from the Bay of Bengal on Thursday as the boat they had boarded to illegally flee to Malaysia started sinking due to a mechanical problem, a..
Reuters - Published

Cambodian opposition veteran meets Malaysian MPs in democracy push

Cambodia's self-exiled opposition veteran Sam Rainsy met Malaysian lawmakers on Tuesday in a push to rally support in Southeast Asia against authoritarian ruler Hun Sen just as the European Union..
Reuters - Published

U.S. FAA downgrades Malaysia's air safety rating

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday downgraded Malaysia's air safety rating, restricting the country's airlines from adding new flights to the United States.
Reuters - Published

Malaysian court says 1MDB-linked case against Najib will move forward; ex-PM to defend

A Malaysian court on Monday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to present his defense against seven charges in a case linked to a scandal surrounding 1MDB, saying a unit of the state fund had..
Reuters - Published

Malaysian court tells former PM Najib to defend himself in 1MDB-linked case

A Malaysian court on Monday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to present his defense against seven counts of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power in a case linked to a..
Reuters - Published

Cambodian opposition veteran lands in Malaysia saying 'Keep up the hope'

Cambodian opposition veteran Sam Rainsy flew into Malaysia on Saturday after promising to return home from self-imposed exile to rally opponents of authoritarian ruler Hun Sen.
Reuters - Published

Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy lands in Malaysia

Self-exiled Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy landed in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, according to a Reuters witness, after promising to return home to rally opponents of..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia frees detained Cambodian opposition activists

Malaysia on Thursday night released three Cambodian opposition activists it detained this week at the request of Cambodian authorities, a rights group official told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Malaysia sentences five men to jail, caning and fines for gay sex

A Malaysian religious court sentenced five men on Thursday to jail, caning and fines for attempting gay sex, media and a rights group said.
Reuters - Published

Malaysia plans to send detained Cambodian leader to third country: Mahathir

Malaysia is looking for a third country to send detained Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua to, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. considering hosting APEC summit in January: Malaysian minister citing Pompeo

The United States is considering hosting an APEC summit in the country in January after Chile pulled out, Malaysia's foreign minister said on Thursday citing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Reuters - Published

Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition party vice president: government, other sources

Malaysian immigration authorities have detained Mu Sochua, vice president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters..
Reuters - Published

Cyprus cabinet triggers process to revoke citizenship from 26: official

Cyprus on Wednesday said it had initiated a process to strip 26 individuals of citizenship after reports by Reuters and other news outlets on the identity of beneficiaries, including Cambodian elite..
Reuters - Published

Malaysian police say 1MDB fugitive Low seeking to buy Cyprus properties

Malaysian police said on Wednesday that fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, accused of a multi-billion dollar theft at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), is attempting to purchase properties..
Reuters - Published

Facing arrest, Cambodia's Sam Rainsy vows he will return Saturday

Self-exiled Cambodian opposition party founder Sam Rainsy said on Wednesday he will return on Saturday to face arrest amid a crackdown at home on members of his banned party and Malaysia's detention of..
Reuters - Published

Cambodian opposition leader Rainsy says he will return on Saturday

Self-exiled Cambodian opposition party founder Sam Rainsy said on Wednesday he will return to the country on Saturday to face arrest after a mass crackdown at home on opposition activists and detention..
Reuters - Published

Malaysian who killed cat in dryer faces jail in new law's first conviction

A Malaysian court handed a jail term of 34 months and a fine to a man who killed a cat by stuffing it into the dryer of a launderette, state news agency Bernama said, the first such conviction under a..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia detains two Cambodian dissidents headed for Thailand

Malaysian authorities have detained two Cambodian opposition activists while they were waiting to board a flight to Thailand in what is seen as part of a crackdown on exiled dissidents in Southeast..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia says country shielding 1MDB fugitive Jho Low refuses to cooperate

Malaysian fugitive Low Taek Jho, wanted over a multibillion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, is living in a country that has refused to cooperate on efforts to retrieve him, Malaysia's police chief..
Reuters - Published

Southeast Asian leaders meet under U.S.-China trade war cloud

Southeast Asian countries must stick together in the face of a trade war started by U.S. President Donald Trump, Malaysia's veteran leader said on Saturday at the start of a regional summit held in the..
Reuters - Published

In record deal, U.S. to recover $1 billion from Malaysian fugitive Jho Low

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday struck a deal to recoup $1 billion in funds allegedly looted from a Malaysian state investment fund by fugitive financier Jho Low, in a record capture for a..
Reuters - Published

Malaysian financier Jho Low ready to address other issues after U.S. settlement

Fugitive financier Jho Low is ready to address issues related to the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia or elsewhere, a spokesman from the Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs agency who handles press..
Reuters - Published

U.S. agrees $1 billion 1MDB forfeiture deal with Malaysia's Jho Low

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday reached its biggest civil forfeiture deal in agreeing to recover almost $1 billion in funds Malaysian financier Jho Low and his family had allegedly..
Reuters - Published

Freed of 1MDB taint, Malaysia's tallest tower opens its doors

Malaysia's tallest skyscraper is ready to take in tenants from December, its developer said on Wednesday, looking to move past its links to the 1MDB scandal and focus on making headway in an..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia’s Najib clueless about millions banked in his account, lawyers say

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak did not know that millions of dollars transferred into his personal accounts came from scandal-linked state fund 1MDB, his lawyers said on Wednesday as..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia, Goldman discuss smaller penalty over 1MDB scandal: Bloomberg

Malaysia has discussed a $2 billion to $3 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs over the U.S. bank's alleged role in the 1MDB scandal, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, less than half the sum the..
Reuters - Published

Malaysian prosecutor: Najib orchestrated graft like an 'emperor'

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak acted like an "emperor" who orchestrated massive fraud at a former unit of scandal-linked state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the country's..
Reuters - Published

'Abominable' film axed in Malaysia after rebuffing order to cut China map

DreamWorks' animated movie "Abominable" will not be released in Malaysia after its producers declined to meet a censor board requirement to cut a scene showing China's "nine-dash line" in the South..
Reuters - Published

Superyacht linked to Malaysia's 1MDB for sale, again

A superyacht linked to a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal at Malaysian fund 1MDB is up for sale, according to a listing by the yacht broker.
Reuters - Published

Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports: officials

Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste to the Southeast Asian nation to take back the trash and is waiving storage fees to clear hundreds of containers of scrap stranded at..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia, Goldman discuss dropping 1MDB charges: top prosecutor to Nikkei

Malaysia is open to more talks with Goldman Sachs after having two rounds of discussions to drop criminal charges against three units of the bank over the 1MDB scandal, the country's top prosecutor..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia orders China map cut from 'Abominable' film as furor widens

Malaysia's film censors have ordered a scene removed from the animated movie "Abominable" which shows China's "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea, an official said on Thursday, amid growing anger..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia, Goldman talking dropping criminal charges over 1MDB

Goldman Sachs has been in talks with authorities in Malaysia to drop criminal charges against three subsidiaries of the bank in connection with the 1MDB scandal, the Southeast Asian country's top..
Reuters - Published

Malaysia needs to be ready for the worst in South China Sea: foreign minister

Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday, even as Southeast Asia's third-largest economy pursues..
Reuters - Published

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