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Bad News for Malaysia's Ex-PM in First Trial

Najib Razak found guilty on all counts

(Newser) - A Malaysian court pronounced former Prime Minister Najib Razak guilty Tuesday in his first corruption trial over the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB investment fund, the AP reports. The ruling came five months after a new government took power with Najib’s Malay party the biggest bloc in the alliance....

Cops Take 284 Boxes of Designer Handbags From Ex-PM

Malaysia's Najib Razak accused of pocketing $681M from state fund

(Newser) - As of last week, Najib Razak was prime minister of Malaysia. As of Friday, he was a mere civilian barred from leaving the country as authorities raided his Kuala Lumpur properties. The rapid fall centers around $4.5 billion missing from a state development fund overseen by Najib before his...

One Country Just Banned 'Fake News'
One Country Just
Banned 'Fake News'

One Country Just Banned 'Fake News'

But critics say Malaysia is really just muzzling media, putting lid on scandal ahead of elections

(Newser) - Malaysia passed a new law Monday prohibiting "fake news," a move critics fear will be used to silence dissent ahead of elections, reports the AP . Despite criticism from opposition lawmakers that the legislation will lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved after heated debate, with 123...

Feds: Laundered Cash Financed Wolf of Wall Street

DOJ accuses Malaysian officials of stealing $3.5B

(Newser) - The financing of The Wolf of Wall Street was "a case of life imitating art," prosecutors say—with shady Malaysian officials standing in for Leonardo DiCaprio's stock-swindling character. On Wednesday, the Justice Department accused Malaysian officials of plundering more than $3.5 billion from the country's...

Probe: Nothing Shady About PM's Mystery $681M Gift

All aboveboard, according to Malaysia's attorney general

(Newser) - Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday that $681 million channeled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's private accounts was a personal donation from Saudi Arabia's royal family and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing, the AP reports. The announcement capped months of uncertainty for Najib, who has come under...

Bodies of MH17 Victims Finally Arrive Home

Malaysia has first-ever day of national mourning

(Newser) - The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine last month arrived home today on the first day of national mourning in the country's history. It was the first repatriation of victims from the flight to the country, which is...

Malaysia: Someone Diverted Plane Deliberately

Final signal picked up 7 hours after it went missing

(Newser) - They still have no idea where the missing plane is, but Malaysia authorities now say they're certain that whatever happened was no accident, reports the Washington Post . At a news conference, the prime minister said Flight 370 went off course because of the "deliberate action by someone on...

Malaysia's Ruling Coalition Wins 13th Straight Vote

80% turnout amid strong opposition push

(Newser) - Malaysia's long-governing coalition has won national elections to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced. The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 112 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats to win a simple...

Malaysia Bombs Filipino Invaders

Military moves to end weeks-long Borneo standoff

(Newser) - Malaysia has launched airstrikes and mortar attacks against nearly 200 Filipinos occupying a coastal village in Borneo in a push to end a bizarre three-week siege that has turned into a security nightmare for both Malaysia and the Philippines. The assault follows firefights this past week that killed eight Malaysian...

Outside Malaysia PM's Office, a Samurai Sword Rampage

Man, woman run amok, attack cars

(Newser) - Two suspected cult members were shot, one fatally, after running amok with samurai swords outside the office of Malaysia's prime minister. Police say the man and woman took a policeman hostage to get past a security checkpoint and then went on the rampage in a parking lot, attacking vehicles...

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