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Hundreds of Wild Animals Rescued in Malaysia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities have rescued about 450 snakes and turtles that were headed to Thailand to become culinary dishes. Celescoriano Razond, a high-ranking Malaysian wildlife official, says the animals were discovered during a raid on a house Thursday in northern Kedah state near the shared border with Thailand. Among the animals rescued were 302 cobras and […]

Malaysia Sentences Japanese Nurse to Hang for Drug Smuggling

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Malaysia has sentenced a Japanese woman to hang for smuggling 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into the country. Officials said Tuesday that Mariko Takeuchi, a 37-year-old nurse, is the first Japanese citizen to be sentenced to death in Malaysia. Takeuchi was arrested on her arrival from Dubai in October 2009. She argued at […]

Malaysian Muslims Denounce Attempts of Christian Conversion

Posted October 22nd, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Several thousand Malaysian Muslims gathered in Kuala Lumpur Saturday to protest alleged proselytizing by Christians, highlighting a growing rift between religious groups in the Muslim-majority nation. The peaceful rally, led by about two dozen non-governmental groups, comes amid accusations of Christian conversions among Muslims and a recent raid on a Methodist church attended by 12 […]

Rights Groups Question Malaysia-Burma Refugee Swap Plan

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Lawyers and human rights groups are calling for close scrutiny of a plan under which Malaysia and Burma would exchange potentially hundreds of illegal immigrants. Malaysia’s home minister announced agreement in principle on the plan this week, saying there are about 1,000 Burmese being held at detention centers in Malaysia. But the Malaysian rights group […]

Ugandan Women Freed from Malaysian-Based Prostitution Ring

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police say they have rescued 21 Ugandan women who were lured to the country on false pretenses and forced into prostitution. Investigators say the women, aged from 19 to 42, were freed last week from four apartment units on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The women came to Malaysia via China, leaving their native […]

Ugandan Women Freed from Malaysian-Based Prostitution Ring

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police say they have rescued 21 Ugandan women who were lured to the country on false pretenses and forced into prostitution. Investigators say the women, aged from 19 to 42, were freed last week from four apartment units on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The women came to Malaysia via China, leaving their native […]

Rights Groups Welcome Cambodian’s Ban on Workers to Malaysia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Human rights groups are welcoming a decision by Cambodia to stop sending domestic workers to Malaysia while Phnom Penh investigates several recent cases of sexual and other abuse. Rights groups in both countries said Monday the ban should not be lifted until measures are in place to make sure the maids are not exploited by […]

Testimony in Anwar Sodomy Case Draws Toward a Close

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Lawyers say testimony in Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s long-running sodomy trial could conclude as early as this week. Anwar’s lawyers Monday completed their defense case, in which they argued the charges were the result of collusion between Prime Minister Najib Razak and Anwar’s chief accuser, a former aide who says he was sodomized in […]

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Malaysian Muslims to Receive Faith Counseling After Church Event

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Malaysian state ruler has ordered counseling for a dozen Muslims who officials believe were proselytized at a Christian church hall in August. Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the sultan of Selangor state, directed Muslim officials to help the group “restore their belief and faith.” The 12 Muslims were attending a community dinner at a Methodist church […]

Malaysian Court Rejects Anwar’s Bid to Compel PM’s Testimony

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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A judge in Malaysia says Prime Minister Najib Rezak and his wife will not have to testify at the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar’s lawyers had asked the court to compel Mr. Najib and his wife to testify, claiming that they conspired with Anwar’s chief accuser to concoct the rape allegations. But […]

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