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30 Pre-Schoolers Held Hostage in Malaysia

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police are engaged in a standoff with a man who has taken a group of 30 pre-school children hostage. The Malaysian Star newspaper says the man barged into the kindergarten wielding a hammer early Thursday in southern Johor state. Police say he threatened to kill the children if negotiators did not give him a […]

Malaysian Electoral Reform Activists to Move Protests

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian clean-election activists have agreed to move an upcoming mass rally to a stadium in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, after holding talks with the country’s constitutional monarch. The agreement reached Tuesday between leaders of the Bersih movement and Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin moves Saturday’s planned rally off the streets of Kuala Lumpur, preventing a […]

Malaysia Demands New Safeguards on Rare Earths Refinery

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia says it will demand new safety measures from an Australian company at work on the first rare earth processing plant to be built outside China in decades. If approved, the plant could meet up to 30 percent of the world’s demand for the minerals, used in high-tech products ranging from smart phones to cruise […]

Malaysian Police Continue Arrests of Election Reform Activists

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Malaysia arrested 14 people Wednesday for supporting an upcoming mass rally calling for electoral reform. The arrests in northern Perak state bring to nearly 100 the number of people detained since last week for promoting the July 9 demonstration in Kuala Lumpur. The arrests include 30 members of the Socialist Party of Malaysia, […]

Malaysia Arrests 30 on Subversion Charges Before Mass Rally

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thirty members of a Malaysian opposition party have been charged with plotting to overthrow the government after they were arrested on the way to an event promoting a mass political rally next month. Police say the 30 Socialist Party of Malaysia members, including a member of parliament, were arrested Saturday because police found leaflets and […]

Reformists and Government Backers Plan Rival Rallies in Malaysia

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities are warning of possible violence during what are expected to be large rival political demonstrations early next month. A loose alliance of lawyers and interest groups known as “Bersih,” or “Clean,” says it will bring tens of thousands of people to the capital on July 9 to demonstrate in favor of electoral reforms […]

Malaysian Couple Charged With Murder of Indonesian Maid

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police have filed murder charges against a Kuala Lumpur couple whose 26-year-old Indonesian maid was declared dead at a Kuala Lumpur hospital this month. The death came less than a week after Indonesia agreed to end a two-year ban on allowing its citizens to work as maids in Malaysia because of reported abuse cases. […]

Dozens of Malaysian Government Websites Hacked

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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A global Internet hacker group has followed through on its threat to attack official websites in Malaysia in retaliation for the government’s censorship practices. Malaysia’s communications regulator says 51 websites were targeted in the attacks, which began shortly before midnight Wednesday, causing disruptions to at least 41 of them. The regulator says most of the […]

Malaysian Couple Charged With Murder of Indonesian Maid

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police have filed murder charges against a Kuala Lumpur couple whose 26-year-old Indonesian maid was declared dead at a Kuala Lumpur hospital this month. The death came less than a week after Indonesia agreed to end a two-year ban on allowing its citizens to work as maids in Malaysia because of reported abuse cases. […]

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Malaysia Says Sudan’s President Skipping Economic Forum

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Malaysia says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, will not be attending a three day economic forum starting Sunday. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told state owned Bernama TV late Wednesday that Mr.Bashir will skip the Langkawi International Dialogue because of other pressing engagements. Wednesday’s announcement follows mounting pressure from Amnesty […]

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