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British embassy questioned claim of Malaysian PM that he is cleared of corruption

According to a diplomatic cable obtained by the Guardian, the British embassy in Kuala Lumpur has questioned a claim made by Najib Razak, the British national newspaper reported on 19 December 2016. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, has claimed that his country’s anti-graft agency had cleared him of corruption. In August 2015 Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) stated that the …

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Malaysia enthrones new king in lavish customary oath-taking ceremony

In a lavish ceremony full of customs and centuries of tradition, the Malaysian 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V (47), dressed in gold-colored traditional Malay formal wear, took the oath of office in the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur today (13 Dec). The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, also took the oath of office as the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong. …

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United Nations urges Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit the Rakhine State

With international accusations of rapes, arsons and murders happening at Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who swept to power in 2015 on promises of reconciliation, faces a challenge on how to handle the pressing situation with domestic and international pressure pushing in from differing sides. Daily Magazine reported that the United Nations (UN) has …

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Death toll from Aceh earthquake hits 102

Head of the Data and Information Division at BNPB, Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has confirmed that the death toll of the earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale which took place at Pidie Jaya Regency, Aceh on Wednesday (7 December) morning at 5am has already hit 102 people and said that there are still some who have not been found. Local Media, Voa, said that …

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6.5 Ritcher scale earthquake hit Aceh, destroying buildings with a death toll of 94 people so far

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit Aceh early on Wednesday (7 December) morning at 5am, destroying several buildings. There were at least five aftershocks followed the quake but no tsunami warning was issued. Mr M. Riyadi, head of the earthquake and tsunami department at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), said, “The epicentre (of the quake is on) land, …

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President Duterte: Trump commented Philippine is fighting drug ‘the right way’

MANILA, Philippines – Donald Trump, United States President-elect was quoted to have said that he understands the Philippines’ anti-drug campaign as a sovereign nation and that the country is ‘doing it the right way’. “Trump wishes the Philippine government to succeed in its drive against drugs,” President Rodrigo Duterte quoted Trump on his phone call. President Duterte said on Friday …

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