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1MDB scandal suspect and informant on fugitive Jho Low’s whereabouts, reportedly dies from “sudden...

Kee Kok Thiam, a suspect in the 1MDB scandal, has passed away due to "sudden illness" after informing authorities about the whereabouts of fugitive financier Jho Low. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission confirmed Kee's death but provided no further details. Kee had been arrested in May and deported from Macau for overstaying his visa. He had admitted to meeting Jho Low and other 1MDB fugitives in Macau. Jho Low, wanted by Interpol, has been hiding since 2018, charged in Malaysia and the US for his alleged involvement in the 1MDB embezzlement scandal.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake detected off N. Zealand’s south coast

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of New Zealand near the Auckland Islands. The quake's epicenter was deep below the earth's surface, and there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami warning. The nearby city of Invercargill did not experience any notable effects from the earthquake.

Vietnam battles plastic blight in idyllic Ha Long Bay

Vu Thi Thinh, a trash picker in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, spends her days collecting polystyrene blocks, plastic bottles, and other debris from the water. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has been heavily impacted by human waste, with conservationists expressing concerns about the degradation of the ecosystem. Despite the challenges, Thinh and others continue their work to clean up the bay.

Radio broadcaster killed in the Philippines: police

A radio broadcaster, Cresenciano Bunduquin, was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen outside his home in the Philippines. The country is known for being dangerous for journalists, and most cases go unpunished. Bunduquin had been outspoken about local issues and had mentioned receiving threats in the past.

Japan says North Korea ‘ballistic missile launch’ violates UN resolutions

Japan strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a "ballistic missile" that violated UN Security Council resolutions. The launch, which North Korea claimed was an attempt to put a satellite in space, raised concerns about the country's development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Japan activated its missile alert warning system but reported no damage.

Josephine Teo rejects Transformative Justice Collective’s application to cancel correction direction

Minister Josephine Teo has rejected an application by the Transformative Justice Collective (TJC) to cancel a correction direction issued to them under Singapore's Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA). The correction direction was issued in response to TJC's Facebook post regarding the execution of Tangaraju S/O Suppiah. The Ministry of Home Affairs stated that the posts contained false statements about Tangaraju's case. TJC has 14 days to file an application to the High Court to set aside the correction direction.

North Korea says spy satellite ‘crashed into sea’

North Korea's military spy satellite, Malligyong-1, launched from the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground but crashed into the sea due to an "abnormal starting" of the second-stage engine, according to state media. Despite criticism and concerns from South Korea and Japan, North Korea remains determined to develop its satellite capabilities, potentially providing cover for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles. This launch raises speculation about future provocations, including a possible nuclear test, and highlights North Korea's ongoing military development efforts. The international community condemns the launch as a violation of UN resolutions.

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