Bomb scare shuts US embassy

The US embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been closed due to a security threat, according to a spokeswoman in the Malaysian capital.

    Many embassies in Malaysia were involved in a security scare

    "We got some information indicating there was a threat to the embassy and decided to close at 11.40 (0340 GMT) this morning," Kathryn Taylor said on Friday.


    She refused to give more details. "I'm afraid I can't be more specific."


    Taylor said the embassy would remain closed at least until Tuesday because Monday is a public holiday in the United States. "We'll reassess on Monday whether to open on Tuesday," she said.


    The US embassy was closed briefly in September 2004 after a white powder was discovered in a mailed envelope. The powder was later found to be non-toxic.


    In October this year, suspicious packages containing a yellow, oily liquid - and in one case a powder - were delivered to about a dozen embassies, including the US, British, French, German, Australian, Canadian and Russian missions.


    Analysts said the packages, which included a message condemning the countries for mistreating Muslims, were probably sent by scaremongers with no serious ties to well-known terrorist groups. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    The story of a most-wanted fugitive and billionaire.