Asia Pacific

Malaysian fugitive Jho Low, four others hit with new 1MDB charges

New charges against fugitive financier are in addition to eight counts of money laundering already filed in August.

Malaysian fugitive Jho Low, four others hit with new 1MDB charges

Malaysia

Malaysia tells Lynas to remove rare earths radioactive waste

Decision follows an expert review of the east coast facility's operations. It has until September to remove the waste.

Malaysia tells Lynas to remove rare earths radioactive waste

US & Canada

Ex-US justice official pleads guilty in 1MDB lobbying scandal

Ex-US Department of Justice official admits role in multimillion-dollar effort to shut down US probe into 1MDB scandal.

Ex-US justice official pleads guilty in 1MDB lobbying scandal

Malaysia

Malaysia has 'window of opportunity' on indigenous land rights

Amnesty International says new government should move to end abuses and take action on indigenous land rights.

Malaysia has 'window of opportunity' on indigenous land rights

Malaysia

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Campaign to legalise use of medical cannabis gathers momentum in the country known for draconian approach to drugs.

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Malaysia

Controversial rare earths plant in fight for survival in Malaysia

Lynas plant got the go-ahead despite public opposition, but Malaysia's new government has ordered a review.

Controversial rare earths plant in fight for survival in Malaysia

Opinion

Malaysia and Indonesia are bucking the global trend on democracy

Across the world, democracy is in retreat, but that's not the case in Southeast Asia's two biggest Muslim countries.

Max Walden

by Max Walden

Max Walden

Environment

Tougher palm oil rules agreed amid polarising debate over crop

Supporters describe new standards as 'transformative', but critics are calling for a complete ban of the crop.

Tougher palm oil rules agreed amid polarising debate over crop

Malaysia

Malaysia says no 'U-turn' in death penalty abolition

Some 32 offences currently carry the death penalty, but government says punishment is no deterrent to crime.

Malaysia says no 'U-turn' in death penalty abolition

Australia

Australia, Malaysia in war of words over Israel embassy shift

Australian treasurer notes PM Mahathir's past comments about Jewish people amid escalating confrontation over embassy.

Australia, Malaysia in war of words over Israel embassy shift

Malaysia

Malaysia police detain 7 Abu Sayyaf fighters in raids

Suspects are Filipinos and include the alleged 'right-hand man' of a senior commander of the armed group.

Malaysia police detain 7 Abu Sayyaf fighters in raids

Malaysia

Malaysia charges former PM's wife in corruption case

Rosmah Mansor is accused of soliciting and receiving $45.12m in bribes.

Malaysia charges former PM's wife in corruption case

Singapore

Singapore's bid for UNESCO hawker food listing eats at neighbours

As regional rivals and food critics scoff, city-state is petitioning for UNESCO recognition of its street-fare culture.

Singapore's bid for UNESCO hawker food listing eats at neighbours

Asia

US charges Malaysian financier, Goldman Sachs bankers over 1MDB

US Justice Department announces first indictments in billion-dollar state fund scandal that has roiled Malaysia.

US charges Malaysian financier, Goldman Sachs bankers over 1MDB

Malaysia

Yacht at centre of Malaysia 1MDB scandal put up for auction

Auction for super-yacht, Equanimity, closes in one month and bidders must pay a $1m deposit to take part.

Yacht at centre of Malaysia 1MDB scandal put up for auction