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Malaysia tops survey of 'halal holidays' for Muslims

Malaysia is the world's friendliest destination for Muslim travellers, according to a survey released Tuesday, but Japan has shown most improvement as it ramps up efforts to cash in on a growing market.

Malaysia tops survey of 'halal holidays' for Muslims
Mass Valentine wedding in Malaysia despite Muslim anger
Mass Valentine wedding in Malaysia despite Muslim anger

Malaysian Islamic authorities took their annual swipe at Valentine's Day Friday, calling it a threat to Muslim values, but 138 couples took part in a mass wedding to mark the date.

Mass Valentine wedding in Malaysia despite Muslim anger
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Malaysian court jails man who raped, then married minor

A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for raping a 12-year-old whom he later married, as an activist urged the Muslim-majority nation to ban all child marriages.

Malaysian court jails man who raped, then married minor
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Three injured in Malaysia plane crash

Two people were seriously injured and a third suffered minor injuries after a small private plane crashed in Malaysia, police said Saturday.

Three injured in Malaysia plane crash
Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal
Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal

Malaysia and Turkey pledged Friday to wrap up a free-trade deal this year as embattled Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to return home to a political crisis.

Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal
Thai protests push rebel peace talks down agenda
Thai protests push rebel peace talks down agenda

Stuttering peace talks to end Thailand's bloody southern rebellion are under threat from political turmoil in Bangkok, observers say, as the conflict enters its second decade with no end in sight.

Thai protests push rebel peace talks down agenda
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Astana model to represent Kazakhstan at Miss Tourism International 2013

Anastasia Aimurazayeva from Astana will represent Kazakhstan at the Miss Tourism International 2013 to be held on December 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Astana model to represent Kazakhstan at Miss Tourism International 2013
Le Luong Minh (L), secretary-general of ASEAN, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ©Reuters/Yoshikazu Tsuno
Japan, SE Asia in talks to expand currency swap

Japan and Southeast Asian countries are in talks over expanding currency swap arrangements to help cushion their economies in financial emergencies, an official said Thursday, ahead of a Japan-ASEAN summit next week.

Japan, SE Asia in talks to expand currency swap
In Borneo jungle, natives stand up against Malaysian dams
In Borneo jungle, natives stand up against Malaysian dams

With a grimace on his sun-bronzed face, Borneo tribal chieftain Lenjau Tusau glares down a dirt road that vanishes into a rainforest mist, on alert for what he views as a mortal enemy.

In Borneo jungle, natives stand up against Malaysian dams
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Malaysian family jailed over child's 'exorcism' death

A Malaysian high court on Friday jailed three family members who suffocated their two-year-old to death by piling on top of her in a suspected exorcism ritual.

Malaysian family jailed over child's 'exorcism' death
Anson Wong (C). ©Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad
Malaysia's 'Lizard King' back in business: report

A notorious Malaysian wildlife trafficker dubbed the "Lizard King" for his smuggling of endangered reptiles is back in business despite a 2010 conviction for illegally trafficking endangered species, according to an investigative report by Al Jazeera.

Malaysia's 'Lizard King' back in business: report
Three women rescued in London 'after 30 years in slavery'
Three women rescued in London 'after 30 years in slavery'

Three traumatised women have been rescued from a house in London after being held as slaves for at least 30 years with one of them having spent her entire life in servitude, police said Thursday.

Three women rescued in London 'after 30 years in slavery'
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'Banksy' Lego-style crime mural goes viral in Malaysia

A street mural that was whitewashed by authorities because it highlighted Malaysia's crime problem has gone viral, with versions popping up across the country and earning their creator comparisons to UK graffiti artist Banksy.

'Banksy' Lego-style crime mural goes viral in Malaysia
Man charged with posting 'Anonymous' symbol on Singapore website
Man charged with posting 'Anonymous' symbol on Singapore website

Singapore on Tuesday charged a local man with hacking a council website and posting a symbol associated with international hacker group Anonymous, amid concerns about new Internet laws in the city-state.

Man charged with posting 'Anonymous' symbol on Singapore website
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Clients take a licking in Malaysia 'cheese' massage: report

Dodgy Malaysian "spas" are dispensing with the massage oil in favour of cream cheese in a kinky new offering in the country's bustling erotic massage industry.

Clients take a licking in Malaysia 'cheese' massage: report
US singer Kesha. ©Reuters/Danny Moloshok
Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert over religious fears

US pop singer Ke$ha has been forced to cancel a concert due to take place in Muslim-majority Malaysia after authorities said it would undermine religious and cultural sensitivities.

Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert over religious fears
Westports shares rally in Malaysia market debut
Westports shares rally in Malaysia market debut

Shares in leading Malaysian ports operator Westports Holdings surged eight percent on their debut Friday, after raising more than $700 million in the country's largest initial public offering (IPO) this year.

Westports shares rally in Malaysia market debut
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Malaysia Catholic newspaper loses fight to use 'Allah'

An appeals panel ruled Monday that a Malaysian Catholic newspaper could not use "Allah" to refer to the Christian God, in a case that sparked attacks on places of worship three years ago.

Malaysia Catholic newspaper loses fight to use 'Allah'
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Malaysian protesters rail against security proposal

Around 30 people protested Monday against a Malaysian parliamentary proposal that critics say allows detention without trial, denouncing it as a broken promise by the government to scrap oppressive laws.

Malaysian protesters rail against security proposal
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Kazakhstan appoints new ambassador to Malaysia

Daniyar Sarekenov has been appointed Kazakhstan Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Malaysia.

Kazakhstan appoints new ambassador to Malaysia