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Malaysia, in a rare out-of-court settlement, agreed Tuesday to pay an opposition lawmaker and five others US$63,000 after they were detained under a tough security law two years ago.

Even as the president came to western Myanmar to urge an end to sectarian violence last week, security forces could not prevent Buddhist mobs from torching the homes of minority Muslims or hacking them to death, at times, unwittingly, even encouraging them.

A controversial Malaysian government move to give authorities power to hold people for years without charge was headed for parliamentary approval after the lower house passed it early Thursday.

An embarrassed U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday postponed visits to the Philippines and Malaysia next week and could also miss a pair of major summits, after a government shutdown dented his policy pivot to the rising region.

Malaysia's government agreed to pay US$133 million in compensation to two foreign contractors for losses incurred in the problem-plagued Bakun Dam, an audit has revealed.

A leading Malaysian rights activist who faces sedition charges at home has said he was denied a visa to enter Australia, raising suggestions Canberra had buckled to pressure from Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia's best-known former communist guerrilla, Chin Peng, who led a bloody insurgency against British rule in Malaysia in the late 1940s and early 50s, and lived in exile ever since, died in Bangkok Monday. He was 88.
Former Malaysia communist guerrilla leader dies in Thailand


The job could not be better — apart from the good wage, food, accommodation and transport are provided. With jobs hard to come by for refugees, Somali refugee Ahmed and friends were grateful.

The processing fee for checks from 15 sen to 50 sen — a 230-percent increase — is a “penalty adding to the unnecessary cost of doing business,” said the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM).

Barack Obama will pay the first visit by a U.S. president to Malaysia in a half-century on a four-nation Asia tour next month, the White House said Friday.
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