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May, 26, 2016

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Malaysian authorities on Sunday ordered most of the country's schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires.
 
Malaysia said Tuesday it had summoned mainland China's ambassador to explain his controversial remarks on racism following a recent pro-government rally which saw protesters denounce the country's Chinese minority.
 
Malaysia shuts schools as Indonesia smoke thickens
Thick white smoke from Indonesian slash-and-burn farming enveloped Malaysia's capital and other areas Sunday, triggering school closures for the following day as weeks of choking haze showed no sign of abating.
 
3 people detained in Malaysia after warnings
Malaysian police said Friday they detained three men, including two foreigners, for questioning over their possible involvement in terrorism after the U.S. and Australian embassies warned of a potential attack at a popular hawker street in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Eight people, including four believed to be ethnic Uighurs, have been detained in Malaysia for questioning in connection with last month's bombing of a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people, a senior official said Wednesday.
 
New Malaysia opposition bloc formed after precursor's fall
A new Malaysian opposition alliance was launched on Tuesday, three months after its forerunner collapsed over policy disputes, as embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak faces rising accusations of corruption and economic mismanagement.
 
Filipino sultanate head who invaded Malaysia dies
The leader of a sultanate in the southern Philippines that staged a 2013 invasion of a bustling Malaysian state and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure, his family and followers said Sunday.
 
Malays denounce Chinese in racially tinged Malaysia rally
Thousands of demonstrators marched through Malaysia's capital Wednesday to declare support for the embattled government and assert the political dominance of the Malay majority, in a demonstration whose racial overtones sparked concern.
 
Malaysia to begin cloud-seeding operations as schools shut due to haze
A layer of heavy haze forced Malaysian authorities to shut schools Tuesday in three states and two key cities as aircraft were to begin cloud-seeding operations to induce rain to help clear the air.
 
Smog from forest fires in Indonesia on Tuesday prompted the cancellation of flights and warnings for people to stay indoors, while pushing air quality to unhealthy levels in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.
 
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