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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.

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.
Malaysia shuts schools as Indonesia smoke thickens


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.
3 people detained in Malaysia after warnings


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.

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.
New Malaysia opposition bloc formed after precursor's fall


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.
Filipino sultanate head who invaded Malaysia dies


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.
Malays denounce Chinese in racially tinged Malaysia rally


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.
Malaysia to begin cloud-seeding operations as schools shut due to haze


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.

Malaysian rescuers have recovered the bodies of 35 more Indonesian migrants killed when their boat sank three days ago, along with another survivor, taking the toll in the disaster to 50, officials said Sunday.

A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said.

Malaysian police said Wednesday they would question former premier Mahathir Mohamad over statements he made at massive weekend rallies demanding the ousting of current Prime Minister Najib Razak over corruption allegations.

Organizers of a huge weekend demonstration demanding the Malaysian prime minister's removal over graft allegations said Tuesday they had been summoned by police, as Transparency International spoke of a "corruption crisis" in the country.
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