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Malaysia accepts 68 Syrian refugees
Malaysia on Saturday received 68 Syrian refugees including 31 children out of a total of 3,000 it hopes to allow into the predominantly Muslim country with hundreds more expected soon.
 
Malaysia's government faced fresh allegations of trampling rights on Monday after the leader of a massive demonstration last year calling for the premier's ouster over a graft scandal said she was prevented going abroad to accept an award.
 
Two Spaniards and two Malaysians who spent 10 days adrift at sea had no food during the ordeal and drank small amounts of sea water to survive, using a bag to filter out salt, the father of one of the Spaniards said Friday.
 
Malaysia: 2 more pieces 'almost certainly' from Flight 370
Malaysia's government said Thursday that two more pieces of debris, discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius, were "almost certainly" from Flight 370, bringing the total number of pieces believed to have come from the missing Malaysian jet to five.
 
Scandal-ridden Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak secured a major victory for his ruling coalition in elections Saturday in the country's biggest state, boosting his rule despite corruption allegations.
 
Malaysia's scandal-plagued prime minister on Wednesday appointed a new central bank governor, who will take over from respected longtime chief Zeti Akhtar Aziz amid a contentious financial scandal.
 
Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that US$681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB.
 
A Malaysian parliament member was charged Friday with leaking state secrets over a financial scandal linked to the prime minister, drawing accusations that the government was abusing its power to silence whistle-blowers.
 
Some of the money to make the hit movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" was allegedly laundered from a scandal-hit Malaysian firm founded by the country's leader, the Wall Street Journal reported.
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts were used to purchase US$15 million in luxury goods and pay out millions more to political figures ahead of 2013 elections, the Wall Street Journal reported.
 
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