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Malaysia's king wins plaudits during political storm

7:39am EDT

KUALA LUMPUR Frustrated with a months-long political power struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, Malaysians have praised King Al-Sultan Abdullah for rejecting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's request on Sunday to impose emergency rule.

Malaysian ex-PM Najib seeks support for opposition leader's premiership bid

Oct 26 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Former Malaysian premier and now-ruling party lawmaker Najib Razak sought support from coalition lawmakers on Monday to back a prime ministerial bid by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim - the latest twist to the political crisis in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia's king to consult with rulers amid talk of emergency

Oct 24 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's King Al-Sultan Abdullah will consult with other senior royals on proposals by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, the palace said on Saturday, after sources told Reuters the premier had asked the king to declare a state of emergency.

Malaysian PM seeks king's nod to declare state of emergency, sources say

Oct 23 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin met the king on Friday to ask him to declare a state of emergency, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said - a move that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim denounced as an attempt to cling to power.

Malaysian premier mulls cabinet reshuffle to keep key ally: sources

Oct 19 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is in talks on a possible cabinet reshuffle in an attempt to appease a key ally that has threatened to pull support for the ruling coalition, three sources said on Monday.

Anti-migrant sentiment fanned on Facebook in Malaysia

Oct 13 2020

KUALA LUMPUR As coronavirus infections surged in Malaysia this year, a wave of hate speech and misinformation aimed at Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar began appearing on Facebook.

'What's to be ashamed of': Malaysia's Najib back on the stump despite guilty verdict

Aug 24 2020

SLIM, Malaysia Convicted of corruption less than a month ago and sentenced to 12 years in jail, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was back campaigning for a party candidate over the weekend in a by-election for a state assembly seat.

Verdict in first 1MDB case packs risk for Malaysian government

Jul 27 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Whichever way the verdict goes on Tuesday in the first 1MDB corruption trial of Malaysia's former leader Najib Razak, the outcome will be fraught with risk for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, political sources and analysts say.

Malaysia's opposition gearing up for snap polls, says potential PM candidate

Jul 14 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's opposition is preparing for early elections after a crucial vote in the lower house this week showed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may lack a parliamentary majority, said Mohd Shafie Apdal, a potential rival for the premiership.

AirAsia shares in biggest daily fall as auditor flags 'going concern' doubts

Jul 08 2020

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE Shares in Malaysia's AirAsia Group Bhd tumbled more than 17% on Wednesday in their biggest daily fall after the auditor cast doubt on the budget carrier's ability to continue as a going concern due to the coronavirus travel slump.

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U.S. urges diplomacy as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as fighting in and around the mountain enclave entered a second month on Tuesday, defying a ceasefire brokered in Washington.