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Mar 8, 2014

Malaysia Airlines says lost contact with plane carrying 239 people

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the airline said in a statement.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their search-and-rescue teams to locate the aircraft,” it said.

Mar 7, 2014
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Comic superhero Ultraman slain by Malaysian censors because of “Allah”

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(Japanese children’s television heros Ultra Seven (L) and Ultraman (R) preview software created  from their television series in Tokyo February 15, 1999. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita)

Malaysia has banned a comic book starring the Japanese superhero Ultraman because it could disturb “public order”, sparking a torrent of online ridicule from those who saw it as the latest sign of excessive censorship in the Muslim-majority country.

Mar 7, 2014
Mar 7, 2014
Mar 7, 2014

Comic superhero Ultraman slain by Malaysian censors

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has banned a comic book starring the Japanese superhero Ultraman because it could disturb “public order”, sparking a torrent of online ridicule from those who saw it as the latest sign of excessive censorship in the Muslim-majority country.

The book, “Ultraman The Ultra Power”, was banned from February 18 with a penalty of up to three years’ imprisonment for anyone who imported or published the comic, state news agency Bernama reported the home ministry as saying.

Mar 6, 2014
Mar 6, 2014

Malaysia’s Anwar faces sodomy ruling as rights groups question court motive

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian prosecutors began their appeal on Thursday against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomy, a case that international human rights groups have condemned as politically motivated.

A verdict by the Court of Appeal could come in days or weeks, legal experts say, just as Anwar bids to win a local election this month that many expect to pave the way for him to run Selangor, Malaysia’s richest and most populous state.

Mar 6, 2014
Mar 6, 2014

Exclusive: Trafficking abuse of Myanmar Rohingya spreads to Malaysia

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia (Reuters) – Human traffickers have kept hundreds of Rohingya Muslims captive in houses in northern Malaysia, beating them, depriving them of food, and demanding a ransom from their families, according to detailed accounts by the victims.

The accounts given to Reuters suggest that trafficking gangs are shifting their operations into Malaysia as Thai authorities crack down on jungle camps near the border that have become a prison for the Muslim asylum seekers fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Feb 27, 2014
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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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