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    Malaysia's King Muhammad V resigns

    "The National Palace informs that his majesty has resigned as the 15th king effective January 6," the National Palace said in a statement. No reason for his abdication was given.

    Southeast Asia
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    Malaysia's Mahathir: Uighurs freed because they did nothing wrong

    Malaysia freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the Southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak because they did nothing wrong, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.

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    Defying China, Malaysia releases Uighur detainees

    Mala­ysia has freed from detention 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak last year, and sent them to Turkey, their lawyer said on Thursday.

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    Earthquake leaves 90 dead in Indonesia

    A major earthquake on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok killed at least 90 people and injured several, officials said on Sunday, damaging homes and triggering panic among tourists and locals.

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    In the East lies inspiration

    A survey at the recent meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos showed that 60 percent of the businessmen and political leaders attending the annual gathering expressed lack of confidence in the prevailing.

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    Cash-filled designer handbags seized in raids on former Malaysian PM’s apartments

    Malaysian police seized a huge haul of designer handbags, many of them stuffed with cash and jewelry, in searches of homes and offices linked to scandal-tainted ex-premier Najib Razak.

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    Former PM Najib, wife banned from leaving Malaysia

    Malaysia's scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss.

    Southeast Asia
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    Mahathir returns to power in historic political shift

    Dr Mahathir Mohamad won a stunning victory in Malaysia's election, ending the six-decade rule of Prime Minister Najib Razak's party in a landmark shift for the Southeast Asian nation.

    Southeast Asia
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    Malaysian election rivals make final appeals for votes

    Malaysia’s scandal-plagued prime minister and his rival, 92-year-old former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad, made final pitches for votes on Tuesday on the eve of one of the tightest.

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    Malaysia : PM Najib launches new human rights action plan

    Malaysia's  Prime Minister Najib Razak today launched the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP), demonstrating Malaysia’s commitment to guarantee and safeguard human rights in the country.

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    Iran's IRGC unveils new anti-armor missile

    The missile, dubbed Azarakhsh (Thunderbolt), was unveiled during a ceremony attended by the chief commander of the IRGC, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, on Wednesday.

    West Asia
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    'Padmaavat' barred in Malaysia over 'sensitivities of Islam'

    Controversial Bollywood movie Padmaavat, which has released in India after a struggle, is now barred from opening in cinemas in Malaysia over concerns regarding “sensitivities of Islam”.

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    Qatari emir in Malaysia in blow to Saudi Arabia

    Sheikh Tamim, who arrived late Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute before he sat down to oversee the signing of agreements on training for diplomats, higher education, and legal and judicial cooperation.

    West Asia
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    24 dead as fire engulfed Muslim school in Malaysia

    Twenty-four people, mostly teenage boys, were killed Thursday when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school, in what officials said was one of the country’s worst fire disasters for years.

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    Malaysia reigns supreme at SEA Games with 145 gold medals

    Host Malaysia has won 145 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games to emerge as overall champion for the first time in 16 years, making it a double celebration in conjunction with the 60th anniversary.

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    Malaysian state introduces public caning for sharia crimes

    A Malaysian state amended its Islamic laws on Wednesday to allow public canings, sparking criticism that the change was unconstitutional and could infringe on the rights of religious minorities.

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    Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia launch joint patrols to counter IS

    Indonesia's military chief Gatot Nurmantyo said the patrols are timely as his country tries to stop any militants from Marawi escaping to Indonesia while posing as refugees.

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    Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy

    Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim.

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    Saudi king cancels Maldives visit over 'swine flu fears'

    Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim announced on Friday that the visit, which had been scheduled for Saturday, “has been postponed due to the high prevalence of the flu in the Maldives.”

    West Asia
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    1,500 people and 500 tons of luggage -- here's how the Saudi king travels

    The King will spend a few days in Jakarta and West Java before heading to the popular tourist island of Bali on the Indonesian leg of a month-long Asia tour that's already taken him to Malaysia

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    Saudi, Indonesia sign deals as King Salman starts landmark visit

    Saudi Arabia and Indonesia signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as King Salman began a nine-day visit to the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century.

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    Saudi king in Malaysia on first leg of Asia tour

    The visit is the first by a Saudi king to Malaysia in more than a decade, as the Arab nation courts Asian investors for the sale of a 5 per cent stake in state firm Aramco in 2018, expected to be the world’s biggest IPO.

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    Here Come the Malaysian Morality Police

    The religious officers raided actress Faye Kusairi’s family home after someone reported her for being “too close” to a person of the opposite sex in an isolated place, an offense punishable in Malaysia.

    Southeast Asia
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    India to attend Islamabad conference

    A senior official of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan has confirmed to The Express Tribune that a delegation from India was participating in the three-day conference.

    South Asia

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