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Malaysia to pay firm up to $70M if it finds missing plane

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane’s disappearance nearly four years ago. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said there …

Prosecution in Kim Jong Nam trial could rest in 2nd quarter

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Prosecutors in the Malaysian trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader could finish their case in the second quarter of next year, defence lawyers said Thursday as another week of testimony concluded. The only two suspects in custody, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong …

Malaysia airport video shows 4 men accused in Kim’s killing

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Prosecutors showed a Malaysian court airport security videos on Thursday that detail the movements of four North Korean suspects who allegedly planned and helped two women — now facing possible death sentences — kill Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother. Police chief investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told …

Chemist says Kim had 1.4 times lethal dosage of VX on face

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — The estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport terminal, a government chemist testified Tuesday. Pure VX was on Kim Jong Nam’s body, in his eye and in his blood plasma, …

Court asked to restore details of Kim Jong Nam post mortem

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Prosecutors asked a Malaysian court Wednesday to restore expunged details in the post-mortem report into the poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader. The report had been presented as evidence Tuesday at the murder trial of the two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim …

Pathologist: North Korean had low enzyme due to poisoning

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — The estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader had extremely low levels of an enzyme vital for nervous system function due to poisoning, a Malaysian government pathologist testified Tuesday at the trial of two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on his face in a brazen airport assassination. Blood tests …

Trial to begin in assassination of N. Korea leader’s brother

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The trial of two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea’s ruler is scheduled to begin Monday in Malaysia’s High Court, nearly eight months after the brazen airport assassination. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are suspected of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face …

Fire at Islamic school in Malaysia kills 24, mostly teens

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A fire that blocked the only exit to an Islamic school dormitory killed 24 people who were trapped behind barred windows, mostly teenagers, on the outskirts of Malaysia’s capital early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5:41 a.m. and took an hour to …

Town hall by ex Malaysian leader Mahathir marred by violence

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A town hall meeting with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who now heads an opposition coalition, was marred by violence Sunday, with several people hurling flares, chairs and shoes at the stage. The chaos erupted while the 92-year-old Mahathir was answering questions at the forum, which was hosted by the …

‘Beauty and the Beast’ shelved in Malaysia despite approval

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Walt Disney has shelved the release of its new movie “Beauty and the Beast” in mainly Muslim Malaysia, even though film censors said Tuesday it had been approved with a minor cut involving a “gay moment.” The country’s two main cinema chains said the movie, due to begin screening Thursday, has …

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