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March palm oil imports up 57% year on year, says trade body

Reuters
Palm oil fruits are seen placed on a wheelbarrow at a palm oil farm in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said/File Photo MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s palm oil imports in March jumped 57% year on year as refiners increased purchases of the tropical oil to reduce expensive......

Malaysia’s Axiata, DiGi.Com shares suspend trading ahead of ‘material announcement’

Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Axiata Group Bhd and DiGi.Com Bhd suspended trading of their shares on Thursday, pending a “material announcement”, both telecommunication companies said in exchange filings. Last month, local newspaper The Star reported citing sources that talks have resumed between Telenor ASA, the largest shareholder in DiGi.Com,......

Myanmar anti-coup activists plan new street protests after paralysing strike

Reuters
(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists plan to resume street demonstrations on Thursday, a day after a nationwide silent strike saw businesses shut and people stay at home in protest against military rule in the Southeast Asian country. Protesters release red balloons during a protest against the military coup in Yangon,......

North Korea Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Malaysia Over U.S. Extradition

New York Times
SEOUL — North Korea on Friday severed diplomatic ties with Malaysia after that country’s highest court agreed to extradite a North Korean man accused of money laundering to the United States, a major coup in Washington’s efforts to choke Pyongyang’s illicit trade. In a ruling last week, Malaysia’s federal court......

Black market passports: Fake and stolen documents a security threat

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Black market passports: Fake and stolen documents a security threat – CBS News Watch CBSN Live The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is shining a light on the business of passport theft. CBS News’ Don Dahler reports. Be......

Blinken says China is acting aggressively and repressively

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (not pictured) at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo, Japan, March 16, 2021. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS TOKYO (Reuters) – United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a roundtable of Japanese......

Malaysia’s Sime Darby Plantation drops lawsuit against activist

Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Sime Darby Plantation on Tuesday said it had withdrawn a lawsuit against the head of anti-trafficking NGO Liberty Shared as Malaysia’s Securities Commission is no longer investigating the world’s largest sustainable palm oil producer. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Sime Darby Plantation headquarters in......

Malaysia’s AirAsia Group plans air taxi, drone delivery service

Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd plans to launch an air taxi service and the country’s first drone delivery service as the budget carrier seeks to diversify amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s CEO said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Tail of AirAsia X plane as seen at the......

Myanmar police break up protests as ASEAN diplomatic effort stalls

Reuters
(Reuters) – Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to break up anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after a regional diplomatic push to help end the month-long crisis made little headway. Protesters set off smoke grenades to block the......

Exclusive: Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees -minister

Reuters
DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen. FILE PHOTO: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with......

Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule

Reuters
(Reuters) – Students and doctors in Myanmar plan to hold fresh protests on Thursday against military rule, as Washington expressed concern about Malaysia’s deportation of about 1,100 Myanmar nationals back to the strife-torn nation. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards during a rally against the military coup in front of Indonesian......

Malaysia deports Myanmar nationals despite court order

BBC
“Before sending anyone back to a situation where they could face persecution, the Malaysia government should… ensure that UNHCR has access to detention centres… so the international community can be assured that it is not sending people into harm’s way,” said rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW). BBC – For......

Malaysia prepares to deport Myanmar asylum seekers and detainees despite outcry

Reuters
LUMUT, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia began bussing asylum seekers and other detainees from Myanmar to a port where ships were waiting to take them back to their strife-torn homeland, even as rights groups made a late legal bid to stop their deportation, saying lives were at risk. The 1,200 detainees......

Malaysia to start COVID-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive

Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia moved up its COVID-19 inoculation drive by two days as the first batch of vaccines arrived in the Southeast Asian nation on Sunday. Malaysia aims to vaccinate at least 80% of its 32 million people within a year as it pushes to revive an economy......

Remote workers want to live in Asia, but Asia doesn’t seem to want them quite yet

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here It’s often said that remote workers can work from anywhere where there’s an internet connection. But tell that to someone who wants to live and work in Bangkok or Bali right now. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed millions of workers......

Porsche to set up assembly plant in Malaysia: The Edge

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Porsche is seen outside a Porsche car dealer, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – German sports car maker Porsche AG is setting up an assembly plant in Malaysia under a partnership with trading......

Over 30 Rohingya caught arriving in Malaysia by boat in January: police

Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – More than 30 Rohingya people, believed to have fled a refugee camp in Indonesia, were caught arriving in Malaysia by boat last month, the Malaysian police said on Sunday. The Rohingyas, mostly women, boarded a boat from Tanjung Balai in Indonesia and landed in Selangor, on......

UK makes formal request to join trans-Pacific trade deal

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: British trade minister Liz Truss arrives for a cabinet meeting in London, Britain September 22, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Britain made a formal request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, seeking membership of the 11-country deal to......

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