Netherlands: MH17 plane trial to start without suspects | AFP

The trial of four men accused of murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 opens in Schiphol the Netherlands, even though the suspects are still at large. It follows a half-decade long fight for justice by families of the 298 people who were killed when the jet was shot down over Ukraine by a Russian-made missile as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. IMAGES

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Malaysian ex-premier’s wife arrives at court for graft trial | AFP

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of ousted Malaysian ex-premier Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur court complex on Wednesday for her corruption trial. IMAGES

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Islamic leaders gather for summit shunned by Saudi Arabia | AFP

Leaders of Muslim nations, including Saudi rivals Iran, Turkey and Qatar, attend a summit in Kuala Lumpur, which analysts say is aimed at rivalling the OIC, a 57-member pan-Islamic body headquartered in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday mounted a veiled attack on the summit, saying such gatherings would weaken Islam. IMAGES

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Malaysian ex-leader Najib to take stand in 1MDB trial | AFP

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrives at a court in Kuala Lumpur to defend his conduct in the 1MDB scandal, as the first of several trials linked to the multi-billion-dollar fraud enters a crucial stage.

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Malaysian court to deliver key ruling in Najib’s 1MDB trial | AFP

Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur court complex where he will learn if his first trial over the 1MDB scandal will proceed, in a key test of efforts to bring him to justice over the multi-billion-dollar fraud. IMAGES

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Toxic haze closes Malaysia schools | AFP

Malaysia closes more than 1,000 schools nationwide as toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires engulfs the region. Air quality deteriorated to “very unhealthy” levels on an official index in many parts of peninsular Malaysia, to the east of Sumatra, with the Kuala Lumpur skyline shrouded by dense smog.

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Thick smog shround Kuala Lumpur’s skyline | AFP

Much of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline was covered in smog on Tuesday morning, as forest fires raging across Indonesia carried thick clouds of haze across Malaysia’s borders.

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Malaysia busts attempt to smuggle over 5,000 terrapins | AFP

Two suspects are arrested in Kuala Lumpur after thousands of store-popular terrapins are seized by Malaysian government agents. AND SOUNDBITES

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Malaysia busts attempt to smuggle over 5,000 terrapins | AFP

Two suspects are arrested in Kuala Lumpur after thousands of store-popular terrapins are seized by Malaysian government agents. AND SOUNDBITES

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Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong Nam murder case freed

A Vietnamese woman who had been accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed from prison Friday, ending legal proceedings over the brazen killing after an often bizarre two-year saga. Kim Jong Nam, the estranged relative of Kim Jong Un and once seen as the heir apparent to the North’s leadership, died in agony after having his face smeared with a banned nerve agent as he waited at Kuala Lumpur airport in February, 2017.

Kim assassination suspect to be freed as murder charge dropped

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother is to walk free after Malaysia dropped murder charges against her. The 2017 killing of Kim Jong Nam with a toxic nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport shocked the world, but Doan Thi Huong’s guilty plea to the lesser charge of “causing injury” makes her the only person convicted in the case.

Kim Jong Nam murder suspect arrives at court

Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong arrives at a Malaysian court, she is on trial for murder for the brazen Cold War-style killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. Her Indonesian co-accused was suddenly released earlier this week. IMAGES of Doan Thi Huong arriving at court

Emotional MH370 families demand answers, five years on

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Five years on, emotional relatives of those aboard Flight MH370 continue to demand answers to one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries and called for the hunt to resume.

Making a splash at Malaysia’s mermaid school

Wearing tails made of plastic fins covered by shimmering fabric, five women learn to glide through water at a Malaysian centre that teaches people how to swim like mermaids. The academy, in the coastal town of Klang, southwest of Kuala Lumpur, is among several that have sprung up around the world to cater to the growing popularity of swimmers emulating the mythical creatures.

Making a splash at Malaysia’s mermaid school

Wearing tails made of plastic fins covered by shimmering fabric, five women learn to glide through water at a Malaysian centre that teaches people how to swim like mermaids. The academy, in the coastal town of Klang, southwest of Kuala Lumpur, is among several that have sprung up around the world to cater to the growing popularity of swimmers emulating the mythical creatures.

Hindus mark Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

Malaysian Hindu devotee Kumaraguru Kunalan hauled a wooden pole with metal pots hanging from either side up to a temple carved into a hillside as drumming and incense smoke filled the air. Kumaraguru, who also had a steel skewer pierced through his tongue, was among the huge crowd of ethnic Indians marking Thaipusam at a complex of temples outside Kuala Lumpur.

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Cities across the globe saw marvelous displays of fireworks light up the skies as jubilant spectators flocked to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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Christmas sleigh restaurant rides into tropical Malaysia

Jingling amid a Kuala Lumpur skyline, nearly a dozen people sit in a hanging sleigh-like restaurant as it is raised by a crane some 45 metres (147 feet) above the street below. Strapped into rollercoaster-like seats, the Santa in the Sky patrons dine next to prancing reindeer models and a mannequin of jolly St Nicholas far above the city’s busy traffic.

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib hit with more charges

Malaysian former leader Najib Razak was jointly charged in a Kuala Lumpur court with ex-senior finance ministry official, Mohamad Irwan Serigar Abdullah, with six counts of criminal breach of trust. IMAGES

Malaysia celebrates Hungry Ghost Festival

Ethnic Malaysian-Chinese devotees celebrate the Chinese deity “Da Shi Ye” or the Guardian God of Ghosts to mark the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur and try to stay safe from hungry, wandering ghosts.

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

A luxury yacht allegedly paid for with funds from a multi-billion-dollar scandal that helped topple Malaysia’s government arrived outside Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, with authorities hoping it will help in their prosecution of the country’s disgraced former leader. The 300-foot (90-metre) Equanimity, equipped with pool, helicopter landing pad and cinema, belonged to Jho Low, a flamboyant international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak. IMAGES