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.

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.