Malaysia’s ‘Phoenix’: hijab-wearing wrestler breaking barriers | AFP

Standing 155cm tall and weighing in at just 43 kilos, hijab-wearing Malaysian wrestler Nor Diana, known as “Phoenix”, cuts an unusual figure in the ring – a female Muslim fighter taking on larger opponents in a male-dominated world.

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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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Ride on time: Recycled bikes get Myanmar kids to school | AFP

Myanmar children race home from school on recycled bikes shipped from Singapore and Malaysia, donated to give them easier access to education in a nation where more than half live in poverty.

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Malaysia fights to save centuries-old creole | AFP

Sara Santa Maria runs weekly classes at her home in Malacca to ensure that the younger generation learn “Papia Kristang”, a centuries-old creole spoken by people of mixed Portuguese and Malaysian ancestry but which is now in danger of dying out.

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Malaysia says no more to imported plastic waste

Hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia says, insisting the country does not want to be a global dumping ground. Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), with much of it ending up in landfill or polluting the seas, in what is becoming a growing international crisis.