Briton sentenced to jail for stabbing husband to death in Malaysia | AFP

A British woman was jailed for three and a half years Monday after tearfully admitting she stabbed her husband to death during a fight on the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi. +COMPLETES VIDI1W91XJ_EN+ of Samantha Jones leaving courtroom AND SOUNDBITES from Jones’ lawyer N°1W93VS

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Malaysia: British woman accused of murdering husband arrives at court | AFP

British woman Samantha Jones, who was charged with killing her husband in 2018, arrives at a courthouse in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah on Monday. Jones was arrested two years ago after her husband John William Jones was found with a stab wound to his chest in his house on the holiday island of Langkawi.

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Spike in demand: durians enjoy online virus boom in Malaysia | AFP

When a coronavirus lockdown confined Malaysians to their homes, street traders selling durians moved their pungent produce online — and have been enjoying a spike in demand. Grown across tropical Southeast Asia, the durian is hailed by aficionados as the “king of fruits” due to its creamy, golden flesh and bittersweet flavour.

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Malaysia Is Using Coronavirus to Deport Rohingya Refugees

The Rohingya have looked to escape persecution in Myanmar in Malaysia — but now the Malaysian government no longer wants to offer them asylum and is putting the Rohingya population in detention centers.

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Malaysia: Al Jazeera journalists arrive at police HQ to be questioned over documentary | AFP

Al Jazeera journalists arrive at Malaysia’s national police headquarters for questioning on a documentary about the arrests of migrants during the coronavirus lockdown. Malaysian officials have denounced the documentary for damaging the country’s image. The probe into the Qatar-based network’s programme has added to concerns about a widening crackdown on the media in Malaysia since a scandal-plagued party seized power without an election in March. IMAGES

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Generation Z: meet the youngsters getting creative vs COVID-19 | AFP

With their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown. From Colombia to Senegal, Malaysia to Lebanon, AFP talked to a group of youngsters who put their energy and skills to use within their communities, contributing perhaps to shaping the post-virus world.

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Virus lockdown restrictions eased in parts of Malaysia | AFP

Malaysians returned to their offices and there are were vehicles on the roads on Monday as the strict coronavirus lockdown was eased in parts of the country.

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Coronavirus: Malaysia ‘Medibot’ prototypes aim to aid health workers | AFP

At the International Islamic University of Malaysia, academics in the engineering department are working on prototypes for a ‘Medibot’, a robotic assistant designed to carry out duties by health care workers without the risk of infection from the coronavirus.

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Activists concerned over increase in waste smuggling in Romania | AFP

Since China and Malaysia took the decision to ban the import of waste, Romania has seen an increase in the traffic of waste on its soil from Western European countries. Waste from Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy is accumulating in a country whose treatment infrastructure is already saturated.

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Condom maker warns of global shortage because of virus | AFP

The world may soon see a global shortage of condoms, one of the world’s largest producers says, as businesses in Malaysia struggle to stay open and running amid a nationwide lockdown put in place to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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Malaysia: Loudspeakers on trucks spread awareness on virus | AFP

Malaysian authorities use loudspeakers on trucks to spread precautionary messages about the SARS-like virus from China causing global alarm. Some of the messages being blared out include advice to seek medical treatment if symptoms appear. Government officials are also handing out information leaflets to the public to raise awareness. 

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Malaysia sends back 150 containers of plastic waste | AFP

Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to mostly wealthier nations, with the Southeast Asian country saying Monday it would not be the world’s “garbage dump”.

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Single use plastics | AFP Animé

Videographic on single-use plastic pollution. Britain has agreed to take back 42 containers of plastic waste illegally exported to Malaysia, officials said Monday, as several Asian nations push back against becoming the world’s trash dump.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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First 1MDB trial for Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib to proceed | AFP

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak’s first trial linked to the 1MDB scandal will proceed after a judge rules that prosecutors have made a sufficient case, boosting efforts to bring him to justice over the mammoth fraud.

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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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Underwater hockey to debut at Southeast Asia mini-Olympics | AFP

Swimmers wearing snorkels and gripping short, curved sticks dive to the bottom of a pool in Malaysia and charge at a puck as they compete in an energetic game of underwater hockey. Invented in the 1950s in Britain — where it is known as “Octopush” — to help divers keep fit during the winter months, the game has gained a small but dedicated following from Europe to Asia.

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Underwater hockey to make waves at Southeast Asian Games | AFP

Swimmers wearing snorkels and gripping short curved sticks dive to the bottom of a pool in Malaysia, and charge at a puck as they compete in an energetic game of underwater hockey. Invented in the 1950s in Britain — where it is known as “Octopush” — to help divers keep fit during the winter months, the game has gained a small but dedicated following from Europe to Asia.

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Slip slidin’ away: Record-breaking Malaysian water chute unveiled | AFP

One of the world’s longest water slides was unveiled in Malaysia Wednesday, a kilometre-long chute that starts on a hilltop before twisting and turning through dense jungle and splashing into a pool. The blue and yellow chute at the ESCAPE theme park runs for 1,111 metres (3,645 feet) and has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest water slide where riders use an inflatable tube.

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Artificial rain | AFP Animé

Videographic on artificial rain. Raging blazes in Indonesia have been spewing toxic haze over neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Indonesia has had some success in “cloud-seeding” — inducing rain using chemicals sprayed from planes.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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‘Cloud-seeding’ in Malaysia as air quality plummets | AFP

Malaysia carrys out “cloud-seeding” which involves using chemicals in a bid to induce rain, as smog-belching forest fires in Indonesia send toxic haze across Southeast Asia.

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Indonesia’s forest fires affecting Borneo’s orangutans | AFP

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, say rescuers.

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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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