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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Indonesian forest fires choke SE Asia | AFP

Forest fires are raging on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, sending a choking fug across the region — including towards neighbours Malaysia and Singapore.

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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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Dengue and zika virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on dengue fever and Zika. Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue | AFP

Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains. But one group of scientists is rolling out trials to breed dengue-resistant bugs in a bid to tackle one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses, raising hopes the disease can finally be beaten.

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Malaysia ex-PM Najib arrives at court for major 1MDB trial | AFP

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak’s most significant 1MDB trial begins, centring on allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars linked to the state fund ended up in his bank account. IMAGES

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Starvation likely killed Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia, no sign foul play | AFP

A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police say.

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Body believed to be Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle | AFP

Malaysian police announces that a naked body believed to that of a Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian resort has been found in a jungle ravine after a 10-day search involving a massive team. SOUNDBITE

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Body found in hunt for Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia | AFP

A body was found Tuesday in the hunt for a Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia with a charity saying it is likely the missing girl, 10 days after she disappeared from a rainforest resort. IMAGES

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Muslim devotees pray for missing Franco-Irish teenager in Malaysia | AFP

Special prayers are offered by Muslim devotees on Friday as Malaysian rescuers scour the jungle for missing Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin.

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