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Malaysian Muslims protest against Obama visit

About 100 Malaysian Muslim activists protested Friday outside the US embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam. The demonstration underscored the delicate nature of Obama's trip to Muslim-majority Malaysia, which will make him the first siting US president to visit in nearly half a century, a period marked by mutual distrust. The protesters marched to the embassy in Kuala Lumpur from a nearby mosque after Friday afternoon prayers, shouting "God is great" and "Obama is the enemy of the Prophet Muhammad."

Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash

A leading Malaysian politician who gained fame defending opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sensational sodomy trials was killed in a road accident on Thursday, police said. Karpal Singh, 73, died along with a longtime assistant when his vehicle collided with a lorry on a highway in the northern state of Perak in the early morning, said state police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah. Anwar said the news of Karpal's death came "like a lightning bolt". "Just last evening, I had had a lengthy chat with him," he said in a statement, expressing "profound sadness".

Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash

A leading Malaysian politician who gained fame defending opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sensational sodomy trials was killed in a road accident on Thursday, police said. Karpal Singh, 73, was killed along with a longtime assistant when his vehicle struck a lorry on a highway in the northern state of Perak in the early morning, state police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah said. Anwar said the news of Karpal's death came "like a lightning bolt".

Malaysia opposition slams 'bid to extend Anwar sentence'

Malaysia's opposition on Monday denounced what it called a government bid to increase the prison term of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a controversial sodomy case. Anwar, 66, was sentenced to five years' jail last month after a court overturned a 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges that he says are a false smear by Malaysia's authoritarian regime aimed at disqualifying him from politics. Anwar is free pending an appeal to the Federal Court, Malaysia's highest.

Timeline: the hunt for flight MH370

Australia's MH370 search chief Angus Houston said Wednesday that he believes the Malaysian jet could be found within days -- raising hopes that the agonising wait could soon be over for relatives of the 239 people on board. Here is a timeline of major developments in the four-week hunt for the Boeing 777: SATURDAY MARCH 8

US 'black box' detector joins MH370 ocean search

A US Navy "black box" detector made its much-anticipated debut in the oceanic hunt for flight MH370 on Friday but Australia's search chief warned it was crunch time with the box's signal set to expire soon. As the extensive search wore on, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he believed the country's long-ruling regime was concealing information on the crisis, saying "the government knows more than us."

US 'black box' detector joins MH370 ocean search

A US Navy "black box" detector made its much-anticipated debut in the oceanic hunt for flight MH370 on Friday but Australia's search chief warned it was crunch time with the box's signal set to expire soon. As the extensive search wore on, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he believed the country's long-ruling regime was concealing information on the crisis, saying "the government knows more than us."

MH370 cover-up alleged as 'black box' locator nears

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim accused the government of hiding information on Flight MH370, as a black-box detector was expected Friday in the search zone nearly a month after the plane vanished. Anwar said he was "baffled" over the Malaysian military's failure to respond despite detecting the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crossing back over the country's airspace following its mysterious detour. "Unfortunately the manner in which this was handled after the first few days was clearly suspect," Anwar said in an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph.

Malaysia PM 'will not rest' until MH370 answers found

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed Thursday "we will not rest" until the fate of flight MH370 is known, as Australia called it "the most difficult search in human history". Najib toured the military base in Perth being used as a staging post in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people that is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. "We want to find answers. We want to provide comfort to the families and we will not rest until answers are indeed found," Najib said, as he thanked those involved in the eight-nation search.

Malaysia PM 'will not rest' until MH370 answers found

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed Thursday "we will not rest" until the fate of Flight MH370 is known, as Australia called it "the most difficult search in human history". Najib toured the military base in Perth being used as a staging post in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people that is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, and pledged never to give up looking for answers.
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