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  • (2016) Robert De Niro on His Connection to the Malaysian Corruption Scandal: "I Don't Give a Sh**"

    10/15/2017 5:11:37 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 14 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2016 | Alex Ritman
    The actor — whose Tribeca Film Institute took a donation from those accused of embezzlement, while his son sold the prime suspect $55 million in NYC real estate — says he would give back the money if necessary. Leonardo DiCaprio is undoubtedly the highest-profile Hollywood name connected to the 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal, which, in addition to more than a billion dollars of alleged money laundering, helped to finance his hit drama The Wolf of Wall Street. But another A-list name has appeared several times in the same orbit as the central figures in the fraud case, which is now...
  • Malaysia looks to punish fake news with 10 years in jail

    03/26/2018 7:51:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2018 8:48 AM EDT | Eileen Ng
    Malaysia’s government proposed new legislation Monday to outlaw fake news and punish offenders with a 10-year jail sentence, a move slammed by critics as a bid to crack down on dissent ahead of a general election. Prime Minister Najib Razak has been dogged by a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal involving an indebted state fund, and rights activists fear the new law could be used to criminalize news reports and critical opinions on government misconduct. A general election must be held by August but is widely expected in the next few weeks. The anti-fake news bill, which must be approved by parliament,...
  • Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

    03/22/2018 11:01:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Staff
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its “Red Emperor” project off the country’s southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday. {snip} The block lies near the U-shaped “nine-dash line” that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions. The field can produce 25,000-30,000 barrels of oil and 60 million cubic meters of gas a day, Vietnamese news provider Cafef.vn reported last month. Repsol spent around 33 million euros ($41 million) on exploration in Vietnam...
  • Australian engineer says he has found Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Google Earth...

    According to Mr McMahon's claims, the wreckage of the flight is located 16km south of Round Island, which is 22.5km north of Mauritius, in an area of the ocean that has not been searched before.
  • Wild Boar Sneaks Into Mosque, Injures Man in Malaysia

    03/07/2018 12:16:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Wed, March 7, 2018 | Petaling Jaya
    The residents of Sungai Buloh, Selangor were greeted with an unwelcome guest when a wild boar sneaked into the neighborhood’s mosque on Tuesday night. A mosque-goer was injured by the wild boar amidst the ruckus at Masjid Jamek Sungai Plong. The mosque’s imam Ungku Ahmad Hazwan Ungku Kamarudin said that the incident happened as worshippers were performing additional prayers after Maghrib prayers. “Our mosque was visited by a male wild boar who had gotten lost in the mosque’s grounds. It subsequently started chasing mosque-goers and children in the grounds. It then went into the mosque and we could see that...
  • MH370: search ship disappears for three days

    02/07/2018 7:27:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    the guardian ^ | Tue 6 Feb 2018 03.03 EST
    The ship searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from tracking screens for three days after it turned off its own satellite monitoring system with no explanation. At the beginning of January, the US-based company Ocean Infinity was hired by the Malaysian government to search for the missing plane, which disappeared in March 2014. Its ship, Seabed Constructor, began the search on 22 January, but on Thursday, after only 10 days, it turned off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) with no explanation. Three days later, it reappeared outside the search area and on its way to a scheduled refuelling stop...
  • Malaysia says new search for flight MH370 to end mid-June

    03/04/2018 2:32:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | MARCH 3, 2018 | Rozanna Latiff
    A search by a U.S. firm for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is expected to complete its survey by mid-June, the Southeast Asian nation said on Saturday, as families marked the fourth anniversary of one of aviation’s greatest mysteries. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Australia, China and Malaysia ended an unsuccessful A$200-million ($159.38 million) search across a 120,000 square-kilometer area in the Indian Ocean in January 2017, despite investigators urging authorities to extend the operation 25,000 sq km north of the search area.
  • Indonesia seize luxury yacht Equanimity sought in 1MDB probe: Police (US DOJ)

    02/28/2018 6:53:29 AM PST · by csvset · 19 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 28 February 2018 | Reuter
    Indonesia seize luxury yacht Equanimity sought in 1MDB probe: Police JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia on Wednesday (Feb 28) seized a luxury yacht on the island of Bali sought by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation linked to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). “We have been inspecting the crew since yesterday and now we are taking action since we have received approval from the court to seize the boat,” Agung Setya, director of economic and special crimes at the Indonesia’s criminal investigation bureau, told Metro TV. Television footage in Indonesia...
  • Lebanese Journalist: 100 Years After Balfour Declaration, Arabs Have Failed, Israel Has Excelled

    02/22/2018 3:58:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2*21*18 | Karam Al-Hilu
    In a Nov. 25, 2017 article marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, published in the London-based daily Al-Hayat, Lebanese journalist Karam Al-Hilu compared the meager accomplishments of the Arab world in the past century with those of the rest of the countries, particularly Israel. He noted that Israel’s supremacy in the areas of science, economy, society and politics is the source of its strength, as well as the source of Arab failure in confronting it. The following are excerpts from his article:[1] “A century after the Balfour Declaration . . . the Arabs have not managed to build...
  • Malaysia sorry for Chinese New Year rooster ad cock-up

    02/16/2018 3:49:56 PM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | FEB 16, 2018, | AFP
    <p>KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia has apologised after a government ad in Chinese-language newspapers featuring a picture of a barking rooster to mark the Year of the Dog sparked a flood of mockery.</p> <p>The full-page advert by the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry showed a rooster emitting the word "wang", used to represent a dog's bark in Mandarin.</p>
  • Malaysian newspaper publishes 'how to spot a gay' checklist

    02/12/2018 4:30:21 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Hannah Ellis-Petersen
    A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing anger from activists who said lives were being put at risk. The article in Sinar Harian featured bullet points of supposedly distinctive qualities that revealed LGBT people. They stated that gay men were easy to identify because of their love of beards, going to the gym – not for exercise but to check out other men – and branded clothing. Their eyes light up when they see handsome men, the article said. The stand-out attributes for lesbians were that they tend to...
  • China’s Fishing Fleets Are Fighting a Shadowy War to Expand the Country

    02/06/2018 8:57:34 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 4 replies
    “When our country needs us, we will go without a second thought to defend China’s rights,” said Chen Yuguo in a recent interview with the Washington Post. If Chen were a sailor in China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, or perhaps an officer of the Chinese Coast Guard, his pledge to use force for his country would not be particularly noteworthy. But Mr. Chen is a fisherman. As captain of a trawler based in the port of Tanmen, Chen is one of China’s 6 million plus fishermen. He pilots one of the country’s 2,600 distant-water fishing ships. And much of this...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Massive New Search Begins Using Drones

    01/23/2018 12:22:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 23rd January 2018 | Paul Harper
    A MASSIVE new search for the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 using underwater drones has begun today.The aircraft vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 in one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. The southeast Asian nation has now agreed to pay US firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it finds the plane within 90 days. Its search vessel, the Seabed Constructor, today reached the remote spot in the Indian Ocean where Australian scientists believe the plane went down. Eight drone-like underwater vehicles will now scour the ocean floor for wreckage in an area...
  • China, Russia, and the Long 'Unipolar Moment'

    01/17/2018 10:22:52 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | N. Sears
    Despite the “rise and fall of the unipolar concert,” China and Russia’s balancing strategies have backfired: they are not leading to multipolarity, but are actually reinforcing unipolarity. The reason is that China and Russia’s balancing strategies have focused on regional “revisionism,” which has provoked powerful responses in East Asia and Europe to contain them. Russia’s balancing strategy has to a large extent proven to be counter-productive. Instead of preventing the expansion of NATO through a “divide and conquer” strategy, or driving a diplomatic wedge between the United States and Europe, Russian revisionism has united NATO...Perhaps most illustrative of all, a...
  • The Search for MH370 Revealed Secrets of the Deep Ocean

    03/12/2017 9:24:01 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10 Mar, 2017 | SARAH ZHANG
    A remote part of the Indian Ocean has become, by chance, one of the best-mapped parts of the underwater world. The ocean is vast, deep, and unexplored. When Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared three years ago this week, the search brought the ocean’s vastness into sharp relief. This is how deep and dark it is three miles down. This is how unlikely you are to spot a downed airliner in 120,000 square nautical miles of open ocean. This is how much we know about the ocean floor—less than we know about the surface of Mars. As the search dragged on...
  • MH370 Lawsuit Suggests Electrical Failures Led to Crash

    03/08/2017 8:20:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    nbc ^ | Mar 8 2017, 9:10 am ET
    The lawsuit, filed Friday against Boeing in U.S. District Court in South Carolina, names seven malfunctions, from an electrical fire to depressurization of the plane's cabin, that could have led to the crew losing consciousness, the plane's transponder stopping its transmission and the plane flying undetected until it crashed after running out of fuel. It came as families of the missing passengers and officials marked Wednesday's third anniversary of the Boeing 777's crash. ... The U.S. lawsuit was filed by Gregory Keith, a special administrator for families who lost loved ones on the Malaysia Airlines flight. It names 44 victims...
  • Malaysia says Seychelles debris not from missing MH370 plane

    07/19/2017 1:00:52 PM PDT · by texas booster · 11 replies
    Reuters - Yahoo! News UK ^ | 14 July 2017 | Emily Chow
    Malaysia said on Friday pieces of debris found in Seychelles are not from missing flight MH370, which vanished in March 2014 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The location of the plane has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. It is believed to have gone down in the Indian Ocean. Various pieces of debris have been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa's east coast and at least three of them have been confirmed as coming from the missing Boeing 777. Seychelles reported on Thursday the discovery of two pieces of...
  • MH370 search team raises prospect plane could lie elsewhere

    07/21/2016 12:14:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:53am EDT | Jonathan Barrett and Swati Pandey
    Top searchers at the Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 say they believe the plane may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments, meaning they have been scouring the wrong patch of ocean for two years. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro (FUGRc.AS) have been combing an area roughly the size of Greece for two years. That search, over 120,000 square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, is expected to...
  • Explosive new report virtually pinpoints location of missing flight MH370

    08/15/2017 9:31:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 32 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 16th August 2017
    STARTLING new evidence has virtually pinpointed the location of MH370 — 1258 days since it disappeared. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has today released an explosive new report that effectively narrows the search zone for the missing plane down to an area half the size of Melbourne. GeoScience Australia has been examining four satellite images taken in the weeks after the plane went missing in the area identified late last year as MH370’s likely resting spot. They found 12 objects in those images that they deemed man-made and 28 that they regard as possibly man-made. The images were taken by...
  • Experts suspect MH370 wreckage farther north, not in search zone

    12/19/2016 6:34:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The report added that “debris drift modeling results present strong evidence that the aircraft is most likely to be located to the north of the current indicative underwater search area”. It identified an area of approximately 25,000 sq. km “with the highest probability of containing the wreckage of the aircraft. The report went on: “The experts concluded that, if this area were to be searched, prospective areas for locating the aircraft wreckage, based on all the analysis to date, would be exhausted.” The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China, where most of the passengers were from, have previously agreed to...