Singapore election campaign begins, PM's brother not running

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother is not running in next month's general election but said Tuesday he hopes to be a “catalyst for change" as campaigning beg...

Singapore sentences drug suspect to death on Zoom

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — Singapore has sentenced a drug suspect to death on the popular video chat app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, a move slammed by a human rights group as callo...

Malaysia drops charge against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against “The Wolf of Wall Street” film producer and stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move slammed...

A tale of two outbreaks: Singapore tackles a costly setback

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Weeks after two of his roommates were diagnosed with COVID-19, Mohamad Arif Hassan says he's still waiting to be tested for the coronavirus. Quarantined in his room in a ...

Malaysia opens up partly; all foreign workers to be tested

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said Monday that all foreign workers must undergo virus testing as many businesses reopen in parts of the country for the first time since a partial...

Pandemic brings gloom to Muslims marking month of Ramadan

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Asia on Friday started the holiest month on the Islamic calendar under the coronavirus lockdown or strict social restrictions, deepening their anxiety ...

US blasts China at Southeast Asian meeting on coronavirus

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Southeast Asian counterparts on Thursday that China is taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to push i...

Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

BAHTIM, Egypt (AP) — Every year during Ramadan, the Light of Muhammad Mosque sets up long tables on the street and dishes up free meals at sunset for the poor to break their daily fast. It’s a charity...

Muslims grapple with Ramadan rituals in coronavirus era

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Seattle resident Maggie Mohamed was looking forward to spending the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in her native Egypt. Now, with the spread of the new coron...

Singapore battles virus hotspots in migrant workers' dorms

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After managing to keep on top of the first wave of coronavirus outbreaks, Singapore is grappling with an alarming rise in infections among migrant workers housed in crowd...

Governments grapple with virus border closures, lockdowns

BERLIN (AP) — Governments around the globe grappled Wednesday with how to implement border closures, travel restrictions and lockdowns that have unleashed transportation chaos and imperiled economies,...

With borders and businesses closing, world hunkers down

BANGKOK (AP) — With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people were hunkered down Tuesday, heeding governme...

MH17 families hope truth emerges from unprecedented trial

AMSTERDAM (AP) — United by grief across oceans and continents, families who lost loved ones when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014 hope that a trial starting next week will finally del...

'I am not a traitor': Malaysia's new PM appeals for support

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, appealed Monday to the divided nation for a chance to prove his mettle amid doubts over his legitimacy, and vowed to form...

Mahathir seeks Parliament vote as new Malaysian PM sworn in

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mahathir Mohamad called Sunday for an urgent sitting of Malaysia's Parliament to contest the appointment of a former ally as prime minister under a Malay-majori...