Malaysian prime minister to step down

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 28 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he is planning to resign and hand over power to the country's deputy prime minister.

Malaysia leader attacks extremism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 24 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday decried violence and terrorism in the name of religion.

Malaysian taxi drivers seek govt. subsidy

PENANG, Malaysia, June 7 (UPI) -- Fuel prices have gotten so high that some Malaysian taxi drivers say they need a government subsidy to keep from raising fares.

Malaysian poll system defended

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 5 (UPI) -- Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak defended his government's record in multiracial Malaysia and rejected criticisms about the country's election system.

Malaysian election set for March 8

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Malaysia's Election Commission Thursday set March 8 for a general election to decide 222 parliamentary seats, as well as hundreds of state races.

Malaysia prepares snap poll

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Malaysia moved a step closer Wednesday to holding snap polls with the dissolution of parliament, whose term would have expired in May 2009.

Malaysian Parliament dissolved

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Malaysians will be facing elections after the southeast Asian nation's prime minister dissolved Parliament Wednesday.

Badawi calls for greater police presence

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is calling for a greater police presence in urban areas.

Protestors throng Malaysian capital

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of protesters rocked Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, demanding electoral reform amid claims of fraudulent activity.

Badawi, Putin support Iran's atomic rights

MOSCOW, June 20 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are supporting Iran's right to develop a nuclear energy system.

Putin, Badawi want Iraqi unity preserved

MOSCOW, June 20 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi say maintaining Iraqi unity is vital to the nation's future.

Malaysia's new king installed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 26 (UPI) -- Mizan Zainal Abidin, sultan of Terengganu, Thursday became Malaysia's 13th king under a five-year rotation of the title among the country's nine sultans.

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in hospital

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 81, was admitted to a hospital Thursday in Kuala Lumpur after reportedly suffering a mild heart attack.

Bush courts small countries at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- On the eve of his address at the United Nations, U.S. President George Bush warmed up with one-on-one meetings with the leaders of four small countries.

Ahmadinejad urges isolation of Israel

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to isolate Israel.

16-country Asia council formed at summit

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A 16-country group to focus on economic, security and political concerns in Asia will include India, Australia and New Zealand.

Japan, Malaysia to sign trade agreement

TOKYO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Japan and Malaysia will sign a bilateral free trade agreement next week on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, it was announced Friday.

Chinese women claim Malaysian police abuse

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Malaysia's interior minister said he will visit China next week to repair relations frayed by reports of Malaysian police humiliating female Chinese visitors. Members of Parliament Thursday watched a video clip, reportedly made with a mobile telephone, wh

East Asian Summit won't compete with APEC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The upcoming East Asian Summit is no threat to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Malaysia's prime minister said Sunday.

Malaysian report unveils police corruption

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 17 (UPI) -- An official inquiry into corruption in Malaysia's police force has found widespread abuse of preventive detention, disregard for human rights and extortion.

Malaysia, Australia on FTA road

SYDNEY, April 8 (UPI) -- Malaysia and Australia are to begin talks next month on a free trade agreement, The New Straits Times reported Friday.

Malaysia, New Zealand negotiate trade deal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, March 31 (UPI) -- New Zealand and Malaysia agreed Thursday to open negotiations on a free trade agreement that could be completed within a year, Business Times reports.

Indonesian Muslims to visit Malaysian PM

JAKARTA, March 13 (UPI) -- A group of four Indonesian Muslim leaders was preparing Sunday to visit Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

UPI Energy Watch

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Following the recent Bratislava meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United States and Russia have announced
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, Energy Correspondent

Malaysia, Singapore resume bilateral talks

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, March 1 (UPI) -- Singapore and Malaysia were due to resume talks Tuesday to examine outstanding bilateral issues in more details. Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met in Malaysia's administrative capital of Putraja
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