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Malaysian police say 1MDB fugitive Low seeking to buy Cyprus properties

Malaysian police say 1MDB fugitive Low seeking to buy Cyprus propertiesMalaysian police said on Wednesday that fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, accused of a multi-billion dollar theft at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), is attempting to purchase properties in Cyprus under a different name. Low, also known as Jho Low, has been charged in Malaysia and the United States over the alleged theft of $ 4.5 billion from 1MDB, set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Information on Low’s efforts to buy real estate in Cyprus was gathered after a series arrests, Malaysia’s police chief Abdul Hamid Bador told a news conference, a video of which was posted on the police’s official Facebook page.



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UPDATE 7-In record deal, U.S. to recover $1 bln from Malaysian fugitive Jho Low

UPDATE 7-In record deal, U.S. to recover $  1 bln from Malaysian fugitive Jho LowNEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has struck a deal to recoup $ 1 billion in funds allegedly looted from a Malaysian state investment fund by fugitive financier Jho Low, in a record capture for a U.S. anti-corruption probe. U.S. authorities say about $ 4.5 billion was siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), founded in 2009 by then- Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak.



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Malaysian shamans conduct rituals to help locate missing Nora Quoirin

Malaysian shamans conduct rituals to help locate missing Nora QuoirinShamans conducted rituals in the Malaysian jungle Monday in the latest bid to find a missing London teenager, as her family offered a reward for information leading to the girl's return. The family of Nora Quoirin, who went missing in a Malaysia jungle more than a week ago, have offered a £10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to finding their daughter. “Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her,” the Franco-Irish family said in a statement released through The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports the families of British people missing abroad. The reward money was donated anonymously by a Belfast-based businessman as the search for the young girl, who has serious learning difficulties, expanded to some 350 people and has now drafted in officers from Scotland Yard, France, Ireland and Interpol. “The National Crime Agency, the Met Police and the Irish police are working together to help and support the Malaysian authorities relating to Nora Quoirin’s disappearance,” confirmed a spokesperson from the National Crime Agency. Malaysian shaman pray while participating in a search and rescue operation for 15-year-old Nora Credit:  FAZRY ISMAIL/EPA-EFE/REX On Monday, a handful of traditional shamans – known locally as "bomoh" – appeared to go into a trance in the jungle as they conducted rituals to help locate her, reports said. Police released a video showing a shaman wearing a white skullcap and several of his assistants performing rituals in the forest. Shaman Khalid Mohamad said he believes the girl was lured by a genie, an invisible spirit believed by Muslims to inhabit the Earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals. He said in the video that the genie was drawn to the girl because she has special needs and had chosen Nora as its step-child. Nora, who has learning difficulties, lives in London  Credit: HO / Quoirin Family / AFP Nora vanished from her room early in the hours of Sunday 3 August from her family’s holiday cottage in the dense rainforest surrounding the Dusun Pantai Hill resort in Seremban, a nature reserve 39 miles south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.   Her family have said they have not given up hope and have urged the police to investigate the case as a possible abduction. The Malaysian police set up a hotline over the weekend for anyone who may have information about her whereabouts. The force is still treating the case as one of a missing person but has not ruled out the possibility of a criminal element. Fears for Nora’s safety are growing by the day as the investigation fails to throw up any clues about the circumstances of her disappearance. Search teams, including divers, sniffer dogs, local experts, and an elite special forces unit of the Royal Malaysian Police, is scouring an area of about 1.5 square miles around the treacherous terrain of the resort. Rescue teams have been deployed to find the missing girl  Credit: MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images Hot, humid and rainy conditions have made the area even more perilous for the missing teenager, who was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, meaning that she has limited abilities to communicate and also struggles with coordination. Over the weekend, her parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, thanked the teams who had dedicated their time to search for her. "We want to say thank you to each and every one of you. We know you're searching night and day for Nora,” Mrs Quoirin told searchers in a message that was broadcast in the local media. "We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us."



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Malaysian PM says Russia being made a scapegoat for downing of flight MH17

Malaysian PM says Russia being made a scapegoat for downing of flight MH17Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday Russia is being made a scapegoat for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and questioned the objectivity of the investigations into the 2014 disaster. The international investigative team set up to look into the crash said on Wednesday three Russians and one Ukrainian will face murder charges for the deaths of 298 people aboard the flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine. “We are very unhappy, because from the very beginning it was a political issue on how to accuse Russia of the wrongdoing,” Mahathir told reporters at a government event.



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The Latest: 4 charged in downing of Malaysian airliner

The Latest: 4 charged in downing of Malaysian airlinerThe international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 announced murder charges Wednesday against three Russians and one Ukrainian for their alleged roles in the attack that killed all 298 people on board. It noted that the international team turned a blind eye to Ukraine’s failure to close its airspace to commercial flights despite the fighting in the east.



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Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayed

Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayedFormer Malaysian premier Najib Razak’s trial over a massive financial scandal that contributed to his government’s downfall was postponed Monday, in a blow to slow-moving efforts to bring the disgraced politician to justice. Najib had been due to go on trial Tuesday for the first time over allegations linked to his involvement in the looting of Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in a fraud that reverberated around the world. Billions of dollars were allegedly stolen by Najib and his cronies from 1MDB, which was set up to help develop Malaysia’s economy, and spent on everything from high-end real estate to expensive artworks.



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Experts Say Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Was Intentionally Crashed

Experts Say Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Was Intentionally CrashedExperts suggest the plane's pilot deliberately flew the plane into the Indian Ocean



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Danish citizen jailed under new Malaysian anti-fake news law

Danish citizen jailed under new Malaysian anti-fake news lawKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a Danish citizen to a week in jail after he pleaded guilty to maliciously publishing false information, the first person to be punished under a controversial anti-fake news law.



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Hunt for missing Malaysian plane likely to end in June

Hunt for missing Malaysian plane likely to end in JuneKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 by a U.S. company will likely end in June, a Malaysian official said, as families of passengers marked the fourth anniversary of the plane's disappearance with renewed hope that the world's biggest aviation mystery will be solved.



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Fire kills at least 24 at religious school in Malaysian capital

Fire kills at least 24 at religious school in Malaysian capitalA fire at an Islamic boarding school for boys killed at least 24 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, officials said. Officials suspected an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that broke out in a top floor dormitory, where most of the students perished. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorize the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.



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