The Malaysian palm oil industry is facing "significant challenges" in complying with a national green certification standard by next year, with over a third of plantations yet to meet the sustainability standards, officials said on Monday.
Malaysia has prohibited the use of open-loop scrubbers by ships plying Malaysian waters, as Southeast Asia's third-largest economy joins the growing number of nations adopting new industry guidelines on reducing sea pollution.
Malaysia's ruling coalition lost its fourth electoral contest on Saturday since coming to power last May, uncovering deepening cracks in the young alliance mired by uncertainty over a succession plan for its top leadership.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After
becoming a target for high-profile campaigns against tropical
forest loss by environmentalists, global household brands that
buy and use palm oil agreed in 2010 to ensure their supplies did
not contribute to deforestation within a decade.
Bangladesh coast guard rescued 122 Rohingya Muslim refugees from the Bay of Bengal on Thursday as the boat they had boarded to illegally flee to Malaysia started sinking due to a mechanical problem, a coast guard official said.
A multinational team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 declared Thursday that rebels in the area of Ukraine where the plane was targeted had been in “almost daily telephone contact” with Russian officials in the weeks leading up to the attack, raising questions about their possible involvement.
An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash.
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