July 21, 2014
The gall of Russian President Vladimir Putin can be unnerving. For example, take his response to the missile attack that destroyed a Malaysian jetliner flying over war-torn Ukraine: "This tragedy would not have happened if there was peace in this land. " He's right. But who is responsible for the absence of peace? Vladimir Putin. Putin's manufacture of Ukraine's civil war was as precise as a watchmaker's careful placement of intricate parts to ensure a timepiece's operation. If the missile was fired by Ukrainian rebels, as is believed, they likely were trained by Russians.
July 7, 1986 |
Two Australians convicted of drug trafficking were hanged at dawn today despite pleas from foreign governments to spare them. Brian Geoffrey Chambers Jr., 29, and John Kevin Barlow, 28, were the first Westerners executed under Malaysia's tough anti-drug laws. Karpal Singh, the attorney for the two, told reporters at the massive steel gates of Pudu Prison that prison authorities told him the pair had been executed. He said the two were led handcuffed to the wooden gallows of the century- old prison.
September 24, 1997 |
Somewhere beneath the observation deck of the 1,370-foot-high Kuala Lumpur television tower is a city. It has new high-rises, including twin towers that are the tallest in the world, set against distant mountains. Or so they say. Right now, everything looks as though it's submerged in soapy water. Much of Malaysia is covered by a deadly haze, a noxious combination of smoke from uncontrollable fires in Indonesia, industrial pollutants, car exhaust, and dust from construction projects.
April 6, 2012 |
FIFTY SOLD-OUT London arena shows were already in the bank. So what would Michael Jackson have done next with his big career comeback show, "This Is It," had a drug overdose not ended his life? "Kuala Lumpur was to be the next stop," said Travis Payne, then working on the show's choreography with its?"brilliant" star and director Kenny Ortega. "Michael wanted to revolutionize the way tours were being done. He was always thinking like a great producer, too. He was telling us we needed to design a way to maximize the audience that could see him with less travel time for him and the company.
March 25, 2013 |
FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Busch earned his first victory of the season at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling NASCAR finish. Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol. Logano hit the outside wall and Hamlin hit the inside wall, with Hamlin getting attention in an ambulance and eventually being airlifted to a hospital.
November 6, 1988 |
Psst. Here's a hot tip. Put $1,699 on Horse Racing Abroad in February. It's guaranteed. You get 15 days in Malaysia, including round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, and reserved seats at those hotbeds of horse racing, Selangor in Kuala Lumpur and the Turf Club in Penang. (At Selangor, you'll even get to sit in the track chairman's special box.) It won't be all touts and trifectas in Malaysia. The shopping there is super, the beach in Penang is famous, the hotel Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur shows up on lots of "world's best" lists.
January 18, 2016
BURKINA FASO Mourning period begins after attack Burkina Faso began three days of national mourning Sunday and the president said security would be stepped up in the capital and the country's borders after al-Qaeda militants in a vehicle from neighboring Niger killed at least 28 people in an attack on a hotel and cafe popular with foreigners. In a message to the nation, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said the people of Burkina Faso must unite in the fight against terrorism.
January 10, 2012 |
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's surprising acquittal Monday on sodomy charges is good news not just for him. It is also a court-sent gift for the very government he wants to topple. The verdict will preempt the public outrage a conviction would have sparked in a likely election year, and it reinforces Prime Minister Najib Razak's claims that he does not interfere with the judiciary and that his promises of ensuring civil liberties are serious. After a two-year trial filled with explicit sexual allegations that captivated and polarized the country, the High Court judge took only two minutes to deliver the verdict.
May 7, 2013 |
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's long-governing coalition won national elections Sunday to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process. The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 127 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats to win a majority Sunday. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance seized 77 seats, and other races were too close to call.
October 21, 1990 |
Maybe this country needs a press agent. Not that this peninsular appendage to Southeast Asia isn't already trying to get noticed by travelers - after all, the country has dubbed 1990 "Visit Malaysia Year. " But, clearly, the message is not really getting through. The truth is that not many international tourists make Malaysia their destination of choice. More often than not, such travelers are bound for storied Singapore, to the south, or exotic Bangkok, to the north.