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North Korea takes 11 Malaysians hostage - The Economist;

North Korea takes 11 Malaysians hostage - The Economist

The EconomistNorth Korea takes 11 Malaysians hostageThe EconomistGOVERNMENTS often expel foreigners who enrage them. North Korea offers a worse fate: not being allowed to leave. On March 7th authorities in Pyongyang, the capital, said that 11 Malaysian citizens living in North Korea would be prevented from flying ...and more »

Malaysia needs proactive, not reactive policies: Najib - The Sun Daily;

Malaysia needs proactive, not reactive policies: Najib - The Sun Daily

The Sun DailyMalaysia needs proactive, not reactive policies: NajibThe Sun DailyKUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's economy is now in need of a structural change and therefore national policies should not be reactive but proactive, said Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix). The Prime Minister said that for Malaysia to remain competitive, ...and more »

Two Malaysians leave North Korea, talks on to lift travel ban - Reuters;

Two Malaysians leave North Korea, talks on to lift travel ban - Reuters

ReutersTwo Malaysians leave North Korea, talks on to lift travel banReutersThe North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su. 1/5. left. right. A journalist holds up a newspaper showing a photo of a man who claims to be the son of Kim ...and more »

North Korea Lets 2 Malaysians Leave Country - New York Times;

North Korea Lets 2 Malaysians Leave Country - New York Times

New York TimesNorth Korea Lets 2 Malaysians Leave CountryNew York TimesThe North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, this week. The countries are wrangling over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea's ruler, who was killed last month in Malaysia's largest airport. Credit Ahmad ...and more »

Two Malaysian WFP staff leave North Korea after exit ban - Guardian;

Two Malaysian WFP staff leave North Korea after exit ban - Guardian

GuardianTwo Malaysian WFP staff leave North Korea after exit banGuardianPhotographers take pictures of a vehicle carrying embassy staff as it enters the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, 2017. Malaysia's prime minister on March 8 ruled out severing ties with North Korea and said his government would seek to ...and more »

2 Malaysians leave NKorea, 9 still stranded - Daily Sabah

2 Malaysians leave NKorea, 9 still strandedDaily SabahThe United Nations says two of its employees who were among 11 Malaysians stuck in North Korea because of a travel ban have left the country. The two work for the World Food Program in North Korea. Jane Howard, the WFP coordinator for global issues, ...and more »

Two Malaysian UN staff held in North Korea allowed to leave - CNN;

Two Malaysian UN staff held in North Korea allowed to leave - CNN

CNNTwo Malaysian UN staff held in North Korea allowed to leaveCNN(CNN) Two Malaysians have left Pyongyang two days after North Korea said no Malaysians would be allowed to leave amid a diplomatic row between the two countries. A man and a woman working for the World Food Programme arrived in Beijing Thursday, ...and more »

Two Malaysian UN staff leave North Korea after exit ban - South China Morning Post;

Two Malaysian UN staff leave North Korea after exit ban - South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostTwo Malaysian UN staff leave North Korea after exit banSouth China Morning PostThe UN's World Food Programme said two of its Malaysian staff left North Korea on Thursday after Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang banned each other's citizens from leaving their countries in a row over the murder of Kim Jong-Nam. “WFP confirms that two ...and more »

Expert: North Korea taking Malaysians 'hostage' unprecedented in peacetime - Malay Mail Online;

Expert: North Korea taking Malaysians 'hostage' unprecedented in peacetime - Malay Mail Online

Malay Mail OnlineExpert: North Korea taking Malaysians 'hostage' unprecedented in peacetimeMalay Mail OnlineNorth Korea imposed Tuesday a temporary travel ban on all Malaysians there following soured ties over the February 13 murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's older half-brother Kim Jong-nam here. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — North ...and more »

Malaysia warns of long North Korea inquiry, China says no action yet - Reuters;

Malaysia warns of long North Korea inquiry, China says no action yet - Reuters

ReutersMalaysia warns of long North Korea inquiry, China says no action yetReutersMalaysian police officers gather in front of the gate of the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong Nam's body is held for autopsy in Malaysia February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha. By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS.and more »

Hostage-taking breaks international law - South China Morning Post;

Hostage-taking breaks international law - South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostHostage-taking breaks international lawSouth China Morning PostNo government has the right to hold innocent citizens from another country against their will. Yet that is what North Korea and Malaysia have chosen to do as a row over the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North's leader, escalates. Each ...and more »

Malaysia blames North Korea for Kim Jong Nam's death - CNN;

Malaysia blames North Korea for Kim Jong Nam's death - CNN

CNNMalaysia blames North Korea for Kim Jong Nam's deathCNN(CNN) For the first time, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has directly accused North Korea of murdering Kim Jong Nam. It comes amid a deepening diplomatic row over the February killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother at Kuala ...and more »

Malaysia will not break off ties with North Korea: PM - Anadolu Agency;

Malaysia will not break off ties with North Korea: PM - Anadolu Agency

Anadolu AgencyMalaysia will not break off ties with North Korea: PMAnadolu AgencyPrime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that Malaysia will not break off diplomatic ties with North Korea as they provide a way to work for the release of 11 Malaysians detained in Pyongyang. Razak said the government will negotiate with the North ...and more »

Malaysian PM Najib says no plans to cut diplomatic ties with North Korea - South China Morning Post;

Malaysian PM Najib says no plans to cut diplomatic ties with North Korea - South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostMalaysian PM Najib says no plans to cut diplomatic ties with North KoreaSouth China Morning PostMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak struck a softer tone with North Korea on Wednesday, a day after accusing it of treating Malaysians as “hostages” amid a diplomatic meltdown over the murder of the estranged half-brother of the North's leader ...and more »

In North Korea's game of chicken with Malaysia over 'hostages', who will blink first? - South China Morning Post;

In North Korea's game of chicken with Malaysia over 'hostages', who will blink first? - South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostIn North Korea's game of chicken with Malaysia over 'hostages', who will blink first?South China Morning PostWith Pyongyang's declaration on Monday that all Malaysian citizens were banned from leaving North Korea, a dangerous hostage situation has erupted from the assassination of Kim Jong-nam. The two countries are at loggerheads over the killing on ...and more »

Gerakan throws support behind Najib on negotiations with N. Korea - New Straits Times Online

Gerakan throws support behind Najib on negotiations with N. KoreaNew Straits Times Online(File pix) Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau. Gerakan today strongly criticised the move by Pyongyang to ban all Malaysians from leaving North Korea amid a heated diplomatic row over the murder of Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur ...and more »

Najib softens line in bid to get Malaysians out of North Korea - Reuters;

Najib softens line in bid to get Malaysians out of North Korea - Reuters

ReutersNajib softens line in bid to get Malaysians out of North KoreaReutersMalaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at a session of the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, November 21, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files. 1/2. left. right. The North Korean flag flies on a top of a ...and more »

Malaysia and North Korea spent years building ties. One murder unravelled them - South China Morning Post;

Malaysia and North Korea spent years building ties. One murder unravelled them - South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostMalaysia and North Korea spent years building ties. One murder unravelled themSouth China Morning PostIf hunger pangs hit in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, a ravenous resident could hail a taxi, head to a supermarket and stock up on Maggi noodles, Milo and Julie's biscuits - all produced in Malaysia. The snacks, and the North Korean taxi ...and more »

Malaysia to open negotiations with N. Korea to secure release of 11 citizens - New Straits Times Online;

Malaysia to open negotiations with N. Korea to secure release of 11 citizens - New Straits Times Online

New Straits Times OnlineMalaysia to open negotiations with N. Korea to secure release of 11 citizensNew Straits Times Online(File pix) Malaysia will conduct negotiations with North Korea to secure the release of its 11 citizens trapped in the communist state, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Pix from Foreign Ministry website. By ADRIAN LAI - March 8, 2017 @ 11:28am.and more »

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in 'diplomatic meltdown' - Reuters;

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in 'diplomatic meltdown' - Reuters

ReutersNorth Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in 'diplomatic meltdown'ReutersPolice cars block the entrance of a sealed off North Korea embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin. 1/9. left. right. Police officers stand outside North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 7, 2017.and more »