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US, Australia warn of attack

The US and Australian embassies have warned of a potential terrorist attack at a popular hawker street in Kuala Lumpur. The US embassy issued an advisory on Thursday saying it has credible threat information and urged its citizens to avoid Alor Street and its immediate surrounding areas. It said that terrorist organizations had in the past planned attacks to coincide with significant dates, but gave no details. The Australian embassy issued a similar alert to its citizens based on the US threat warning. Malaysia has arrested more than 100 supporters of the Islamic State group in the past two years, some of whom were allegedly plotting attacks in the country.


Rohingya vote ban defended

The government has defended a decision barring 800,000 ethnic minority people from voting in November elections by saying that green card holders cannot vote in US elections either. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wanna Maung Lwin drew awkward laughter on Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York when he likened the situation of foreigners permitted to live and work in the US after obtaining a green card or permanent residence permit from the government with Myanmar’s so-called “white card” holders, many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims. In March, Myanmar declared the temporary identification cards invalid. Those who held them could vote in the last national elections in 2010, but they will not be able to do so this time.


US resident shown to media

A South Korean citizen and resident of the US who has been detained in the country for five months was presented to the media in Pyongyang yesterday. New York University student Joo Won-moon, 21, said he has not been able to contact his family, but wanted them to know he is healthy. Joo has admitted to entering the country illegally in April, but it remains unclear if authorities plan to prosecute him or release him to go home. For most of the 30-minute appearance, Joo read a prepared speech full of praise for the country, its government and people.


Macau businessman nabbed

A Chinese businessman from Macau has been arrested in New York for allegedly smuggling more than US$4.5 million in cash into the country over a two-year period. Property tycoon Ng Lap Seng has been charged with fraud and imprisoned without the possibility of release on bail, along with his alleged collaborator, Jeff Yin. According to an FBI investigation report, Ng and Yin made 11 trips to the US between July 2013 to this month, each time bringing with them between US$200,000 and US$900,000.

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