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1MDB: US to return $200m in funds to Malaysia as part of probe


The 1MDB fund was meant to turn Kuala Lumpur into a financial hub and boost the Malaysian economy



The US is to return close to $200m (£152.4m) to Malaysia in funds recovered from asset seizures tied to scandal-hit state fund 1MDB.

US authorities have so far transferred $57m tied to a Hollywood firm accused of using 1MDB funds to finance films.

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Thai king Vajiralongkorn marries bodyguard making her queen

The king is seen pouring sacred water on the head of Queen Suthida



The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and given her the title of queen, a royal statement said.

The surprise announcement comes before his elaborate coronation ceremonies begin on Saturday, when his position is consecrated.

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Naruhito: Japan's new emperor prays for peace in new era

Emperor Naruhito was accompanied by his wife, Empress Masako, as he spoke at the Imperial Palace



Japan's Emperor Naruhito has given his first address after ascending the throne, expressing his hope for happiness and world peace.

His ascension was formalised earlier on Wednesday in a ceremony that saw him inherit the Imperial Treasures.

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