Ex-Malaysia PM to face graft probe as police seize jewellery, handbags

KUALA LUMPUR,  (Reuters) – Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been summoned by the anti-graft agency amid a probe into troubled state fund 1MDB, sources said yesterday, after police launched pre-dawn raids on premises linked to Najib and confiscated jewellery, luxury handbags and cash.

Congo and WHO race to prevent runaway Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA, (Reuters) – Congolese and U.N. officials were racing yesterday to prevent a runaway Ebola outbreak in Congo, working out the logistics of keeping newly arrived vaccines well below freezing in a steamy region on the equator with unreliable power.

Oxfam boss hit by Haiti scandal to stand down

LONDON, (Reuters) – Oxfam Great Britain chief executive Mark Goldring, who was criticised for his handling of a scandal over the use of prostitutes in Haiti by Oxfam staff, will stand down at the end of the year, the organisation said on Wednesday.

U.S. charges New York fund manager with Belize airport scam

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A New York investment manager was arrested on Wednesday and charged with fraudulently raising about $21.9 million that he told his investors would be used to build an international airport in Belize, the U.S.

Malaysian police search five places linked to ousted PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR,  (Reuters) – Malaysian police conducted searches through the night and into today at five places linked to ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak, including the family home where he stays, a senior police officer said.

Ash cloud from Hawaii volcano sparks aviation red alert

PAHOA, Hawaii, (Reuters) – Explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano yesterday, spewing ash and sparking a red alert for aviation for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago.

Trucker Putin opens Russia bridge link with annexed Crimea

THE KERCH STRAIT,  (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula yesterday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.

Populist cleric Sadr all but wins Iraq election

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) – Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, has all but won Iraq’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi’ite leader.