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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over corruption

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KUALA LUMPUR — Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been arrested again on Wednesday over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars linked to a state investment fund ended up in his personal bank accounts, according to officials.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said Najib was arrested on Wednesday afternoon at its office in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and will be taken to court on Thursday to face charges.

In a statement, the MACC said Mr Najib will face ‘several charges’, some of which relate to the transfer of money into his account, and abuse of power.

Najib was earlier arrested over the 1MDB scandal in July and was charged with multiple counts of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering over the scandal at the state fund.

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He pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.

Those charges involve the transfer of 42 million ringgit ($13.9 million) into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the 1MDB fund that international investigators say was looted of billions by Mr Najib’s associates.

Najib set up 1MDB when he took power in 2009 for the stated purpose of promoting economic development, but the fund amassed billions in debts and is being investigated in the US and several other countries for alleged cross-border embezzlement and money laundering.

The US Department of Justice has alleged in civil lawsuits that more than $6.1 billion from 1MDB was laundered through a complex web of transactions and shell companies.

It also alleges that $936 million, based on foreign exchange rates at the time of the transaction, of 1MDB funds went into Mr Najib’s bank account.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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