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Hundreds of designer handbags, jewelry and cash seized from ex-Malaysian PM’s condo

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KUALA LUMPUR — Police have seized 284 boxes containing designer handbags and 72 pieces of luggage containing cash in various currencies and a ‘rather big amount’ of jewellery from a private residence linked to former prime minister Najib Razak in Bukit Bintang on Friday morning.

The items seized were linked to investigations into the 1MDB scandal, police said.

In hours-long raid at the location by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department led by Datuk Seri Amar Singh, uniformed and plain-clothes officers were seen making trip after trip to load up the police trucks as media and onlookers watched.

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The raid began shortly after 7pm while another continued at the former prime minister’s mansion at Taman Duta where investigators are trying to drill into a 20-year-old safe that could not be unlocked.

Malaysia’s newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has barred Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, from leaving the country. At least six countries, including the United States, are investigating 1MDB.

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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely

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COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.

“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.

 

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