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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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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

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The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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