Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support Jul 14, 2020 0 23 12345 AFPKuala LumpurMalaysia’s prime minister narrowly won a vote to remove the parliament speaker during a rowdy session of the legislature Monday, a key test of support for the embattled leader.The Southeast Asian nation has been gripped by turmoil since a reformist government collapsed in February and Muhyiddin Yassin became premier, at the head of a coalition backed by a scandal-plagued party. He took power without an election, and there had been speculation he did not have sufficient support from MPs to hang on to power.But in a closely watched vote as parliament resumed following a break due to the coronavirus pandemic, his motion to remove the speaker won the support of 111 MPs against 109 for the opposition.It was the first time that a speaker had been removed in such a fashion in Malaysia, and sparked fury from the opposition. “What happened today is a travesty of justice, death of parliamentary democracy and stifling of (the) people’s mandate,” tweeted opposition lawmaker Charles Santiago.“Challenging days ahead for the country.”After the removal of Mohamad Ariff Mohamad Yusof -- who had been appointed by the previous administration -- the premier tabled a motion for him to be replaced by Azhar Azizan Harun. The opposition demanded a vote and sought to propose an alternative candidate, but former election commission chief Azhar was hurriedly sworn in without one.Malaysia’s political crisis began in February when 95-year-old Mahathir quit and his multi-racial coalition, which had swept to power at landmark 2018 elections, collapsed amid bitter infighting. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Taliban kill 11 in attack on Afghan intelligence agency office Jul 14, 2020 0 406 Japan’s Abe visits flood-stricken Kyushu; death toll rises to 68 Jul 14, 2020 0 403 Prominent Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering Jul 14, 2020 0 288 Philippines reports 227 additional deaths from COVID-19 DPA Manila The Philippines on Monday reported a total of 227 more deaths from Covid-19, the highest figure in a day, but noted that more than half of the deaths occurred as early as April. The deaths were only reported or .. Taiwan launches week of military drills amid China tensions DPA Taipei Taiwan launched a week-long set of military exercises on Monday, including live-fire drills, to defend itself against mock invasive attacks. The drills are taking place amid tensions over moves from China, .. Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike Hong Kong Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks .. Thai demonstrators demand higher monthly pension for retirees Bangkok Thai activists submitted a petition on Monday asking the government to increase pensions paid to people over 60. The petition, signed by over 13,000 people, demanded that the prime minister approve a new .. French alleged paedophile dies in Indonesia after suicide attempt Jakarta A French national detained since last month for allegedly molesting more than 300 children has died three days after attempting to commit suicide, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello, 65, died late .. Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge Colombo Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases. The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but ..