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Pressure on Malaysian PM Najib Razak mounts as ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad backs protests

Pressure mounted Sunday on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as influential former leader Mahathir Mohamad threw his weight behind mass protests demanding the premier's ousting over a financial scandal.

Tens of thousands of Malaysians clad in the yellow of the pro-reform movement have turned out for two days of weekend demonstrations to demand Mr Najib's removal, shutting down the city centre in a carnival atmosphere of speeches, sing-a-longs and prayer.

But the 90-year-old Mr Mahathir stole the show Sunday, arriving to a rapturous welcome from protesters.


Journalist 'confesses' to causing China market chaos: state media

A financial journalist has "confessed" to causing "panic and disorder" on China's stock market and inflicting "huge losses on the country", state media reported on Sunday.

Wang Xiaolu, a journalist with Caijing magazine, was detained by Chinese authorities following China's recent stock market crash.

Wang was held for fabricating and spreading fake information on securities and futures market, according to Xinhua, a state-run news agency.


In first, Saudi women allowed to run in local elections

 Saudi Arabia allowed women to register to stand in local elections on Sunday, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

In a country where women face a host of restrictions including a driving ban, the move was welcomed as an important step forward.

But it also faced criticism from hardline conservatives and from rights groups who said it does not go far enough in providing women with equal rights.


Five people per square metre: how the truck migrants met their end

The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square metre, police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated.

A baby girl and three other children were among the dead in truck discovered on Thursday on a highway from the Hungarian border to Vienna, where it had been left 24 hours earlier.

The victims are thought to be refugees from Syria or possibly Afghanistan, part of a huge wave of migrants pushing through Europe that is sorely testing the European Union's ability to cope.


Football: Swansea City cuts Manchester United down to size with 2-1 victory

Second-half goals from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis earned Swansea City a stirring 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday as Garry Monk's side went fourth in the Premier League.

Juan Mata's 48th-minute strike put United ahead at the Liberty Stadium, but Swansea hit back with quick-fire goals to take all three points and edge Louis van Gaal's men into fifth place.

It was a third successive league win over United for Swansea and ended the visitors' unbeaten record, bringing them down to earth after their mid-week 4-0 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round.