News Gigi Chao pictured with her father, Cecil

Property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung first offered £40 million after his daughter Gigi Chao entered into a civil partnership

Leading article: Impartiality is part of the deal

More than any other media outlet, the BBC relies on a reputation for independence and impartiality. It is a status that is both the result of its public funding, and an implicit part of the bargain.

Rights group warns Cambodia to stop supplying domestic maids

A Malaysian workers' rights group has urged Cambodia to stop supplying housemaids to Malaysia, claiming many are abused and made to work like slaves because of inadequate protection.

Video: Riot victim 'sad' for muggers

Malaysian student Mohammad Ashraf Haziq, who was mugged by rioters pretending to help him, feels sorry for them.

Mugged student leaves hospital

The Malaysian student mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots has been discharged from the Royal London hospital, the trust said today.

Injunction on Australian asylum swaps is extended

Australia's highest court yesterday extended an injunction stopping the deportation of asylum-seekers to Malaysia, leaving Prime Minister Julia Gillard's border security policy in limbo until late August or September when a final ruling is expected.

Anger at plans to deport 18 refugee boat children

In the face of widespread outrage, Julia Gillard's Labour government is preparing to deport up to 18 children, 13 of them unaccompanied, to Malaysia – a move denounced as "absolutely indefensible" by a senior conservative politician, departing from his party's tough line on asylum-seekers.

Malaysian TV station cuts ads that offended non-Muslims

A television station has dropped a series of commercials to mark the Muslim month of Ramadan after viewers complained that the ads insulted Malaysia's non-Muslim ethnic minorities.

Australia to post expulsions on YouTube in bid to deter refugees

There are 54 of them, and they include four women and a young boy. They say they are from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Little more is known about them, but they are about to become famous; soon after arriving in Australia, these asylum-seekers will be filmed being expelled and the footage posted online.

Benayoun given Malaysia apology

Chelsea have accepted an apology from the Malaysian Football Association over the alleged racist abuse suffered by midfielder, Yossi Benayoun, in last week's friendly in Kuala Lumpur.

Chelsea swoop for Barcelona's teenage midfielder Romeu

Chelsea were last night closing on the signing of Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu. Barça want €5m (£4.35m) for the 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who can also play as a central defender and was one of two Catalan youngsters wanted by manager Andre Villas-Boas – the other being Thiago Alcantara, who will stay at the Nou Camp until 2015 after signing a new contract this month.

In this corner of Asia, Chelsea are not a big draw

They put their heart and sweat into it, none more so than the member of Chelsea's backroom staff who dressed up as Stamford the Lion and pranced around Bukit Jalil in stifling humidity with rather too much fur than was good for him. Even the Chelsea chief executive, Ron Gourlay, walked around the stadium tossing copies of the club's tour brochure to supporters.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on verge of Chelsea switch

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is undergoing a medical with a view to completing a move to the Barclays Premier League club.

Liverpool trading on history to make it big in Malaysia

Malaysia All-Stars 3 Liverpool 6

Charlie Adam makes Liverpool debut in narrow victory

Guangdong 3 Liverpool 4

Malaysian police break up opposition rally

More than 20,000 people defied government warnings in Malaysia yesterstady to attend a rally calling for political reforms.

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