Malaysia fires tear gas at protest, arrests 1,667

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SEAN YOONG Associated Press= KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 20,000 demonstrators massed Saturday across Malaysia’s main city demanding electoral reforms in the country’s biggest political rally in years. The opposition-backed rally was the culmination of weeks of intense pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition to make election laws fairer and more transparent ahead of national polls widely expected by mid-2012. Demonstrators marched in defiance of Najib’s administration, which declared the rally illegal and warned people repeatedly to avoid it. Officials insisted it was merely an opposition attempt to…

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