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Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia’s former leader, Najib Razak, approved a plan to bail out troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) by offering stakes in several big infrastructure projects to Chinese firms in 2016, a former aide told a court on Wednesday.

Najib, who was voted out of power in 2018 amid public anger over alleged graft at 1MDB, is on trial for allegedly receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from the state fund he set up in 2009...

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