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Obama taps senior diplomat as Malaysia envoy

Concrete blocks set up as part of security measures are seen outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, December 30, 2005. President Barack Obama on Wednesday named the acting top US diplomat on East Asia to be ambassador to Malaysia, fresh after an electionPresident Barack Obama on Wednesday named the acting top US diplomat on East Asia to be ambassador to Malaysia, fresh after an election in which the opposition alleged irregularities. Joe Yun, whose previous assignments have included South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia, needs Senate confirmation, which will likely be easy if not swift.