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His figure-hugging black speedos at the ready, fast-food vendor Marco Fois is preparing to uphold a New Year's tradition and take the plunge into the murky waters of Rome's fabled Tiber river. Fois, 52, is one of four Italians who strip off and dive in from the Cavour bridge in the capital on January 1 each year to wild cheers from crowds gathered along the banks.
Rescue teams struggled Saturday to reach inundated areas of northeast Malaysia as victims accused the government of being slow to provide assistance after the country's worst flooding in decades. Malaysians have vented their anger at Prime Minister Najib Razak after the release of photos which went viral on social media showing him playing golf with US President Barack Obama during the storms. The number of people forced to flee their homes climbed past 120,000 with weather forecasters warning of no respite for the northeastern states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. The under-fire Najib, meanwhile, arrived in Kelantan to lead the national flood response after cutting short his vacation in Hawaii and was expected to meet flood victims.