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Malaysia says search for MH370 plane to end in June as relatives of the missing remember

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 14:45
A Malaysian official said on Saturday that the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 by a US company is likely to end in June, as families of passengers marked the fourth anniversary of the plane’s disappearance with renewed hope that the world’s biggest aviation mystery will be solved. Malaysia signed a “no cure, no fee” deal with Houston, Texas-based Ocean Infinity in January to resume the hunt for the plane, a year after the official search in the southern Indian...

Tokyo plans to invite Premier Li to May trilateral summit as Sino-Japanese ties thaw

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 13:15
Japan plans to invite Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for a formal visit coinciding with a trilateral summit with South Korea in May, indicating Tokyo’s eagerness to improve ties with Beijing, Japanese government sources said Friday. However the invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the summit is likely to be for an unofficial visit, possibly reflecting the chill in relations caused by a rekindled dispute over the so-called “comfort women”. It is Japan’s turn...

More than 100 suspects killed since Philippine police returned to President Duterte’s drug war

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:27
More than 100 drug suspects have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police to rejoin his “war on drugs”, an official said on Saturday. Duterte was elected in 2016 on a promise to eradicate drugs, and launched an unprecedented campaign in which – rights activists allege – as many as 12,000 people have been killed. Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao confirmed that 102 drug suspects were killed by police between December 5 – when...

Cambodia’s PM accuses US of lying about aid cut

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 09:22
Cambodia’s prime minister on Saturday accused the US government of being dishonest in its announced suspension of aid to the Southeast Asian nation, saying Cambodia had already stopped receiving aid from Washington in 2016. The White House said on Tuesday it was suspending or curtailing several Treasury, USAID and military help programmes that support Cambodia’s military, taxation department and local authorities – all of which, it said, shared blame for recent political...

Indonesia considers house arrest for Muslim cleric who Bali bombings ‘ideological leader’

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 06:15
The Indonesian government is considering house arrest or other forms of clemency for the ailing radical cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and is now in prison for helping to fund an extremist training camp. Wiranto, the government’s top security minister, said on Friday that a meeting of security ministers and police will make a recommendation on Abu Bakar Bashir’s treatment to President Joko Widodo. “Clemency, pardon, house arrest or just hospital...

Paradise lost? Planned Indian military base sparks controversy in the Seychelles

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:19
A plan for India to build a military base on an outlying Seychelles island has won favour among the archipelago nation’s politicians, but hostility from its people. The base on Assumption Island is to be funded by India and shared by the two countries’ militaries. The deal was struck in principle in 2015 during a visit to the Seychelles by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, but progress since has been slow. The government of the Seychelles, based in Victoria on Mahe Island...

What an unlimited Xi presidency means for China’s neighbours

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:03
A highlight of China’s biggest political meeting of the year – this month’s “Two Sessions” – will almost certainly be the slew of constitutional amendments proposed by the Communist Party to the country’s legislature, the National People’s Congress. Among these, the one that by far has gained the most overseas attention is the plan to scrap the two-term limit on the presidency. To the unseasoned observer, this might appear little beyond an...

Racist landlords in Malaysia to Chinese privilege in Singapore, why is Asia so hung up on skin tone?

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 04:34
When two burly, stern-looking police officers stopped him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur last November, Faisal Ibrahim could not stop the fear running through his mind. The well-dressed, bespectacled expatriate had been doing nothing wrong as he strolled along the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area of the Malaysian capital, but as someone who saw himself as a guest in the country it was only natural for the doubts to creep through his mind as the two officers patted him down, rifled through his bag and...

Why are children going hungry in rich Malaysia?

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 02:33
Public housing in Malaysia is cheaper than a night out in one of Kuala Lumpur’s swanky bars: a single subsidised unit’s monthly rent is a mere US$30. Aimed at families making less than 3,000 ringgit (US$766) a month, as many as 80,000 households have settled into these high-rise housing estates under the government’s Public Housing Projects (PPR). There is even a rent-to-own scheme available, providing subsidised rates for those who do not qualify for loans or other financial...

‘Trade wars are good and easy to win’: Trump defends steel, aluminium tariff measures amid global outrage

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:39
US President Donald Trump spoke out defiantly on Friday against global criticism of his plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, seeming to welcome the idea of a trade war. “When a country [USA] is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t...

Can Japan use its helicopter carriers for fighter jets?

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:41
Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Friday that his ministry is studying whether F-35B fighter jets can be put on a “helicopter carrier”, a move that may raise concerns that Japan is moving even further away from its strictly defensive policy. Under the post-war pacifist constitution, the government has maintained that it cannot possess “attack aircraft carriers” as they are among what can be deemed as offensive weapons exceeding what is necessary for self-defence...

‘Not antagonising Bangladesh’: Myanmar defends troop build-up along border near Rohingya camp

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:19
Myanmar on Friday defended deploying fresh troops to a border zone with Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingya refugees are camped, blaming a militant threat as Dhaka called for an immediate retreat to lower tensions along the troubled frontier. The increased security presence this week has centred around a strip of “no-man’s-land” between the two countries where some 6,000 Rohingya sought shelter after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army crackdown last August. The military campaign...

Japanese maglev contractor managers arrested over bid-rigging

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:46
Prosecutors arrested on Friday executives from two of four major Japanese contractors suspected of involvement in bid rigging for construction work on the Tokyo-Osaka maglev train link. Tokyo prosecutors arrested former Taisei managing director Takashi Okawa, 67, and Kajima’s division manager Ichiro Osawa, 60, on suspicion of breaching antitrust regulations. Between 2014 and 2015, the two allegedly discussed prices with officials of Obayashi Corporation and Shimizu Corporation and...

Australian prosecutor drops a sex charge against Cardinal George Pell after alleged victim dies

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:20
Prosecutors on Friday withdrew one of several historical sexual offence charges against Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell before his committal hearing next week. The 76-year-old, a top adviser to Pope Francis, has taken leave to fight the allegations which relate to incidents that allegedly occurred long ago. The exact details and nature of the accusations have not been made public, other than they involve “multiple complainants”. A preliminary hearing at Melbourne...

Dozens of new political parties register for Thai election

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:42
More than 30 new Thai political parties submitted names and logos on the opening day of party registration in Bangkok on Friday, an early step in the junta-ruled kingdom’s halting return to democracy. Thailand has been under army rule since a 2014 coup toppled an elected government that was accused of corruption and installed a military government. The generals have banned all political activity and repeatedly postponed a promised return to democracy. Yet this week the junta chief vowed...

Asia in 3 minutes: Things to avoid – Mario Kart tours in Japan, Russian sex classes in Thailand

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:13
Thais arrest 10 Russians for holding sex training classes in Pattaya Thai police arrested 10 Russians suspected of running sex training courses in the seaside resort city of Pattaya. Authorities said 33 Russian tourists attended the class held at a hotel, but only the “instructors” were arrested on Sunday. “The hotel management said they had no details on the event but they booked it for a seminar and training,” a Pattaya tourist police official said. Police also found...

New Zealand FM wary of ‘strategic anxiety’ in Pacific

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:03
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters has raised concerns about “strategic anxiety” in the Pacific – a veiled reference to China’s growing influence among the region’s island nations. Peters said New Zealand’s centre-left government, which took power in October, would renew its foreign policy focus on the Pacific islands. The region has long been seen as New Zealand and Australia’s sphere of influence but China has become a major player,...

Hong Kong court denies bail for Indian-born man wanted overseas for jailbreaking and terrorism links

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:20
An Indian-born Hong Kong resident wanted by Interpol for his alleged links to terrorism, political killings and a prison break in his native home, will remain in jail after a local court refused to grant him bail on Friday as he faced a separate charge over a multimillion-dollar robbery allegedly committed in the city. Under enhanced security, Ramanjit Singh, 29, was brought to Kowloon City Court for the first time since his status as a wanted person was revealed by the media. The man, also...

Duterte tells police and soldiers not to cooperate in drug war probes

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:04
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police and soldiers not to cooperate in any investigations into his bloody war on drugs, amid international calls for an external investigation. Western countries and rights groups have expressed alarm over the killing by police of more than 4,000 Filipinos since Duterte took office in June 2016, plus hundreds more killings of drug users by unknown gunmen. “When it comes to human rights, or whoever rapporteur it is, my order to you: do not...

Caught in the act? Japan says photos show North Korea sanction cheats off Shanghai, as Maldives denies role

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 03:13
The Maldives government on Thursday disputed claims by the Japanese foreign ministry that a Maldivian-flagged ship was caught in the act of transferring goods to a North Korean-flagged tanker at sea, in violation of a UN Security Council resolution. A Japanese foreign ministry statement said a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force aircraft last week spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker alongside the Xin Yuan 18, a Maldivian-flagged tanker, in the East China Sea, 250km east of Shanghai. The...

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he's too old and tired to become a dictator and wants to cede power early

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:56
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is too old and tired to become a dictator, despite the fears of his opponents, and that he wants to achieve his goal of introducing federalism so that he can finish his term early. There had been concerns that Duterte’s move to introduce US-style federalism was an attempt to cling to power once his six-year term ended in 2022. But the 72-year-old said he no longer has the energy. “I will step down by 2020, I will not wait for 2022,...

South Korea is sending a special envoy to North Korea, President Moon Jae-in tells Donald Trump

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:34
South Korea will send a special envoy to North Korea in the latest in the Olympic-driven detente between the two nations, South South Korean President Moon Jae-in told US President Donald Trump on Thursday. An intense rapprochement saw the two Koreas march into the Games opening ceremony together behind a unification flag, and Moon shared a historic handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong. “In response to the visit by North Korea’s special...

Vietnamese activist interrogated for pro-democracy book in hiding after ‘miracle’ escape

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:21
A high-profile Vietnamese writer says she has gone into hiding after being interrogated about her banned book and placed under de facto house arrest by plain-clothes police, vowing Thursday to continue pressing for democracy in the one-party state. Activist Pham Doan Trang said she was held for questioning by security officials for several hours on Saturday over her most recent book Politics for the Masses, which is outlawed in Vietnam and includes sections on democracy and political ideology....

Singapore ministers’ pay to stay frozen as public chides politicians’ million-dollar salaries

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 13:48
Singapore government ministers were told on Thursday their salaries will stay frozen despite a recommendation for an increase, but there was little sympathy in the city state for the world’s best paid politicians. Ministerial salaries in the financial hub are the highest on Earth, with an entry-level minister paid Sg$1.1 million (US$830,000) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earning an eye-watering Sg$2.2 million. The government has argued the huge pay packets are necessary to attract...

Malaysian businessman Jho Low slams US for ‘politically motivated’ allegations after yacht linked to 1MDB scandal is seized

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:20
A Malaysian businessman allegedly at the centre of a financial scandal has accused US justice officials of “global overreach” after a yacht linked to the controversy was seized off Bali. Police on the Indonesian island on Wednesday boarded and searched the luxury vessel Equanimity which was being sought by US investigators as part of their probe into Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The US Justice Department alleges in civil lawsuits that US$4.5 billion was...

Australia gun amnesty nets 57,000 firearms … and a rocket launcher

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:11
More than 57,000 illegal firearms including a rocket launcher and machine guns were handed in during a recent Australian amnesty in which gun owners could surrender such weapons without penalty. The government and some gun policy analysts were surprised by the large number of weapons that were surrendered in the first nationwide amnesty since 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania state and galvanised popular support for tough national gun controls. A virtual ban on private...

Japanese embassy rubbishes ‘fake news’ report of human meat restaurant and legalised cannibalism

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:31
The Japanese embassy in Washington has been forced to issue a statement denying online reports that a Tokyo restaurant is serving cuts of human meat to customers. A spokesman for the embassy dismissed the report on worldtruth.tv, which claims Japan has legalised cannibalism. In an email sent to Associated Press, the official said the story is completely fictitious and suggested the rumours may have been the result of an April Fools’ piece on a Spanish-language satirical website dating...

Australia has ‘difficult issues’ with China, but it’s no cold war

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 09:21
A top Australian diplomat told a Senate committee Thursday that the bilateral relationship with China was going through “complex and difficult issues”, but rejected a media report of a diplomatic deep freeze. Frances Adamson, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, described The Australian newspaper’s headline: “Cold war: China’s freeze on ties” as “just wrong.” “We’re going through a period where there are some...

Bali bombers’ spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir hospitalised in Indonesia

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 07:38
A radical Islamic cleric who was the spiritual leader of the Bali bombers and a force behind a jihadist training camp raided in 2010 has been transferred from prison to a Jakarta hospital. Guarded by four paramilitary police officers, the ailing white-bearded Abu Bakar Bashir arrived at the hospital in Indonesia’s capital on Thursday morning. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011 for supporting a military-style training camp for militants that was uncovered the year before. The...

New Zealand spy papers reveal how teenager tried to shoot Britain’s queen in 1981 as she got out of vehicle

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 06:38
A mentally disturbed teenager tried to assassinate Queen Elizabeth during a 1981 visit to New Zealand and police covered up the botched attempt, according to official documents released Thursday. Christopher Lewis fired a single shot towards the queen’s car as she toured the South Island city of Dunedin, the documents from New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service (SIS) spy agency revealed. No one was hurt and police reportedly assured members of the royal party who asked about a...

South Korean president isn’t forgiving Japan for forcing women into sexual slavery, despite 2015 deal to settle war issue

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 05:49
South Korean President Moon Jae-in described Japan’s wartime use of “comfort women” as a “crime against humanity” on Thursday in some of his strongest comments yet, sparking an immediate protest from his key ally in containing North Korea. Moon said during a speech marking a national holiday commemorating Korean resistance to Japanese occupation – his first since taking office last year – that Japan was in no position to declare the emotionally charged...

Man makes IS salute as he is jailed in Australia for supplying gun to kill police accountant Curtis Cheng

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 05:20
A man who supplied a radicalised teenager with a gun to shoot dead an Australian police accountant made an Islamic State group salute as he was jailed for 44 years Thursday. Raban Alou admitted obtaining and giving a handgun to 15-year-old Farhad Mohammad at a Sydney mosque in 2015. The teenager then shot Curtis Cheng in the back of the head outside the New South Wales police headquarters. Mohammad, who authorities at the time said was born in Iran of Iraqi and Kurdish background, was shot and...

Cambodia slams US for ‘disrespectful and dishonest’ cut to vital aid programmes

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:47
Cambodia said on Wednesday it was saddened and shocked by a “disrespectful” US decision to cut back aid programmes because of perceived democratic setbacks and defended its record on democracy. The White House said on Tuesday it was suspending or curtailing several Treasury, USAID and military assistance programmes that support Cambodia’s military, taxation department and local authorities – all of which, it said, shared blame for recent instability. A Cambodian court on...

US investor transfers interests in Philippine news site Rappler to fend off government ‘attack’

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:02
An American investor in a Philippine news outlet whose licence was revoked said on Wednesday it was transferring its interests to its local partners to remove an “artificial barrier” being used by the government to stifle its operations. A partner at Omidyar Network, the philanthropic arm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, said that it had agreed to donate to the managers of news site Rappler its Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs), but was not severing ties and would continue to...

Bollywood legend Sridevi mourned by thousands of fans in Mumbai after shock death in Dubai hotel bathtub

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:51
Thousands of grieving fans gathered in Mumbai on Wednesday to pay respects to Sridevi, the iconic Bollywood actress who drowned accidentally in a Dubai hotel bathtub over the weekend. Sridevi’s body was flown home late Tuesday night in a private plane owned by Anil Ambani, a Mumbai industrialist and entertainment baron. By early Wednesday morning, people had begun lining up along a security fence outside the private club near Sridevi’s home where the body had been laid out. A string...

Philippine chief justice expects impeachment but confident she will beat Duterte’s allegations of corruption

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:04
The Philippine Supreme Court’s chief justice – who has drawn the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte – expects to be impeached by the House next month and will go on leave to prepare for the trial she is confident of winning, her spokesman said on Wednesday. International rights groups and local critics have accused Duterte of drifting toward authoritarianism after declaring martial law in the south. He has overseen a drug war marked by thousands of killings of mostly poor...

Indonesia seizes luxury superyacht linked to financier at the centre of 1MBD scandal Jho Low

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:04
Indonesia on Wednesday seized a luxury yacht on the island of Bali sought by the US Department of Justice as part of a multibillion-dollar corruption investigation linked to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MBD), police said. “We have been inspecting the crew since yesterday and now we are taking action since we have received approval from the court to seize the boat,” Agung Setya, director of economic and special crimes at the Indonesia’s criminal...

‘Japan lacks such a sisterhood’: why sexual harassment victims risk being ignored, bashed or called unclean if they say ‘Me Too’

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:19
Japanese women who say “Me too” do so at their own risk. Online comments accused Rika Shiiki of lying and being a publicity hound when she tweeted that she lost business contracts after refusing to have sex with clients. Some said that by agreeing to dine with a man, she led him on. “The comments I received were disproportionately negative,” the 20-year-old university student and entrepreneur told a television talk show in December. “We need to create a society...

Nine Malaysians arrested over theft of bitcoin machines

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:15
By Farik Zolkepli Police in Malaysia have busted a gang specialising in stealing Bitcoin mining machines after they tried to sell the half million ringgit (US$127,410) equipment via online shopping sites. Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohammad Aminudin Megat Alias said the nine suspects were arrested at about 10pm on February 23rd. “We were acting on information obtained when the suspects at­­tempt­­ed to sell the equipment via Mudah.my and Facebook. “We...

Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment’s profit surges 67pc as gaming market recovers

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 08:37
Galaxy Entertainment Group, one of the six major casino operators in Macau, reported better-than-expected earnings for 2017, thanks to rapid growth in its VIP and mass segments amid a gaming market recovery in the city. Net profit rose 67 per cent to reach HK$10.5 billion (US$1.34 billion) in 2017, compared with 2016, while revenue for the year was also up 18 per cent to HK$62.5 billion. The results beat a Bloomberg consensus estimate of HK$9.64 billion in profit and HK$61.2 billion in revenue...

Indian mechanic shop owner in UAE who helped bring home body of Bollywood icon Sridevi has repatriated thousands of dead

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 08:29
Away from the cameras’ flash and the eyes of her millions of fans in India, the actress Sridevi’s body made its way to a simple mortuary in the United Arab Emirates, where one man helped sign out her remains to return home. Listed only as “ASHRAF” on the official paperwork in Dubai is Ashraf “Sherry” Thamarassery, a 44-year-old Indian from Kerala who has become a ferryman of sorts for those who die here in the United Arab Emirates. From indebted labourers to...

Enraged woman bites cop in bizarre Indonesian road rage incident

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 08:28
Footage of a bizarre case of road rage in Indonesia has gone viral on social media. The incident surrounds a hijab-clad motorcyclist in Ipilo, North Sulawesi, who was stopped and cited by a policeman for not wearing a helmet. In the 30-second video caught by a passer-by via mobile phone, the woman, who has dismounted her motorcycle, is seen ramming her vehicle into the stationary policeman, screaming furiously all the while. After carefully parking her motorcycle, the woman then advances...

New app developed in Thailand to help parents understand teenagers

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:57
By Taam Yingcharoen Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation yesterday unveiled a mobile application called “Teen Minds” to help parents understand their children. The app provides information and resources for parents to use such as a 24-hour chat service where experts are on standby to provide support and advice on family problems. App users can read useful articles hand-picked by the university and the foundation. The application also...

Russian sex-skills trainers to be deported, blacklisted from Thailand

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:06
By Chaiyot Pupattanapong Immigration police will deport and blacklist 10 Russians caught running sex training classes in the seaside tourist town of Pattaya in Thailand. The Russians remain in custody of Pattaya police and have been charged with working without permission and staying in the country illegally, Pol Lt Col Thawatchai Nongbua, deputy chief of Chon Buri police, said on Wednesday. After legal action, they would be deported and blacklisted from entering the country again,  Pol Lt...

Donald Trump reportedly praised Singapore, China and Philippines for executing drug dealers. Here’s a few possible reasons why

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:40
US President Donald Trump has been privately praising Singapore, the city state once known as the world’s most active executioner per capita. This according to Axios, which reported Sunday that the president has been telling friends for months that the death penalty should be imposed on drug dealers in the United States – similar to a policy held for decades by Singapore. An anonymous senior administration official also told Axios that the president has also spoken admiringly about...

Check out the superhero mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 04:58
The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been confirmed after a public vote among Japanese elementary school children decided between the three design options. They have selected Design A, a Manga-inspired pair featuring checks and oversized eyes. The blue-checked Olympics mascot has a “strong sense of justice” and can travel faster than the speed of light, according to Games organisers. It’s official! Design Set A has been chosen – we have our #Tokyo2020 Games...

Secret UN report reveals how North Korea is helping Syria build chemical weapons and missiles

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 01:34
North Korea appears to have stepped up its covert assistance to a Syrian government agency responsible for producing that country’s chemical weapons and advanced missiles, a UN panel has concluded in a confidential report. The technical aid from Pyongyang, which began more than a decade ago, included three visits by North Korean weapons experts in 2016, as well as 40 previously unknown shipments of specialised materials and equipment used in building chemical manufacturing plants,...

Model says she will spill information on Trump and Russia to get out of a Thai jail for hosting ‘sex seminar’

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 22:30
A self-styled model and sex expert linked to Russian oligarchs and the Kremlin has promised to reveal information about links between Russia and US President Donald Trump to get out of a Thai jail. Anastasia Vashukevich, aka “Nastya Rybka”, an escort-service worker from Belarus who previously filmed herself on yacht trip with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko, was detained in Thailand over the weekend in a police raid....

Man who claims to have created bitcoin is sued by US$5 billion by family of hacker who was found dead

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:26
The family of a programmer who was found dead in 2013 has filed a US$5 billion lawsuit against Craig Wright, the man who has claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of the digital currency bitcoin. The family of Dave Kleiman said in the lawsuit, which was filed in s federal court in Florida, that the two men jointly owned roughly 1.1 million bitcoin and a company.  However, they claim, when Kleiman died Wright backdated contracts to transfer the ownership of the coins and intellectual...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his father used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:44
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his late father Kim Jong-il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters. While North Korea’s ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, there are few specific examples. The photocopies of the Brazilian passports seen by Reuters have not been published before. “They used these Brazilian...

Do not ‘weaponise’ human rights, Philippines warns UN

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:46
The Philippines’ top diplomat warned the United Nations on Tuesday not to “weaponise” human rights and urged it to send an impartial investigator to assess President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug war. The Philippines’ human rights record was raised at a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva this week, with Iceland Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson urging Manila on Monday to accept a visit from the UN Special Rapporteur. Duterte was elected by a...

‘My life is in danger,’ Kim Jong-nam told friend six months before he was assassinated

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:45
Kim Jong-nam, the poisoned half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, told a friend in Malaysia his life was in danger six months before he was killed, a police official told a court on Tuesday. Two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, have been charged with murdering Kim by smearing his face with VX, a banned chemical poison, at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 last year. Four North Korean fugitives have also been charged with murder. Defence...

Malaysian election: HK billionaire Robert Kuok targeted by anti-Chinese whispers

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:23
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday sought to mend bridges with the Hong Kong-based Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok after the 94-year-old forcefully denounced accusations within establishment circles that he is funding efforts to topple the premier in the impending general election. Kuok, Malaysia’s richest man, had on Monday threatened legal action against a website he said had cast “aspersions” on his commitment to Malaysia’s democratic processes....

Severe damage in Papua New Guinea hinders quake assessment

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:01
Severe damage to phone networks and roads from a powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea was hindering efforts to assess the extent of the destruction on Tuesday, although officials in the remote central region feared dozens of people may have been injured or killed. The government had not confirmed any deaths after the magnitude 7.5 quake struck the Pacific nation’s central highlands region early on Monday. Aftershocks were continuing to strike the area. Hela Provincial Administrator...

New Zealand opposition selects first Maori leader

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:43
New Zealand’s opposition National Party installed its first Maori leader on Tuesday, selecting 41-year-old former lawyer Simon Bridges for the top job as it looks to reinvigorate its image after losing last year’s “Jacinda-mania” election. Bridges campaigned on a platform of generational change after former prime minister Bill English, 56, announced earlier this month that he was leaving the conservative party. National had faced calls to revamp its leadership after...

Crowd jeers as Indonesian Christians are flogged in public for playing sharia-banned child’s game

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:37
Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in conservative Aceh province Tuesday for playing a children’s entertainment game seen as violating Islamic law, as hundreds of onlookers ridiculed them and took pictures. The pair were among five people – including a couple whipped two dozen times each for showing affection in public – who were lashed with a rattan stick. Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes sharia law...

Singapore wants communications blackouts at terror attack sites

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:33
Singapore on Tuesday proposed expanding police powers so they can block all communications from the scene of a terror attack to avoid jeopardising security operations, amid fears militants may target the city state. The interior ministry, which supported a bill in parliament putting forward the measure, said live broadcasts of attacks in other parts of the world had unwittingly revealed police positions and other tactical details. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said an attack on the wealthy...

Thailand arrests 10 Russians over ‘sex training’ courses

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:07
Thai police have arrested 10 Russians who allegedly organised sexual training courses for their compatriots in the seaside resort city of Pattaya. Police said 33 Russian tourists attended the class held at a hotel. But only 10 “instructors” were arrested late on Sunday on immigration charges, including working without a permit. “The hotel management said they had no details on the event but they booked it for a seminar and training,” Pattaya tourist police official...

Taking pictures or videos of ‘serious security incidents’ to be barred in Singapore under proposed law

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:46
By Kelly Ng To protect the secrecy of tactical operations in Singapore during serious incidents such as terrorist attacks, the police could soon get more powers to stop the public and the media from sharing information — including taking videos, pictures, audio-recordings, or text messages — about ongoing security operations. Under the new Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill introduced in Parliament, failing to comply with such a “communications stop order” is...

New Zealand meth’s ‘Mr Big’ jailed for 15 years over US$10m stash

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:21
By Chelsea Boyle He was likened in court to the “Mr Big” of New Zealand’s Class A drug importation scene, now Adrian Le’Ca has been sentenced to 15 year and 9 months in prison. The High Court in Auckland heard today how the Bandidos gang member was the “organiser” of a large drug scheme that imported methamphetamine into the country through the international mail system. The 55-year-old was arrested and charged over Operation Cossack, following the seizure of...

Murder shocks Filipinos in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:17
The murder of a Filipino maid whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait has triggered outrage and prompted Manila to impose a departure ban for its citizens planning to work in the Gulf state. But the estimated 252,000 Filipinos already working in Kuwait must weigh their fear of sharing the fate of Joanne Demafelis against the potential loss of vital income for their families. Demafelis’ body was discovered in an abandoned flat in Kuwait with what officials said appeared to be signs of...

Hit and run involving ‘Mario Kart’ driver could spell ‘game over’ for popular Tokyo street tours

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:37
A hit-and-run accident involving a Taiwanese tourist may be the final nail in the coffin of go-kart tours that have become one of the most popular ways to see Tokyo and a number of other Japanese cities. Police on February 23 arrested a Taiwanese man, identified as Zhang Ren Jie, after an accident in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward involving a go-kart that he was driving. Police claim Zhang – who was dressed as a character from Nintendo’s Mario Kart game series – turned left at a...

Japan objects to South Korea mentioning wartime ‘comfort women’ at UN rights meeting

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:22
Japan formally complained on Monday after South Korea’s foreign minister raised the issue of wartime “comfort women” at the top UN rights body, while warning that it should not be allowed to harm bilateral relations at a critical time in East Asia. “Comfort women” was Japan’s euphemism for Asian women – including Koreans, Chinese and Filipino – forced to work in its wartime brothels. Under a 2015 deal, Japan apologised to the women and provided a...

Two Singapore property agents plead guilty to illegal Airbnb rentals

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 07:40
Two Singaporean men pleaded guilty Tuesday to letting out flats on Airbnb without official permission, the first such case in the city state under new rules against short-term rentals. Housing is a sensitive issue in rich but land-starved Singapore where more than 80 per cent of the population lives in government-subsidised flats. Terence Tan En Wei, 35, and Yao Song Liang, 34, pleaded guilty in court to four charges of illegally renting out four flats in a luxury private block in central...

Prosecutors seek 30 years jail for ousted South Korea president Park Geun-hye

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 06:50
Prosecutors have demanded a 30-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in landmark corruption case. More to come …

Project launched at Korean institute to develop AI weapons

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 06:21
By Jun Ji-hye Hanwha Systems, South Korea’ leading defense business, and state-run science research university Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have launched a project to co-develop artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to be applied to military weapons, joining the global competition to develop autonomous arms. The two parties recently opened a joint research centre at KAIST, where researchers from the university and Hanwha will carry out various studies...

Malaysian prime minister bites back at ‘local rice’ comment, saying his quinoa diet is cheaper than former PM’s horse feed

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 05:46
By Jessica Lin An unassuming traditional South American grain has found itself in the spotlight this week. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), a wheat-free protein grain, became the subject of heated discussion on the Internet after Prime Minister Najib Razak reportedly said he preferred it over rice. Social media users were quickly angered by his comment, calling him out of touch with the people, given the high price of quinoa in the country where rice is a staple. And when former prime minister...

Top Australia cop quits in disgrace after making online racist rants using name of character from 1970 movie ‘Airport’

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 05:31
One of Australia’s top police officers has quit after being linked to crude racist, sexist and pornographic online posts that his boss described Tuesday as “shocking”. Victoria state’s Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin, who was also an ethics chief, resigned late Monday after an explosive report in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper detailing numerous YouTube posts written under his alleged online pseudonym “Vernon Demerest”. “It is behaviour that is...

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong to reshuffle cabinet in coming months to make way for young blood

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 05:01
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday he will reshuffle his cabinet after parliament breaks in coming months to give more responsibility to the next generation of leaders who will support his eventual successor. Lee, the eldest son of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew and the city-state’s third prime minister since independence in 1965, said in October he would be ready to step down in a couple of years. He said a new election could be called any time...

Heavy security and a ‘climate of fear’ surround China’s flagship port in Pakistan

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 01:24
For the thousands of attendees it was meant to be a conference to showcase China’s flagship Belt and Road project in Pakistan – the port in southwestern Gwadar that gives Beijing access to the Arabian Sea. In the evenings the almost 8,000 delegates were wowed with cultural shows and a firework display at the newly opened five-story Gwadar Exhibition Centre which was host to about 100 companies last month. Yet what really caught the attention of some investors were the hundreds of...

UK PM Theresa May and Japanese head Shinzo Abe team up to stop North Korea evading sanctions

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart Theresa May agreed on Monday to work together to thwart ship-to-ship transfers of goods aimed at evading UN Security Council sanctions on trading with North Korea. Since late January, Tokyo has spotted three instances of cargo apparently being transferred from foreign-registered vessels to North Korean tankers in the East China Sea, in violation of a UN Security Council resolution adopted last September. During talks via phone, Abe...

Eastern Indonesia struck by shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 17:44
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia late Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake was measured at a depth of 11.9 kilometres (seven miles) with its epicentre in the Seram Sea around 194 kilometres (121 miles) northwest of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, according to USGS. “The earthquake does not have tsunami potential. I am still gathering more information...

US man ‘cut up woman he met online and left her body parts scattered across mountains outside two Japanese cities’

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 17:03
A US tourist in Japan murdered a girl he met on a dating app, chopped her up and scattered her body parts across the Japanese countryside, police have alleged. Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, 26, was arrested on Thursday after a woman he was seen with vanished. Her severed head was found on Saturday, inside a suitcase in an Osaka flat he was renting, according to local officials. Police say he admitted to killing the 27-year-old woman from Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture, and then directed them to the...

Bollywood superstar Sridevi ‘drowned in bathtub’, Dubai police say

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 13:45
Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, who died in Dubai at the weekend aged 54, drowned in her hotel bathtub after passing out, Dubai police said on Monday. “The death of Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness,” the Dubai police tweeted, citing a postmortem. Initial reports had cited a heart attack as the cause of her death. Police have now referred the case to the public prosecutor. #DubaiPolice has...

Eating goldfish, smearing faeces on walls: the ‘appalling’ hazing rituals at Australian universities

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 13:36
New students in major Australian universities are subjected to violent hazing rituals, a report said on Monday as its authors called for the practice to be criminalised to protect victims against injury or death. The “Red Zone” report by activist group End Rape on Campus focused on orientation week before the start of classes and covered 12 Australian universities. “The rates of hazing and sexual assaults at colleges in Australia are incredibly high,” the study’s...

Trump Jr outshines Trudeau – that’s how bad India-Canada ties are

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:56
Events have a way of surprising you. When it was announced that Donald Trump Jr.and Justin Trudeau would visit India at roughly the same time, Indians prepared to see what gaffes the younger Trump would commit. Trudeau, on the other hand, was expected to wow India with his charisma and youthful charm. It simply hasn’t worked out that way. The junior Trump stuck to business events and largely kept his mouth shut, Though there was one awkward moment when he said that people in India might...

Jakarta’s Christian ex-governor appeals blasphemy conviction

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:42
Jakarta’s former governor, a Christian convicted of insulting Islam, sought a judicial review of his case on Monday, as several hundred of his supporters and hardline Islamist protesters gathered outside a court in the Indonesian capital. The ethnic Chinese Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, nicknamed “Ahok”, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy in 2017, provoking accusations of political motivation after Muslims rallied in their hundreds of thousands demanding his...

Indonesian militants apologise to victims of their attacks

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:55
The Indonesian government is bringing together dozens of convicted Islamic militants and survivors of attacks in what it hopes will be an important step in combating radicalism and fostering reconciliation. About 120 reformed militants will apologise to dozens of victims including survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, according to Irfan Idris, director of de-radicalisation at Indonesia’s counterterrorism agency. The three days of...

Nepal victims despair despite new government pledge over war crimes

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:36
It was soon before lunch on a January afternoon when rebels stormed a village school in the mountains of central Nepal, dragged headmaster Muktinath Adhikari from the classroom, tied him to a tree trunk, and shot him in the head. Sixteen years on, the chilling photograph of the 45-year-old science teacher – slumped in front of the tree with his hands bound behind him – still haunts the Himalayan nation. Captured by a local journalist and republished widely since, it is a painful...

Vietnam seizes heroin worth US$2.5 million in China border drug raid

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:29
Five men were arrested in Vietnam for allegedly attempting to smuggle US$2.5 million worth of heroin into China after police shot at their drug-packed vehicle as they tried to flee, local media reported Monday. The men were caught in northern Cao Bang province on the border with China with nearly 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of heroin from Laos in their truck, state-run Thanh Nien newspaper reported. Vietnam is a key trafficking hub for narcotics from the “Golden Triangle” covering...

The world’s expatriates are booking a passage to India to get the biggest pay packets

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:23
Go East, expatriates looking to make the big bucks. Mumbai, India’s financial, commercial and entertainment capital, tops global rankings for expat salaries, according to a survey conducted by HSBC Bank International. Foreigners moving to the subcontinent’s most populous city reported average annual earnings of US$217,165 (HK$1.699 million). That’s more than double the global expat average of US$99,903, the HSBC Expat survey shows. Other Asian cities joining Mumbai in the top...

A small Japanese town has a big mess that could bankrupt it … a beached whale and 400 tonnes of dead, stinking sardines

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:21
A small town in northern Japan that has been suddenly beset by beached sea life has taken matters into its own hands after discovering the cost of cleaning up its normally pristine coastline would effectively bankrupt the community – but has created a new problem for itself in the process. Since the end of January, an estimated 400 tonnes of sardines have washed up on the shores of the town of Yokohama, in Aomori Prefecture. But the problem of dealing with the decaying creatures was...

Troops deployed after major 7.5 quake and aftershocks rock Papua New Guinea

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:25
Papua New Guinea sent troops and rescuers Monday to respond to a powerful earthquake in the Pacific nation’s mountainous interior, with unconfirmed reports of fatalities and warnings of aftershocks and landslides. Assessment teams were heading to affected areas near the 7.5-magnitude quake’s epicentre, which the US Geological Survey said was some 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Porgera in Enga province. “It is advisable to stay out of multi-storey buildings, to be aware of...

Conservative rural politician Michael McCormack is Australia's new deputy PM after scandal-hit Barnaby Joyce resigned

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 04:58
The junior partner in Australia’s coalition government elected as its new leader on Monday a former newspaper editor who takes over as deputy prime minister after an embarrassing sex scandal threatened a decades-old conservative alliance. Michael McCormack was chosen in a party-room ballot to replace Barnaby Joyce as the leader of the rural-based National Party after Joyce, who campaigned on family values, resigned over an extramarital affair with his former media secretary. Joyce is...

What could be worse than Belt and Road? A copy of Belt and RoadToo much initiative? Why China and other world powers seem intent on building ‘roads’ to nowhere

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 02:30
Suddenly everyone wants to build roads, bridges, power plants and ports all over Asia. Last Monday, Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop revealed that Australia, the United States, Japan and India have got together to plan a joint infrastructure development scheme for the Asia-Pacific region. “There is an enormous need for infrastructure,” she said. Commentators immediately flagged the plan as a competitor to China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” to fund and build...

Will Trump accept North Korea talks offer? White House says ‘we’ll see’ if they’re serious about disarming

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 02:18
The White House said Sunday it would wait and see whether a new overture by North Korea for talks with the United States means it is serious about disarming, a step US President Donald Trump and other world leaders agree must be the outcome of any future dialogue. “We will see,” was the response from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was on the Korean peninsula Sunday as a member of the US delegation attending the Olympic Games in South Korea. The delegation...

As the K-Pop fades, South Korea’s President Moon faces two huge choices to maintain Olympic peace

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 01:32
With a two-hour spectacle of drones and K-Pop on Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in celebrated the end of a Winter Olympic Games that fostered a fragile peace with North Korea. Now, he’s got to make it last. Even before North Korean athletes started returning across their fortified border, Moon was juggling two big questions: whether to press US President Donald Trump to tone down or postpone upcoming military drills that risk to reigniting tensions, and whether to accept Kim Jong...

Philippine officials meet Filipinos in Kuwait amid labour row

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:06
A delegation of Philippine labour officials were in Kuwait City on Sunday to assess the impact of a new ban on Filipinos working in the emirate, a source of much-needed remittances. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait, after the murder there of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis. Her body was found in a freezer and a Lebanese-Syrian couple suspected of her murder have been arrested in the Syrian capital, Damascus,...

North Korea ‘ready’ for talks with US, says South’s president’s office

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 13:08
North Korea expressed a readiness during Sunday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Pyongyang’s delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to hold talks with the United States, Seoul’s presidential office said. The two Koreas agreed that inter-Korean relations should be developed, while simultaneously promoting US-North Korea talks, the office added. China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported that Moon held a closed-door meeting for about an...

In Japan, dealing with the ones who are too old to drive

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 12:03
The recent involvement of a former high-profile Japanese official in a fatal roadway accident has underscored the increasing need to screen elderly drivers who no longer have the cognitive functions to be responsible behind the wheel. The former head of Tokyo’s elite special investigative team, 78-year-old Tatsuhiro Ishikawa, was questioned on Sunday morning after the car he had been driving went through a roadside barrier and hit a pedestrian before finally coming to a halt inside a shop...

North Korea slams latest US sanctions, says shipping blockade would be an ‘act of war’

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:59
North Korea on Sunday accused the United States of trying to undermine an improvement in inter-Korean relations, while South Korean protesters tried to block senior North Korean officials on their way to the Pyeongchang Winter Games closing ceremony. “The two Koreas have cooperated together and the Olympics was held successfully,” the North’s KCNA news agency said, citing North Korea’s foreign ministry. “But the US brought the threat of war to the Korean peninsula...

Thai activists in Pinocchio masks call Prime Minister Prayuth a ‘liar’ after election date change

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:27
Pro-democracy activists at a protest in Thailand on Saturday wore cartoon masks they said were of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha with a long nose. They accused him of being a “liar” for delaying a general election promised this year. The government has promised and postponed elections several times since it came to power following a coup in 2014, with the latest date set for November. The military-appointed legislature changed the election law last month, signalling another delay...

Cambodia’s Senate election proceeds without opposition

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 09:41
Voting for Cambodia’s Senate began on Sunday in an election decried by critics as a “farce”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party set to dominate months after the country’s only viable opposition party was dissolved. Last year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was disbanded in a court ruling not long after its leader Kem Sokha was arrested on treason charges. Though the Senate vote arouses little interest in Cambodia because the upper house is...

Russia ‘hacked the Olympics’ and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, US officials claim

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 09:21
Russian military spies hacked several hundred computers used at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to anonymous US intelligence officials. They tried to make it appear as though the intrusion was by North Korea, the officials claim. Officials in Pyeongchang acknowledged that the Games were hit by a cyberattack during the February 9 opening ceremony but refused to say whether Russia was responsible. That evening there were disruptions to the internet, broadcast systems and...

‘Absolute shock’: Indian Bollywood legend Sridevi dead at 54 after cardiac arrest

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 06:22
Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. She used one name on-screen, like many leading ladies of her generation, and was known for her comic timing and her dancing skills, a great asset in the song-and-dance melodramas that are a staple of mainstream Indian cinema. Sridevi died Saturday in Dubai due to cardiac...

Can the Lion City continue to roar as its population ages?

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 05:23
The Chinese believe that during Lunar New Year, rice jars should not be left empty, lest this should lead to barren and starving days ahead. Singapore seems to be following this notion, at least in regards to its government coffers. The country’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat made it clear during the annual budget that he has no intention of allowing funds to run out any time soon. On the fourth day of the Lunar New Year, he gave advance notice that the goods and services tax (GST) will...

Japan police question American tourist after finding severed head of woman in suitcase

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 04:52
Japanese police are questioning an American man in custody after a decapitated head was found in an Osaka flat he was renting. Police believe the head, found in a suitcase, is likely to belong to a 27-year-old Japanese woman who went missing after visiting another flat in western Osaka prefecture with the man earlier this month, according to public broadcaster NHK. A local police spokesman declined to confirm the case. The woman was last seen walking with the suspect Yevgeniy Vasilievich...

Fed up with human trafficking, Hong Kong migrant workers to hold vigil demanding justice

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 03:01
Migrant workers are set to gather at a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Sunday for victims of human trafficking, ready to demand justice and voice outrage over recent high-profile cases. The protest, scheduled for 5.30pm on Paterson Street in Causeway Bay, comes about two weeks after an Indonesian domestic worker died in Malaysia reportedly following torture by her employer. “This is another Erwiana case. It shows the level of abuse and violence domestic workers face,” said Eni...

It’s no joke: the North Korean nuclear crisis could get Trump the Nobel Peace Prize

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 03:01
The presidency of Donald Trump has made the dividing line between nuclear war and a Nobel Peace Prize increasingly thin. The very same extreme caprice and disregard for precedent that have amplified the military pressure and posturing on the Korean peninsula over the past year can quickly transform the logic of the endgame to one of spectacular peace and reconciliation. To be clear, if the thinking in Washington today no longer excludes the idea of pre-emptive and, by likely implication,...

Driven by India into China’s arms, is Nepal the new Sri Lanka?

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 02:03
“This looks like China, doesn’t it?” Deputy Inspector General Mandip Shrestha has his chest puffed out as he gives a tour of Nepal Armed Police Force’s freshly minted training academy. A swanky sprawl complete with a helipad, swimming pool, football ground, shooting range, soundproof meeting rooms, giant auditoriums and elegant red brick buildings, the hilltop campus with a sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley is not your regular government installation in poorly...

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