Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

RCEP members lure back India

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are underway with the crafting of measures to resolve the recent exit of India from...

RCEP conclusion fails amid India’s withdrawal

A free-trade deal between members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their five trading partners failed to be signed amid India’s...

RCEP negotiations set for conclusion in November

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its six trade partners are hoping for the conclusion of the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive...

ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

Brunei’s gay community ‘lives in fear’

The sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on his sharia law death penalty for gay sex but members of the sultanate’s LGBT...

Brunei’s hypocrites buckle under international pressure 

Brunei has climbed down after a sustained international campaign, saying it will not impose the death penalty for those convicted of having gay sex. The...

European Parliament condemns Brunei sharia laws

The European Parliament has condemned Brunei’s "retrograde" Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning, thieves with amputation and lesbian...

Brunei defends gay-stoning laws

Brunei is defending its new anti-gay sharia laws, which make sodomy and adultery punishable by death by stoning, claiming there was an international "misconception"....

Brunei sharia boycott widens

Airlines, London's transport network, travel agents and financial institutions have joined the businesses cutting ties with Brunei-owned firms to protest over the introduction of...

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