Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei's sultan has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to new laws prohibiting gay sex and adultery after a global backlash against the punishments.  The announcement on Sunday was Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's first public comments on the new penal code since it fully entered into force last month. The laws, based on Brunei's interpretation of…
Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions

A round of golf always seems to be on the agenda whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the US president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy…
Palestine’s al-Maliki: US peace plan a ‘surrender act’

Palestine’s al-Maliki: US peace plan a ‘surrender act’

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has described the anticipated US Israel-Palestine peace plan as a "consecration" of Palestinian suffering. "The US 'deal of the century' is the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom, no justice," al-Maliki said on Friday at the London-based Chatham House think-tank. "And if they do not think…
Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates

Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates

Venezuela has plunged into a major political crisis amid a growing row over President Nicolas Maduro's future as the country's leader.  Maduro started a second term on January 10, following a widely boycotted election last year that many foreign governments refused to recognise. On January 23, Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself…
Racism, bureaucracy, uncertainty: Refugee crisis brews in Cyprus

Racism, bureaucracy, uncertainty: Refugee crisis brews in Cyprus

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees' identities. Nicosia, Cyprus - Zainab* was the only person from the group of migrants on board the ship that was dumped on a rocky, foreign beach. It was a hot day in August 2016, and the then-17-year-old's only possessions were the worn clothes on…
Car bomb blast kills three in Turkey’s Reyhanli near Syria

Car bomb blast kills three in Turkey’s Reyhanli near Syria

At least three people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli, located close to the Syrian border. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Friday that initial findings showed the incident in Hatay province may be terror-related. "Our colleagues are looking into who was behind…
Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli police on Wednesday [Nasser Nasser/AP] An alleged rock-throwing Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank and the military announced on Thursday that a soldier had discharged his weapon and it was reviewing the incident. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of…
UAE reduces military forces in Yemen amid Gulf tensions: report

UAE reduces military forces in Yemen amid Gulf tensions: report

The United Arab Emirates is scaling back its military presence in Yemen as US-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home, a news report says. The UAE - a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen - has pulled troops from the southern port of Aden and its western coast where it has built up and armed…
Erdogan: No backtrack from S-400 deal with Russia

Erdogan: No backtrack from S-400 deal with Russia

President Erdogan says Turkey 'does not need to get permission' to fulfill its security needs [Tatyana Makayeva/Reuters] President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey will take delivery of Russia's S-400 missile defence system in July - a deal that has created tensions with the United States.   "The issue of S-400 is an issue directly…
Bangladesh cricketers narrowly dodge New Zealand mosque attack

Bangladesh cricketers narrowly dodge New Zealand mosque attack

Bangladesh's national cricket team has narrowly dodged New Zealand's mosque attacks, which have killed at least 49 people. During Friday prayers, attackers entered two mosques in the city of Christchurch and opened fire on worshippers in what has been called the worst attack in New Zealand's history.  Members of the Bangladeshi team were en route…