Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples took the historic step of registering as married, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, a couple who fell in love at college, were the first to arrive at a government office in downtown More...

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By admin On Friday, May 24th, 2019
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India’s Modi and Pakistan PM highlight need for ‘peace,’ after vote

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani rival Imran Khan sent messages highlighting the need for “peace” Thursday after Modi’s hawkish party won a new term in power. While the nuclear-armed More...

By admin On Friday, May 24th, 2019
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International outrage against Brunei – too little, too late?

THE tiny tropical nation of Brunei is making international headlines again. Repeating the international outrage that saw the absolute monarchy’s emphasis on Islam in 2013 and 2014, global attention is again focused More...

By admin On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Smokin’ hut: Singapore’s solution for cigarette puffers

Smokers in Singapore will no longer have to sneak a drag on the street, with the launch of the city-state’s first air-conditioned “smoking cabin”, but the experience won few fans among cigarette More...

By admin On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Panasonic joins firms stepping away from Huawei after US ban

JAPAN’S Panasonic on Thursday said it was halting business with Huawei, joining a growing list of firms distancing themselves from the Chinese telecoms giant after a US ban over security concerns. The announcement More...

By admin On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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How Japan manages US trade pressure

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration is strikingly successful in deflecting pressure for a bilateral trade deal from US President Donald Trump. Some of the secrets to Abe’s success are obvious, More...

By admin On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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US fires arrow into Huawei’s Achilles heel

THE Trump administration’s move to block US technology sales to Huawei shoots an arrow deep into the Chinese tech giant’s Achilles heel — its over-reliance on American components — and threatens More...

By admin On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Indonesian police fire tear gas to break up election protest

INDONESIAN police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in downtown Jakarta early Wednesday after a rally opposed to President Joko Widodo’s re-election, an AFP reporter said. The country’s election More...

By admin On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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Thailand’s competition law dead since arrival

THAILAND was the first nation in Southeast Asia to implement an effective competition law back in 1999 when such laws were unfamiliar to most developing countries. But exactly two decades have passed and Thailand More...

By admin On Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Turning methane into carbon dioxide could help us fight climate change

DISCUSSIONS on how to address climate change have focused, very appropriately, on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those of carbon dioxide, the major contributor to climate change and a long-lived More...