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Brunei's sultan bans Christmas in hardline shift

Bandar Seri Begawan - Christmas is just around the corner, but there are no tinsel-laden trees or Santa hats in the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, where celebrations have been banned under a shift towards hardline Islamic law.

Is China getting too aggressive in South China Sea?

Washington, D. C. - U.S. officials are raising concerns internationally about China’s latest activities in the South China Sea that appear to threaten Southeast Asia allies.

Argentine court grants captive orangutan human right to freedom

Buenos Aires - Sandra, a Sumatran orangutan has spent the last 20 years in a zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now, an Argentine court has decided that she should be recognized as a non-human person with a right to be free.

Wild orangutan caught dressing in T-shirt in Borneo (Video)

A wild orangutan was caught on video, casually donning a park ranger's T-shirt, by a wildlife photographer in Tanjung Putting National Park in Borneo. To the great amusement of onlookers she then tried to put on a Wellington boot,

Brunei sharia penal code to take effect

Bandar Seri Begawan - A controversial new penal code for oil-rich Brunei that will eventually include tough Islamic sharia penalties such as severing of limbs and death by stoning was due to officially come into effect on Thursday.

Brunei sultan pushes ahead with tough sharia code

Bandar Seri Begawan - The sultan of oil-rich Brunei announced that tough Islamic criminal punishments would be introduced Thursday, pushing ahead with plans that have sparked rare domestic criticism of the fabulously wealthy ruler and international condemnation.

Brunei announcement on controversial sharia law expected

Bandar Seri Begawan - The Sultan of Brunei is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday on his plans to introduce tough Islamic criminal punishments that have been criticised by the United Nations.

Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the UN's human rights office and rare criticism at home.

New Brunei penal code punishes gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei - The tiny, oil-rich southeast Asian nation of Brunei has implemented a harsh new Islamic penal code that punishes a range of "crimes" with execution, including death by stoning for individuals who engage in gay sex acts.

New Sharia law: Muslim adulterers to be stoned in Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan - The sultanate of Brunei announced on Tuesday it will implement a severe Sharia law penal code for its Muslim citizens in a few months.

Op-Ed: US and Russia meet again to discuss Syria peace conference

Brunei - In spite of the fact that neither side in the Syria conflict shows much interest in a political solution at present, US and Russia have again met to try and arrange a framework for a peace conference to find a negotiated political resolution.

US sending State Secretary Clinton to Myanmar for needed reforms

US President Barack Obama is sending State Secretary Hillary Clinton to Myanmar (formerly Burma) to pursue what he calls "flickers of progress" in the country that endured five decades of global isolation and military oppression

Mother Nature shows her beautiful power at Niagara Falls Special

Niagara Falls - Mother Nature is in full force at Niagara Falls. The falls are actually a total of three falls, the American Falls, the Horseshoe Falls and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls.

China warns Vietnam and Philippines on Spratlys claims

China has warned Vietnam for its "invasive activities" at the Spratlys hours after Vietnamese authorities complained about Chinese fishing boat supported by two patrol vessels had damaged the exploration cable of a state-operated seismic survey boat.

Philippines protests China intrusion over disputed Spratlys

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has reported intrusions in the disputed Spratly Islands by Chinese naval forces which was spotted in one of the islands located within Philippine territory

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei divorces 30-year old wife

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has divorced his third wife, Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, a 30-year old former Malaysian TV journalist.

Southeast Asian Leaders Invite President Obama for Asean Summit

US president Barack Obama has been invited by the heads of states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to attend its Summit in Vietnam to address economic recovery and coping with climate change in the region before the end of the year.

Three-quarters of Bruneians want cheating husbands to be whipped

A new survey in Brunei suggests that the majority of Bruneians want husbands who cheat on their wives to be whipped. But also a majority of respondents feel cheating wives should receive the same punishment.

Multinationals Violate Law in Selling Formula Milk in Asia

Multinational companies in Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, China and several other countries in the region, sell baby formula, aggressively, to the point of breaking the law, an Associated Press investigation reveals.

ASEAN Centre For Biodiversity Launches Photo Contest

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity or ACB is now accepting entries to the 1st ASEAN-wide photo contest “Zooming in on Biodiversity”.

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