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Malaysian newspaper publishes ‘how to spot a gay’ checklist

Sinar Harian says LGBT people identifiable by beards, branded clothes and going to gym Malaysian newspaper publishes ‘how to spot a gay’ checklist Sinar Harian says LGBT people identifiable by beards, branded clothes and going to gym Hannah Ellis-Petersen South-east Asia correspondent Last modified on Mon 12 Feb 2018 09.14EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp LGBT rights activists have ridiculed the Sinar Harian article. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing…

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Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand prime minister announces first pregnancy

Labour PM says deputy Winston Peters will take over for six weeks when baby is born in June Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand prime minister announces first pregnancy Labour PM says deputy Winston Peters will take over for six weeks when baby is born in June Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin @EleanorAingeRoy First published on Thu 18 Jan 2018 17.18EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces she’s pregnant with first child video New Zealands prime minister, who was sworn in to office…

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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‘A rogue’ and a ‘dotard’: Kim Jong-un’s statement on Trump in full

The North Korean leader has upped his rhetoric against the US president, calling him mentally-deranged and a dotard North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un has once again upped his rhetoric against US president Donald Trump. Here is his statement in full: The speech made by the US president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern. Shaping the general…

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Sound of a dog barking: North Korea ridicules Trump threat

North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, responds to Donald Trump calling Kim Jong-un rocket man North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, has issued a withering riposte to Donald Trump, likening his threat to destroy the regime to the sound of a dog barking, adding that he felt sorry for the US presidents advisers. In his first speech to the UN general assembly, Trump said on Tuesday the US would be forced to tweet last weekend, Trump said to the visible dismay of some in the hall: Rocket man is on…

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‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

A year after Vietnams worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the countrys fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Before the marine disaster happened, I could earn up to 15m Vietnamese dongs [500], reflects Nguyen. But after, I didnt sell any fish at all. I was sick of my profession. He moors and ties his small…

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Life at ‘the tip of the spear’: defiant Guam refuses to cower to Kim

Idyllic Pacific island relies on tourism and the US military to sustain it. When it comes to North Korea, islanders hope that peace wins over war White sand beaches, crystal clear water, sunny blue skies and palm trees. All the hallmarks of an island getaway perfect for ignoring the problems of the world unless that island is Guam. This far-flung sliver of coral and greenery, which sits 9,700km from the US mainland, is in the crosshairs of North Korea. It has been singled out by Kim Jong-un for a Show…

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Chinese media warn Trump’s war of words with North Korea could spiral out of control

Communist party outlets cite a disaster in the making though some claim America has far more to lose than Kim Jong-un in a conflict An accidental spark could ignite a catastrophic conflagration in north-east Asia, Chinese state media has warned, after Donald Trump threatened to unleash fire and fury on North Korea. In one newspaper likening the situation to a train racing down an increasingly dark tunnel. Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the Global Times, a nationalist Communist party-controlled tabloid, claimed the US would come off worse from any…

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Hope, pride, fear: how North Koreans feel about their homeland

The little evidence seeping out of the repressed nation suggests its people are growing weary of their masters but still harbour a burning hatred for the US Though North Korea consumes an extraordinary amount of international attention for such a small and impoverished country, the Hermit Kingdom remains remarkably closed. We still know very little about what its people think. We know what they say when they meet visitors; but those who get to meet foreigners are at the top of society, and they speak under constant scrutiny and threat…

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US airbase in Guam threatened by North Korea as Trump promises ‘fire and fury’

Pyongyang claims missile strike could hit US Pacific territory, warning any American military action would provoke all-out war North Korea has said it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after Donald Trump warned the regime that any threat to the United States Show Hide In response to comments by US president Donald Trump that North Korea would face “fire and the fury like the world has never seen” if it continued nuclear threats, Pyongyang said it was carefully examining a plan for…

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Philippines president says US, Australia have ‘toned down’ human rights criticism

Rodrigo Duterte claims issue of thousands of drug war deaths was mentioned only in passing in meetings with Rex Tillerson and Julie Bishop The US and Australia have considerably toned down criticism of a drug war in the Philippines in which thousands have been killed, according to the countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte. During meetings at the presidential palace in Manila, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop raised the issue of human rights only in passing, Duterte said. Mostly they have considerably toned down in…

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New Zealand: thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent wine exported

Ministry of primary industries brings landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines under 2003 wine act Thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have been exported overseas in what the government believes is the countrys first significant case of wine fraud. The Ministry of Primary Industries has brought a landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines the first ever to be prosecuted under the 2003 Wine Act. MPI alleges Southern Boundary Wines of north Canterbury produced wine for their own brand and others which gave misleading…

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Ancient statue unearthed at Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex

Archaeologists have unearthed two-metre high, centuries-old object during an excavation of an ancient hospital Archaeologists have unearthed a large, centuries-old statue that is believed to have once stood guard over an ancient hospital at Cambodias famed Angkor temple complex. The nearly two metre tall carving, which is thought to be from the late 12th to the early 13th century, was discovered during a dig on Saturday, said Long Kosal, a spokesman for Apsara Authority the state agency charged with managing the complex. The Angkor Archeological Park, a world heritage site,…

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Lessons from the fast lane: does this study prove car-pooling works?

When Jakarta ditched its controversial three-in-one car-sharing rule many in the city expected the traffic to get better. It didnt. A Harvard and MIT study analysed before-and-after Google traffic data to find out what happened Driving in Jakarta at rush hour is something of a nightmare. The citys 9.6 million population swells each work day with an additional some measures, Jakarta has the worst traffic in the world. Others only put it in jockeys who would stand just outside the enforcement area and offer to join a single-occupancy vehicle for…

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Xi Jinping orders army to unswervingly follow Communist party leadership

Chinas president dons camouflage fatigues for hour-long parade marking 90th anniversary of Peoples Liberation Army Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has presided over a spectacular display of military and political might, ordering members of his 2.3 million-strong armed forces to unswervingly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist party of China. Xi donned camouflage fatigues for the hour-long Sunday morning parade, which marked the 90th anniversary of the creation of Chinas Peoples Liberation Army, on 1 August 1927. The procession took place at a sand-swept, 1,000 sq kilometre camp that state…

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