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The disputed Scarborough Shoal - also known to the Chinese as Huangyan Dao or Democracy Reef - is located 230km from the Philippines' northwestern coast [Erik De Castro-Reuters]

Philippines to take legal action over China for clams harvest

The Philippines is considering legal action against China for allegedly harvesting giant clams in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
A general view shows the Hotel Eden, which belongs to luxury hotel operator Dorchester Collection, owned by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA), on April 1, 2019 in Rome. – US actor George Clooney, and a growing list of politicians and celebrities including singer Elton John, has called for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate’s new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery. The nine hotels mentioned by Clooney are located in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, including Rome’s Hotel Eden. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

Protesters target London’s Dorchester Hotel over Brunei anti-gay laws

Dozens of anti-discrimination demonstrators massed on Saturday outside the Brunei-owned luxury Dorchester Hotel in London over the southeast Asian country’s adoption of harsh new sharia laws, including death for gay sex.

US denounces wealthy-nation discounts for UN peacekeeping

The United States on Saturday denounced at the United Nations a system of discounts for the peacekeeping assessments of wealthy nations and confirmed Washington will pay no more than 25 per cent.
Xi Jinping walks past a guard of honour on his arrival in Manila, the first state visit by a Chinese president to the Philippines in 13 years [Erik De Castro-Reuters]

China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Philippines with focus on infrastructure pledges

Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for the first state visit by a Chinese president in 13 years, with the administration of Rodrigo Duterte under pressure to show there is value in its "pivot" to China.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says China aims to complete talks on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea within three years. AFP

ASEAN and China tout progress over South China Sea

Leaders from Southeast Asia and China say they're making progress in keeping the peace in the disputed South China Sea as they work towards a "code of conduct" to govern navigation routes and other activities in the area.
The state-owned tv network apologized for its wrong use of photos in support of the President's statement on rescuing abducted Filipinos in Libya. (FILE PHOTO)

Philippines tests first ever missile system

The Philippine Navy on Thursday successfully tested its first ever missile system, acquired from an Israeli weapons manufacturer, Officials said.

China general slams ‘irresponsible comments’ on South China Sea

A Chinese general Saturday lashed out at "irresponsible comments" on Beijing's military build-up in the South China Sea after the US defence chief accused China of intimidation and coercion in the disputed waters.

China rebukes US for withdrawing invitation to naval drills

China’s Defence Ministry on Thursday rebuked the U.S. for withdrawing an invitation to Beijing to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not promote mutual trust and cooperation.

Philippines concerned about Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

Philippines on Monday expressed “serious concerns’’ over the presence of China’s strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea.

Malaysia warns Rohingya crisis could pose security risk

Malaysia's prime minister Saturday warned his Southeast Asian neighbours that the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar could become a serious security threat for the region.

China: US tariffs ‘wanton attack’ on international trade

The new tariffs imposed by the U.S. on aluminium and steel imports, due to an alleged threat to national security, are a “wanton attack” on the multilateral trade system, a Chinese commerce official said Friday.

Nigerian selected as finalist in Commonwealth Youth Awards

A young Nigerian, Miss Omowumi Ogunrotimi, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards in recognition of her contribution towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5, gender equality, in Nigeria.

Filipinos protest China’s build up in disputed sea

Protesters have rallied outside the Chinese consulate in the Philippines capital, Manila, against China's militarisation of the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Malcolm Turnbull hails revived TPP, critics question value for Australia

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday hailed the revival of the Trans Pacific Partnership as a boon for jobs, but critics questioned how much Australia would really gain from a deal that excludes the US.

China’s world largest amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea.

Vietnam and China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

Vietnam and China agreed Monday to avoid conflicts in the hotly contested South China Sea, as a new pathway to dialogue on easing tensions was opened with other Southeast Asian nations.

China, Vietnam leaders reach South China Sea consensus

The Communist leaders of China and Vietnam reached a “consensus” on handling the contested South China Sea, Chinese state media reported Sunday, hours after US President Donald Trump offered to mediate in the dispute.

Prince Charles pays homage to war heroes in India

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, were wrapping up their trip to India on Thursday by paying respects at a war memorial and meeting with schoolchildren in New Delhi.

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