Tag Archives: Asia

North Korea Announces End To Nuclear Missile Tests

Agence France-Presse reports: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has announced he will suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut a nuclear test site, Yonhap news agency said on Saturday (April 20). “From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Yonhap quoted North Korean state media as saying. “The North will shut down ...

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Koreas May Declare Official End To 68-Year War

Bloomberg reports: South and North Korea are discussing plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically at war, the Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified South Korean official. At next week’s summit between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, the two neighbors may ...

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MALAYSIA: University Holds Ex-Gay Poster Contest

The New Strait Times reports: A contest at a leading Malaysian university seeking ideas to “convert” gay students sparked anger Wednesday, with activists warning it could drive people in the Muslim-majority country to suicide. It was the latest example of what rights groups say is growing intolerance towards Malaysia’s gay community as religious fundamentalism increases, eroding the multi-ethnic country’s traditionally ...

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Indonesia Asks Google To Block LGBT Apps

Coconuts Jakarta reports: Indonesia’s IT Ministry says it has filed a request to Google to block around 70 LGBT social networking apps from being available to download in the country through the Google Play Store. IT Minister Rudiantara confirmed today that the ministry is unable to block the apps themselves as they are all available under Google’s platform. One of ...

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North And South Korea To Hold Military Talks

Reuters reports: North and South Korea agreed to hold military talks, a joint statement said after the two Koreas engaged in formal dialogue on Tuesday for the first time in more than two years. North Korea also decided to send a high-ranking delegation and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, but the head ...

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THE PHILIPPINES: President Rodrigo Duterte Reverses, Backs Same-Sex Marriage, Vows To Protect LGBT Rights

Reuters reports: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country. Speaking at a gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in his hometown Davao City, Duterte vowed to protect the rights of homosexuals ...

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Human Rights Watch Report: Chinese Government Hospitals Are Using Electroshock Ex-Gay Torture

The Washington Post reports: Taiwan could soon become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, while Hong Kong this month won its bid to host the Gay Games in 2022, another Asian first. But in mainland China, LGBT people are still being subjected to forced confinement, medication and even electric shock therapy to “convert” them into heterosexuals. The ...

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VIETNAM: Trump And Putin Wear Traditional Matching Outfits At Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

Vanity Fair reports: For all the norms and traditions and basic standards of human behavior Donald Trump has broken in his 10 months as president, there is one pastime he couldn’t get away from. At the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, held this year in Vietnam, Trump donned an oversize, bright blue, traditional Vietnam shirt alongside his fellow world leaders ...

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Trump Departs On Ten-Day Diplomacy Trip To Asia

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump embarked on the longest trip of his presidency Friday — a five-country, 10-day tour of Asia designed to strengthen diplomatic and economic partnerships while contending with North Korea’s nuclear threat. The president heads overseas during a time of what some experts see as a decline of U.S. influence in the region and they suggest ...

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PHILIPPINES: President Says He’ll Have His Son Killed By Police If Drug Trafficking Accusation Proves True

The Guardian reports: The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he would have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician were true, and that the police who carry out the hit would be protected from prosecution. Paolo Duterte, 42, appeared this month before a senate inquiry to deny accusations made by an opposition lawmaker that he ...

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PHILIPPINES: House Of Representatives Votes 198-0 To Include LGBT Citizens Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Finally some good news out of the Philippines. ABS-CBN News reports: The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a bill that aims to protect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Lawmakers voted 198-0 in favor of House Bill No. 4982 or the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality ...

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North Korea Warns US Of “Merciless Strike”

CNN reports: North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.” The messages in Rodong Sinmun, the official government ...

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Taiwan’s Haters Have The Marriage Sadz [VIDEO]

The Shanghaiist reports: On Wednesday afternoon, cheers rang out in the streets of Taipei as Taiwan’s top constitutional court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, but not everyone present was so overjoyed. The ruling has left anti-gay groups on the island in shock, with one prominent activist likening the decision to the September 11th terror attacks of 2001. Shih Chun-yu, ...

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BREAKING: Taiwanese High Court Rules In Favor Of Marriage Equality, Parliament Has Two Years To Comply

History! The South China Morning Post reports: Taiwan’s top court, the Council of Grand Justices, ruled in favour of gay marriage on Wednesday, the first landmark ruling in Asia on same-sex unions. The ruling by a panel of 14 grand justices in Taipei said the current law that bars same-sex marriage is a violation of the constitution – making the ...

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JAPAN: Thousands March In Tokyo Pride Parade With Support From Politicians And 200 Companies [VIDEO]

The Japan Times reports: Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people paraded through Tokyo’s Shibuya district on Sunday to express hope that Japan will further embrace gender equality and diversity. The LGBT parade was the finale to the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival, and this year’s theme was “Change.” “I believed that nothing would change. But, little by little, ...

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TAIWAN: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Due May 24th

The China Post reports: Taiwan’s grand justices are poised to make a landmark ruling concerning the constitutionality of a bar on same-sex marriage May 24, its secretariat confirmed Monday. 14 justices heard the arguments from gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei [photo], his attorneys and other government officials last month, over whether the Civil Code’s description of marriage as between a ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: CEO Of HSBC Taiwan Walks Lesbian Staffer Down The Aisle After Her Father Refuses

The Huffington Post reports: Taiwan is expected to become Asia’s first nation to recognize same-sex marriage by the end of the year, and businesses are definitely taking notice. On Valentine’s Day, HSBC Bank in Taiwan released a heartwarming YouTube video that told the real-life story of how the bank’s country CEO, John Li, walked one of his employees down the ...

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MALAYSIA: Government Backs Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Malaysia’s Government has endorsed gay conversion therapy after federal authorities claimed sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training. A video produced by the country’s family, social and development department explains how Muslims can change their approach to the LGBT community so that it does not promote hate against a minority, but the video has sparked anger ...

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TAIWAN: Marriage Passes First Of Three Legislative Readings As Christian Protesters Scream [VIDEO]

The Nikkei Asian Review reports: The first draft of a bill on same-sex marriage won approval from the parliament’s judiciary committee on Monday, opening up the possibility of Taiwan becoming the first in the Asia-Pacific region to let gay couples wed. Following its successful first reading, the bill will undergo cross-party negotiations. But it has also drawn protests, and whether ...

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Kyrgyzstan Voters Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Radio Free Europe reports: Kyrgyz election officials said voters have overwhelmingly backed amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage and shift some presidential powers to the prime minister. The two questions were among a package of 26 proposed amendments that voters in the mostly Muslim former Soviet republic were being asked to approve with a simple “yes-or-no” vote on December ...

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