Thousands of Thais took to the streets of the capital on Sunday demanding reforms of the monarchy, defying a court ruling that such demands are a veiled attempt to overthrow the institution. Youth-led protests that began last year by calling for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 66, a former coup leader, have become… Read More Thousands protest demanding royal reforms in Thailand
Kuwait released a group of prisoners on Sunday pardoned by the emir in an amnesty intended to defuse a political row, including Shi’ite Muslim Kuwaitis convicted in 2016 for spying for Iran and Lebanon’s Iran-allied Hezbollah. The amnesty, which also included former MPs in self-exile abroad, was a key demand of opposition lawmakers locked in… Read More Kuwait releases political prisoners under amnesty scheme
Two strong earthquakes struck southern Iran near the port of Bandar Abbas on Sunday, prompting residents to flee their homes and killing at least one person, state TV reported. The quakes measured 6.3 and 6.4 magnitude, jolting the province of Hormozgan, state TV said, and the tremors were felt across the gulf in Dubai. “One… Read More At least one dead, residents flee homes as double earthquake hits southern Iran
The son of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi appeared for nearly the first time in a decade on Sunday to register as a presidential candidate for a December vote planned to help end the years of chaos since his father was toppled. Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, 49, appeared in an electoral commission video in traditional brown… Read More Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader, registers as presidential candidate
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah accepted on Sunday the resignation of the government, state news agency KUNA reported, as the oil-rich country’s rulers seek to end a feud with lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reforms. Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah submitted on November 8 the resignation of his cabinet, formed in March. An… Read More Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah accepts government resignation
Russia has started supplying India with S-400 air defence missile systems, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday citing Dmitry Shugayev, the head of the Russian military cooperation agency. The supplies put India at risk of sanctions from the United States under a 2017 U.S. law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware. “The… Read More Russia begins supply of defence missile systems to India
Japan’s ex-princess Mako, the emperor’s niece, departed the country with her new husband on Sunday to start a new life in the United States. Known as Mako Komuro after giving up her royal title to marry college sweetheart Kei Komuro last month, the former royal and her husband, both 30, walked past waiting journalists at… Read More Japan’s former princess Mako departs country with husband to start new life in U.S.
Philippine voters were bracing on Sunday for more drama in a presidential race that already features a “Bong” vs “Bongbong” match-up and a potential 11th-hour challenge by President Rodrigo Duterte against his own daughter for the No. 2 post. The jockeying before Monday’s registration deadline bolsters the view that the 2022 election will be dominated… Read More Philippine lawmaker Senator Christopher Go files candidacy for president