Myanmar’s finance minister has been ‘allowed to resign’ by president

Myanmar’s Finance Minister Kyaw Win has resigned, President Win Myint said on Friday, without giving a reason.
Kyaw Win was “allowed to resign”, the president said in a short statement posted on the presidency’s official Facebook page late on Friday.
This week the English-language news magazine Frontier cited the head of Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as saying that the commission was in the final stage of an investigation into corruption…

Indonesia strengthens anti-terror laws against home-grown militants following deadly Islamic State attack

Indonesia’s parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in home-grown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.
Revising a 2003 law became a top priority for the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country after the Surabaya attacks, the deadliest in Indonesia in nearly two decades.
The revised law allows police to preemptively detain suspects for longer and…

‘Perplexing’, ‘the right call’, ‘embarrassing’: How the world viewed Donald Trump cancelling his meeting with Kim Jong-un

The announcement by US President Donald Trump that he has called off planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 has been received with, alternately, confusion, horror and admiration both within the US and abroad.
Trump said in an open letter on Thursday that the “tremendous anger and hostility” expressed by North Korea in recent days had caused him to scuttle the talks, which were to have taken place in Singapore. He later said in a statement that their…

Business productivity review opened in the UK

Cloud computing, e-commerce, accounting software and customer relationship management software are among the seven “best practice technologies” the UK government has identified to have potential to boost business productivity.

Australian grandmother sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia after earlier acquittal overturned

An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was on Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said.
Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying.
The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a…

Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting victim Sabika Sheikh laid to rest in Pakistan

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday of a Pakistani exchange student who was killed in the shooting at a Texas high school last week.
Sabika Sheikh, 17, died with seven other students and two teachers when a 17-year-old student opened fire at Santa Fe High School on Friday.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer. He admitted to the shootings and told officers he targeted students he didn’t like, according to…

Malaysia’s new finance minister says 1MDB wealth fund president is ‘utterly dishonest’

A Malaysian sovereign wealth fund at the centre of a major scandal that helped to topple the former government is insolvent and its chief is “utterly dishonest”, the new finance minister said Wednesday.
Ousted leader Najib Razak, his family and cronies are accused of looting billions of dollars from the fund, 1MDB, in a sophisticated fraud that stretched from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland.
Najib and 1MDB, which is the subject of money-laundering investigations in several…

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to drug suspects: ‘Want to live longer? Stay in jail’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte told drug suspects on Tuesday that if they wanted to live longer, they should get arrested and then stay in jail.
In the latest threat he has made in his bloody anti-drug crackdown, Duterte did not identify the targets of his warning in a televised speech but referred to people who grew rich through illegal drugs in Cebu province.
“You know if I were you guys in Cebu, stay in jail. You want to live longer? Stay in jail,” Duterte said. “…