Tillerson urges China, Russia to do more to halt North Korean nuclear threat

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China and Russia to take more measures aimed at halting North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and said the US will not negotiate with the country until Pyongyang stops “threatening behaviours”. “A sustained cessation of North Korea’s threatening behaviours must occur before talks can begin,” Tillerson said at a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear weapons programme…

Jail terms handed to Myanmar family whose abuse of teenage servants shone spotlight on scourge of child labour

The owners of a Myanmar tailor shop were sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday for the horrific abuse of two young domestic workers, a case that gripped the nation and fixed a spotlight on its dismal record on child labour.
The court heard how San Kay Khine and Thazin, now 18 and 17 respectively, were regularly beaten, cut with knives and deprived of sleep and food by their employers in the Yangon tailor shop.
Judges sentenced the store’s owner Tin Thu Zar, 58, and her…

No Weinsteins allowed: Bollywood puts mogul on notice over sexual harassment of women

India has issued a rare diktat to its powerful movie moguls, reminding Bollywood to keep women safe from the sort of sex abuse allegations poisoning the US film industry.
India’s minister for women and child welfare Maneka Gandhi wrote to major production houses on Wednesday, asking them to comply with the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, which stipulates a series of processes to protect women at work.
“Bollywood filmmakers are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of…

US pressing Thailand to downgrade its ties with North Korea as part of regional push to isolate Kim regime

The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said on Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state.
General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailand’s National Security Council, said the request was made during his meeting with US special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday…

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wins extra year of martial law powers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won martial law powers across the southern third of the country for one more year on Wednesday to combat Islamic militants and leftist rebels, as Congress brushed aside fears of a looming dictatorship.
Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the Mindanao region until December 31 next year and detain suspected rebels there without charge was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and House of Representatives.
“The motion to further extend the…

Indonesia corruption trial delayed by accused parliamentary speaker Novanto’s ‘diarrhoea’

Indonesia’s biggest corruption trial in years was derailed on Wednesday after its graft-charged parliament speaker Setya Novanto claimed a bout of diarrhoea had left him too sick to participate, prompting jeers from the courtroom gallery.
The claim was just the latest in a string of manoeuvres – including allegedly faking an injury in a car crash – that critics say the 62-year-old has employed to dodge serious charges.
Novanto – who has faced corruption allegations in…