China's Xi urges 'respect' as Kerry visits

Chinese president says a China-US confrontation would be a "disaster" for the world as he opens annual talks.


Italy moves against corruption as mayor quits

Anti-corruption official given enhanced powers after Venice mayor resigns over graft scandal linked to flood barrier.

Asia Pacific

Vietnam vessels 'ram China ships 1,400 times'

Chinese official says Vietnamese vessels have rammed ships close to an oil platform in disputed part of South China Sea.

US & Canada

Brunei: When Sharia serves the sultan and US media

Both the Sultan of Brunei and US media may be exploiting Sharia for their own purposes.

by Sana Saeed
- Mohamed Ghilan


ASEAN unity and the threat of Chinese expansion

Are China's expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea going to bring Southeast Asian countries together?

by Richard Javad Heydarian


Five reasons to care about Colombia's polls

Arms dealers, coffee drinkers and potential holidaymakers, take note.


Vietnam mulls legal action against China

Threat comes amid rising tensions between two countries over Chinese oil rig in South China Sea and anti-China riots.


Vietnam anger rises over South China Sea

China's oil rig deployment in disputed territory is stoking nationalistic fervour and deadly violence in Vietnam.


Sea dispute dominates Southeast Asian summit

Ten-member bloc's annual meeting in Myanmar comes after China relocated oil rig into territory claimed by Vietnam.


Philippines seizes Chinese boat in dispute

Release of fishermen sought after capture of boat with haul of endangered turtles in contested area of South China Sea.

Asia Pacific

Stars boycott hotels over Brunei Islamic law

Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres among those snubbing Brunei-owned Dorchester Collection over controversial new penal code.

Asia Pacific

Brunei adopts 'phase one' of Islamic law

Sultan launches new penal code that will eventually include stoning, amputation and flogging as punishments.

US & Canada

Philippines sues China over sea claims

Philippine lawsuit says China has no 'historical rights' to a section of South China Sea.