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The Sultan of Brunei

Brunei says it will not enforce gay sex death penalty

It is unusual for the sultan to respond to criticism.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: An inside view of the St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. According to reports at least 129 people killed and over 200 injured in blasts during the Easter Sunday service at churches and hotels as worshippers attended Easter services. (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Persecution of Christians reaches genocide levels

Christianity is at risk of disappearing in the Middle East.

Brunei has refused to back down on its extreme anti-gay laws.

Brunei defends stoning homosexuals to death in letter to EU

The southeast Asian country is refusing to back down on their anti-gay laws.


India shaken by strong quake

It could be felt across the border in Tibet.

Asia and DNA

Kiwi scientists uncover another possible new human species

"Our ancestors came into contact with them all the time."

Video: Dead whale washes up on Indonesian beach with 1000 pieces of plastic in its stomach

Dead whale washes up with 40kgs of plastic in its stomach

Contents included 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags.

Jacinda Ardern addresses the nation after Christchurch terror attacks.

'I blame these attacks on Islamophobia': World leaders condemn NZ attacks

Political and religious leaders around the world have expressed disgust and sorrow at the deadly shooting at two mosques in Christchurch.

Watch: Two alligator gar were fished out of Baiyun Lake.

Chinese park warns visitors not to swim after bizarre creature spotted

Witnesses said the sharp-toothed 'alligator gar' was up to 2m long.

Watch: The historic moment Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un.

'Parallel universe': A Kiwi in North Korea

Mark Thomas discovered 'reality' means something different under an oppressive regime.

A North Korean men's fashion catalogue.

North Korea releases edible clothing to 'avoid starvation'

An innovative fashion catalogue has provided a glimpse into the reclusive nation.

Alcohol usually isn't good for you, but sometimes...

Beer saves man with alcohol poisoning

Doctors quickly realised beer would distract his liver from the methanol.


Malaysia blacklists imports of non-recyclable plastic waste

New Zealand's one of the countries shipping waste overseas.

A proposed design for CUBO.

House that takes four hours to build wins big prize

Could this help with New Zealand's housing crisis?

The number of charges for the use and supply of methamphetamine is at a 10-year high.

Asian crime gang busted with over 1kg meth

Police believe they have captured the head of a major crime syndicate.


Ardern announces 172 Asia scholarship winners

She said the scholarships provide 'ongoing relationships and new business opportunities.'

Watch: When Kim Jong-un met Donald Trump.

Kim Jong-un's first official portrait unveiled

The painting symbolises a move towards his ancestors' leadership styles.

Photo Taken In Thailand, Bangkok

How young backpacker escaped Thai kidnapping

The 22-year-old found herself in a dangerous situation with few options.


Ross, Bridges told us what NZ politicians really think about Asian MPs

Their casual ethnic calculations are the latest example of our marginalisation, writes Sudhvir Singh.

Watch: A Rotorua hotel is defending the city after being left off Cuisine's top restaurants list.

Couple wake to $87k debt after drunkenly buying hotel

The newlyweds were still tipsy as they signed the paperwork the next day.


New doco traces MH370's final moments

The producers were granted unprecedented access into the investigation.