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U.N. Syria envoy hopes Astana talks to pave way for Geneva

23 January 2017

ASTANA (Reuters) - The United Nations hopes indirect talks between the Syrian government and rebels in Astana will lead to direct negotiations led by the UN, Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Monday.

SIS: Syariah amendments "unfeminist, unjust"

23 January 2017

PETALING JAYA: Sisters in Islam (SIS) have reiterated their objection to the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or Act 355, describing it as "unfeminist, unjust and un-Islamic".

Syria's warring sides gather for new attempt to break deadlock

23 January 2017

ASTANA (Reuters) - Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

The skin cure fad threatening Myanmar’s elephants

21 January 2017

MYANMAR: Under the shadow of Myanmar’s famed “Golden Rock” punters haggle for the latest traditional medicine cure -- slices of skin from the country’s fast disappearing wild elephants sold for a few dollars a square inch.

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