East Timor has accused multiple international oil companies, including ConocoPhillips, of not paying “possibly billions” of dollars in tax owed to the tiny state following the companies’ operations in waters jointly owned by East Timor and Australia.
A study has found that batman could fly using just his cape but that he would be travelling so fast he would crash and most likely die on landing, says David Marshall, one of the Leicester University physicists involved in the study.
Peculiar: A massive crocodile captured by villagers in the Philippines has been declared the largest in captivity by the Guinness Book of Records. Known as Lolong, the croc is six metres long and has drawn thousands of tourists to the town of Bunawan. Good: Traffic police in Manila will undergo breathalyser tests after reports
Brian Brown, the man responsible for identifying the world’s smallest fly species, describes his discovery. Identified in Thailand, the fly (known as Euryplatea nanaknihali) is smaller than a grain of salt and is barely visible to the naked eye. It is believed to feed on tiny ants by decapitating them and using their head casings
To satisfy the growing business and tourism demand, more airlines are set to launch new routes to Myanmar. Korean Air will start direct flights between Incheon and Yangon in September. Planes will skip Bangkok, reducing passenger travel time from ten hours to six. All Nippon Airways (ANA) is also set to establish a direct route
– Rabiabrat Pongpanich, a staunch defender of Thai family values, expresses her outrage after a young woman stripped topless and used her breasts to paint a picture on tv show Thailand’s Got Talent. The two male judges voted the woman through to the next round.
Qatar Holding LLC, the Doha-based fund which owns Harrods, is to build a $634m branded hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang shopping district. The Harrods hotel, the construction of which is due to start next year, will have about 300 rooms and will be the group’s first in Asia. The project is part of a
Six months: The length of the waiting list in Jakarta for Lamborghini sports cars, a clear sign that confidence is high in Indonesia, according to experts. Despite the global slowdown, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is expected to grow at over 6% this year. The Indonesian consumer confidence index has been consistently high in recent months,
Provincial police commander Anthony Wagambie Jr speaks about cult members arrested during raids in Madang province, Papua New Guinea. Twelve of the 29 people caught are accused of murdering seven people they believed were practicing black magic. All of those arrested, including a 13-year-old boy, allegedly cannibalised their victims.
Renowned cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek puts forth his thoughts on the state of the world in the 21st century. The slovenian has courted controversy in the past for comments such as: “the problem with Hitler is that he wasn’t violent enough.”
Bad: The ‘El Nino’ weather pattern could strike the region later this year, resulting in drought conditions that could cause mass palm oil plantation and rice crop failure across parts of Southeast Asia, according to the Climate Prediction Centre. Peculiar: Male Sumatran orangutans have been found to have a unique ability to hold back puberty for
Hadi Awang, president of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (Pas), speaks during a rally to promote the party manifesto ahead of Malaysia’s parliamentary elections later this year or next. Pas is the Muslim-majority state’s second-largest political party with close to a million members. Once viewed as a promoter of fundamentalist Islam in politics, results from last