23 February 2017


Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in murder case

KONFRONTASI-Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

Kim Jong Nam, 46, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13, while preparing to board a flight to Macau, where he lived in exile with his family under the protection of Beijing.

Amnesty: Trump taking humanity to ‘darkest’ times

KONFRONTASI - Amnesty International has censured US President Donald Trump for adopting a “poisonous” rhetoric that “dehumanizes” entire communities and sets the stage for "angrier and more divisive politics” in the world.

In a statement upon the release of its annual human rights assessment, Amnesty said Wednesday that the divisive rhetoric used by people like the new American president led to an unprecedented spike in hate crimes last year.

US Treasury calls on IMF to monitor currencies, provide 'candid' analysis

KONFRONTASI - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide "frank and candid analysis" of exchange rate policies in member countries.

A Treasury spokesman said the plea was made in a phone call with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Tuesday.  

Muslim teacher denied entry to US with no reason

KONFRONTASI - A British Muslim teacher has been denied entry to the United States after being taken off a flight without explanation.

Maths teacher Juhel Miah was escorted off a US-bound flight by security staff while he was on a school trip with students traveling from Iceland's capital Reykjavik to New York, according to a report published by the Guardian on Tuesday.

Malaysia says still to establish what killed North Korean

Director General of Health Malaysia, Noor Hisham Abdullah, speaks during a news conference regarding the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital in Malaysia February 21, 2017. [REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha]

Policeman says Philippine’s Duterte paid him to kill criminals

KONFRONTASI - A former police officer has claimed that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte used to pay him and other police officers to murder criminals.

During a news conference on Monday, Arthur Lascanas said that while he was a mayor, Duterte used to make a "liquidation squad" kill criminals and opponents.

Trump names new national security advisor

KONFRONTASI - US President Donald Trump names a new national security advisor following the resignation of his first pick and the refusal of the second.

On Tuesday, the Republican president announced US Army lieutenant general H.R. McMaster as his new national security advisor at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Norwegian Refugee Council staff detained in Yemen

KONFRONTASI-Yemeni rebels detained seven people working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Red Sea district of Hodeida.

The aid workers were taken while distributing humanitarian relief in rebel-held Hali district on February 14 and were still being held.

They were seized over accusations they accepted and distributed aid from the Saudi-led coalition that has battled the Houthi rebels since March 2015.

However, the Norwegian Refugee Council said no aid from the coaltion was being delivered and a misunderstanding had taken place.


Deadly global pandemic to kill tens of millions: Bill Gates

KONFRONTASI - Microsoft founder Bill Gates has warned that tens of millions of people could be killed in a deadly global pandemic in the next 10 to 15 years.

Making his first appearance at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Gates warned the international community about the threat of biological warfare, which according to him, is not being taken seriously enough.

7-year-old girl asks Google for a job - and gets a response

KONFRONTASI-We usually ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, but we seldom ask where they want to work. Well, 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater already has her sights set: Google.