Chinese star Fan Bingbing reappears after nearly a year in wilderness

Actor fined for tax evasion returns to spotlight after months of rumours she had fled China or was in prison The Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing has appeared in public for the first time in almost a year, after a mysterious disappearance from the public eye believed to be linked to charges of tax evasion. Fan, who is one of Chinas highest-profile actors, appeared at a Beijing gala on Monday night in honour of iQiyi, a popular video-streaming platform. This is the first sighting of the 37-year-old actor since July 2018, when she visited a childrens hospital. She stopped posting on all social media accounts around the same time. Fan, who has had a career spanning two decades and is best …

Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU

Kingdoms mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal code Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation. But in the letter, the kingdom claimed the outcry is due to a misconception that it wanted to clarify. The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage to individual Muslims, particularly women, it said. The penal sentences of hadd stoning to death and amputation imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high …

Sultan of Brunei, who passed anti-LGBT laws, owns slew of luxury UK properties

Hassanal Bolkiah, who believes gay people should be stoned to death, is assisted by leading City auditing firms The architect of new laws mandating the stoning to death of gay people in Brunei has billions of pounds of property wealth in the UK, shares in a leading tech fund and gets assistance from City auditing firms, a Guardian analysis has found. Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, owns a slew of properties in the super-rich enclaves of Kensington and Ascot, including luxury hotels and polo parks. One property alone could be worth an estimated 500m in rent each year. He has also invested millions of pounds in Draper Esprit, a tech-focused venture capital fund with holdings in Trustpilot and the …

US dismisses South Koreas launch of world-first 5G network as stunt

Half a dozen celebrities were the first to experience the service, carriers say 5G services at 11pm local time on Wednesday, according to media reports, but only for a handful of celebrities in what their US rival dismissed as a publicity stunt. SK Telecom [has] announced that it has activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11pm 3 April 2019, the countrys biggest mobile operator said in a news release on Thursday. The launch was reportedly brought forward by two days, as speculation mounted that US mobile carrier Samsung begins sales of the Galaxy S10 5G, the worlds first available smartphone with the technology built in. LG Electronics will release its 5G smartphone later this month. South …

RAF and Royal Navy urged to cut ties to sultan of Brunei over anti-gay law

Protests outside Dorchester hotel in London after Brunei regime passes death by stoning law for gay sex The RAF and Royal Navy are under pressure to cut links with the sultan of Brunei amid a global backlash against his countrys decision to introduce death by stoning as punishment for homosexuality. The calls came after crowds protesting against the countrys new draconian penal code surged through barriers outside the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel yesterday afternoon, forcing the police to stand in front of its doors. More than 100 people, many bearing a mixture of rainbow flags, banners and placards, chanted shame on you outside the luxury hotel in Park Lane. The protest was led by gay-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who said: The …

Brunei brings in stoning to death for gay sex, despite outcry

Shock among LGBT community in tiny southeast Asian kingdom as nation moves towards strict sharia law Bruneis small underground LGBT community has expressed shock and dismay over Bruneis plan to bring in the punishment of @dfat Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Spycams, sex abuse and scandal: #MeToo reaches Korean pop

A wave of sexual assault cases has swept South Korea but the lucrative K-pop industry remained relatively untouched. Two cases this month, though, have begun a reckoning For many South Koreans, the admission by a young man that he voyeurism epidemic especially in a week when two men were arrested for allegedly Seungri, a member of the internationally popular boyband Big Bang, have snowballed into overlapping sex and corruption scandals that have exposed K-pops dark underbelly and prompted a backlash among all but the most obsessive fans. Jung said he would retire from showbusiness and admitted that he had shared with members of a chatroom footage of him having sex with several women without their knowledge. Members of the chatroom …