October 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama canceled a long-planned trip to attend economic and security summits in Southeast Asia because of the government shutdown, the White House said Thursday night, the latest casualty of the political impasse in Washington. The president was scheduled to leave Saturday for Indonesia and Brunei for a series of summits with other world leaders, diplomacy he has prioritized as part of his attempt to "pivot" economic and military resources to the western Pacific region.
April 22, 2013 |
Azerbaijan taunting Iran with Azerbaijani confab, Israel visit Through Tuesday, April 23 - Azerbaijan has sent its foreign minister to Israel this week for the first time since the former Soviet republic re-embraced its Islamic heritage 22 years ago after independence from the communist ideology and atheism long imposed by Moscow. The overture could further upset Iran, which last month protested a conference of Azeris in the capital, Baku, that included an Iranian delegation of the ethnic group that seeks autonomy from Tehran. Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov meets with top Israeli and Palestinian officials Monday and Tuesday to discuss regional tensions and the potential for economic collaboration, the Baku government said in announcing the visit.
July 30, 2012 |
The smallish young woman in the black headscarf spoke just above a whisper. Tears welled in her dark eyes as she talked about competing in the 2012 London Olympics. "Yes," she said, "this is my dream come true. " It wasn't anything as trivial as victory or defeat that made Bahya Mansour Al Hamad turn emotional. The 20-year-old had just finished the 10-meter air rifle, an event not many people care or even know about. Her 17th-place finish left her well out of the medals. But three letters on her athlete's bib said it all. "QAT" stands for Qatar, a country that had never before allowed women on its Olympic team.
December 2, 2007 |
He's been called the "Playboy Prince," famous for luxuries big and small -- planes, yachts, cars, even gold-plated toilet-roll holders. Brunei's disgraced Prince Jefri Bolkiah may have to adopt a more modest lifestyle now. A British court ordered him to surrender ownership of prestigious U.S. hotels and European homes to the Brunei government's investment arm as payback for allegedly helping himself to billions of dollars from state coffers.
July 16, 2006 |
Brunei's ruler feted Southeast Asian leaders on his 60th birthday at a lavish dinner for 10,000 people and gave a rare pay raise to government workers on the back of high oil revenue. Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's richest men, served veal and chicken liver to officials and ministers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand at his 1,788-room Istana Nurul Iman, the world's biggest palace.
May 23, 2006 |
Brunei said an appeals court upheld an order requiring exiled Prince Jefri Bolkiah to hand over mansions and hotels. The tiny, oil-rich sultanate has been demanding the return of billions of dollars that the prince is accused of squandering as head of the Brunei Investment Agency. Jefri, younger brother of the sultan, was required to transfer to the agency assets that included prime property such as the New York Palace Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, the agency said.