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A number of Chinese international students studying in Australian universities have tried to shame their lecturers for their reference to Taiwan or Hong Kong in their teaching. As a result, some staff have been forced to apologise for inadvertently offending the students. This has lead to concerns about whether Australian universities have compromised academic freedom …
Russian submarine activity has significantly increased near the United Kingdom, according to a top official. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed the increase during an address to the Royal United Service Institute’s conference on sea warfare. “Look at Russia’s resurgence under President Putin. Its submarine activity has increased tenfold in the North Atlantic,” he said, according …
Russian submarine activity has significantly increased near the United Kingdom, according to a top official. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed the increase during an address to the Royal United Service Institute’s conference on sea warfare. “Look at Russia’s resurgence under President Putin. Its submarine activity has increased tenfold in the North Atlantic,” he said, according …
SEOUL—South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Monday there could be more impromptu talks and summits with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, as U.S. officials prepare for a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim. Moon and Kim Jong Un held a surprise meeting on Saturday at the border village of Panmunjom, during which …
A pilot and his assistant were arrested Friday, May 25, after they allegedly abducted a foreign flight student and attempted to send him back to China, police said. Jonathan McConkey, a pilot and certified flight instructor, and his assistant, Kelsi Hoser, are accused of orchestrating the abduction of flight student Tianshu “Chris” Shi in order to send …
A digital message of a political nature is reportedly being circulated among ethnic Chinese community groups in Sydney. The Epoch Times has been informed that the message, directed at Chinese in Australia, warns members in various Chinese community groups against appearing in public because Australian political parties were “clearing out” pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members, it …
KILIS, Turkey—A Turkish court has postponed an extradition case against an Australian ISIS suspect pending the result of a Turkish terror-related investigation. Australia is seeking to extradite suspected ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, who has been in Turkish custody since 2016. The former rapper from Melbourne has featured in ISIS videos, has been linked to several …
TORONTO—Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, local police said. The blast went off in the Bombay Bhel restaurant at about 10:30 p.m local time. Fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of …
HONG KONG/SYDNEY—Foreign banks are circling Australia once more as they bet on resources and infrastructure investment gathering pace at a time when local banks are distracted by a government inquiry following a string of scandals. Some, like Barclays, are plotting a return to the market, which holds some $3.5 trillion in banking assets and whose …
SYDNEY—Australia said on Monday it was recalling an additional 1.1 million cars fitted with Takata Corp air bags, increasing the size of the country’s biggest ever compulsory recall to just under four million cars. The Takata airbags have been linked to at least 18 deaths and 180 injuries globally because the inflators can rupture and …
KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysian police said on Friday that cash worth 114 million ringgit (21.4 million pounds) and over 400 luxury handbags were seized from several apartments as part of an anti-graft probe into a state fund founded by former prime minister Najib Razak. Najib’s home, and the apartments of a son, and a daughter were among …
THE HAGUE—The Netherlands and Australia said on Friday, May 25, they held the Russian state responsible in part for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014 that killed all 298 aboard, and will seek compensation. MH17 was shot down over territory held by pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014 as …
LONDON—British police said on Friday, May 25, they had charged an 18-year-old man with a string of offences under terrorism legislation after he was arrested with the assistance of armed officers last week. Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman of Harrow, north London, was charged with seven offences of making a record of information that might be …
Just before President Donald Trump canceled his upcoming summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on May 24, news had emerged from South Korea that the North Korean regime recently designated a province near the border to China a special military zone, in order to hide nuclear weapons there. Citing a high-level source in …
JOHANNESBURG—South African authorities are investigating an alleged cryptocurrency scam that defrauded investors of 1 billion rand ($80 million) with promises of huge returns that never materialized, police said on Friday. The fraud investigation involves a company named BTC Global, which told clients they would earn 2 percent per day, 14 percent a week and 50 …
After a lifetime in captivity, Laxmi, a 30-year-old elephant, has died in agony after been beaten and tortured by her cruel owners. Laxmi’s owners can be seen attacking her with sharp spears, bull-hooks, and sticks. The attacks occurred in a small and dank room—her prison—where she was forced to ambulate while in a deteriorating state. Her …
North Korea has completely dismantled its Punggye-ri nuclear test ground “to ensure the transparency of discontinuance of nuclear test,” state news agency KCNA said on May 24. The dismantling of the nuclear test ground “completely closed the tunnel entrances,” it said, adding that two tunnels there had been ready for use in “powerful underground nuclear …
At least five people were killed and 43 wounded in a car explosion caused by a booby trapped vehicle in Idlib’s city centre, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday, May 26. The number of casualties was expected to rise as some of the wounded people were in serious conditions, the war monitor …
SEOUL—South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday, May 26, to ensure a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump goes off successfully, South Korean officials said. It was the clearest sign yet that the on-again off-again summit between Trump and Kim is likely …
ADEN—Five people were killed and at least 40 missing on the Yemeni island of Socotra on Friday as Cyclone Mekunu pummelled the area before making its way to the Arabian Peninsula’s southern coast. The dead were four Yemenis and one Indian national, residents and medical sources told Reuters, while the missing included Yemenis, Indians and …

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