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China seeks security pacts across Pacific 

Chinese officials have pre-written joint communiques to be issued after upcoming planned meetings with Pacific island nations, pledging stronger security arrangements and cooperation to exploit marine resources.  The pre-determined outcome of the meetings scheduled for Monday adds an assertive new layer to China’s expansion into the Pacific that includes a new security pact with Solomon Islands, a move that has

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In January, Johnson said sorry to the Queen after aides held a drunken party on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. He also conceded some leaving dos “went on far longer than was necessary” and “fell foul of the rules.” 

A scathing report into boozy parties held at Downing Street during coronavirus lockdown threatens to plunge Boris Johnson’s three-year tenure as prime minister into fresh doubt. The 37-page report with nine photographs of illicit gatherings said that the public would be “dismayed that behaviour of this kind took place on this scale at the heart of government.” The report by

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Search underway for missing person at Colebrook

Shortly after 7.30pm Tasmania Police in numbers were called to Colebrook in relation to a missing person. The Tasmania Police Westpac rescue helicopter was activated to the area. A spokesperson for Tasmania advised Police are searching for an elderly man and his dog and they been missing since last night.

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O’Neill on Tuesday continued his testimony at the inquiry examining whether the gaming company is fit to keep its Sydney casino licence 

Outgoing Star Entertainment chairman John O’Neill reassured casino top brass that the gambling company was doing “covert” work in a bid to stop public hearings into allegations of mismanagement, an inquiry has been told. The inquiry, helmed by Adam Bell SC, is probing Star after allegations it enabled suspected money laundering, organised crime, fraud and foreign interference at its venues,

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US engineering artificial Russian default – Washington is trying to prevent Moscow from servicing its sovereign debt

The latest US decision to not extend the general license waiver that allows Russia to make sovereign debt payments is an attempt to force the sanctions-hit nation into an “artificial default,” according to Kyle Shostak, the director & CEO at Navigator Principal Investors. The move will “effectively turn Russia’s liabilities to the category of default as it is commonly understood and interpreted by

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Russian and Chinese military planes conduct joint flyover 

Russia and China conducted joint air patrols in the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry has revealed, as Japan and South Korea expressed concerns regarding the flights. The Russian ministry said in a statement that its Tu-95 strategic missile carriers and Chinese Xian H-6 strategic bombers participated exercises held over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

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Washington doesn’t believe that it can swiftly disrupt the decades-long bilateral ties between India and Russia, US State Department spokesman Ned Price has outlined.  

During a briefing on Tuesday, Price was questioned about why groups, in which Washington and New Delhi participate jointly – including the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) of the US, India, Austria and Japan that held a summit on the same day – failed to put out a strong statement on Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. “India has a relationship with

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North Korea fires three missiles after Quad rebuke. It comes after the US and its partners condemned Pyongyang at a Tokyo meeting

Three ballistic missiles have taken off from North Korea, neighboring Seoul reported on Wednesday morning local time. The launches came after the US, Japan, India, and Australia – the Quad countries – condemned Pyongyang’s missile program and pledged themselves to “a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.” The first projectile was fired towards the waters near North Korea’s eastern coast, the South’s

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Sydney woman found guilty of mother’s cold case murder 

A Sydney woman has been found guilty of murdering her mother, who was found stabbed and strangled to death in a pool of blood in the kitchen, with a jury rejecting the claim she was killed by a home intruder. Isabela Carolina Camelo-Gomez, previously known as Megan Jones, pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to the murder of

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Texas gunman was bullied over a stutter, grew increasingly violent, friends say 

Uvalde: The gunman in Tuesday’s primary school massacre was a lonely 18-year-old who was bullied over a childhood speech impediment, suffered from a fraught home life and lashed out violently against peers and strangers recently and over the years, friends and relatives said. Using weapons purchased this month, days after his 18th birthday, authorities said, Salvador Rolando Ramos shot and critically

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$1 million reward for information into disappearance and suspected murder of Gordana Kotevski 

The NSW Government, together with the NSW Police Force, has announced the reward for information into the suspected murder of Lake Macquarie teenager Gordana Kotevski has been increased to $1 million. Gordana Kotevski, aged 16, was last seen being forced into a vehicle on Powell Street, Charlestown, while walking from Charlestown Square Shopping Centre to her aunt’s home on the

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