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Man charged with importing child abuse material into Australia 

A 43-year-old Argentinian man is expected to face Central Local Court today (25 May 2022) after he was arrested at Sydney Airport on Saturday (21 May 2022) allegedly in possession of child abuse material. Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped the man on his arrival from the Philippines and seized 18 storage devices containing child

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President Putin held a meeting, via videoconference, on the development of certain sectors of Russia’s transport industry. 

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues. Today we will discuss current issues of developing Russia’s transport industry and outline the key objectives and our further steps in this crucial area. I suggest we also discuss separately the implementation of transport projects in the country’s south. We will talk today with our colleagues from Daghestan and the Astrakhan Region, where major transport hubs – the seaports of Makhachkala, Astrakhan and Olya – are being developed. These are

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Qantas boss Alan Joyce has capped off his latest bout of binge spending with news that Australia’s flagship carrier has now bought into the online tour operating business

Not content with the recent announcement of a major investment in its domestic and international fleet and the restart of plans to fly direct from Australia’s east coast to London and New York, the airline has reserved some of its largesse to bolster its loyalty business. The plan is that frequent flyers will use points from their (in some cases)

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China’s Premier Li Keqiang has congratulated Anthony Albanese on his election victory, ending a two-year diplomatic freeze between Canberra and Beijing at the political level 

The message, which said it was in the interests of both countries to have “sound and stable relations”, was sent to Albanese’s office. The two leaders are yet to have a conversation. Li is the second most powerful Chinese official behind Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the move ends a freeze of more than two years in which Beijing refused

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Ukraine ‘15 or 20 years away’ from joining EU – France 

Dutch leader says that there are too many member states opposed to the idea Ukraine’s chances of joining the European Union, or even obtaining candidate status, are not great, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has claimed, adding that there are too many member states who are opposed to the idea. He added that it would be unfair to countries in

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Riyadh is not going to pick sides between Moscow and Kiev, the Saudi economy minister says 

The US, the EU and their allies have slapped Moscow with unprecedented sanctions following Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine. The restrictions have targeted Russia’s financial and banking sectors as well as aviation and the space industry. Numerous government officials, public figures and businessmen have been slapped with personal sanctions. Saudi Arabia will maintain its extensive trade relations with both Ukraine

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Russian economy to remain open – Moscow will expand cooperation with interested countries, President Putin says

The Russian economy will “certainly remain open, even in the new conditions,”President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, stating that partnerships will be strengthened with amenable countries. “We will expand cooperation with those countries that are interested in mutually beneficial cooperation,” Putin said. He highlighted the importance of developing a payment infrastructure using national currencies, the establishment of scientific and technological ties, and

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‘Cut the head off snake’: Police dismantle Alameddine drug syndicate 

Senior NSW police are confident they have dealt a fatal blow to the notorious, “mafia-like” Alameddine crime network and are hopeful they have put an end to Sydney’s recent gangland killings after dismantling an illicit drug syndicate. Police made 18 arrests and seized 34 mobile phones in dawn raids at 29 locations across south-west Sydney on Tuesday, which they say

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Ombudsman has asked the organization to facilitate a visit to servicemen captured by Ukraine 

Russia’s human rights ombudsman has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help in arranging a visit to servicemen held captive by Ukrainian forces amid Moscow’s military offensive. In a Telegram post published on Monday, Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova noted that the ICRC had often served as “the last resort” for the relatives of prisoners of war in

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