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A 61-year-old Port Macquarie man faced Port Macquarie Local Court today following a multi-agency investigation into online purchases of items allegedly used to make 3D printed firearm parts.  

AFP officers executed a search warrant, with the assistance of the Australian Border Force (ABF) at the man’s Port Macquarie home on 3 March 2022, where they seized a 3D printer, two spools of 3D filament and multiple electronic devices, including mobile phones, USBs, SD cards and laptops.  AFP Digital Forensics examined the devices and allegedly found information on the

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Russia blames US for cyberattacks. Moscow repels hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks every day, the Foreign Ministry has claimed

The US and its allies have put together a group of international “offensive cyber-forces” and unleashed them on Russia in response to its military offensive in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow has alleged. Russian government institutions, media outlets and critical infrastructure have been “subjected to powerful blows with the use of advanced information and communication technologies,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Five people were killed when a Palestinian man opened fire on passersby in Bnei Brak on Tuesday night, marking the third deadly terror attack in Israel in a week. 

The gunman was killed by police following a rampage that saw him open fire on people out walking, riding bikes, or driving in their cars in the Tel Aviv suburb. The attack is expected to further ratchet up fears of a wave of violence ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Four of the victims were declared dead at

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Madeleine Albright, first female US secretary of state, died of cancer last week.

As Clinton’s top diplomat, Albright led US efforts to broker Israel-Palestinian, Israel-Syria peace; she described discovering her Jewish heritage late in life as a gift Madeleine Albright, the first female US secretary of state, has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 84. “She was surrounded by family and friends,” her family announced on Twitter. “We have lost

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Russia to advance ‘fair world order’ with China – Lavrov. The foreign ministers of the two nations are meeting for the first time since Moscow launched a military campaign in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi for the first time since Moscow launched a military campaign in Ukraine on February 24. Unlike many Western nations and some Asian countries, Beijing has refused to condemn Moscow and rejected calls to impose sanctions on Russia. The neighboring countries will work to achieve “a multipolar, fair, and

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Coats has been endorsed as a candidate in the seat of Clark for the upcoming federal election. 

Will Coats came under our attention last year when he leaked an encrypted message allegedly sent from fellow candidate Simon Behrakis targeting Madeleine Olgivie. Coats denied showing the ‘extremely disturbing’ message to a journalist at Salamanca Cream Cafe, in fact through a person connected to his campaign, Coats denied he was even there despite us sitting two tables away. It

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‘The Lord is calling us to move’: Hillsong US pastors cut church ties 

Dallas: Terry Crist, a fifth-generation pastor in Phoenix, joined the global megachurch Hillsong in part because of what he describes as its distinctly joyful approach to church life – Hillsong was an institution where leaders seemed “light and free”, offering an experience that attracted tens of thousands of people around the world. Starting in Phoenix, Crist eventually brought six churches in

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The AFP will set up a major incident coordination centre with a specialised investigative taskforce to help ensure the security of high-office holders and parliamentarians during the 2022 Federal election. 

The incident coordination centre will coordinate hundreds of investigators, intelligence officers and protective security specialists, including close personal protection members. The Taskforce (Operation Wilmot) will focus on investigations and will receive all reports of electoral-related crime, including security threats to parliamentarians and candidates. Investigations undertaken by the AFP and other relevant partners will be coordinated by the Taskforce to ensure

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Russia to ‘drastically’ cut military activity near Ukrainian capital. Moscow said the move was for the sake of successful peace negotiations

Russia has “drastically” reduced its military activity near Kiev and Chernigov as talks with Ukraine enter the “practical” stage, the deputy minister of defense Alexander Fomin announced on Tuesday. Speaking to the press following the talks with the Ukrainian delegation, Fomin said that “a decision was made to drastically, in several times, reduce the military activity on the approaches to Kiev and Chernigov.” “We expect

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Zakharova ridiculed Kuleba’s recommendations not to eat or drink in negotiations with the Russian Federation 

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova , laughed at the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of UkraineDmitry Kuleba, whom she advised members of the Ukrainian delegation not to drink, eat or touch surfaces during negotiations with Russia. “Yeah. Now it’s clear why Ukrainian security forces shot dead their negotiator Denis Kireev in Kyiv – he ate, drank and

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Proposed planning scheme changes to undergo public consultation 

As part of the City of Hobart’s commitment to housing affordability, a draft amendment to the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 will be released for public consultation. The City of Hobart’s affordable housing and homelessness commitment 2021-23 discusses limiting entire house short-stay permits as one of the measures that the City of Hobart may consider to address affordable housing issues. In a

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