Victoria the first Australian state to bar unvaccinated MPs from its parliament

Victoria has become the first Australian state to require all MPs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be barred from parliament. The Victorian parliament’s Upper House last night voted to pass a bill requiring MPs and their staff to show proof of their vaccination status or be excluded from the building. That move came as the deadlineContinue reading “Victoria the first Australian state to bar unvaccinated MPs from its parliament”

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warns of looming war with China and urges closer cooperation with Australia Dozens of Chinese military aircraft have flown into Taiwanese airspace in recent days Mr Wu has also thanked Australia for supporting Taiwan’s bid to join a new trade pact Taiwan’s Foreign Minister warns his nation is preparing forContinue reading “Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help”

One of the world’s oldest rainforests has been returned to the Australian Aboriginal people who have lived there for millenniums

More than 395,000 acres from four of Australia’s national parks was returned to the Aboriginal Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in a “historic” agreement, officials announced Wednesday.  Among the land is tourist hotspot Daintree National Park, a roughly 2.2-million-acre rainforest that’s part of Australia’s Wet Tropics, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rainforest, which lies on Queensland’s northeastContinue reading “One of the world’s oldest rainforests has been returned to the Australian Aboriginal people who have lived there for millenniums”

Macron tells Europe to ‘stop being naive’ after France signs defence deal with Greece

Europe needs to stop being naive when it comes to defending its interests and build its own military capacity, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday after Greece sealed a deal for French frigates worth about 3 billion euros ($3.51 billion). France was plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States, Australia andContinue reading “Macron tells Europe to ‘stop being naive’ after France signs defence deal with Greece”

Police arrest 94 anti-lockdown protesters in St Kilda and Melbourne CBD

Police have arrested 94 people, mainly in St Kilda and the Melbourne CBD, after small groups of protesters gathered around the city for another day of anti-lockdown rallies.   The majority of the arrests were made after about 50 protesters congregated on St Kilda Esplanade in inner Melbourne early on Saturday afternoon.  By the time a fewContinue reading “Police arrest 94 anti-lockdown protesters in St Kilda and Melbourne CBD”

Germany warns of lost U.S. trust as France wins EU support

France, Germany complain about erosion of trust EU-U.S. technology talks hang in the balance EU-Australia free-trade negotiations also at risk Germany joined France on Tuesday in berating the United States for negotiating a security pact in secret with Australia and Britain that cost Paris a lucrative defence deal, while the EU’s top official said suchContinue reading “Germany warns of lost U.S. trust as France wins EU support”

French Prez Emmanuel Macron hold talks with Narendra Modi amid rift with US – WION News

As France’s relation with United States takes an uncertain turn, French president Emmanuel Macron called up Indian PM Narendra Modi and discuss the Indo-pacific cooperation between the two countries.

France to work with India to promote ‘truly multilateral’ order

Foreign ministers of two countries agree to deepen strategic partnership as they discuss developments in the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan. France’s foreign affairs minister has agreed with his Indian counterpart to work on a programme to promote “a truly multilateral international order”, the French foreign ministry said. Jean-Yves Le Drian and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also agreed duringContinue reading “France to work with India to promote ‘truly multilateral’ order”

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270

Australia’s police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed. About 700 people managed toContinue reading “Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270”

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