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NZ rejects report on Nauru’s refugees

The New Zealand government has rejected suggestions that it blocked refugees in Nauru visiting the country on holiday visas, while it has not offered to accept 80 on a permanent basis. Nauruan President Baron Divavesi Waqa this week said he had brokered a deal for NewFULL STORY

Police probe ‘sabotage’ of China critic’s car in NZ

New Zealand police are investigating claims that Anne-Marie Brady, an academic and critic of China’s influence abroad, has been targeted again, this time having her car sabotaged. Brady, an expert in Chinese politics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, had her home and office burgledFULL STORY

ASEAN might need to ‘choose sides’

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍) said that Southeast Asian nations might be forced to choose between the US and China, as concerns deepen about a Cold War-style conflict between the world’s two biggest economies. “The circumstances may come where ASEAN will have to chooseFULL STORY

Thai bill for powerful cyberagency alarms

A proposed cybersecurity law in Thailand would give a new government agency sweeping powers to spy on Internet traffic, order the removal of content or even seize computers without judicial oversight, alarming businesses and activists. Civil liberties advocates, Internet companies and business groups are protesting theFULL STORY

Australian official chides Mahathir

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg yesterday said that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has a history of anti-Jewish statements, in an escalating war of words over the possibility Australia might move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed the embassy move last monthFULL STORY

Pre-Mickey Disney film found in Japan

When Yasushi Watanabe bought a cartoon film decades ago as a high-school student in Osaka, Japan, he had no idea he was purchasing animation history. However, the reel he bought for just ¥500 (US$4.41 at the current exchange rate) has been revealed as a rare lostFULL STORY

Two Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide

Two top leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide yesterday in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of one-quarter of the population. The Khmer Rouge’s former head of state KhieuFULL STORY

Hong Kong lawyers call for explanation over journalist ban

The Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) has upped pressure on the government to explain the blacklisting of a journalist in what was widely seen as an unprecedented attack on press freedom. Financial Times senior journalist Victor Mallet was refused a work visa extension and then barredFULL STORY

Saudis issue charges, exonerate prince

The Saudi government on Thursday exonerated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as death penalty charges were announced against five men and the US placed sanctions on 17 suspected of involvement. Riyadh prosecutors announced indictments against 11FULL STORY

May defends EU deal on radio as key official stays

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday appealed directly to voters to back her Brexit plan as she waited to see whether rivals within her party have gained enough support to launch a leadership challenge. One day after she vowed to stay in office and see throughFULL STORY

Some in Tijuana lose patience as migrants arrive

Demonized by US President Donald Trump and exhausted after a harrowing journey, migrants from Central America in a caravan now face a new threat: open hostility from some Mexicans. A small group of residents in an upscale Tijuana neighborhood near the Mexican border late on WednesdayFULL STORY

File shows Julian Assange charged in US: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange has been charged in the US, the organization said, in a development that could have implications for US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Prosecutors inadvertently disclosed the existence of a sealed indictmentFULL STORY

Navalny wins European court appeal over arrests

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday condemned Russia over a series of arrests of outspoken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, calling them “politically motivated” attempts to curtail opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government. Judges at the court in Strasbourg, France, said that seven arrestsFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

UNITED STATES Africa troops to be reduced The Pentagon is to trim the number of troops deployed across Africa as it concentrates more on countering threats from “Great Power” competitors Russia and China, officials said on Thursday. About 7,200 US military personnel are based in dozens ofFULL STORY

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