Australia

“US 4th-class allies France, Germany should cipher everything they have”

France and Germany seem to have a servile attitude towards the US and its foreign policy which has to do with their “anti-terrorism” collection capabilities. They felt they had not to upset the collection arrangements says former CIA officer Ray McGovern. The latest documents published by WikiLeaks suggest that America’s snooping activities in France are […]

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Snowden says Australia watching its citizens “all the time,” slams new metadata laws

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Australia of undertaking mass surveillance of its citizens and passing laws on the collection of metadata that he says do not protect society from acts of terrorism. Snowden, addressing the Progress 2015 conference in Melbourne via satellite link, criticized Australia’s new metadata laws, which allow the government and intelligence agencies […]

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Australian ex-PM: Alliance with U.S. may end up pulling Australia into war

The pinnacle of political power is slowly changing its homestead, moving eastwards to the Pacific, with the region becoming more and more vital within global matters; and U.S. is pushing itself actively into the regional scene, spurring rising rivalry between America and China. What future holds for the Pacific region? What is at stake between […]

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Economic isolation breach of intl law’: Top 5 takeaways from Putin ahead of G20

Vladimir Putin says the G20 must address global imbalances together, and economic isolation, especially in the case of sanctions, which not only leads nowhere but is a crude violation of international economic law. Here are the Russian president’s top takeaways he gave in an interview to TASS ahead of the G20 summit being held in […]

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Australians return to Iraq to confront IS militants on ground

Canberra has authorized deployment of special forces to Iraq to join operation against militants of the Islamic State. From now on, the Australian Air Force craft present in the region will also take part in combat missions against terrorists. It has only ever been a matter of time that Australia’s 600 military personnel and aircraft […]

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“Free speech clampdown”: New Australian law sees journalists facing 10yrs in prison

Australia’s lower house of parliament has passed the first in a series of counter-terrorism amendments toughening the country’s national security law. The new legislation could see journalists jailed for reporting on related matters. National Security Amendments Bill (No. 1), passed by Australia’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, says a person who discloses information relating to […]

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Fight with ISIS spreads across globe: How are roles distributed in that battle?

“This can’t be America’s fight alone,” US President Barack Obama stressed in his ISIS speech. Indeed, about 40 countries have joined the battle with the radical group that’s left scores dead in Iraq. But who does what on that battlefield? The main role is still with the US, which has already carried out over 150 […]

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Australia imposes new round of sanctions against Russia

The Australian government on Monday unveiled further sanctions against Russian oil and gas, financial and defense sectors, bringing Canberra in line with the European Union. Under the new sanctions there will be no new arms exports and no new exports for the oil and gas industry, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Australian parliament.

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Armed Australian soldiers, police to deploy to MH17 crash site

A proposed multinational force to further secure the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine will now include over 100 armed Australian police and soldiers. The move comes shortly after 40 unarmed Dutchmen had been deployed to “€œfurther stabilize the area.”€ The additional Australian personnel were discussed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott with President Putin, and […]

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62 yo Russian solo sailor crosses Pacific on rowboat covering 17,000km in just 162 days

World-famous Russian traveller and adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, who has been on a solo-rowing voyage across the Pacific Ocean since December, has reached the Australian coast, completing his adventure in a record 162 days.

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“World’€™s first”€™ farmer trial over GM crop contamination begins in Australia

A landmark legal battle between two farmers over alleged GM contamination has started in the Western Australian Supreme Court. The case is expected to determine GM farmers’ liability if their crops affect neighboring territories.

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‘March Against Monsanto’: LIVE UPDATES

The second planned march against agricultural giant Monsanto takes place around the world this weekend. The protesters are rallying against the company’€™s use of genetically modified organisms and trying to raise awareness about its corporate practices.

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