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Australia investigates alleged Chinese plot to install spy MP Australia investigates alleged Chinese plot to install spy MP
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says allegations of a plot to plant a Chinese spy in Canberra's parliament are "deeply disturbing". The allegations - first aired by local network Nine - assert that a suspected Chinese espionage ring approached a Chinese-Australian man to run as an MP. In a rare public statement, the nation's domestic spy agency has confirmed it is investigating the ...
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Colombia protests: Bogotá placed under curfew amid fresh protests Colombia protests: Bogotá placed under curfew amid fresh protests
The mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, has imposed a curfew to cover the entire city in response to renewed anti-government protests. Police fired tear gas in the city on Friday to disperse crowds and there were reports of sporadic looting. Meanwhile, President Iván Duque said he would launch a "national conversation" next week to try to ease tensions. More than 250,000 people attend...
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Sydney smoke: Australia fires send haze over Sydney and Adelaide Sydney smoke: Australia fires send haze over Sydney and Adelaide
Smoke from Australia's bushfire crisis has blanketed the major cities of Sydney and Adelaide. In Sydney, locals woke on Thursday to smoke that appeared worse than a fire-driven haze that was seen on Tuesday. Health officials issued warnings as air quality surpassed "hazardous" levels and some residents wore face masks. Fire conditions classified as "severe" or higher have affected all six...
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Simon Cheng: Former UK consulate worker says he was tortured in China Simon Cheng: Former UK consulate worker says he was tortured in China
A former employee of the UK's Hong Kong consulate has told the BBC that he was tortured in China and accused of inciting political unrest in the city. Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the UK government for almost two years, was detained for 15 days on a trip to mainland China in August. "I was shackled, blindfolded and hooded," the 29-year-old tells me. UK government source...
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Russia corruption: Putin's pet space project Vostochny tainted by massive theft Russia corruption: Putin's pet space project Vostochny tainted by massive theft
Russia's new Vostochny space centre has lost at least 11bn roubles (£133m; $172m) through theft and top officials have been jailed. So what went wrong with President Vladimir Putin's pet project? Russia's Federal Investigative Committee (SK) says it is handling 12 more criminal cases linked to theft in this mega-project, which Mr Putin sees as a strategic priority for Russia, because of its ...
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Australian politicians banned from China 'will not repent' for criticism Australian politicians banned from China 'will not repent' for criticism
Two Australian politicians refused entry to China have said they will not retract their criticisms of the country. Andrew Hastie and James Paterson, both members of the government, were due to go on a study tour in China next month. But their visa applications were rejected, and the Chinese embassy said they could only visit if they were to "genuinely repent" for their comments. Both Mr H...
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Hong Kong: 'I was tear gassed getting my lunch' Hong Kong: 'I was tear gassed getting my lunch'
"I've been tear gassed a few times, but never when I was outside my office - popping out to get my lunch," says one trader at HSBC. He is describing the moment this week when Hong Kong's protests came to the central financial district , one of the world's biggest commercial hubs. He says it was a watershed moment, that's made him and many of his peers question their future in the city. Sp...
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Israel-Gaza 'ceasefire begins' after two days of fighting Israel-Gaza 'ceasefire begins' after two days of fighting
A ceasefire has come into effect after two days of fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza, Egyptian, UN and militant sources say. The violence began after an Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander. Israel has not confirmed the ceasefire. Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry says 32 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, while 63 people have been treate...
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Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president
Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales' resignation. Lawmakers from Mr Morales' party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment. But Ms Áñez said she was next in line under the constitution and vowed to hold elections soon. Mr Morales condemned the announcement, descri...
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Hong Kong protests: Schools and universities shut amid safety fears Hong Kong protests: Schools and universities shut amid safety fears
Some schools and universities in Hong Kong remain closed on Tuesday over safety fears as protesters called for a day of traffic disruptions. Many of the territory's train lines are suspended or delayed as police search passengers and long queues form at stations. Riot police entered several universities early on Tuesday, firing tear gas in one to disperse students. On Monday, Hong Kong sa...
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