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Australia and Tuvalu released a joint statement Thursday announcing new commitments to improve security relations and remove the veto power Australia previously had over the tiny island nation’s security relations with other countries. The announcement addressed the implementation and interpretation of the Falepili Union, a bilateral treaty which was entered into on November 9, 2023 [...]

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China on Wednesday sought to solicit public opinion on draft regulations aimed at regulating its rapidly growing lithium battery industry. The rules, proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, are designed to curb unchecked expansion and promote sustainable and high-quality development within the sector.  The proposed regulations address several key issues facing China’s lithium [...]

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UK Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps confirmed Tuesday that a cybersecurity incident had taken place involving the UK Armed Forces payment network, in an oral statement before the House of Commons. Shapps said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had identified a security breach in the network that involved the leaks of data of [...]

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Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on Monday traveled to Iran to meet with Iranian officials regarding the country’s accelerating nuclear program amid tensions in the wider Middle East over the Israel-Hamas war. Grossi traveled to Tehran on Monday, where he held high-level meetings with Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday issued a statement urging French President Emmanuel Macron to speak out against the Chinese government’s alleged crimes against humanity and increasing human rights repression during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Paris, which is scheduled to take place between May 6-7.  Maya Wang, acting China director at HRW argued [...]

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unveiled on Thursday an international framework for the regulation and use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) during a meeting at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. “enerative AI has the potential to be a vital tool to further enrich the world. AI will make great contributions [...]

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The US unveiled nearly 300 new sanctions on Wednesday, including sanctions that target entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong for their support for Russia in its war with Ukraine. The sanctions were implemented following persistent warnings from US officials, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. [...]

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