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Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles explained in an interview on Tuesday that the extent of Australia’s security partnership with the Solomon Islands is unknown due to the islands’ government undertaking a security review. The Australian defence minister confirmed both governments want to continue their security partnership. The newly elected Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Jeremiah Manele, [...]

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A suspect on police bail for allegedly spying for Hong Kong intelligence services in the UK has been found dead in a park, Thames Valley Police reported Tuesday. Police noted that the death, which is under investigation, is “being treated as unexplained.” The police identified the deceased Matthew Trickett, aged 37, from Maidenhead, who was [...]

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The Philippines challenged China on Monday to allow international scrutiny of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, according to the Philippines’ official news agency. The call was made during a press conference headed by the National Security Council (NSC) assistant director general, Jonathan Malaya, and Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) spokesperson Jay Tarriela. They accused China of destroying [...]

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China’s Ministry of Commerce on Monday announced sanctions against three US defense companies for selling arms to Taiwan, placing the companies on the “unreliable entities list.” According to a statement published by China’s State Council Information Office, the sanctioned companies are General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. [...]

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Tang Renjian, China’s Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is under investigation for violations of discipline and law, the country’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced on Saturday. He is currently undergoing disciplinary review and supervisory investigation. This statement does not provide any additional [...]

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Physical conflict broke out among lawmakers in the Taiwan Legislative Yuan, the island’s parliament, on Friday. At the time, the legislature was deliberating the controversial parliamentary reform proposed by the opposing parties, who were also the legislative majority. Five lawmakers were sent to hospital and the second reading will continue on Tuesday, May 21. To [...]

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The US Department of Justice unsealed conspiracy charges Thursday against individuals accused of assisting North Korean (DPRK) nationals in fraudulently posing as US residents to obtain information technology (IT) jobs with US companies, allegedly generating millions of dollars in income that was then funneled back to the DPRK. In a press release the government called [...]

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The European Consumer Organization’s network (BEUC) lodged a complaint on Thursday with the European Commission against Chinese fast-fashion retailer Temu over a potential breach of the Digital Services Act (DSA). Additionally, 17 BEUC members have filed the same complaint with their national competent authorities against the e-commerce platform, which is owned by the Chinese PDD [...]

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The Supreme Court of India issued an order Wednesday for the release on bail of Prabir Purkayasth, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of NewsClick. Purkayasth had been detained in a case in which authorities accused NewsClick of receiving illegal funding from China. Commenting on the Supreme Court order, Advocate Arshdeep Khurana, representing Purkayasth, said: The Supreme [...]

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