Australia asks Google to remove images of sacred indigenous site Uluru

Australia has asked Google to remove photographs of the top of the sacred indigenous site, Uluru, a tool that allowed users to appear to walk on its summit. Australia in 2019 closed Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, after a decades-long campaign by indigenous communities to protect it. Parks Australia, which is responsible for the… Read More Australia asks Google to remove images of sacred indigenous site Uluru

Scientists detect potential signs of alien life on Venus

Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth. The researchers did not discover actual life forms, but noted that on Earth phosphine is produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved… Read More Scientists detect potential signs of alien life on Venus

Australia to receive first batch of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in January 2021

Australia will receive the first doses of an AstraZeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021 if trials prove successful, after Canberra agreed a deal to purchase a second potential vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will say on Monday. Australia said in August it had signed a preliminary agreement with AstraZeneca for enough doses… Read More Australia to receive first batch of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in January 2021

New Zealand judge sentences Al Noor mosque shooter to life imprisonment

A New Zealand judge sentenced white supremacist Brenton Tarrant to life in prison without parole on Thursday for killing 51 Muslim worshippers in the country’s deadliest shooting, saying the sentence was not enough punishment for the “wicked” crimes. It was the first time a court in New Zealand had sentenced a person to prison for… Read More New Zealand judge sentences Al Noor mosque shooter to life imprisonment

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern postpones election as coronavirus cases resurge

New Zealand’s prime minister postponed the country’s general election on Monday by a month to October 17 as the city of Auckland remains in lockdown due to a new outbreak of the coronavirus. Jacinda Ardern has been under pressure to put off the polls as political parties said it was impossible to campaign in a… Read More New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern postpones election as coronavirus cases resurge

Australia to force Facebook, Google to pay media companies for news content

Australia will force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Friday. Frydenberg said the mandatory code of conduct, which will be legislated into law this year, is needed to ensure the viability of Australian media companies. “It’s about a fair go for Australian… Read More Australia to force Facebook, Google to pay media companies for news content

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday. Peters said New Zealand will also treat military and dual-use goods and technology exports to Hong… Read More New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

U.S. to ask foreign students to leave if all classes taken online

Foreign students must leave the United States if their school’s classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday. It was not immediately clear how many student visa holders would be affected by the move, but foreign… Read More U.S. to ask foreign students to leave if all classes taken online