Teenager smashes egg on controversial Australian lawmaker for blaming New Zealand shootings on immigration program

Australian police said they were investigating after a teenager smashed an egg on a controversial right-wing lawmaker who had blamed New Zealand’s mass mosque shootings on the country’s immigration program. The footage, shared widely on social media, showed Senator Fraser Anning being approached from behind at a political event on Saturday, before having an egg… Read More Teenager smashes egg on controversial Australian lawmaker for blaming New Zealand shootings on immigration program

Dozens killed, injured following terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand

At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism. A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the… Read More Dozens killed, injured following terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand

Australian judge sentences Cardinal George Pell to six years imprisonment on sexual abuse charges

For two decades, George Pell was the dominant figure in the Catholic Church in Australia – a boy from a gold mining town whose ambition, intellect and knack for befriending influential people propelled him to become the third-most senior official in the Vatican. That came crashing down in December, when a court found 77-year-old Pell… Read More Australian judge sentences Cardinal George Pell to six years imprisonment on sexual abuse charges

Facebook rejects Australian regulator’s recommendation of more scrutiny of news feeds

Facebook Inc has rejected an Australian regulator’s recommendation for greater scrutiny over the social network’s advertising market power and the ranking of news articles in customers’ feeds. The proposal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in December, along with a new regulator to police technology giants, is being watched closely in other countries… Read More Facebook rejects Australian regulator’s recommendation of more scrutiny of news feeds

Two bodies found following heavy flooding in Australia’s Queensland

Australian authorities pulled the bodies of two men from a storm water drain during cleanup efforts after catastrophic flooding in the northeastern state of Queensland, police said on Tuesday. Days of severe rainfall in the town of Townsville caused insurance losses estimated at more than A$45 million (an equivalent of $32.63 million), industry figures show,… Read More Two bodies found following heavy flooding in Australia’s Queensland

Facebook to introduce stricter political advertising rules in countries conducting elections in 2019

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means… Read More Facebook to introduce stricter political advertising rules in countries conducting elections in 2019

Authorities investigate bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment in U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand

U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were probing a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand a day earlier. Hundreds of businesses, government offices and schools received the awkwardly-worded letters, threatening to set off explosives if payments of… Read More Authorities investigate bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment in U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Interpol elects South Korean Kim Jong-yang as president

International police body Interpol elected Kim Jong-yang of South Korea as president for a two-year term on Wednesday, beating a Russian national whose candidacy raised concerns in Europe and the United States about the risk of Kremlin interference. Interpol’s 194 member states, meeting in Dubai for their annual congress, elected Kim to succeed China’s Meng… Read More Interpol elects South Korean Kim Jong-yang as president