Australia imposes new sanctions on Russia over annexation of Ukrainian regions

Australia on Sunday imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on 28 Russian-appointed separatists, ministers and senior officials after President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of four regions of Ukraine. The new sanctions targeted individuals who the Australian government said were flouting international law to legitimise Russia’s actions in Ukraine through “sham referenda, disinformation and… Read More Australia imposes new sanctions on Russia over annexation of Ukrainian regions

Myanmar court jails deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Australian economist Sean Turnell for three years

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday sentenced deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, to three years in prison, a source familiar with the proceedings said. Both had been charged with violating an official secrets act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years, and had pleaded… Read More Myanmar court jails deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Australian economist Sean Turnell for three years

Australian police seize $1.1billion worth of crystal meth at Sydney port

Australian police said on Friday it had seized some A$1.6 billion (an equivalent of $1.1 billion) worth of crystal meth, also known as ‘ice’, concealed within marble stones in several sea freight containers, in what it said was the biggest ever haul of the drug in the country. More than 1,800 kg of methylamphetamine was… Read More Australian police seize $1.1billion worth of crystal meth at Sydney port

Thousands evacuated as floods hit southeast Australia

Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate southwest Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, on Sunday with torrential rain and damaging winds pounding the east coast and floods expected to be worse than those that hit the region in the past year. Heavy rain and overflowing dams and rivers all combined to threaten flash floods and landslides… Read More Thousands evacuated as floods hit southeast Australia

World Health Organization re-elect Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as director general

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director General by a strong majority for another five years, the president of the World Health Assembly said on Tuesday. The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen as a formality since Tedros… Read More World Health Organization re-elect Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as director general

Australia swears in Anthony Albanese as new prime minister

Australia’s Labor Party leader, Anthony Albanese, was sworn in as the country’s 31st prime minister on Monday, promising to bring the country together after a fractious election campaign as he vowed to tackle climate change and inequality. Labor returned to power after nine years in opposition as a wave of unprecedented support for the Greens… Read More Australia swears in Anthony Albanese as new prime minister