Tag: World

Australian Government to Support Electric Vehicle Market

Australians will have a greater choice of electric vehicles as part of the federal government’s push to encourage more people to take up the low emissions cars. High prices, limited stock and long waitlists have excluded many from the market, but a new national plan could help change that, Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen has…


Vanuatu Parliament Dissolved as Prime Minister Tries to Avoid No-Confidence Vote

Vanuatu’s president has dissolved the Pacific nation’s Parliament hours before a no-confidence motion was brought against Prime Minister Bob Loughman. The latest incident continues a tumultuous few weeks for democratic institutions in the South Pacific—already susceptible to influence from Beijing. On Aug. 18, Vanuatu President Nikenike Vurobaravu signed the notice to dissolve Parliament—the next elections…


Challenging Economic Conditions Make Life Tougher for Australian Retirees

A new report has found that Australian retirees are significantly affected by the current economic conditions, such as inflation, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, and other factors making it more expensive for them to maintain their lifestyles. The retirement standard report by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) showed that it costs $66,725…


EU Open to Helping Plug Australia Capability Gap

The European Union’s outgoing ambassador to Australia says the bloc remains ready and willing to sell Canberra military equipment to plug any capability gaps arising from the cancellation of a French submarine contract. The first nuclear-propelled submarines to be delivered by the US or UK under the new AUKUS agreement will not be ready for…


Turkey Shocks Markets by Slashing Rates Despite Soaring Inflation, Currency Tumbles

The Turkish central bank is plowing ahead with more cuts to the national interest rate, even as the inflation of the Turkish lira continues to accelerate to unforeseen levels. On Thursday, Turkey shocked markets when it announced a new interest rate cut that would reduce the benchmark to only 13 percent, after seven months in…


The Decision to Grant Early Release to Bali Bomber ‘Adds to Trauma’ Says Victims

Australia is continuing to make diplomatic representations to Indonesia following the proposed early release of the bomb-maker who assembled the explosives used in the Bali bombings. Umar Patek’s sentence has been reduced by a further five months, meaning he could walk free within days after only serving around half of his original 20-year sentence. The…


Lithuania Demands China Revoke Sanctions Against Official Over Taiwan Visit

VILNIUS—Lithuania’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it had issued a formal protest to the Chinese regime over sanctions against the Baltic country’s deputy transport minister, calling for the restrictions to be rescinded. The Chinese foreign ministry said on Aug. 12 that it had imposed sanctions on Lithuanian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Agne Vaiciukeviciute for…


How Taiwan Became More Free Than Australia, for Now

Commentary I’m no fan of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. But credit where credit’s due, she went to Taiwan even when both Chinese Leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden told her not to. Even more praiseworthy is that once there, she celebrated that the people of Taiwan “have…


Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Placed in Solitary Confinement After Starting Union for Convicts

By Jessica Schladebeck From New York Daily News Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist best-known for being Russian President Vladimir Putin’s loudest critic, revealed he has been ordered to spend time in solitary confinement. “There’s only a mug and a book in my cell. I only get a spoon at mealtimes. They even took away my…


Wildfires in Algeria Kill at Least 37, Including Family of 5

ALGIERS, Algeria—Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 37 people and wounded 161 others, the civil protection department of the North African country said Thursday. Most of the victims were reported in the wilaya, or region, of El Tarf, near the northern Algeria-Tunisian border, where 34 people were found dead….