Geopolitical Jenga: How military intervention will change Hong Kong

FOR 10 weeks, the protests in Hong Kong have been closely watched by stakeholders in and outside the region. Depending on how Hong Kong protesters and Beijing resolve this crisis, there could be significant...

Missing employee of UK consulate in Hong Kong detained: family

THE family of a missing employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong said Wednesday that authorities told them he was detained while returning from a business trip but do not know why, where or...

Australia’s Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

DISGRACED Catholic Cardinal George Pell was sent back to jail Wednesday after an Australian court rejected his landmark appeal against convictions for child sex abuse. Once the Vatican’s third-ranking official, 78-year-old Pell will continue his...

Dwindling hopes for North Korean denuclearisation

SINCE the days of ‘fire and fury’, the world has witnessed three meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Despite the hopes these summits generated, we have not seen...

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

A general accused of war crimes was Monday appointed Sri Lanka army chief, prompting international criticism and warnings his selection undermined efforts to ensure accountability after the country’s long-running civil war. UN rights chief Michelle...

Thousands riot in Papua, parliament building torched

RIOTS broke out and a local parliament building was torched in Indonesia’s restive Papua region on Monday, as thousands protested against the weekend detention of dozens of Papuan students. Demonstrators took to the streets of...

Australia’s free speech failure

ON Wednesday, August 7, the High Court of Australia found the government’s decision to dismiss a public servant to be lawful. Formerly an employee of the Department of Home Affairs, Michaela Banerji was fired...

Hong Kong protests: What Beijing can learn from the British

BEIJING has made no secret that it is weighing up the option of using force – either through deploying the People’s Liberation Army or People’s Armed Police – to quell the increasingly disruptive protests...

Australia dilutes Pacific leaders’ climate warning

PACIFIC leaders warned the world faces a climate crisis Friday but complained their message on global warming had been “watered down” at Australia’s insistence. The annual Pacific Island Forum wrapped up in Tuvalu late Thursday...

North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’: Seoul

NORTH Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It was the sixth round of launches in...
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