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Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base has attracted much international attention, with little understanding of either Djibouti or China’s motives. Turning 40 years old on 27 June, Djibouti – which has […]

Bitcoin sees $4bn in value wiped out as price of cryptocurrency falls 20%

Bitcoin sees $4bn in value wiped out as price of cryptocurrency falls 20%

The price of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency bitcoin has lost over a fifth of its value from the record high of last week. On Monday, bitcoin was trading at $2,179, down $612 from last Wednesday’s all-time high of $2,791, according to CoinDesk data. “The correction was actually quite brief, the prices today are still […]

Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation

Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation

Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas in what the government said Tuesday is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation. Australian pedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would […]

Tasmania Police officers take selfie with drunk man, social media approves

Tasmania Police officers take selfie with drunk man, social media approves

The actions of two Tasmanian police officers who delivered a drunk man home and babysat him until a friend arrived have set social media alight. On Saturday night, police officers were contacted by a taxi company for help in getting a man affected by alcohol home safely. Senior Sergeant Craig Fox said when police arrived, […]

If you bought $100 of bitcoin 7 years ago, you’d be sitting on $75 million now

If you bought $100 of bitcoin 7 years ago, you’d be sitting on $75 million now

Monday marks the seven-year anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day – the moment a programmer named Laszlo Hanyecz spent 10,000 bitcoin on two Papa John’s pizzas. More important than the episode being widely recognized as the first transaction using the cryptocurrency is what it tells us about the bitcoin rally that saw it break through the […]

Police in Australia Probe Case of Guinean Girl Held as ‘Sex Slave’

Police in Australia Probe Case of Guinean Girl Held as ‘Sex Slave’

The 17-year-old from Guinea told investigators she was flown to Sydney via Paris in early April after a man in her home country offered her a job as a cleaner in Australia. Australian police said on Friday they were investigating the case of a West African girl who said she had been held as a […]

Billionaire Andrew Forrest pledges $400m for various charities

Billionaire Andrew Forrest pledges $400m for various charities

In a parliament which dictates taxes and debates how to spend the money of Australians there was lots on offer on Monday – but this time it came with $400 million worth of love. Standing beside film star Russell Crowe, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the single biggest philanthropic donation from the family of mining […]

Australia wants to spend about $183.7 million on anti-radiation missiles for its Growler aircraft fleet

Australia wants to spend about $183.7 million on anti-radiation missiles for its Growler aircraft fleet

Australia is looking to spend about $183.7 million on anti-radiation missiles for its Growler aircraft fleet, according to a US defence agency. The US State Department has approved the possible sale and Congress has been notified, a news release from the country’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency says. The sale would include up to 70 high […]

Saudi woman flew to Australia escaping arranged marriage, forcibly removed from her flight, returned to Saudi Arabia didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel

Saudi woman flew to Australia escaping arranged marriage, forcibly removed from her flight, returned to Saudi Arabia didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel

Activists feared Friday for the safety of a young Saudi woman they say was returned to the kingdom against her will, in a case highlighting tight restrictions on women. Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, intended to flee to Australia to escape a forced marriage, Human Rights Watch cited a Canadian witness as saying. The witness said […]

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