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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Reece Kershaw speak to the media flanked by FBI Legal Attaché U.S. Embassy Anthony Russo (L) and Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews on June 8, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The Morrison administration passed new legislation on Aug. 25 giving the AFP and the Australian Criminal intelligence Commission sweeping powers to surveil and crackdown against online activity considered an “offense.”
Australia Gives Federal Police, Intelligence, Broad Online Surveillance Powers
The Australian federal government has given its law enforcement and intelligence community sweeping powers to surveil and crackdown on citizens deemed to be committing anything determined to be an “offense” in a bill that passed...
Taliban fighters atop Humvee vehicles parade along a road to celebrate after the US pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan, in Kandahar on September 1, 2021 following the Talibans military takeover of the country.
90 Military Officers Call for Milley and Austin to Resign After Afghanistan Debacle
Ninety retired military officers have written an open letter demanding the resignation of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, and Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, over the botched American exit from Afghanistan. On...
In North Korea, Desperate and Hungry Citizens Kidnap Two Children of Well-off Families, Demand Ransom
Worsening economic conditions in the isolated country of North Korea has inspired some desperate citizens to kidnap at least two children, in separate incidents, in an attempt to extract ransom money from families who are...
Canadian Province of Quebec Implements Vaccine Passport That Limits Much of Public Life for the Unvaccinated
As of September 1, 2021 anyone unvaccinated in the Canadian province of Quebec will have their ability to participate in activities deemed “non-essential” severely limited due to their reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated.  Digital...
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks an Additional 50 Billion in Spending to Counter China
On Tuesday, August 31, Japan’s Defense Ministry asked for a 2.6 percent increase in its defense budget citing a need to counter China’s assertiveness in the region. The increase sought amounts to approximately 5.48 trillion...
Biden warned of another attack at the Kabul airport.
Fatal Rocket Incident Northwest of Kabul Airport May Have Been Linked to Militants
A rocket fell on a neighborhood located northwest of the Kabul airport on Aug. 29, killing one child. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, militants are known to have fired rockets in...
Fearing Contamination, Japan Suspends the use of Millions of Doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine
Japan has temporarily suspended the use of over 2.6 million doses of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine after foreign substances were found in batches of the vaccine and after two people have died following jabs with...
Myanmar Factory Workers Face Difficult Choice; Take the Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine or be Fired
Factory workers in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, are facing a difficult choice; receive the Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine, despite concerns over possible side effects and receive a bonus, or refuse the vaccine and lose their job. ...
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Clock Running Out on Evacuations from Afghanistan: Japan Struggles to Airlift Nationals, Brings Afghans to Islamabad at US Request
As the clock runs out in Afghanistan, Japan’s Self-Defense Force planes are waiting nearby in a secure location pending any developments. Japan has a list of at least 500 citizens awaiting extraction, according to diplomatic...