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Australia’s election campaign: 470 animals now stranded in Tasmania’s record

image copyrightBILAL RASHID / REUTERS captionThe humpback whales have been stranded on the west coast of Tasmania The Australian state of Tasmania has registered its largest election stranding ever after more were found stranded during a major rescue operation. Since Monday, an estimated 470 pilot whales have been spotted stranded on Tasmania’s west coast. Most of the 200 whales in …

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Russia’s troops fall near the western border in Belarus Drills guarded by the United States

Russian airborne troops fell from the sky near Belarus’s western border on Tuesday as part of joint exercises guarded by the US military with political instability in the Eastern European nation. The combined paratrooper exercises in Russia and Belarus are part of the exercises for the Slavic Brotherhood 2020 which are being carried out in the latter country’s city of …

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Duterte invokes court ruling against China in UN address | China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went on the offensive across the South China Sea on Wednesday, in his very first speech to the UN General Assembly, emphasizing his country’s legal victory in The Hague in its far-flung naval battle with China. In a video address recorded in Manila, Duterte said that the Philippines has rights over the parts of the South …

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Former Rebel leader elected Bougainville president | Papua New Guinea

Ishmael Toroama will lead independence talks for the Autonomous Territory of Far East Papua New Guinea. Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea, election officials said on Wednesday. Toroama will lead talks seeking independence. The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua …

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Facebook has more users in India than anywhere else. It now has to do with a hate speech crisis

In recent weeks, the company has repeatedly been exposed to its actions and policies in India, a country that is becoming increasingly important for its operations as it is locked out of China and looks to future growth. Facebook on Wednesday appealed to India’s Supreme Court to exclude it from meeting a New Delhi government committee investigating the company’s alleged …

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Chelsea owner Abramovich ‘donates $ 100 million’ to Israeli settlers | Middle East

Roman Abramovich, owner of the English Premier League football club Chelsea, donated 74 million pounds (100 million dollars) to an Israeli settlement group that expelled Palestinians from the occupied East Jerusalem, according to an investigation by BBC Arabic. Abramovich, a Russian citizen, was granted Israeli citizenship in 2018 and has generously donated to Israel. He gave the donations to Elad …

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Ren Zhiqiang: Chinese tycoon who criticized Xi Jinping’s handling of coronavirus was jailed for 18 years

Ren Zhiqiang, a retired real estate agent with close ties to senior Chinese officials, disappeared in March after allegedly writing a scathing essay that month criticizing Xi’s response to the coronavirus epidemic. He was later charged with corruption-related crimes. On Tuesday, a Beijing court found him guilty of several charges, including embezzlement of approximately $ 16.3 million (110.6 million yuan) …

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