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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into East Sea, says South

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into East Sea, says South

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military has confirmed. Japan also reported an object was fired, and that it may have been a ballistic missile. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called the launch “outrageous” saying it threatened peace and security in the region. It is the second...

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Delta variant is pushing Southeast Asia to breaking point

Delta variant is pushing Southeast Asia to breaking point

Countries across Asia are grappling with their worst coronavirus outbreaks of the pandemic, spurred by low vaccine rates and the highly-contagious Delta variant. While nations such as China, Japan and South Korea are seeing growing outbreaks, the sharp edge of the Delta wave is being keenly felt in Southeast Asia, with countries seeing rapid rises...

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Compensation and trauma support on way for Stolen Generations survivors and families as part of $1.1 billion to ‘close the gap’

Compensation and trauma support on way for Stolen Generations survivors and families as part of $1.1 billion to ‘close the gap’

Pat Turner’s mum died waiting on recognition and redress for Stolen Generations forcibly taken from Australia’s territories. But the Indigenous health leader has been buoyed by a plan to provide survivors removed from their families across the Northern Territory, ACT and Jervis Bay Territory with one-off $75,000 payments. They are part of a $378.6 million...

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Rihanna is now a billionaire, second only to Oprah as wealthiest female entertainer

Rihanna is now a billionaire, second only to Oprah as wealthiest female entertainer

Good girl gone billionaire? Barbadian singer Rihanna just joined an exclusive group of celebrities as the newest billionaire and the world’s wealthiest female musician, Forbes reported Wednesday. Rihanna’s fortune currently stands at about $1.7 billion, the finance magazine tabulated. Only Oprah Winfrey surpasses her as the wealthiest female entertainer. But while Rihanna may be known...

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Aussie skater performs ‘stealthy’ trick for gold in Tokyo

Aussie skater performs ‘stealthy’ trick for gold in Tokyo

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down competitions and clouded the future for the Tokyo Olympics, Australian skateboarder Keegan Palmer and his coach were hatching a cunning plan. On the other side of the planet, far from the skateboarding community that congregates in California, the 18-year-old set to work perfecting a spinning, twisting, acrobatic trick that...

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How a fake social media network pushes pro-China propaganda

How a fake social media network pushes pro-China propaganda

A sprawling network of more than 350 fake social media profiles is pushing pro-China narratives and attempting to discredit those seen as opponents of China’s government, according to a new study. The aim is to delegitimise the West and boost China’s influence and image overseas, the report by the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) suggests....

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Epstein meetings a huge mistake, says Bill Gates

Epstein meetings a huge mistake, says Bill Gates

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has admitted he made “a huge mistake” in spending time with sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Mr Gates told CNN he had “several dinners” about a philanthropy project that did not emerge, and should not have given him “credibility”. Epstein hanged himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting a...

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Jack Dorsey’s Square in Australia’s biggest buyout

Jack Dorsey’s Square in Australia’s biggest buyout

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s digital payments platform Square has agreed to take over the Australian ‘buy now, pay later’ firm Afterpay. The $29bn (A$39bn; £21bn) deal is to be Australia’s biggest-ever buyout. The offer is a more than 30% premium to Afterpay’s stock market closing price on Friday. The agreement will create an instalments payment...