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Hong Kong sends 500 officers in pro-democracy newspaper raid

Hong Kong sends 500 officers in pro-democracy newspaper raid

Some 500 policemen raided the offices of pro-democracy paper Apple Daily in Hong Kong, alleging its reports breached a national security law. Police also arrested the editor-in-chief and four other executives at their homes. It also froze HK$18m ($2.3m; £1.64m) of assets owned by three companies linked to Apple Daily. The paper is owned by...

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Kim Jong-un admits North Korea facing a ‘tense’ food shortage

Kim Jong-un admits North Korea facing a ‘tense’ food shortage

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has formally acknowledged that his country is facing food shortages. Addressing a meeting of senior leaders, Mr Kim said: “The people’s food situation is now getting tense”. He said the agricultural sector had failed to meet its grain targets due to typhoons last year, which caused flooding. There are reports...

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Aus-UK FTA ‘the most comprehensive deal’ Australia has ever done outside of NZ

Aus-UK FTA ‘the most comprehensive deal’ Australia has ever done outside of NZ

Trade Minister Dan Tehan says the recent in-principle Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the UK is the “most comprehensive” FTA Australia has ever done outside of the one with New Zealand. “It’s a gold standard agreement and the incredibly important part about this is it covers investment, services, government procurement, but it also captures...

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Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo announces $2.5 billion investment round

Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo announces $2.5 billion investment round

Google sibling company Waymo announced Wednesday a $2.5 billion investment round, which will go toward advancing its autonomous driving technology and growing its team. The funding round follows the departure of Waymo CEO John Krafcik in April and criticism that the company is moving slower than expected toward commercialization of its technology. Waymo and other...

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Anne Hathaway’s role in The Devil Wears Prada was offered to Rachel McAdams three times

Anne Hathaway’s role in The Devil Wears Prada was offered to Rachel McAdams three times

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ just wouldn’t be the same without Anne Hathaway. But Hathaway, who played the lead role of Andy Sachs, a wide-eyed assistant to Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly at a high-fashion glossy magazine, almost wasn’t cast. In a 15th anniversary oral history of the movie, the cast told Entertainment Weekly some behind-the-scenes secrets...

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Second Sydney COVID case as new venues placed on alert including Westfield Bondi Junction

Second Sydney COVID case as new venues placed on alert including Westfield Bondi Junction

A household contact of a NSW man infected with COVID-19 has also tested positive to the virus in Sydney. As a result, NSW Health has identified further venues of concern associated with the case reported earlier on Wednesday. Urgent investigations into the source of the infection, contact tracing and genome sequencing are all underway after...

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Wildcat Bryce Cotton crowned NBL MVP

Wildcat Bryce Cotton crowned NBL MVP

Bryce Cotton has been crowned league MVP for a third time while Trevor Gleeson has finally won the coach-of-the-year award at the helm of the Perth Wildcats. Cotton tallied 112 votes after his standout season, beating out second placed Tyler Harvey (74 votes) and third placed Nathan Sobey (55 votes). The honour cements Cotton’s place...

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Putin and Biden begin talks in Geneva summit

Putin and Biden begin talks in Geneva summit

The highest-stakes talks of President Joe Biden’s long career began Wednesday in Geneva, where he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin shook hands and immediately began a summit set to test his decades of experience on the world stage and lay down an early marker of his diplomatic skills. Inside a book-lined study with a large globe...

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Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett vows to unite nation

Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett vows to unite nation

Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has vowed to unite the nation frayed by four elections in two years of political stalemate. He said his government “will work for the sake of all the people”, adding that the priorities would be reforms in education, health and cutting red tape. The right-wing nationalist will lead an...