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US imposes sanctions on Russia over cyber-attacks

US imposes sanctions on Russia over cyber-attacks

The US has announced sanctions against Russia in response to what it says are cyber-attacks and other hostile acts. The measures, which target dozens of Russian entities and officials, aim to deter “Russia’s harmful foreign activities”, the White House said. The statement says Russian intelligence was behind last year’s massive “SolarWinds” hack, and accuses Moscow...

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Tropical Cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc along WA’s mid north coast, rips apart historic One Mile Jetty

Tropical Cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc along WA’s mid north coast, rips apart historic One Mile Jetty

Tropical Cyclone Seroja has now weakened after leaving a trail of destruction and thousands of residents without power as it hit Western Australia’s coast overnight. Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri at 8pm on Sunday as a category three storm, bringing wind gusts of up to 170 kilometres per hour. The fast-moving storm tore roofs...

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Prince Philip, 99, the Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip, 99, the Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. The couple had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with...

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Myanmar celebrity model arrested amid coup crackdown

Myanmar celebrity model arrested amid coup crackdown

One of Myanmar’s most popular celebrities has been arrested by the military as part of a growing crackdown on artists and actors. Paing Takhon, a model and actor with millions of fans in Myanmar and Thailand, had been active in both online protests and in-person rallies. Takhon’s Instagram – with more than a million followers...

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China flanks Taiwan with military exercises in air and sea

China flanks Taiwan with military exercises in air and sea

China’s armed forces conducted simultaneous military exercises to the west and east of Taiwan on Monday in a move analysts said was a warning to the self-ruled island and its supporter, the United States. The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escorts were conducting maneuvers around Taiwan, China’s military said in a statement Monday. “It...

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The Myanmar beauty queen standing up to the military

The Myanmar beauty queen standing up to the military

Speeches by beauty pageant contestants rarely make headlines. But when Han Lay, Miss Grand Myanmar, spoke out last week against alleged atrocities committed by her country’s military, her speech turned heads. “Today in my country Myanmar … there are so many people dying,” she said at the Miss Grand International 2020 event in Thailand. “Please...

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Japan records earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years

Japan records earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years

Think of Japan in the spring, and the image that comes to mind is likely the country’s famous cherry blossoms, also known as “sakura” — white and pink flowers, bursting across cities and mountains, petals covering the ground. The flowers, which experience a “peak bloom” that only lasts a few days, have been revered in...