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Chinese suspects charged after $60m cocaine shipment seized off Australia

Ten Chinese nationals have been charged with drug smuggling in Australia after officials said they found a stash of cocaine worth more than $60m on their ship. Last week, the Australian defence force intercepted the 50m former research vessel off the coast of Tasmania and escorted the boat to Hobart. During a subsequent search, police found 186kg of cocaine on ...

Are Australian Housing Prices Finally Starting to Cool?

Growth in price levels in Sydney and Melbourne has slowed considerably. After years of continuous increases, the latest official data from Australia suggests that home prices in the country’s biggest cities are finally beginning to slow. The house price index for Sydney rose by only 3.2% year-on-year up to September, reports Bloomberg—the slowest growth since 2012, following two years of ...

UK must look in mirror instead of accusing Iran: Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the United Kingdom needs to take a retrospective look at its past destructive actions in the Middle East, instead of accusing Iran of sabotage in the region. Speaking at the annual summit of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain’s capital Manama on December 7, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Britain ...

Mercedes to visit Egypt to explore investment opportunities in local market

A delegation of Mercedes-Benz’s directors will visit Egypt in early 2017 to discuss expanding their investments in the Egyptian market, said Minister of Industry and Trade Tarek Kabil. The company’s officials in Egypt have expressed their willingness to increase their investments in Egypt in light of the improved economic conditions and the success of the government’s economic reform programme, which ...

Egypt-Gulf relations tested by Saudi visit to Ethiopia dam

A Saudi visit to Ethiopia and a tweet falsely attributed to a Qatari official have harmed relations between Cairo and Gulf monarchies Egyptian media lashed out at Saudi Arabia over a high-level Saudi delegation visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during a short trip to Ethiopia on Friday. Experts said the decision to visit the GERD was an ...

Yemen crisis: An Iranian-Saudi battleground?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Yemen is fast descending into a violent cauldron where the competing interests of Shia Houthi rebels, Sunni tribes, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states, Iran, al-Qaeda and now Islamic State are forming a toxic mix. The situation has got so bad that the US and UK have closed their embassies and evacuated their staff, while ...

IS suicide bomb kills 48 Yemen soldiers in payday queue

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A suicide bomber has killed at least 48 soldiers and wounded another 84 in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. The soldiers were queuing up to receive salaries near al-Sawlaban military base when the attacker struck. The bomber immersed himself in the crowd of soldiers at the base in al-Arish district, an official said. So-called ...

Indonesia air force plane crashes, killing all 13 on board

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aeroplane has crashed in remote Papua province in the east of the country, killing everyone on board. Three pilots and 10 other military personnel died, officials say. Air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV that bad weather was suspected to have caused the crash. The Hercules was carrying ...

Australians roll down lawns of Parliament House to protest against fence

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Hundreds of Australians have gathered to roll on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra, in protest against plans to build a security fence there. Under new anti-terror measures, a 2.6-metre barrier could soon block public access to the much-loved grassy space. The mass tumble took place on Saturday morning, after news of the event spread ...

UN ‘cancels Gambia army chief visit’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A diplomatic source has told the reporters that the UN has cancelled the head of the Gambian army’s visit to Gambian peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the Darfur region of Sudan. Gambian soldiers this week occupied the Gambian election commission’s headquarters in an apparent show of loyalty to the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh, who ...