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Turnbull comments show Australia a ‘second class citizen’ says Chinese newspaper

Beijing: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s call for China to cut off its oil pipeline to North Korea has prompted a fierce rebuke from a high-circulating Chinese newspaper, which accused him of going beyond even Donald Trump. The Global Times, which sells more than one million copies, devoted an editorial to Mr Turnbull’s “indiscreet” and “absurd” comments, and saying Australia was a “second class ...

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities

AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their government’s influence is permeating our universities. The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored. The trend has raised concerns that the ideology of China’s Communist Party is weaving its way into Australian ...

7 Iranian female students killed in bus accident in southern Iran

A bus carrying high school students has overturned in Iran’s southern Hormozgan Province, leaving at least nine people, including seven school girls, dead and some 30 others wounded. Nader Rahmani, a senior traffic police official, said the bus carrying 45 mostly junior high school students was heading from Bandar Abbas to the city of Shiraz in Fars Province. Reports say ...

In inflation-hit Egypt, Eid sacrifices are a luxury

The cattle traders in the Ashmun market, north of the capital Cairo, jostled to lure customers into buying a buffalo or a sheep for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim holiday when custom requires a sacrifice. But this year, with inflation in Egypt hitting record highs, customers seemed more interested in gawking at the cattle than buying any ahead of Friday, ...

Analysis Egypt’s ‘Newspeak’ Masks Public’s Perception of Israel

Ahmed Kahwaji is a teaching assistant at Alexandria University and a doctoral student at the University of Poitiers in France. He also periodically contributes to the Egyptian website Mada Masr, whose op-eds tread the fine line between the permitted and the forbidden. His latest article, “The Egyptian ‘1984’: A war on words,” is about the newspeak that has taken over ...

France pledges support to stabilize post-Islamic State Iraq

France will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts in Iraq as it emerges from the war against Islamic State, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday after talks with Iraqi officials in Baghdad. France is a main partner in the U.S.-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The coalition provided ...

Qatari Ambassador Back on the Job in Iran

Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that the Qatari ambassador to Iran is back on the job, ignoring the demands of Arab nations who are trying to isolate the energy-rich country. ISNA reported that Ambassador Ali Hamad Alsulaiti arrived in Tehran on Friday and began working Saturday morning. Qatar pulled its ambassador to Iran in ...

Egypt signs 3 contracts for oil and gas exploration worth $79 million

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tariq Al-Mulla, signed three new agreements for oil and gas exploration in the Western Desert of Egypt with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and the American companies Apache and Merlon, with a minimum investment of about $79 million, a statement from the ministry said on Saturday. The first and second agreements were signed with ...

Australia-US refugee deal hasn’t worked in the past

The Australia-US refugee deal signed in September last year was not the first time both nations have tried to trade refugees — a similar deal from 2007 fizzled, with not a single transfer being made. This latest agreement could go the same way but for different reasons. A decade ago, the Howard government offered to resettle Haitian and Cuban refugees ...

Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri ...

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