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China’s aid to Papua New Guinea threatens Australia’s influence

China’s aid spending in Papua New Guinea – with its focus on infrastructure and “few-strings-attached” concessional loans – risks eroding Australia’s influence in the country, with Australian aid sometimes viewed as paternalistic and unwieldy. A Deakin University submission to a parliamentary inquiry, based on interviews with Papua New Guinean business, political, academic and community leaders argues Australia risks being diminished by rising Chinese spending. PNG ...

Egypt parliament to investigate World Cup failures

Egyptian Members of Parliament, along with the Head of Youth and Sports Committee of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Faraj Amer, have called for a fact-finding committee to be setup to investigate possible violations by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and suspicions of corruption during the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The intended committee is expected to draft ...

BAE Systems wins £20bn contract to build warships for Australia

British defence giant BAE Systems has won a £20billion contract to build a new fleet of warships for Australia. The company will provide nine submarine-hunting frigates as part of a deal that Theresa May hailed as a result of Brexit. It saw off competition from Italian and Spanish rivals to secure the lucrative contract. The deal will come as a major boost for UK ministers as ...

Wipro removes Trump from its risk factors

Wipro has removed US President Donald Trump from the risk factors in its annual filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, a year after the information technology (IT) servicesNSE 2.57 % company named his policies as a potential threat. The Bengaluru-headquartered IT company was the first to explicitly name Trump as a risk. The Trump risk factor has now ...

India concerned over taxation on IT firms by Australia

The Indian side have also asked for greater market access for it fruits and vegetables including potato, tomatoes, onion, okra and cucumber to increase exports. “We have also raised the issue of investment proposals of certain Indian mining companies which are stuck there,” the official added. During his visit, Prabhu has sought investments from Australian superannuation or pension funds in ...

Australia charges former officer in East Timor spy case

A former intelligence officer who exposed an Australia spying operation in East Timor is facing criminal prosecution, an MP has revealed. East Timor took Australia to a UN court in 2014 over the spying row, related to a border deal from a decade earlier. That treaty set out how the nations would divide lucrative gas reserves in the Timor Sea. East Timor ...

Australian woman wins right to use dead boyfriend’s sperm

A Queensland woman has won the right to use her dead boyfriend’s sperm to have children after a judge ruled that she was confident any baby would be “loved, cared for and supported”. Ayla Cresswell should be able to use Joshua Davies’ reproductive tissue, the Queensland supreme court justice Susan Brown said in Brisbane on Wednesday. However, it was up to the ...

Australia can’t afford tax cuts, say unions, as Coalition seals $143bn package

The Turnbull government will on Thursday steer its $143bn income tax package through the parliament after days of brinkmanship around the economic policy debate that will form the centrepiece of the next election. The package will go to the House early after the Senate successfully amended the package on Wednesday to strip out stage three of the plan – the ...

Egypt’s shrinking ‘Pharaonic Sea’ has fishermen worried

Egypt’s shrinking freshwater “Pharaonic Sea” has residents in its nearly 50 surrounding fishing villages worried. The thin 10-square kilometre stretch of water just north of the capital was once part of the Nile River, but shrivelling shorelines have left it separated from the country’s main water source for nearly 50 years. Since then, inhabitants in the surrounding villages have referred ...

After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG: Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations. The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the Egyptians were eliminated. “I always say that behind a player ...

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