Over 300 Civil Groups Seek International Probe of China’s Human Rights Abuses

A coalition of more than 300 rights groups are calling for the United Nations to create a “monitoring mechanism” to hold the Chinese regime accountable for human rights abuses in the country and abroad. 321 groups, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, and 50 U.N. experts, drafted a joint […]

Experts: Japan, India, Australia Plan New Global Supply Chain to Counter China

Japan, India, and Australia are planning a new global supply network and are working out an initiative called the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) to reduce dependency on China, experts say. The initiative is a result of the emerging geopolitics in the post-coronavirus world, they say. “This cooperation is well-related to current U.S. policy toward […]

UK Judge Rejects Assange Bid to Delay US Extradition Case

LONDON—WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, who is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, failed on Monday in a bid to further delay hearings that resumed after a pause of months caused by the coronavirus lockdown. The U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating an […]

Serbia, Kosovo Agree to Normalize Economic Ties, but Postpone Mutual Recognition

Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic ties, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, calling the agreement a “real breakthrough” that would help the two Balkan countries prosper after decades of war and failed negotiations. Both countries—parts of the former Yugoslavia—agreed to freeze talks about normalizing political ties for a year to allow […]

Bigotry Allegations Against Former Aussie Prime Minister ‘Dishonest’: Sister

Sydney Councillor Christine Forster has called the comments of British pundits and politicians “cheap political” potshots after they labelled her brother, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a misogynist and a homophobe. The pundits’ comments came after Abbot gave a speech at the British think-tank Policy Exchange, where he said families sometimes elect to allow elderly […]

Quad Countries Could Formalise an Arc of Democracy in Indo-Pacific

Australia, America, Japan, and India could formalise their quadrilateral strategic security ties at an in-person ministerial meeting in Delhi in the coming weeks. Attending an online seminar at the annual U.S.—India Strategic Partnership Forum on Aug. 31, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. State Department Stephen Biegun said the Indo-Pacific was lacking strong multilateral structures. “It […]

Australia Losing $29 Billion a Year to Cyberattacks, Report Reveals

Australian families and businesses are urged to safeguard their cybersecurity as a new report reveals cyberattacks are ramping up against the country and costing $29 billion a year. The report (pdf) from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) found national security agencies received 59,806 reports of cybercrime over a 12-month period, almost one every 10 minutes. ACSC has also […]

Kremlin Tells West Not to Rush to Judge It on Navalny as Sanctions Talk Starts

MOSCOW/BERLIN—Russia said on Thursday the West should not rush to judge it over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and that there were no grounds to accuse it of the crime, as talk in the West of punishing Moscow intensified. The Kremlin was speaking a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny had […]

Tax Cuts in Play to Combat Australia’s Lockdown-Induced Recession

Billions of dollars in tax cuts are being considered as part of a package to lift the Australian economy from its lockdown-induced recession, following the release of the National Accounts on Sept. 2. The National Accounts revealed economic activity shrank seven percent in the June quarter, confirming the first recession for the nation’s economy in […]

Pakistan Enforces UN Sanctions on Taliban to Push Its Economic and Geopolitical Interests

Pakistan imposed UN sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban on Aug. 22 and experts said Pakistan did this to get off the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), as well as to advance its geopolitical interests in the region. “Pakistan’s move is likely driven by pressure from the Financial Action Task Force, a global […]