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Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to deploy thousands of police to refugee camps to improve safety

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Bangladesh is deploying thousands of extra police to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, officials said, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from… Reuters ABC Since August, when a military crackdown in Myanmar forced many of the Muslim minority to cross the border into Bangladesh and seek shelter in the crowded camps, 19 people, some of them community leaders, have been killed. Police have made a ... Read More »

Why technology puts human rights at risk

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Movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Terminator brought rogue robots and computer systems to our cinema screens. Birgit Schippers The Conversation But these days, such classic science fiction spectacles don’t seem so far removed from reality. Increasingly, we live, work and play with computational technologies that are autonomous and intelligent. These systems include software and hardware with the capacity for independent reasoning and decision making. They work for us on the factory floor; they decide whether ... Read More »

The Guardian view on regulating elections: democracy needs a tougher defence

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The campaign for Brexit now looks dishonest and discredited. Its dodgy legacy casts a shadow over Theresa May’s government Editorial A healthy democracy has many mechanisms to hold politicians to account, but none as mighty as the ballot box. The government that fails to fulfil its promises can be expelled from power. This contract between electorate and elected is one reason why many democrats are suspicious of referendums. The danger is that they elevate a one-off verdict above the normal ... Read More »

ABC ban: News Corp rejects media boycott of Nauru forum

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Press gallery says it won’t cover Turnbull’s trip unless public broadcaster gets visa Amanda Meade The Guardian News Corp has rejected a boycott of the Pacific Islands Forum by the Australian federal press gallery, which was sparked by a Nauru government ban on the ABC for alleged “bias and false reporting”. The president of the press gallery, David Crowe, said on Wednesday that the small pool of journalists, including a reporter, a stills photographer and a TV camera operator, would ... Read More »

‘She’s in BIG trouble’ Ministers warn May – Brexiteers will REJECT EU customs union plan

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THERESA MAY has been warned by senior ministers that her latest EU customs plan will be rejected by Brexit-backing Tory MPs. By MACER HALL – EXCLUSIVE Express The Prime Minister is due to brief her top team on a new “third way” compromise proposal for future customs links with Brussels at a crunch Cabinet meeting at her country residence Chequers on Friday. And her officials expressed hope that the blueprint – combining two earlier options that bitterly divided ministers – will be a ... Read More »

Will Amy Coney Barrett be Trump’s Supreme Court pick?

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One of the names on Donald Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist is a 46-year-old appellate court judge, former law professor and mother of seven. Anthony Zurcher BBC She could also end up being a political lightning rod in the biggest confirmation battle of modern US history. President Trump has said he will reveal his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court, to the American public on Monday. That marks a remarkably fast turnaround ... Read More »

Trump asked advisers about invading Venezuela in 2017

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(CNN) – President Donald Trump last August asked several top foreign policy advisers about the possibility of invading Venezuela during a meeting about diplomatic sanctions the US was enacting on the autocratic government, a… By Jeremy Diamond, CNN Trump’s aides, including then-national security adviser HR McMaster, vigorously urged him against the notion of a military invasion of Venezuela, warning him it could backfire and explaining that US allies in the… Taking military action against Venezuela would be a dramatic escalation of ... Read More »

Trump tensions peak ahead of NATO summit

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Strains in the U.S.-European relationship are peaking just as President Trump prepares to face allies at this month’s critical NATO summit. Rebecca Kheel The Hill Trump has repeatedly complained that members aren’t meeting the alliance’s defense spending goal. But the meeting comes at a difficult time, with the broader U.S.-European relationship already under stress from Trump’s tariffs, his… Those looming issues have raised fears of a replay of last month’s contentious Group of Seven summit. The mood of the… Trump ... Read More »

Monash student, Hazara refugee and human rights advocate wins prestigious Scholarship to Oxford University

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Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. Born in Afghanistan, she was told that girls and women were second-class, they had no rights and that they didn’t need an education. Monash University It was only when she escaped to Australia that she was given the chance to go to school, and to realise just how lucky she was. Growing up as a Hazara refugee in Australia has taught this Monash international relations and ... Read More »

6 US “Allies” That Are Russia’s Newest Partners

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Russia has mastered the art of making new partnerships among nations that in the 20th and much of the 21st century were and in some cases still are traditional American allies. Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture As the long dead realities of the Cold War era become dramatically re-shaped by the age of multipolarity and increased interconnectivity between global regions, it is helpful to look at some of the countries with whom Russia is a close partner or healthy friend in spite ... Read More »

Prawn white spot virus, and how we tracked down its source in Asia

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This week Four Corners aired Outbreak – an investigation into alleged “quarantine failures putting the Australian economy at risk”. Wayne Knibb The Conversation The story in part reviewed how a pathogen known as White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) had decimated prawn farms located along the Logan River in Queensland. Some of my published research was presented as part of this ABC report. These data, with earlier reports, support the argument that Australia’s biosecurity arrangements were breached by WSSV from Asia. ... Read More »

A new bombing in Afghanistan and the tragedy of refugees

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One of the participants in a research project I am working on was recently killed in the Afghan city of Jalalabad in a suicide bombing attack targeting Sikhs and Hindus. Liza Schuster The Conversation The young women I work with who had interviewed him and his family are shattered, and his distraught wife in agony. Like so many others over the past few years, he was killed by the so-called Islamic State (IS). And like other victims of IS in ... Read More »

Can the bond between Macron and Merkel keep the rest of the EU united?

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Summitry is a staple of international diplomacy and the European Union is no exception. Summits raise expectations: of last-minute, heroic breakthroughs; of meaningful change. Helen Drake The Conversation They exist to punctuate the tensions of international relations with images of harmony and hope that may well be illusory. In the EU, summits are often a last resort to reach agreement. Approaching the EU’s long-awaited summer summit in the final week of June, the stakes were high and expectations already low. ... Read More »

Britain moves big into Brussels

Britain's Prime minister Theresa May (L) walks towards the press as she arrives at the European Council headquarter on the second day of a summit of European Union (EU) leaders on March 23, 2018, in Brussels.
European Union leaders will lay the ground on March 23 for the next phase of Brexit talks after British Prime Minister urged them to seize a "new dynamic" in the negotiations. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The UK diplomatic footprint in the EU capital is set to be one of the largest globally. Britain is leaving Europe, but it’s hardly leaving Brussels. By TOM MCTAGUE Politico The U.K.’s diplomatic footprint in the European capital — currently hidden behind a congested Brussels roundabout, stretched above a Lloyds pharmacy and a cheap Belgian brasserie — will be bigger than it ever was. Come March 29 of next year, the U.K. Representation to the European Union will be the ... Read More »