‘Unacceptable’: Australian PM criticises China over fighter jet incident
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‘Unacceptable’: Australian PM criticises China over fighter jet incident

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has accused Beijing of “unacceptable” conduct after reports a Chinese fighter jet fired flares in the flight path of an Australian navy helicopter over international waters. The MH60R Seahawk helicopter was flying above the Yellow Sea on Saturday as part of the United Nations’s efforts to enforce sanctions on North Korea…

US soldier detained in Russia and accused of theft
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US soldier detained in Russia and accused of theft

A United States soldier has been detained in Vladivostok on charges of theft in Russia’s latest high-profile detention of an American. Russia’s RIA state news agency reported on Tuesday that the soldier, identified by the court as Gordon Black, would be detained until July 2. Speaking on condition of anonymity, US officials told the Associated…

Wall Street Journal cuts Hong Kong staff, shifts focus to Singapore
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Wall Street Journal cuts Hong Kong staff, shifts focus to Singapore

The Wall Street Journal has announced staff cuts at its Hong Kong bureau as it shifts its “center of gravity in the region” to Singapore, marking the latest blow to the financial hub’s once-thriving media industry. Editor-in-chief Emma Tucker told staff in a company-wide memo on Thursday that the newspaper was following the same path…

US congressman Cuellar indicted for alleged Azerbaijan influence scheme
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US congressman Cuellar indicted for alleged Azerbaijan influence scheme

A member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Texas, Henry Cuellar, and his wife have been indicted on allegations that the couple accepted nearly $600,000 in bribes in exchange for their efforts to influence legislation that advanced the interests of a Mexican bank and a state-controlled energy company in Azerbaijan….

Solomon Islands elects Jeremiah Manele as new prime minister
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Solomon Islands elects Jeremiah Manele as new prime minister

Legislators in the Solomon Islands have elected former Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele as their new prime minister. Manele, who has pledged to continue the Pacific nation’s China-friendly foreign policy, won 31 votes in a secret ballot on Thursday. His opponent, longtime opposition leader Matthew Wale, secured 18 votes. The vote in the 50-member parliament took…

South Korea’s Samsung sees profit jump 10-fold on memory chip recovery.
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South Korea’s Samsung sees profit jump 10-fold on memory chip recovery.

Samsung Electronics has reported a nearly 10-fold jump in first-quarter operating profit amid the recovery of its key memory chip business. The tech giant, the flagship subsidiary of Samsung Group, South Korea’s largest family-controlled conglomerate, said that operating profit rose to 6.61 trillion won ($4.85bn) in the first three months of the year on the…

Dubai’s ruler announces construction of world’s largest airport terminal.
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Dubai’s ruler announces construction of world’s largest airport terminal.

Dubai has started work on a $35bn airport terminal that is set to have the world’s largest capacity upon completion, the emirate’s ruler has said. Dubai’s Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Sunday that the new terminal would be five times the size of the current Dubai International…

Scottish First Minister Yousaf promises to fight no-confidence vote.
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Scottish First Minister Yousaf promises to fight no-confidence vote.

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf has said he intends to fight a vote of no confidence following his decision to withdraw from a coalition agreement and try to run a minority government. Yousaf, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has faced growing pressure from his political opponents after he ended a coalition deal with…

Top New York court overturns Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction.
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Top New York court overturns Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction.

New York’s highest court has overturned disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 conviction for rape and sexual assault, highlighting the challenges of holding powerful men to account. The Court of Appeals found on Thursday that the landmark trial was unfair because the judge allowed women whose accusations were not part of the charges Weinstein faced to…