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Armenia Opposition Leader Detained on Vote-Buying Allegations

YEREVAN—Armenian opposition leader Gagik Tsarukyan, one of the country’s richest businessmen, was put in custody on Friday for two months ahead of a trial on charges of vote-buying in 2017 parliamentary elections. Tsarukyan, leader of the Prosperous Armenia party, the second-biggest faction in parliament, denied…

Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K.

During this uncertain and unstable year, I’ve learned not to take Hong Kong’s freedom for granted. Prodemocracy protests consumed the city for months starting in early 2019, but the political climate changed abruptly in the spring, when Beijing passed a wide-ranging security law that many…

Federal Govt monitoring HomeBuilder program

Australian federal government is monitoring its HomeBuilder program, which provides grants of $25,000 for new homes and major renovations, amid reports some people may miss out because of a construction backlog. Under the current settings, home builders must begin construction within three months of signing…

Bushfire Blazes on Sydney’s Outskirts

More than 20 firefighters are battling an out of control bushfire northwest of Sydney, as it burns towards houses on a suburban street. Just after 2.30pm on Sept 26 Fire and Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service responded to reports of an out of…

Martin Foley to Replace Mikakos as Victoria’s Health Minister

Martin Foley will be sworn in today as the state of Victoria’s new health minister after Jenny Mikakos resigned in response to the premier’s statements regarding the state’s COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry. Premier Dan Andrews is confident Foley, who is currently the minister for the …

Federal Budget to Be a ‘Titanic Effort’: Aussie PM

The federal budget will be “unprecedented” in Australia’s history as the federal government does some “very heavy lifting” to ensure the economy can emerge successfully from the COVID-19 economic crisis, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. Morrison says the government will continue to step up with…

Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos Resigns

Jenny Mikakos has resigned as Victoria’s health minister and from the state government, effective immediately. The resignation follows Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ Sept. 25 statements that contradicted those of Mikakos regarding the state’s COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry. Andrews told the inquiry that Mikakos was “primarily…

Australian Government Flags Eased Rules for Borrowers

Relaxed rules around property loans are expected to help thousands of Australians get into their first home sooner. However, Labor has warned despite the benefits of more people being to be able to access finance, the government must ensure lending is responsible and Australians don’t…

Social Pilot Whales Prone to Beaching

The cause of Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will likely remain a mystery but the tight-knit, social nature of the species involved may have played a big part. As of Friday, almost 100 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued from sandbars at…

Australian PM Backs Vaccine Sharing and Virus Inquiry

Scott Morrison is standing firm on his calls for the independent investigation into COVID-19 virus to look at its origins and urged all nations to share a vaccine once it is proven. The prime minister took to the virtual stage on the morning of Sept…

Military Plane Crashes in Ukraine, Killing 22

A military transport plane carrying 28 people crashed and burst into flames in northeastern Ukraine on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, officials said. Rescue workers were on the scene. Air force pilots and cadets were on the plane, the interior ministry…

Police Officer Shot Dead at Custody Centre in London

A British police officer was shot dead in the early hours of Friday by a man who was being held at a custody centre in south London. Police said the incident occurred at about 2:15 a.m. while the man was being detained at the Croydon…

COVID-19 Benefits Boost May Snag NDP Support for Throne Speech

The Liberals announced Thursday that the government is introducing a bill to create three new COVID-19 benefits for unemployed workers—a move that could secure NDP support and survive a confidence vote. Known as Bill C-2, the proposed legislation seeks to pay out $500 a week,…

Quebecers Urged to Cancel Thanksgiving Gatherings Due to COVID-19

Quebecers are being urged by the province’s health minister to cancel their plans for gatherings with friends and family over the next few weeks, including Thanksgiving dinner. “If I have a choice I would prefer cancelling a lot of those in the next few weeks…

Canada Records $148.58 Billion Deficit in First 4 Months of Fiscal Year

OTTAWA—Canada recorded a $148.58 billion budget deficit for the first four months of the 2020-21 fiscal year, reflecting the impact of the economic downturn and the cost of COVID-19 emergency aid, the finance department said Friday. By comparison, Canada posted a $1.56 billion deficit in…

Chinese National Denied US Entry, Likely Due to CCP Membership: Lawyer

NEW YORK—A Chinese national was recently turned away at a U.S. airport, in what could be the first known case of a visa ban due to the traveler’s status as a Chinese Communist Party member. The person has a U.S. travel visa valid for 10…

COVID-19 Testing in Some Ontario Pharmacies Begins; Many Not Eligible

TORONTO—Some Ontario pharmacies started offering COVID-19 tests on Friday as the province tries to ease the burden on busy assessment centres. The appointment-only tests, however, can only be requested by certain asymptomatic individuals—and just who qualifies and how they can get the test was already…

How the CCP Grooms Teachers to Spread Propaganda Through Confucius Institutes

“Tell your students about China’s high-speed railway. Describe to them how fast, convenient, and advanced it is.” “Don’t discuss Taiwan and Tibet with your students. If they ask, say there is only one China, and Taiwan is part of China. If they ask more, try…

Southern French City Rebels Against COVID Shutdown

MARSEILLE, France—Hundreds of people protested in the French city of Marseille on Friday against tough new measures designed to curb the renewed surge in coronavirus cases. Outside the city’s commercial tribunal, crowds gathered to denounce an order from Paris that restaurants and bars close for…

Australian Think Tank Finds 380 Detention Camps in Xinjiang

CANBERRA, Australia—China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute used satellite…

Over 80 Percent of Britons Not Heeding Covid-19 Self-Isolation Rules, Study Finds

LONDON—Over 80 percent of people in Britain are not adhering to self-isolation guidelines when they have COVID-19 symptoms or had contact with someone who has tested positive, a study has found. A majority were also unable to identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease…

Canada Schools Debate How to Act on Common Cold Symptoms

OTTAWA—Just four days into the new school year, Trevor Boutilier’s five-year-old son was sent home from his Ottawa kindergarten with a runny nose and slight cough, and told to stay away until he’d had a COVID-19 test and was symptom free. The local testing centre…

UK Public Borrowing Overtakes Financial Crisis Peak

LONDON—British public borrowing surged again in August to a new record high, driven by huge outlays to combat the coronavirus pandemic, with the budget deficit so far this tax year overtaking its full-year peak during the global financial crisis. The government has now borrowed 173.7…

2 Wounded in Knife Attack in Paris, Suspect Arrested

PARIS—At least two people were wounded in a knife attack Friday near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, police said Friday. A suspect has been arrested. A Paris police official said that while authorities initially thought two attackers were involved,…

Trudeau Reinstates COVID-19 Updates as Pandemic Worsens

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join Canada’s top public health officers today for their daily update on the worsening COVID-19 health crisis. Trudeau is expected to have an announcement about his government’s ongoing efforts to protect Canadians and combat the potentially deadly novel coronavirus that…

UK Police Officer Shot Dead at Custody Center in South London

LONDON—A British police officer was shot dead in the early hours of Friday by a man who was being held at a custody center in south London. Police said the incident occurred at about 2.15 a.m while the man was being detained at the Croydon…

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