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Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo pulled US$34 million out of Australia after being stripped of residency

Property tycoon’s assets frozen as authorities pursue him over massive tax bill.

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Property tycoon’s assets frozen as authorities pursue him over massive tax bill.

Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo pulled US$34 million out of Australia after being stripped of residency
Dutch Christmas parade to replace Black Petes’ blackface with ‘sooty faces’

The ‘Zwarte Piets’ – or Black Petes – who accompany ‘Sinterklaas’ in the Netherlands’ annual televised parade this year will have a different appearance, according to the organisers.

18 Sep 2019 - 7:18PM

The ‘Zwarte Piets’ – or Black Petes – who accompany ‘Sinterklaas’ in the Netherlands’ annual televised parade this year will have a different appearance, according to the organisers.

Dutch Christmas parade to replace Black Petes’ blackface with ‘sooty faces’
Theft of French President Emmanuel Macron’s portrait justified by climate change, judge rules

The judge said the protesters behind the theft had only caused a limited disturbance and their actions were a ‘legitimate call on the president’.

17 Sep 2019 - 8:52PM

The judge said the protesters behind the theft had only caused a limited disturbance and their actions were a ‘legitimate call on the president’.

Theft of French President Emmanuel Macron’s portrait justified by climate change, judge rules
Boris Johnson’s ‘bonkers’ plan for a 35km bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland

Experts say Boris Johnson’s proposal for bridge fraught with problems.

16 Sep 2019 - 9:24PM

Experts say Boris Johnson’s proposal for bridge fraught with problems.

Boris Johnson’s ‘bonkers’ plan for a 35km bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland
Ex-Google worker calls for strict regulations to stop ‘killer robots’ from starting wars or causing mass atrocities

Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google in protest at being sent to work on military drones, briefed UN diplomats over the dangers posed by autonomous weapons

16 Sep 2019 - 3:57AM

Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google in protest at being sent to work on military drones, briefed UN diplomats over the dangers posed by autonomous weapons

Ex-Google worker calls for strict regulations to stop ‘killer robots’ from starting wars or causing mass atrocities
Will Texas, long a Republican stronghold, be won by Democrats in 2020?

The state has long eluded Democrats, but significant gains in the 2018 midterms and a series of Republican congressional retirements have raised hopes for change

15 Sep 2019 - 10:39PM

The state has long eluded Democrats, but significant gains in the 2018 midterms and a series of Republican congressional retirements have raised hopes for change

Will Texas, long a Republican stronghold, be won by Democrats in 2020?
Supermassive black hole at centre of our galaxy is getting hungrier, say scientists

Astronomers monitoring Sagittarius A* say it appears to have consumed nearby matter at unprecedented rate in past year.

14 Sep 2019 - 3:58AM

Astronomers monitoring Sagittarius A* say it appears to have consumed nearby matter at unprecedented rate in past year.

Supermassive black hole at centre of our galaxy is getting hungrier, say scientists
Donald Trump explains his distinctive orange hue: it’s the light bulbs

In rambling speech to Republican lawmakers, US president takes aim at energy-efficient bulbs, saying ‘the light is the worst’.

14 Sep 2019 - 2:07AM

In rambling speech to Republican lawmakers, US president takes aim at energy-efficient bulbs, saying ‘the light is the worst’.

Donald Trump explains his distinctive orange hue: it’s the light bulbs
Australian MP Gladys Liu accused of failing to declare US$30,000 donation as scandal over Chinese links grows

Gladys Liu is facing growing scandal over not disclosing her membership of Chinese government-linked associations.

13 Sep 2019 - 8:04AM

Gladys Liu is facing growing scandal over not disclosing her membership of Chinese government-linked associations.

Australian MP Gladys Liu accused of failing to declare US$30,000 donation as scandal  over Chinese links grows
Speaker John Bercow vows to stop Boris Johnson breaking the law on Brexit

Bercow threatens to rip up parliamentary rule book to block any illegal attempt by prime minister to take Britain out of EU without a deal on October 31.

13 Sep 2019 - 6:11AM

Bercow threatens to rip up parliamentary rule book to block any illegal attempt by prime minister to take Britain out of EU without a deal on October 31.

Speaker John Bercow vows to stop Boris Johnson breaking the law on Brexit
Northern Ireland court dismisses claims no-deal Brexit would damage peace process

The High Court in Belfast ruled that the British prime minister’s advice to the queen to suspend parliament for five weeks was lawful.

12 Sep 2019 - 9:14PM

The High Court in Belfast ruled that the British prime minister’s advice to the queen to suspend parliament for five weeks was lawful.

Northern Ireland court dismisses claims no-deal Brexit would damage peace process
Air New Zealand faces backlash over ‘cultural appropriation’ after trying to trademark Maori greeting

Maori Council said it would take the airline to court if it goes ahead with the trademark move, and called the application ‘an insult to New Zealanders’.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:04PM

Maori Council said it would take the airline to court if it goes ahead with the trademark move, and called the application ‘an insult to New Zealanders’.

Air New Zealand faces backlash over ‘cultural appropriation’ after trying to trademark Maori greeting
Gladys Liu scandal: Australian PM condemns ‘grubby smear’ against MP with links to China’s ‘propaganda arm’

Hong Kong-born MP had been listed as a member of groups described by Australian opposition as ‘overseas propaganda arms of the Chinese Communist Party’.

12 Sep 2019 - 10:58PM

Hong Kong-born MP had been listed as a member of groups described by Australian opposition as ‘overseas propaganda arms of the Chinese Communist Party’.

Gladys Liu scandal: Australian PM condemns ‘grubby smear’ against MP with links to China’s ‘propaganda arm’
‘Never say never’: Margaret Atwood on writing more Handmaid’s Tale sequels after The Testaments

‘Never say never’ is novelist’s response when asked if she will write more sequels to The Handmaid’s Tale. She says seeing the growing similarities between United States and her fictional Gilead led her to write The Testaments.

12 Sep 2019 - 4:37AM

‘Never say never’ is novelist’s response when asked if she will write more sequels to The Handmaid’s Tale. She says seeing the growing similarities between United States and her fictional Gilead led her to write The Testaments.

‘Never say never’: Margaret Atwood on writing more Handmaid’s Tale sequels after The Testaments
Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage offers British PM ‘no-deal’ election pact

The Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage urged Boris Johnson to strike an agreement to stand jointly in favour of no deal as yet another UK national election looms.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:33PM

The Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage urged Boris Johnson to strike an agreement to stand jointly in favour of no deal as yet another UK national election looms.

Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage offers British PM ‘no-deal’ election pact
Netanyahu’s land grab plan would ‘kill all chances for peace’ between Israel and Palestine, Muslim leaders warn

The Israeli prime minister’s announcement that he wants to annex one-third of Palestine’s West Bank was denounced as ‘unlawful’, ‘aggressive’ and ‘a vision of apartheid’.

11 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

The Israeli prime minister’s announcement that he wants to annex one-third of Palestine’s West Bank was denounced as ‘unlawful’, ‘aggressive’ and ‘a vision of apartheid’.

Netanyahu’s land grab plan would ‘kill all chances for peace’ between Israel and Palestine, Muslim leaders warn
Second referendum? UK MPs want to revive Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Move comes amid concerns that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will still try to pursue a no-deal departure from Europe.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:29PM

Move comes amid concerns that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will still try to pursue a no-deal departure from Europe.

Second referendum? UK MPs want to revive Theresa May’s Brexit deal
Hong Kong-born Australian MP Gladys Liu under pressure to explain links to Chinese groups

Liu said she could not recall if she was a member of the China Overseas Exchange Association and struggled to answer a series of questions about China’s activities in the South China Sea.

12 Sep 2019 - 5:54PM

Liu said she could not recall if she was a member of the China Overseas Exchange Association and struggled to answer a series of questions about China’s activities in the South China Sea.

Hong Kong-born Australian MP Gladys Liu under pressure to explain links to Chinese groups
Robert and Tiffany Williams went on a spending spree after bank deposited US$120,000 in error. Now it’s payback time

Imagine waking up one day to find an extra US$120,000 in your bank account. What would you do with all that cash?

11 Sep 2019 - 9:27PM

Imagine waking up one day to find an extra US$120,000 in your bank account. What would you do with all that cash?

Robert and Tiffany Williams went on a spending spree after bank deposited US$120,000 in error. Now it’s payback time
‘Sharpiegate’ twist: Donald Trump’s commerce secretary faces calls to resign

Wilbur Ross faced calls for his resignation after it was reported that he had threatened to fire senior staff at a federal agency unless they sided publicly with Donald Trump in the rumbling dispute dubbed ‘Sharpiegate’.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:43PM

Wilbur Ross faced calls for his resignation after it was reported that he had threatened to fire senior staff at a federal agency unless they sided publicly with Donald Trump in the rumbling dispute dubbed ‘Sharpiegate’.

‘Sharpiegate’ twist: Donald Trump’s commerce secretary faces calls to resign
Are we doomed? World ‘gravely’ unprepared for climate crisis, grim report warns

Trillions of dollars needed to avoid ‘climate apartheid’ but this is less than cost of inaction.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:43PM

Trillions of dollars needed to avoid ‘climate apartheid’ but this is less than cost of inaction.

Are we doomed? World ‘gravely’ unprepared for climate crisis, grim report warns
Thomas Piketty’s new book ‘Capital and Ideology’ is as long as ‘War and Peace’

French economist’s ‘Capital and Ideology’ expands on themes in ‘Capital in the 21st Century’, which sold 2 million copies.

10 Sep 2019 - 11:17AM

French economist’s ‘Capital and Ideology’ expands on themes in ‘Capital in the 21st Century’, which sold 2 million copies.

Thomas Piketty’s new book ‘Capital and Ideology’ is as long as ‘War and Peace’
US extracted top spy from Russia ‘because Donald Trump couldn’t be trusted with information after meeting Russians’

Decision made soon after US president discussed sensitive information with Russian officials in Oval Office in 2017, according to CNN.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:44PM

Decision made soon after US president discussed sensitive information with Russian officials in Oval Office in 2017, according to CNN.

US extracted top spy from Russia ‘because Donald Trump couldn’t be trusted with information after meeting Russians’
Who really profits from the war on drugs? Author investigates global drug policy winners and losers

Attitudes towards punishing and legalising drug use, crime, and the drug trade’s social and environment impact vary widely. Journalist Antony Loewenstein imagines what a system of fair-trade cocaine production might look like.

10 Sep 2019 - 3:39AM

Attitudes towards punishing and legalising drug use, crime, and the drug trade’s social and environment impact vary widely. Journalist Antony Loewenstein imagines what a system of fair-trade cocaine production might look like.

Who really profits from the war on drugs? Author investigates global drug policy winners and losers
Vegetarian diet cuts heart disease risk, raises stroke risk, study finds

The Oxford University research also found a vegetarian diet raised the risk of stroke by 20 per cent in a study of 48,000 people.

10 Sep 2019 - 4:59PM

The Oxford University research also found a vegetarian diet raised the risk of stroke by 20 per cent in a study of 48,000 people.

Vegetarian diet cuts heart disease risk, raises stroke risk, study finds
Israeli PM’s office edits out Benjamin Netanyahu’s gaffe from video after he refers to Boris Johnson as Boris Yeltsin

Clumsily edited clip cuts away as Israeli leader refers to British PM by wrong name.

9 Sep 2019 - 8:26AM

Clumsily edited clip cuts away as Israeli leader refers to British PM by wrong name.

Israeli PM’s office edits out Benjamin Netanyahu’s gaffe from video after he refers to Boris Johnson as Boris Yeltsin
Leonardo DiCaprio face-swap star took ‘8 seconds’ to find fame with Chinese app Zao – but what about his privacy?

Zao allows users to superimpose their faces on images of famous actors. The app sparked privacy concerns soon after its release. Allan Xia unwittingly became the face of the app after inserting himself into a DiCaprio montage.

9 Sep 2019 - 3:30AM

Zao allows users to superimpose their faces on images of famous actors. The app sparked privacy concerns soon after its release. Allan Xia unwittingly became the face of the app after inserting himself into a DiCaprio montage.

Leonardo DiCaprio face-swap star took ‘8 seconds’ to find fame with Chinese app Zao – but what about his privacy?
‘Cheaper than Marriott’: Congress investigates US military use of Donald Trump’s Scotland resort

Conflict of interest concerns over US military spending at Prestwick airport and discount offers at president’s Turnberry resort.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:42AM

Conflict of interest concerns over US military spending at Prestwick airport and discount offers at president’s Turnberry resort.

‘Cheaper than Marriott’: Congress investigates US military use of Donald Trump’s Scotland resort
Boris Johnson ‘could be jailed’ for refusing to seek Brexit delay

Legal experts say British PM could be found in contempt of court if he does not abide by new bill designed to block no-deal departure from EU on October 31.

8 Sep 2019 - 2:14AM

Legal experts say British PM could be found in contempt of court if he does not abide by new bill designed to block no-deal departure from EU on October 31.

Boris Johnson ‘could be jailed’ for refusing to seek Brexit delay
Malaysia mad at Indonesia over smog from massive forest fires

More than 14 megatonnes of carbon dioxide were discharged from the blazes – many of which were set deliberately to clear forest or farms – on September 5 alone.

7 Sep 2019 - 9:43PM

More than 14 megatonnes of carbon dioxide were discharged from the blazes – many of which were set deliberately to clear forest or farms – on September 5 alone.

Malaysia mad at Indonesia over smog from massive forest fires