Fiji suffers widespread damage as Cyclone Harold surges back to category five status while headed for Tonga

Cyclone Harold’s force has been well and truly felt in Fiji with reports of flooded roads, fallen trees and damaged homes emerging from the small, battered nation – but things could be worse for Pacific neighbours Tonga. All of Fiji’s … Read More

Japan’s Shinzo Abe declares a state of emergency

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency to fight new coronavirus infections in major population centres and unveiled a stimulus package he described as among the world’s biggest to soften the economic blow. Abe announced the … Read More

North Korea Seen Expanding Rocket Launch Facility It Once Promised To Dismantle

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Notes Imagery shows new roads appearing at a key rocket and missile test site in North Korea. The roads (light brown) appear to have been built around mid-March. Credit: Planet Labs Inc./MIIS North Korea appears to be expanding a key … Read More

China Is Waging A Coronavirus Info War

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It’s a dangerous game. China is ramping up aggressive propaganda efforts to pin the blame for the coronavirus pandemic on the United States. The communist regime’s highly coordinated approach has been threefold: Directing Chinese diplomats across the world to tout … Read More

Chaos and hunger amid India coronavirus lockdown

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India’s strict lockdown of 1.3 billion people disrupts lives with migrant workers facing hunger and forced to walk home. A migrant worker carries his son as they walk along a road with others to return to their village, during a … Read More

Australia Closes Borders in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

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Travelers wait in line at a Virgin Australia Airlines counter at Kingsford Smith International Airport, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. THE LATEST: Global Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 10,000 Trump Touts Two Drugs for Coronavirus Treatment … Read More

China’s return to work is good news for the economy – but it also risks unleashing a second wave of Covid-19 infections

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Both the government and businesses are eager to restart and revive the economy. But as millions pile back into factories, cafeterias and dormitories, the risk is that a new wave of Covid-19 could pose even bigger risks to the system. … Read More

Australia tells citizens to reconsider all foreign travel amid coronavirus pandemic

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The Australian government had previously advised against travel to regional epicentres in China, Italy, South Korea and Iran.PHOTO: EPA-EFE SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia on Friday (March 13) warned citizens the coronavirus pandemic is now so widespread that they should reconsider all foreign … Read More

Locust swarms put millions at risk of starvation across Africa and Asia

Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images In East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, traveling swarms of locusts the size of Manhattan are putting potentially hundreds of millions at risk of starvation in what the UN has called the … Read More

Make No Mistake, China Really Does Want to Dominate the Pacific

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Can Beijing be stopped? In this decade, the United States Navy may be displaced as the most formidable maritime presence in the Pacific Ocean. China is determined to challenge America’s ability to project military power forward into the Western Pacific. … Read More

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