Invictus Games Bring Fighting Spirit to Australia

(VOA): Britain’s Prince Harry will open the Invictus Games in Australia this weekend.  The competition for injured servicemen and women, along with veterans, will attract 500 athletes from 18 countries. "Invictus" means unconquered, or undefeated in Latin.  It is the name given to a..

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China Defends Mass Internment of Muslim Ethnic Minorities

(VOA): China is defending its mass internment of Muslim ethnic minorities, saying it is preventing terrorism by helping them improve job skills, by teaching them the Mandarin language and encouraging them to accept modern science. A senior Chinese official made that argument in a report released..

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China Wants to Further Boost Ties in Central, East Europe

(VOA): An official says China wants to further boost cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe where it is already financing infrastructure and other projects as part of a wider bid to increase global influence. Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng spoke Tuesday at a meeting with officials from 16..

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Japan Exports Fall for First Time Since 2016

(VOA): Japan recorded a trade surplus for September of 139.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion), but exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year, marking the first decline since 2016, after several natural disasters. Trailing exports are also reflecting uncertainties over trade tensions set off by..

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Report: Solomon Islands’ Logging Risks Forests

(VOA): The South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands is felling its tropical forests at nearly 20 times a sustainable rate, according to research by an environmental group published Thursday, driven by insatiable Chinese demand for its lumber. Export volumes of the archipelago’s single..

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US to Open Trade Talks With Britain, EU, Japan

(VOA): The White House has announced plans to negotiate separate trade deals with Britain, the European Union and Japan. "We are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses," U.S. Trade Representative..

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Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees By Film Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too..