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3Novices:Australia’s spy chief warns of ‘insidious’ espionage threats. Is he referring to China?

Foreign powers are waging an “extensive, unrelenting” campaign of espionage and meddling in Australia, notably targeting ethnic and religious minorities, the country’s spy chief warned Thursday.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) said it was struggling to cope with the threat, with its resources stretched from fighting terrorism.
Spy chief Duncan Lewis said in a forward to ASIO’s annual report that over the past year there had been a “steadily…
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3Novices:TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, dubbed ‘Russia’s Paris Hilton’, announces presidential bid

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in next year’s presidential election, offering liberal voters unhappy with President Vladimir Putin’s rule someone to back, though she has little prospect of winning.
Opinion polls show Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for nearly two decades, will comfortably win re-election if, as most observers expect, he decides to seek what would be his fourth term in March.
However, a significant minority of…
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3Novices:Xi Jinping’s leadership reshuffle revealed: meet the pair poised to become two of China’s most powerful men

President Xi Jinping’s trusted ally Li Zhanshu stands a good chance of becoming chairman of China’s parliament while Communist Party organisation chief Zhao Leji is likely to head its corruption watchdog, sources have told the South China Morning Post.

Li is widely expected to be elevated to the Politburo Standing Committee – the ruling party’s top echelon of power – on Wednesday, a day after the party’s 19th national congress closes in Beijing. Most…
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3Novices:How Facebook era made the monarchies of Malaysia, Brunei relevant again

Brunei’s Prince Abdul Mateen – 10th son of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – has Hollywood movie star looks and an Instagram following (705,000 and counting) larger than his country’s population.
The Crown Prince of Johor, (a state in southern Malaysian) Tunku (Prince) Ismail Sultan Ibrahim – an avid polo-player who heads Malaysia’s Football Association – often talks more sense than most of his country’s politicians.

After decades in retreat,…
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3Novices:Horror in Taiwan: Parents indicted over abuse, deaths of three young siblings

A Taiwanese couple have been indicted over the abuse and deaths of three of their children whose bodies they then buried in hidden locations, in a crime that has shocked the island.
The father, identified by his family name Lee, admitted to beating two sons – aged seven years and 10 months – before they died, prosecutors said in a statement on Wednesday.
He was charged with causing injury leading to death while the children’s mother was indicted for abandonment leading to…
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3Novices:Massive fire nearly destroys five-star lakefront hotel in Myanmar’s Yangon

A fire has nearly destroyed a luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon.
A body bag was being carried out of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel on Thursday morning and firefighters said the victim was male. It was unclear if others were killed or injured.
Photos and video posted online show the spectacular blaze racing through the building early Thursday morning. Smoke was still rising from the remains of the lakeside hotel hours after daybreak, and dozens…
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3Novices:McDonald’s South Korea office raided after complaints children fell ill from burgers

South Korean investigators raided the Seoul office of McDonald’s Corp after a series of complaints that children fell ill after eating hamburger patties alleged to have been undercooked, Yonhap News Agency and other media said.
The Seoul central district prosecutors’ office confiscated some documents and evidence Wednesday at the office and three other companies, including an ingredient supplier, the reports said.
A spokeswoman at the office confirmed the raid to Reuters but gave no…
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