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Australia reduces national terrorism threat to ‘possible’
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Australia reduces national terrorism threat to ‘possible’

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s terrorism threat level has been downgraded from “probable” to “possible” for the first time since 2014, the head of the main domestic spy agency said Monday.The defeat of the Islamic State group in battle in the Middle East and an ineffective al-Qaida propaganda machine failing to connect with Western youth has resulted in fewer extremists in Australia, Australian Security Intelligence Organization Director-General Mike Burgess said.“This does not mean the threat is extinguished,” Burgess said.“It remains plausible that someone will die at the hands of a terrorist in Australia within the next 12 months,” he added.However, there have been increases in radical nationalism and right-wing extremist ideology in Australia in the past couple of years, Bur...
Which EU politicians refused to label Russia a sponsor of terror? | Russia-Ukraine war News
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Which EU politicians refused to label Russia a sponsor of terror? | Russia-Ukraine war News

Many on the far right and some on the left rejected the symbolic move to declare Moscow as a terrorist regime.The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring Russia a state “sponsor of terrorism” over its war in Ukraine. “The deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law amount to acts of terror and constitute war crimes,” the European Parliament said. In total, 494 members of the European Parliament (MEPS) voted in favour of the resolution, 58 were against and 44 abstained. The largely symbolic move is unlikely to make an impact, because the European Union – unlike the United States – does not ...
Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News
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Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News

The tiny nation is one of four in the Pacific that still maintain formal ties with Taiwan, as China woos support in the region.The leader of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has promised to “stand firm” on its ties with Taiwan, as China expands its influence in the region. Tuvalu, with a population of about 10,000 people, is one of 14 countries to retain full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy that Beijing claims as its own, and one of four in the Pacific where China has been stepping up efforts to win support. Speaking at a welcome ceremony in Taipei hosted by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said “decent and common values” had always been an added strength to their bond. Tuvalu has maintained diplomatic relations with Taipei ...