Category : Opinion
Author: Manoj Joshi

China's new maritime law – in which foreign vessels will have to submit details to Chinese authorities when transiting through its 'territorial waters' – has now come into force.

In a classic manoeuvre of what is called “lawfare”, China announced a new set of maritime regulations last week that require ships carrying certain types of cargo to provide detailed information to the Chinese authorities when transiting through Chinese “territorial waters”.

Article: https://www.orfonline.org/research/how-beijings-new-maritime-rules-in-the-south-china-sea-will-affect-india-and-others/
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Category : News
Author: Jon Stephenson

A former commander of an elite Afghan police unit that was trained by the New Zealand SAS is asking the Government to do more to help his comrades flee Afghanistan.

Major General Ghulam Daoud Tarakhil, who led Afghanistan’s Crisis Response Unit said CRU officers had spent years hunting “terrorists who used every means – including suicide attacks – to carry out their missions,” and were now being hunted by the Taliban.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/300436907/former-afghan-commander-asks-government-to-do-more-for-abandoned-comrades
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Category : News
Author: Reuters

Facebook Inc's independent oversight board demanded more transparency from the social media giant on Thursday, saying the company was not "fully forthcoming" on how it deals with certain high-profile user accounts.

The comments follow a Wall Street Journal report last month that said millions of Facebook accounts belonging to celebrities, politicians and other high-profile users were exempted from some internal checks.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/technology/2021/10/facebook-s-oversight-board-seeks-more-transparency-on-high-profile-users.html
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Category : News
Author: Zane Small

The leaders of New Zealand and the UK couldn't resist dropping a few rugby jokes as they celebrated their historic free trade agreement (FTA) during a video call. 

"Jacinda, I just want to say this is a big moment for the UK and for our partnership with New Zealand, and we're absolutely thrilled that we seem to have driven for the line," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said from Downing St in London. 

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/10/uk-prime-minister-boris-johnson-drops-rugby-jokes-during-free-trade-deal-chat-with-jacinda-ardern.html
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Author: Assosiated Press

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the ambassadors of the United States, New Zealand and eight other countries to protest a statement they issued that called for the release of imprisoned philanthropist and civil rights activist Osman Kavala in line with a European Court of Human Rights decision.

The statement angered government officials who accused the countries of meddling in the Turkish judiciary.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/300434036/turkey-summons-10-diplomats-including-nz-ambassador-over-call-for-the-release-of-activist-osman-kavala
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Author: Reuters

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement on Facebook.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," his family said, thanking the staff of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington who treated Powell, but providing few details about his illness.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2021/10/former-us-secretary-of-state-colin-powell-dies-of-covid-19-complications.html
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Author: Karin Brulliard and Ben Guarino

The virus had lurked for years, lacking only one thing it needed to inflict widespread human death: a perfect opportunity.

In late 1998, it got it.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300430973/how-the-hunt-for-this-deadly-virus-shaped-the-search-for-covid19-origin
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Category : Defence

Three crewmembers of a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter are safe after ditching their helicopter in the Philippine Sea during a routine flight overnight.

The aircraft was operating from HMAS Brisbane as part of a Regional Presence Deployment with HMAS Warramunga, when the crew conducted an emergency landing in the water. 

Article: https://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/ran-mh-60r-seahawk-helicopter-ditches-in-the-philippine-sea
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