Fiji suspends police commissioner, ends China policing agreement | Politics News

Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho is seen as close to former Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who was in power for 16 years. Fiji’s new government has suspended the police commissioner and signalled the end of a controversial policing agreement with China. Elections last year saw the Pacific island nation’s first change of government in 16 … Read more

Study: Enough rare earth minerals to fuel green energy shift

The world has enough rare earth minerals and other critical raw materials to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy to produce electricity and limit global warming, according to a new study that counters concerns about the supply of such minerals. With a push to get more electricity from solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric and … Read more

North Korea condemns US sending battle tanks to Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korea’s leader, accused the US of fighting a ‘proxy war’ against Russia. The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned the decision by the United States to supply Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight Russian forces, accusing Washington of crossing a … Read more

3 dead, 1 missing as rain pounds New Zealand’s largest city

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities said Saturday that three people had died and at least one was missing after record levels of rainfall pounded New Zealand’s largest city, causing widespread disruption. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins flew to Auckland on a military plane after a state of emergency was declared in the region. “Our priority … Read more

EU official: Russia shifts war focus to ‘NATO and the West’

TOKYO (AP) — A senior EU official said Friday that Russia has taken its war against Ukraine to “a different stage” by making indiscriminate attacks on civilians and non-military targets, while criticizing Moscow for triggering recent moves by Germany and the United States to send advanced tanks to Ukraine. Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the … Read more

Israeli air attacks hit Gaza, escalation fears after Jenin raid | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Israel has launched multiple air attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip a day after Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians – including an elderly woman – in the Jenin refugee camp, marking one of the deadliest raids in the occupied West Bank by Israel’s military in years. Local sources in Gaza told Al Jazeera that Israeli … Read more

Opium cultivation surges since Myanmar military seized power: UN | Drugs News

Opium poppy cultivation has surged in Myanmar since the military seized power in 2021, reversing a steady decline that was seen in the illicit crop between 2014 and 2020, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said. Myanmar saw a 33 percent increase in opium poppy cultivation and an 88 percent increase … Read more

Thousands protest ‘invasion’ on divisive Australia holiday | Indigenous Rights News

Thousands of people have marched in cities across Australia, rallying in support of Indigenous rights and protesting against marking their country’s national day on the date that the British colonial fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour more than two centuries ago. In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – Australia’s most populous state – large … Read more

Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Most of Pakistan was left without power Monday as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis. It all started when electricity was turned off during low usage hours overnight to conserve fuel across the country, … Read more

Russian warship to join drills with China, South Africa navies | Military News

Russian frigate armed with hypersonic Zircon missiles will participate in joint drills in South Africa in February, TASS says. A Russian warship armed with hypersonic cruise weapons will take part in exercises with the Chinese and South African navies in February, according to Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency. The report on Monday was the first … Read more