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2022 General Election: Sayed-Khaiyum hits out at broadcaster

FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum took a swipe at Fiji-based Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Lice Movono for “grossly misinforming the Fijian public”. His comments were in response to a claim by the National Federation Party...

2022 General Election: ABC stands by story

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) says it stands by its story titled “Fiji’s Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, caught in extraordinary dispute just a week out from national election”. “This story reveals important allegations regarding the Fiji election and the independence of electoral processes which Fijians and all audiences have a right to know about,” an ABC...

Australian court dismisses suit against Google over personal data use

(Reuters) -Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday its lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google that alleged consumers were misled about expanded use of personal data for targeted advertising had been dismissed by a court. The proceedings, initiated by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in July 2020, alleged Google did not explicitly take consent from users...

Climate activists from France and Italy block Mount Blanc tunnel

PARIS (Reuters) – French and Italian climate activists on Friday were blocking entrances to the Mont Blanc tunnel in Chamonix on the French side and in Courmayeur on the Italian side to raise awareness about climate change. The action that started at 1130 GMT was carried out by some 20 activists from Derniere Renovation (France)...

2022 General Election: NFP/PA will cancel all debts – Rabuka

The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says a PA-National Federation Party government will cancel all student debts and replace the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme and Toppers scholarships with full scholarships for all students in the country. At a rally at the Fijian Teachers Association hall on Wednesday, he said the full scholarships for all...

Nearly 10% of marine life threatened with extinction -Red List

GENEVA (Reuters) – The effects of human activity from climate change to pollution are “devastating” marine life, with nearly a tenth of underwater plants and animals assessed so far threatened with extinction, the latest Red List of Threatened Species showed on Friday. The report’s release coincides with a U.N. summit on nature in Montreal where...

Disappearing plants jeopardize a green future

(Reuters) – Nearly 800 plant species have disappeared since the 18th century, while thousands more are considered functionally extinct – no longer playing a role in their environment, or are so rare they are no longer able to reproduce. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom estimate undocumented extinctions could put...

Biden admin tells Supreme Court law protecting social media companies has limits

(Reuters) – The Biden administration argued to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that social media giants like Google could in some instances have responsibility for user content, adopting a stance that could potentially undermine a federal law shielding companies from liability. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice made their argument in the high...

Malaria deaths dip in 2021 after rising in first year of COVID, says WHO

(Reuters) – Malaria-related deaths fell slightly in 2021 after a significant increase in the first year of COVID-19, but remained higher than the pre-pandemic estimated toll, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report on Thursday. Estimated deaths from malaria globally declined to 619,000 last year from 625,000 in 2020 as healthcare services stabilized after...

9th December

Harry and Meghan decry “pain and suffering” of women brought into UK royal family

LONDON (Reuters) -Prince Harry said the British royal family had dismissed race-related hounding of his wife Meghan by the press as a rite of passage as the couple delivered a fierce attack on the media in their Netflix documentary series released on Thursday. Harry also drew comparisons between how papers had treated Meghan and the...

Indigenous people seek stronger land rights at COP15 nature talks

MONTREAL (Reuters) -Negotiations on a deal to protect 30% of the Earth by 2030 are woefully behind in addressing the concerns of native people, whose land holds the majority of the world’s remaining biodiversity, indigenous advocates told Reuters at the U.N. nature summit in Montreal. Indigenous participation is seen as key to reaching that so-called...

Release of Bali bomb maker ‘difficult day’ for Australians, says deputy PM

SYDNEY/KUTA, Indonesia (Reuters) -Indonesia’s release of convicted Bali bomb maker Umar Patek will be a “difficult day” for Australians who lost loved ones and relatives in the attacks, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said on Thursday. Patek was freed on parole late on Wednesday, the same day a suicide bomber who was once jailed...

6th December

New Zealand announces review of its handling of COVID-19 pandemic

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The New Zealand government said on Monday it would launch an inquiry into the country’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic so future governments could learn from the experience. A Royal Commission, a public inquiry of the highest level in New Zealand, would look at the overall response, the government...

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