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Ethiopia's PM Abiy: From peace prize to grinding war

17 June 2021 at 03:58
Now, as Ethiopia prepares to vote in a general election on Monday that Abiy hopes will secure him a popular mandate, he finds his global standing -- and the surge of hope that accompanied his appointment -- significantly diminished.

'Chinese expert says Covid origins probe should shift to US'

17 June 2021 at 02:38
A senior Chinese epidemiologist said the United States should be the priority in the next phase of investigations into the origin of Covid-19 after a study showed the disease could have been circulating there as early as December 2019, state media said on Thursday.

Helen Clark slams WHO for opposing China travel bans, jury out on lab leak

Countries that did nothing about travel early on made the pandemic impossible to stop, former NZ PM and the investigation into the virus said.

Now grapevine! Can aerobics save your twisted life?

Rose Byrne dons a leotard to play a tortured woman on a quest for self discovery in Physical, a new streaming comedy.

β€˜A good day for Russia’: Trump blasts Biden after Putin summit, citing Nord Stream waivers

17 June 2021 at 00:13
By: RT

Donald Trump pilloried US President Joe Biden following his first sit-down with his Russian counterpart as commander in chief, insisting the US gained nothing from the meeting, calling it a β€œgood day” for Moscow.

β€œWe didn’t get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing,” Trump told Fox’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, going on to attack Biden for dropping sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which is being built by Russia and will transport natural gas into the European Union. Β 

We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, Nord Stream, and that pipeline was stopped. It was given back and nothing was gotten for it… I think it was a good day for Russia.

The former president added that Biden’s energy policies would β€œmake Russia so rich,” offering little explanation of how, but also saying, β€œWhen I left it was $1.87 a gallon for a gallon of gas, now it is over $3. It’s going to go up to $5, $6, or $7, mark my words, and that is bigger than a tax increase.”

Biden waived sanctions on a German company behind Nord Stream 2 last month, saying they were β€œcounterproductive in terms of our European relations.” Putin announced on June 4 that the first section of the pipeline, which will transport gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, has been completed.

While Trump condemned the president’s performance with Putin, he nonetheless told Hannity he wanted him to do well, though could not help but raise the 2020 presidential race even in attempting to be more conciliatory towards his former opponent.

β€œLook, I hope [Biden] has no problems,” he said. β€œI want him to do well. I want him to go out and do well. I think the election was unbelievably unfair, but I want this guy to go out and do well for our country.”

After over three hours of talks with Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, Biden told reporters that he will continue to press Russia on issues like cyber-attacks and human rights and, at the same time, will work with Moscow in the fields of arms control and global stability.

β€œThere is no substitute… for a face-to-face dialogue between leaders. None,” Biden said, adding that he and Putin have β€œa unique responsibility to manage the relationship between two powerful and proud countries.”

Putin struck a similar tone in a separate press conference, saying there is β€œno hostility” between the countries, despite a myriad of disagreements, and called the meeting β€œconstructive.” 

Trump met with Putin in July 2018 in Finland’s capital, Helsinki and was accused by Democrats and some Republicans of kowtowing to the Russian leader.

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BHP’s weighs up big decision on $7b Canadian crop nutrient push

Australia’s top miner BHP expects to make a call on the go-ahead for a giant new mine in Canada within months as it confronts simmering concerns.

India’s exports & imports continue to boom in post-Covid economic recovery

17 June 2021 at 00:12
By: RT

Exports by one of the largest global economies, India, rose 46% to $14 billion during the first two weeks of June, led by sectors such as engineering, gems and jewelry, and petroleum products.

According to preliminary data from the Commerce Ministry, imports soared as well, by 98% to $19.59 billion during the period.

Exports surged 52% to $7.71 billion during the first week of this month, and by about 40% to $6.35 billion in the second week of June. Overall, during April-May, exports jumped to $62.89 billion compared to $29.41 billion in the same period last year.

India is the second worst-hit country in the world in terms of Covid-19 cases, having registered more than 29 million infections so far. Daily cases have eased from the record high of over 400,000 at the start of May, but are still hovering above 100,000.

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Major Banks And Airlines In Australia, US Report Online Outages

17 June 2021 at 00:11
Major banks and airlines in Australia and the United States suffered brief online outages Thursday, with several blaming an "external provider" for the disruption.

Decision β€˜imminent’ on future of National Archives

The government will soon decide the fate of the Archives’ disintegrating records, but one filmmaker suggests its audiovisual records would be better off elsewhere.

Plotter a β€˜simple soul’ who lacked commitment to terror cause, court told

Samed Eriklioglu was confused and naive and his brother, Ertunc, β€œdidn’t have the bottle” to carry out a terror attack, their lawyers said in the County Court.

Covid-19: Growing epidemic and legal challenge over travel

17 June 2021 at 00:04
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning.

Killed Afghan man was showing β€˜hostile intent’, Roberts-Smith says

The former special forces soldier has denied he was involved in the unlawful killing of an Afghan man in Darwan in 2012.

β€˜We may not have made it through’: Sydney Theatre Company’s near catastrophic box office collapse

Executive director Patrick McIntyre said 2021 had started positively for STC, with seven new productions opening to critical acclaim and strong box office demand.

What is the Lindy Effect?

17 June 2021 at 00:00
A technology lawyer named Paul Skallas argues we should be gleaning more wisdom from antiquity.

Mr. Skallas taking his constitutional in Trouville on May 28.

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

The sunset over Phoenix, Ariz., tinted by smoke from nearby wildfires on Tuesday, when temperatures climbed to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

β€˜Springsteen on Broadway’ is returning, but not for guests who haven’t had F.D.A.-approved vaccines.

16 June 2021 at 23:58
The venue, New York’s St. James Theatre, is making no exceptions for people who are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated.

β€œSpringsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York before the debut in 2017.

Former MP accuses the ALP of 'weaponising sexism' at Jenkins review

Former federal Labor MP Emma Husar is expected to give a damning account of the ALP’s handling of criminal allegations she made about a former staffer to an inquiry.

NSW government understates true cost of WestConnex by billions

Budgeted at $16.8 billion by the NSW government, the additional costs suggest the true price of WestConnex would be close to $21 billion.

Updated AstraZeneca advice prompts WA vaccine program shake-up

Advice recommending 50 to 59-year-olds get the Pfizer vaccine instead of the AstraZeneca jab has prompted changes to WA’s rollout.