China rebukes Australian over ‘hysteria’

China’s embassy in Canberra has sharply criticised Australian politicians and media outlets, saying they have damaged trust between the two nations. The embassy accused some officials of “irresponsible remarks” and local media of fabricating “anti-China hysteria”. On Tuesday, Australia unveiled sweeping proposals designed to prevent foreign interference in local politics. China denied that it had engaged in such behaviour and urged Australia […]

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Australian citizenship test to get harder, based on ‘values’

The Australian government unveiled sweeping new citizenship rules this week that require applicants to live here for at least four years, speak English fluently and conform to “Australian values.” Applicants will be asked whether they believe in forced marriages for children, genital mutilation, striking a spouse and prohibiting girls from school. Those questions appear aimed at Muslim immigrants, who have come here in recent […]

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On deck for Friday: The African economy is booming, leaders in Europe decide to establish a single bankingsupervisor for the euro zone, and tensions continue between North and South Korea U.N. Security Council — Bloomberg reports that the U.N. Security Council has five new non-permanent members: Australia, South Korea, Argentina, Luxembourg, and Rwanda. The five countries will begin their two-year […]

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