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Australian tax official charged in $123 million fraud probe

A senior Australian tax bureaucrat and two of his children are among 10 people charged in connection with a sophisticated tax fraud that police say netted 165 million Australian dollars ($123 million) in less than a year. Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston faces up to five years in …

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‘Interference with internal policies’ – Manila rejects EU aid

MANILA, May 18, (AFP): The Philippines said Thursday it would refuse European Union grants that “interfered” with its internal affairs, following the bloc’s repeated criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war. The European Union has been one of the most vocal international critics of the drug war, which has …

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UN orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors. The UN court ruled unanimously that Pakistan shouldn’t carry out the death penalty on Kulbhushan Jadhav pending …

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New cyberattack underway – Bid to mine virtual currency

PARIS, May 17, (AFP): Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday. The new attack targets the same vulnerabilities the WannaCry ransomware worm exploited but, rather than freeze files, uses the hundreds …

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Saudis gear for Trump visit – Sudan’s Bashir to attend summit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 17, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia is literally counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Donald Trump lands in the kingdom for his first overseas trip as US president this weekend. The kingdom has launched a website in four languages with a countdown clock and …

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‘High chance of clashes with North’

N. Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral SEOUL, May 17, (Agencies): South Korean President Moon Jae-In warned Wednesday there was a “high possibility” of military clashes along the border with North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions. Moon, who was sworn in last week, warned that …

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Khamenei urges massive turnout

Final day of election campaign TEHRAN, May 17, (Agencies): Iran’s top two presidential candidates launched a final day of election campaigning Wednesday as the supreme leader called for a massive turnout to bolster the regime against its “enemies”. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested Iran’s foes would be deterred from pursuing regime …

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Putin offers ‘transcript’ to prove Trump didn’t pass Russia secrets

SOCHI/MOSCOW, May 17, (RTRS): Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading US Republican politician said he would have little faith …

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‘Serious digital sabotage near’ – North Korea link emerges in cyberattack

THE HAGUE, May 16, (Agencies): The world may be close to a “serious act of digital sabotage” which could trigger unrest, “chaos and disorder,” Dutch spy chief Rob Bertholee warned Tuesday. Sabotage of critical infrastructure “is the kind of thing that might keep you awake at night,” Bertholee told a …

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Trump defends intel sharing – Kremlin calls reports ‘complete nonsense’

WASHINGTON, May 16, (RTRS): US President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended having disclosed information to senior Russian officials last week, saying he had an “absolute right” to do so and had shared facts to get Moscow to step up its fight against the Islamic State militant group. The president took …

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