New Zealand to launch groundbreaking plan to end smoking

News 12/09/21, 20:53

The New Zealand government announced on Thursday that by next year it would begin raising the minimum age at which a person can buy cigarettes year by year, according to The Associated Press (AP). The New Zealand government plans to end smoking with a lifetime ban for those under the age ...

Australia: Chinese hacker attack nearly cut power grid

Australia & Oceania 12/09/21, 20:17

According to official Australian sources, millions of citizens were minutes away from losing power as a result of a cyber-attack apparently carried out by Chinese hackers against CS Energy, a major power grid. The ransomware attack was carried out on Nov. 27, and although specialists managed to stop it at the ...

US considers tougher sanctions on Iran as nuclear talks flounder

D.C. 12/09/21, 15:54

Futile nuclear negotiation leads the Biden administration to gauge tightening sanctions on Iran, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, Dec. 9. Washington is looking to target the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has played a key role in financing Iran despite being an ally with the U.S. It is the ...

A delegation of 43 senior Slovak officials visited Taiwan

Politics 12/09/21, 03:01

Led by Karol Galek, Slovakia's Minister of Economic Affairs, a 43-member group of 18 senior officials and 25 representatives of private enterprises, researchers, and industry and academic representatives arrived on Dec. 5 for a six-day visit. They were there to attend the First Session of the Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic ...

The fate of 6 officials in Xi Jinping’s ‘Anti- Corruption’ campaign

China 12/09/21, 02:56

This year, the Chinese Communist Party's senior authorities have undergone a severe purge directed by incumbent leader Xi Jinping. As 13 provinces and autonomous regions have completed the leadership transition, six officers have been eliminated. Throughout the reform process, most top leaders at the provincial party committee level were repositioned, AboluoWang ...

Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

Australia & Oceania 12/09/21, 02:21

On Dec. 8, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Australia would not send officials or politicians to the North Olympic Winter Games to be held in Beijing in 2022. Australia officially joined the list of countries boycotting diplomacy with the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Morrison ...

Germany Revealed the CCP’s ‘Large-scale Cyber Attack Weapons Warehouse’

China 12/08/21, 23:29

A confidential document from the "Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution '' or BFV from Germany said that Chinese government hackers possessed a "large-scale cyber attack arsenal."  According to DW News on Dec. 4, the BFV's report revealed Chinese hackers tried to target the private emails of federal Members ...

Chinese property giant Kaisa defaults as debt default wave continues

China 12/08/21, 16:32

Evergrande announced on Dec. 3, 2021, that its first U.S. dollar bond would default after Kaisa's announcement that it would not be able to renew its overseas obligations. Kaisa Group, a Chinese property developer, stated on Dec. 3 that its request to extend its foreign bond obligation for $400 million had ...