Foreigners have been banned from working as interns for Australian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Senate said on Thursday, in a reform apparently aimed at blocking Chinese prying into Australian affairs.
Australia bans foreigners from parliament internships after unease about China
NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond US President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions.
After Trump's spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan
New York-based Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for the unconditional release of a veteran Chinese rights activist after he was jailed for 13 years for subversion, one of the longest sentences handed down in a multi-year crackdown.
Rights group urges release of Chinese activist jailed for 13 years for subversion
The Syrian government widened its offensive to recover the southwest on Wednesday, extending it to an enclave held by Daesh-affiliated terrorists as Russian warplanes targeted the area, a war monitor said.
Syria widens assault in southwest, hits Daesh pocket
China accused the United States of bullying and warned it would hit back after the Trump administration raised the stakes in their trade dispute, threatening 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat
Evacuations ordered for up to 5.9m people
At least 176 people have been killed and millions have been evacuated from areas affected by landslides in western Japan.
Abe visits flood-hit western Japan as deaths reach 176
Greece and Russia were poised on Wednesday to expel two of each other’s diplomats in a rare dispute that Greek media said had been prompted by the issue of Macedonia, which expects this week to be formally invited to join the NATO alliance.
Greece, Russia to expel diplomats in Macedonia tussle
British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her Brexit plan on Wednesday, saying it delivered on the vote of the people to leave the European Union.
May says Brexit plan delivers ‘people’s vote’
A suicide bombing at an election rally killed at least 21 people, including a politician, in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, amid concerns about security ahead of national polls later this month.
Suicide bombing kills 21 at Pakistan election rally
US President Donald Trump traded barbs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a two-day NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday after he accused Berlin of being "captive" to Russia and demanded it immediately step up defense spending.
Trump calls Germany ‘captive’ of Russia

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