US arrests officer for allegedly trying to spy for China

US arrests officer for allegedly trying to spy for China

A former US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer has been arrested for attempting to spy on the US for China. File photo of Seattle Airport. Photo: 123RF Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was arrested by the FBI on Saturday on his way to a Seattle airport for a flight to China. The justice department says Mr Hansen is accused of attempting to transmit national defence information and receiving at least $US800,000 […]

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Rare Van Gogh painting fetches millions at auction

Rare Van Gogh painting fetches millions at auction

An early landscape painting by Vincent Van Gogh has sold for €7m ($NZ12 million) at an auction in Paris. The painting “Raccommodeuses de filet dans les dunes” by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is presented at Artcurial auction house in Paris. Photo: AFP Painted in 1882, Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes depicts peasant women working on the land, inspired by countryside around The Hague in the Netherlands. It was […]

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Trump claims ‘absolute‘ power to pardon himself

Trump claims ‘absolute‘ power to pardon himself

US President Donald Trump says he has committed no wrongdoing but has the “absolute” power to pardon himself, echoing sweeping arguments from his lawyer. US President Donald Trump tweeted that he cannot be indicted or subpoenaed and has the power to pardon himself. Photo: AFP or licensors The remarks come as US Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s in the 2016 US election and possible illegal obstruction of that probe by the […]

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Criminal cartel charges laid against Australia‘s ANZ

Criminal cartel charges laid against Australia‘s ANZ

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has formally laid criminal cartel charges against ANZ, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and six senior executives. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Those charged include ANZ‘s global head of treasury, Rick Moscati, and the chairman of Citigroup‘s operations in Australia, Stephen Roberts. The charges relate to the sale of $A2.5 billion ANZ shares to institutional investors in August 2015. The sale was organised and underwritten […]

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More than 60 die as Guatemala volcano erupts

More than 60 die as Guatemala volcano erupts

Guatemala‘s most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century has killed 62 people, officials say. This handout picture released by the National Police of Guatemala shows an aerial view of the area around Volcano Fuego after an eruption in Guatemala on June 4, 2018. Photo: AFP Dozens more are missing, the country‘s disaster agency says. Only 13 of the dead have been identified so far, Mirna Zeledon, a spokeswoman […]

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Italy will no longer be ‘Europe‘s refugee camp‘, vows new government

Italy will no longer be ‘Europe‘s refugee camp‘, vows new government

Newly installed interior minister Matteo Salvini promises tough action to reduce migrant arrivals and send back those who have already come. Italy‘s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Photo: AFP Italy will no longer be “Europe‘s refugee camp”, newly installed interior minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday. Salvini, head of the right-wing League and a deputy prime minister in the eurosceptic coalition, has made curbing immigration a clarion call of his party […]

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Top US court backs baker‘s gay cake snub

Top US court backs baker‘s gay cake snub

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. David Mullins (left) and Charlie Craig wanted a wedding cake to celebrate their planned marriage Photo: AFP The Colorado state court had found that baker Jack Phillips‘ decision to turn away David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012 was unlawful discrimination. But the Supreme Court ruled […]

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Grenfell Tower Inquiry expert: ‘stay put‘ strategy failed

Grenfell Tower Inquiry expert: ‘stay put‘ strategy failed

Residents of London‘s Grenfell Tower housing block should have been told to get out quickly rather than stay in their flats as flames engulfed the building and killed 71 people a year ago, a public inquiry heard on Monday. The charred remains of clading are pictured on the outer walls of the burnt out shell of the Grenfell Tower block Photo: AFP The Grenfell Tower blaze, Britain‘s deadliest on domestic […]

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Neymar back with a bang as Brazil beat Croatia

Neymar back with a bang as Brazil beat Croatia

Neymar back with a bang as Brazil beat Croatia © Oli Scarff, AFP | Brazil‘s striker Neymar (R) vies with Croatia‘s defender Sime Vrsaljko (L) and Croatia‘s midfielder Mateo Kovacic (C) before scoring the opening goal of the international friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia. Neymar scored on his return to action after three months out through injury as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a 2-0 […]

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Paris‘s ‘Dîner en blanc‘ toasts 30th anniversary with record turnout at Invalides

Paris‘s ‘Dîner en blanc‘ toasts 30th anniversary with record turnout at Invalides

Paris‘s ‘Dîner en blanc‘ toasts 30th anniversary with record turnout at Invalides © François Guillot, AFP | People dressed in white share a dinner during the 30th edition of the “Diner en Blanc” (Dinner in White) event on the Invalides esplanade in Paris on June 3, 2018 with the Grand Palais in background. Parisians and tourists wearing seasonally appropriate all-white outfits enjoyed gourmet picnics Sunday in front of the French […]

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