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Abe’s dominance belies Japan’s weak politics

JAPAN goes to the polls on 21 July with half the seats of the Upper House up for grabs. There is little doubt that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are sailing towards their sixth consecutive electoral victory.

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Posted: 15 July 2019 | 6:02 am

Aussie kids take stolen car on 1,000-kilometre road trip

Four children took a stolen four-wheel drive on a 1,000-kilometre (620-mile) road trip across the Australian outback before being nabbed by police, officials said Monday.

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Posted: 15 July 2019 | 2:59 am

One dies, hundreds evacuate after 7.3 quake in Indonesia

At least one person has been found dead and hundreds were evacuated after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, an official said.

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Posted: 15 July 2019 | 2:58 am

What will the Japanese upper house elections mean for Abe?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition will likely lose seats in the upper house elections on 21 July 2019. This is simply because it won big six years ago. In 2013, Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won 65 out of the 121 seats up for election — the biggest win by any party since 1992 — and its coalition partner Komeito won 11.

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Posted: 12 July 2019 | 3:00 am

Universities need to do more to keep international students safe

Australia prides itself on being a safe travel destination. And feeling safe is one of the leading considerations for international students when choosing to study here.

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Posted: 11 July 2019 | 3:00 am

India car sales fall for eighth month in a row

India recorded an eighth successive month of falling car sales Wednesday, with June seeing a 25 per cent decrease, adding to a multi-day slump in Indian stocks.

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Posted: 11 July 2019 | 2:59 am

Japan’s space probe makes second touchdown on asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe landed successfully Thursday on a distant asteroid for a final touchdown, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.

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Posted: 11 July 2019 | 2:58 am

Everest: Hear from the people risking their lives in the ‘death zone’

CLIMBING some of the world’s tallest mountains, you enter the “death zone” when you are 8,000 metres from sea level – where oxygen is 34 percent the concentration it is on the ground below. Climbing here is one of the most dangerous forms of tourism there is. For mountaineers, the most tantalising goal is to climb the world’s 14 highest peaks, all of which stretch into the death zone.

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Posted: 10 July 2019 | 3:00 am

China demands US cancel arms sale to Taiwan

CHINA demanded Tuesday that the United States "immediately cancel" a potential sale of $2.2 billion in arms to self-ruled Taiwan, including battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles, adding fuel to tensions between the two powers.

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Posted: 10 July 2019 | 2:36 am

Deforestation + climate change = dead end for wildlife

CLIMATE change combined with galloping tropical deforestation is cutting off wildlife from life-saving cooler climes, heightening the risk of extinction, researchers said Monday.

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Posted: 10 July 2019 | 2:00 am