Australian govt moves to censure former PM over secret ministries

Australia's former prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to media during a press conference in Sydney on August 17, 2022. (STEVEN SAPHORE / AFP) SYDNEY – Australia's Labor government said it will move a parliamentary censure motion against former Liberal prime minister Scott Morrison this week after an inquiry found his secret appointment to multiple ministries […]

Australia to develop plan to safeguard Aboriginal heritage

Australian Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek attends the opening session of the G20 Environment and Climate Ministerial Meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Aug 31, 2022. (MADE NAGI / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) MELBOURNE – Australia will set up a national legal framework to strengthen protection for Aboriginal cultural heritage, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek […]

Australia to develop national plan to safeguard Aboriginal heritage

Australian Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek attends the opening session of the G20 Environment and Climate Ministerial Meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Aug 31, 2022. (MADE NAGI / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) MELBOURNE – Australia will set up a national legal framework to strengthen protection for Aboriginal cultural heritage, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek […]

In blow to PM, 3rd Japanese minister resigns in a month

Japan's Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Minoru Terada arrives at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's official residence in Tokyo, Japan August 10, 2022. REUTERS/ ISSEI KATO/ FILE PHOTO TOKYO — Japan's internal affairs minister resigned on Sunday in connection with a funding scandal, becoming the third cabinet member to leave in less than a month […]

Nournews: Iran summons Australian ambassador

This file photo dated July 13, 2022, shows Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani holding a press conference in Tehran. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) DUBAI —  Australia's ambassador was summoned by Tehran over comments made by the Australian prime minister regarding Iran's internal developments, Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday according to the semi-official […]

Pakistan at COP27 demands climate aid, says ‘dystopia’ already here

Displaced people stand on flooded highway, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Sehwan, Pakistan, Sept 16, 2022. (AKHTAR SOOMRO / REUTERS) SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – Pakistan will not be satisfied unless UN climate summit negotiators unlock emergency cash for the country to rebuild after this year's devastating floods, its climate minister said […]

Indonesia tightens crypto market with OJK regulation

Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati speaks during a side event on the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 14 July 2022. Made Nagi/Pool via REUTERS JAKARTA — Indonesia plans to move the regulation, supervision and oversight of cryptocurrency investments to the Financial Service Authority (OJK) to better […]

Once again, Malaysia’s Anwar bids to become prime minister

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tambun, Perak, Malaysia Nov 4, 2022. (HASNOOR HUSSAIN / REUTERS) TAMBUN, Malaysia – After two decades as opposition leader, Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim was poised to finally become prime minister in 2020. But his alliance collapsed from infighting, leaving him as far away as […]

Russia, Jordan foreign ministers discuss ties, Syrian crisis

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (right) meets with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Amman, Jordan, on Nov 3, 2022. (MOHAMMAD ABU GHOSH / XINHUA) AMMAN – Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi held here on Thursday a meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during which the two sides discussed, among others, bilateral […]

Palestinian PM: Israeli election would not produce a partner for peace

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye speaks during a joint press conference with Libya's interim prime minister in the Libyan capital Tripoli, on Feb 14, 2022. (MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP) RAMALLAH – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Wednesday said that the results of the Israeli parliamentary elections would not produce a peace partner with the […]

Iraqi lawmakers approve al-Sudani’s new cabinet lineup

Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani (right front) and his cabinet members are sworn in at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct 27, 2022. The Iraqi parliament on Thursday approved the new cabinet lineup and the government program presented by Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani. (IRAQI PARLIMENT / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) BAGHDAD – The […]

Jordanian ministers resign before reshuffle of Khasawneh cabinet

Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh (left), followed by Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, walks to attend a parliament session in Amman, on Dec 15, 2021. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP) AMMAN – Ministers in the Jordanian government submitted their resignation to Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh on Wednesday to pave the way for a cabinet reshuffle, the state-run […]

Türkiye, Libya sign 2 defense cooperation agreements

People walk on a street in Ankara, Türkiye, on Oct 6, 2022. (PHOTO BY MUSTAFA / XINHUA) ANKARA – Türkiye and Libya have signed two agreements on defense cooperation, Türkiye's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Libyan Prime Minister and Defense Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah signed the two agreements when they met […]