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Erdogan: Turkey in contact with Damascus through its spy agency

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government maintained "low-level" contact through its spy agency with Syria's leadership despite being one of its staunchest critics. Erdogan's comments on Sunday were the first confirmation of the direct discussions with Damascus. "Foreign policy is being conducted with Syria at a low-level," he told the state-run TRT television…

US indicts hackers ‘working for Chinese spy agency’

US officials say two Chinese citizens acting on behalf of their country's main intelligence agency carried out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from government agencies and companies in the United States and nearly a dozen other countries. The two, identified as Zhu Hua and Zhang Jianguo, worked in China to hack into computers…

Adelaide to be home to Australia’s new space agency

Updated December 11, 2018 23:41:55 Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to announce Adelaide will be the home to Australia's new space agency. Key points:Australia's space agency will be located at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital siteSouth Australia was selected after putting forward the strongest casePrime Minister says it will create up to 20,000 jobs…

Sharee Miller’s Don’t Touch My Hair teaches kids consent and agency

Sharee Miller’s new children’s book, Don’t Touch My Hair, follows Aria, a young black girl who goes to extreme lengths, traveling underwater and even into space, to get away from people, aliens, and mermaids, who want to touch her hair without asking. The properly-titled Don’t Touch My Hair is a follow-up to Miller’s 2017 children’s book Princess Hair,…

Elon Musk just mocked the SEC on Twitter after he was...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed to take aim at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a tweet on Thursday, calling it the "Shortseller Enrichment Commission.""Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!"…

US indicts Russian agents over alleged hacking of doping agency

The US Justice Department is charging seven Russian military intelligence officials over the alleged hacking of doping agencies and other organisations. The officers were indicted for conspiring to hack computers and steal data in a bid to delegitimise international anti-doping organisations and expose officials who revealed a Russian state-sponsored athlete doping programme. The charges of…

Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib’s wife Rosmah arrested by anti-graft agency

Rosmah, 66, was arrested in relation to money laundering investigations [File: Lai Seng Sin/Reuters] The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Rosmah Mansor, has been arrested by the country's anti-graft agency over a multibillion-dollar scandal that helped bring down the government. "Rosmah has been arrested," her lawyer K. Kumaraendran told AFP News Agency…

Indonesia quake, tsunami toll jumps to 1,234: Disaster agency

The confirmed death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has risen to 1,234, from 844, the national disaster agency said on Tuesday. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet), which ravaged the small city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi.…

US ends all funding for UN’s Palestine refugee agency

A spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority has called the US decision to halt funding the United Nations' agency assisting Palestine refugees across the Middle East a "flagrant assault" against Palestinian people. "The consecutive American decisions represent a flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions," PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah told…
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