Category: News & Politics

Here’s What Chris Evans Has To Say About That NSFW Camera Roll Leak

Now that Chris Evans has your attention, he wants to remind you to vote. The ‘Avengers’ star set off a social media frenzy over the weekend when he reportedly posted an Instagram video featuring a game of Heads Up that…

How Deceitful Propaganda Lured Japan’s ‘Zainichi’ to North Korea

Manabu Ishikawa avoids his neighbors. Sometimes, the 61-year-old works as a traffic warden as a prerequisite for collecting welfare. But that’s the only time he gets to socialize. Other than that, he rarely sees anyone. He drinks alone at night.…
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Woman describes alleged police shooting live on radio – The Age

“There are guns drawn and they are yelling at him to put the knife down but he doesn’t seem interested in that.” She said the man was “just wandering” around holding the knife by his side while police were surrounding…
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The US presidential election might be closer than the polls suggest (if we can trust them this time)

With less than two months until the US presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads incumbent Donald Trump in the bulk of opinion polls. But poll-based election forecasts have proved problematic before. The polls were widely maligned after the 2016…
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COVID-19 isn’t the only infectious disease scientists are trying to find a vaccine for. Here are 3 others

More than 28 million people around the world have now contracted COVID-19, and more than 900,000 people have died. Research groups across the globe are rightly racing to find a vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.…
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Keep calm, but don’t just carry on: how to deal with China’s mass surveillance of thousands of Australians

National security is like sausage-making. We might enjoy the tasty product, but want to look away from the manufacturing. Recent news that Chinese company Zhenhua Data is profiling more than 35,000 Australians isn’t a surprise to people with an interest…
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Extinction Rebellion’s Two-Week London Shutdown, in Photos

As fires continue to rage in California, Extinction Rebellion approaches the end of its two-week London protest. The climate action group’s “UK rebellion” was another attempt to rouse the government into taking action on the climate crisis, after similar fortnight-long…
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We can’t ignore mental illness prevention in a COVID-19 world

Despite the incremental easing of Victoria’s restrictions, it’s clear the journey towards COVID-normal is far slower than many people had hoped. Australians – particularly Victorians – have shown remarkable resilience, but many are suffering emotionally. The mental health impacts of…
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RNC Chair Ridiculed For Criticising Joe Biden’s Coronavirus Response

Never miss a thing. Sign up to HuffPost Australia’s weekly newsletter for the latest news, exclusives and guides to achieving the good life. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel faced ridicule on Sunday after she attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for…
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Death-by-Police Has Plummeted in Brazil’s Favelas Since the Supreme Court’s Police Ban

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Raull Santiago was trying to deliver basic food during the COVID-19 lockdown in the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro where he lives when all hell broke loose. The sounds of shots and…
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Personal details of more than 35,000 Australians included in leaked Chinese database – SBS News

A Chinese military company has amassed the personal details of more than 35,000 Australians as part of a giant global database targeting influential figures. The company with links to Beijing’s military and intelligence networks has collated profiles on 2.4 million…
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Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong

If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint…
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What lies beneath: tunnels for trafficking, or just a subterranean service? Time to rescue these spaces from the conspiracists

Digital communications have spread conspiracy theories more widely than ever before, particularly in this uncertain and tumultuous year. QAnon, for example, is a movement that seeks to identify a “deep state” or “global elite” complicit in human trafficking, “Pizzagate” and…
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Paid parental leave needs an overhaul if governments want us to have ‘one for the country’

As Australia and New Zealand face the realities of slow growth, or even a decline in population, it’s time to ask if their governments are doing enough. Especially if they want to encourage people to have more babies. New Zealand’s…
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New coins celebrate Indigenous astronomy, the stars, and the dark spaces between them

Two new coins have been released by the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate the astronomical knowledge and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They feature artworks from Wiradjuri (NSW) and Yamaji (WA) artists that represent two of the…
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The Sydney Olympics: How did the ‘best games ever’ change Australia?

On Tuesday, it will be 20 years since the Olympic opening ceremony in Sydney, kicking off the “best games ever”. Our newspapers and TV screens are now awash with nostalgia about great sporting moments and the spectacle and ceremony of…
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China’s ‘hybrid war’: Beijing’s mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal – ABC News

A Chinese company with links to Beijing’s military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures. Key points: 2.4 million names and profiles are on the…
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Police arrest 74 people at Melbourne coronavirus anti-lockdown protest – The Guardian

Police arrested 74 people on Sunday as anti-lockdown protesters massed in Melbourne for a second day, with some throwing fruit at police after raiding market stalls. About 250 protesters chanting “Freedom” and “Power to the people” were encircled by officers…
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Photos Show The Crazy Intensity Of West Coast Wildfires

Wildfires continue to devastate parts of the Western United States, including California and Oregon. A record 2 million acres have burned in California this year. The blazes are destroying homes and businesses ― even entire towns ― and are making…
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American Individualism Is Killing Us

While the rest of the world recovers from COVID and returns to their EDM festivals (looking at you Wuhan), some Americans still believe that wearing masks infringes on their “individual freedom.” It’s the same complaint you hear about stay-at-home orders,…
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