Kim Jong-un apologised for fatally shooting South Korean official at border

By Helene Fung North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unusually issued an apology on Friday over the death of a 47-year-old South Korean official near the disputed sea border between North and South Korea. “Comrade Kim Jong-un, the State Affairs Commission chairman, feels very sorry to give big disappointment to President Moon Jae-in and South Korean…

EXCLUSIVE OPINION: Melville Inquiry – Should The Minister Intervene Or Not?

OPINION BY: Political Expert Dr Ian Cook. The State Opposition’s call for an inquiry into the Melville City Council returns us to the tricky question of what responsibility the State Government, and the local Government minister in particular, has for local government and any specific council. ‘Local government only exists because the state government created…

Missing 3 Year Old Yallingup Boy Found By A Family Member

Latest statement from WA Police regarding the missing 3 year old boy in Yallingup. 3-year-old missing boy James has been located in bushland alive by a family member who was assisting with the land search operation. Given the time he has spent exposed to the rough terrain and poor weather conditions, arrangements will be made…

Amal Clooney resigns in protest of UK intention to breach international law

By Helene Fung The latest episode of the Brexit saga sees high profile human rights lawyer Amal Clooney resigning from her role as Britain’s special envoy on media freedom, in protest over UK’s intention to breach international law. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week called for support of the Internal Market Bill – which…

Canada abandons China free trade talks

By Helene Fung Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a newspaper interview that Canada decided to walk away from free trade talks with China, amid tense relations over the arrest of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng in Canada on an American warrant, and China’s detention of two Canadians in an apparent retaliation. Talks had stalled…

U.S. to ban WeChat and TikTok from Sunday night

By Helene Fung The US Commerce Department will start banning social media and e-commerce app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from US app stores on Sunday night (local time), over national security concerns. However, existing TikTok users will not yet be affected. Bans on additional technical transactions won’t be implemented until 12 November, leaving a…

Trump announces Bahrain and Israel deal to normalise relations

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump tweeted that Bahrain agreed to normalise relations with Israel, after he spoke by phone to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also tweeted a copy of the joint statement between the three leaders, which said: “This is a historic breakthrough…

EU to block new trade deals unless UK fully implements Brexit deal

By Helene Fung The European Union Parliament said in a statement on Friday (local time) that it would not approve any new trade deals between the EU and the United Kingdom, until the UK fully implements the agreed Brexit deal. Any new EU trade deal with the UK requires the EU parliament’s approval before it…