South Korea reports 142 new coronavirus cases

By Helene Fung South Korean officials from the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 142 more coronavirus cases on Saturday morning, raising the national total to 346 cases, and the total number of deaths to two. Ninety-two among the new cases were connected to a hospital in the southern city of Cheongdo, connected…

Trump long-time advisor Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in jail

By Helene Fung Roger Stone, US President Donald Trump’s friend and long-time adviser, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison, compared to his prosecutor’s recommendation of seven to nine years, which at one stage was overruled by US Attorney-General William Barr. Mr Barr, a Trump-appointee, has previously commented in an interview that Mt Trump’s…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange intends to seek asylum in France

By Helene Fung The ABC revealed on Sunday morning that many legally privileged meetings between Mr Assange and his Australian lawyers were secretly recorded inside his London embassy home by employees of security company UC Global, allegedly at the direction of US intelligence. Mr Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, questioned Mr Assange’s ability to receive a…

China implements new measures as coronavirus death toll surged past 1,500

By Helene Fung China’s death toll from the novel Coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,500 on Saturday after another 143 people, mostly in Hubei province, died from it. The National Health Commission announced some worrying statistics: More than 66,000 people have been infected with the disease, 1,700 of which are medical workers, and six medics had…

Trump rubs acquittal in political enemies’ faces at prayer gathering

By Helene Fung The National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. has traditionally been a bipartisan affair; but not so this year. During the breakfast and in a press conference soon afterwards, US President Donald Trump called the impeachment proceedings a “witch hunt”, “a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people”, and called many…

WHO warns the world is running out of protective equipment against coronavirus

By Helene Fung Wold Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the WHO’s executive Board in Geneva Friday (local time) that “the world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment” against the novel coronavirus. He has undertaken to speak to protective gear producers and others in the supply chain network to try and…

OPINION: Will Voters Accept Adam Bandt’s Message Of Change?

OPINION BY: Political Expert Dr Ian Cook Business-as-usual for the Greens… When, in the 1970s, environmentalists were first debating whether they should stop working ‘outside’ the system in protest and pressure groups and start working ‘inside’ it in political parties some of them worried about what would be lost. They feared that the parties they…