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Australian academic pleads not guilty in trial with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, official says

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An Australian academic who is being tried with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the country’s official secrets law testified in court for the first time on Thursday, a legal official has ...

‘More air miles than Alan Whicker’: ex-church official in £5m fraud trial

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A former Church of England official charged with defrauding a charity of more than £5m has been accused of clocking up more flights than Alan Whicker, the late globetrotting broadcaster. Martin Sargeant, 52, who was o...

Australia’s official interest rates expected to rise by half-percentage point, economists say

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Australia’s official interest rates are all but certain to be lifted on Tuesday with the expected half-percentage point increase marking the Reserve Bank’s sharpest tightening phase since 1994. A survey by Bloomberg N...

Pence has ‘erect posture but flaccid conscience’, says ex-Trump official

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On the day Mike Pence and Donald Trump both spoke in Washington, a former member of their administration poured scorn on Pence’s attempt to portray himself as a potential Republican presidential nominee, and competito...

PM says no official business discussed at Lebedev palazzo ‘as far as I’m aware’

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Boris Johnson has told MPs that no government business was discussed “as far as I am aware” when he met the former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev at an Italian palazzo without officials present when he was foreign secret...

Russia escalating attacks on civilians, says top Ukrainian official

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A top Ukrainian official has accused Russia of deliberately escalating its deadly attacks on civilian targets, after recent missile strikes including this week’s targeting of the crowded city centre of Vinnytsia, whic...

Bank official sounds alarm over ‘free-lunch’ City deregulation

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A deputy governor at the Bank of England has sounded the alarm on City deregulation, saying a proposed softening of the rules for finance companies would put billions of pounds of pension fund savings at risk. Speakin...

Russia has not paused its Donbas offensive, says Ukraine official

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Russia is continuing its offensive into Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region after capturing almost the entire neighbouring Luhansk region, according to the head of Ukraine-controlled Luhansk’s regional civil administrati...

Senior Council of Europe official urges UK not to repeal Human Rights Act

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A senior Council of Europe official has warned the UK government against weakening protections for its citizens by repealing the Human Rights Act. Dunja Mijatović, the council’s commissioner for human rights, said on ...

Senior official criticises EU handling of Poland’s Covid recovery plan

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A senior European Commission official has criticised a decision by his colleagues to approve Poland’s Covid recovery plan, in comments that reveal the depth of concern about the rule of law in the central European cou...

We needed China deal to protect ‘domestic security’, says key Solomon Islands official

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The controversial security deal struck between Solomon Islands and China that caught the western world off guard was needed to maintain internal security and help fight climate change, a leading Solomon Islands offici...

Treasurer warns of ‘severity and magnitude of inflation challenge’ after RBA hikes official interest rate

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The treasurer, Jim Chalmers, has described the Reserve Bank’s decision to hike the cash rate by 50 basis points as “difficult” news for homeowners, while warning that inflation will get worse before it gets better. Th...

Reserve Bank hikes official interest rate by 50 basis points to 0.85% to curb inflation

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The Reserve Bank has announced the biggest single rise in the cash rate in 22 years as Australia’s central bank tries to quash inflation before it gets out of control. The RBA board at its regular monthly meeting lift...

Anthony Albanese vows to strengthen Australia’s ties on official Indonesia visit

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Anthony Albanese has declared he wants to strengthen the Australia-Indonesia relationship while deepening ties with south-east Asian nations amid escalating tensions prompted by China’s growing assertiveness in the In...

Michael Grade too lazy and old to lead Ofcom, says BBC official historian

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The new head of the broadcast watchdog, Michael Grade, is too old, too lazy, and has too many conflicts of interest to lead Ofcom, the BBC’s official historian has said. Prof Jean Seaton told the Hay festival that Gra...

Don’t make Partygate official Martin Reynolds our man in Riyadh, urge Tories

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Senior Tories are warning Boris Johnson against appointing an official at the heart of the Partygate scandal to a top diplomatic job after it emerged that the man was being lined up to be Britain’s ambassador to Saudi...

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