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Russell Crowe bringing his star power to Bangkok.

Russell Crowe’s ‘soft power gift’ to Thailand as it scraps tourist quarantine

Just over a third of its population is fully vaccinated but the tourism-starved nation is preparing to welcome back foreigners quarantine-free from November 1.

  • by Chris Barrett

Opinion & Perspectives

How one US senator could sink Biden’s climate agenda and COP26

With Biden’s climate legislation at risk of collapse in Congress, the US President’s ability to deliver on his emissions reduction target is in serious doubt. 

Matthew Knott
Matthew Knott

North America Correspondent

Purges, a plot and the real reason why Xi Jinping might be afraid to leave China

There are credible reports of a foiled conspiracy against the Chinese leader.

Peter Hartcher
Peter Hartcher

Political and international editor

Australia needs to step up as Papua New Guinea is hit by COVID

Papua New Guinea is experiencing a challenging COVID outbreak and steps need to be taken to combat vaccine misinformation in the country.

Hillary Mansour
Hillary Mansour

Contributor

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North America

A protester takes a selfie at a burning barricade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday.

Haiti gang that kidnapped missionary group seeks $US1m ransom per hostage

The gang kidnapped 17 members of a US-based missionary group and has demanded a $US17 million ransom, according to Haiti’s justice minister.

  • by Danica Coto and Evens Sanon
a statue of Thomas Jefferson, right, stands in New York’s City Hall Council Chamber. The 1833 statue will be taken out of New York’s City Hall in the coming days and sent to the New-York Historical Society as a long-term loan, capping longstanding efforts to remove the founding father’s likeness because he owned slaves.

Statue of limitations: Thomas Jefferson to be removed from New York council chambers

The Founding Father’s history as a slaveholder was behind the push for the statue to be banished, as the US grapples with symbols of systemic racism.

  • by Jeffery C. Mays and Zachary Small

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Asia

Ten thousand teachers in Hotan take part in a mass oath in Keriye County.

Fake families and neighbourhood spies: China’s 24-hour repression of Uighurs

In the campaign to remake Xinjiang into a region of ‘perfect stability’, household managers are trained in intelligence and ideological instability is punished with re-education.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Russell Crowe bringing his star power to Bangkok.

Russell Crowe’s ‘soft power gift’ to Thailand as it scraps tourist quarantine

Just over a third of its population is fully vaccinated but the tourism-starved nation is preparing to welcome back foreigners quarantine-free from November 1.

  • by Chris Barrett

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The moment the diver Shlomi Katzin lifts the sword from the seabed.

Diver discovers ancient crusader sword off Israeli coast

Encrusted in shells, the metre-long weapon lay hidden for 900 years near the old city of Haifa until it was revealed by shifting sandbanks.

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