• Australia cracks down on social media with new laws

      Australia cracks down on social media with new laws

      Social media executives could spend up to three years in prison and their firms be fined 10 percent of their turnover if they fail to quickly remove violent material from their platforms, according to a new law proposed by the Australian government. The new legislation will be presented to the parliament next week - in lawmakers' final days in power before the federal election.

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    • Kazakhstan's capital officially renamed

      Kazakhstan's capital officially renamed

      Kazakhstan renamed today the country's capital to Nursultan, or "Sultan of Light" in Kazakh, to honour its ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev. This happened after Kazakhstan's new President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev ratified the proposal to change the name of the country's capital from Astana to Nursultan and the change was announced in a statement from the president's official website.

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    • Australia cuts permanent migration visas

      Australia cuts permanent migration visas

      Australia on Wednesday cut its annual intake of immigrants by nearly 15%, and barred some new arrivals from living in its largest cities for three years, news wires reported. PM Scott Morrison (pictured) said the annual immigration intake would be cut to 160,000 people, with effect from 1 July, versus 190,000 before. New arrivals could gain permanent residency after living outside of Australia's largest cities for three years, he added.

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    • Paris tops list of world's most expensive cities

      Paris tops list of world's most expensive cities

      Paris, the French capital, moved up one place among the world's most expensive cities to shares the title together with Hong Kong and Singapore, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, released last Tuesday. The list is compiled when comparing the prices of more than 150 items in 133 cities around the world. Singapore stays at the top for the sixth year in a row.

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    • New Zealand to tighten gun laws

      New Zealand to tighten gun laws

      New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days after her government agreed in principle to tougher legislation. New Zealand, a country that has traditionally had very low homicide rates, has been placed on its highest security threat level after its worst peacetime mass killing. Fifty people were killed and dozens wounded in the attack at two mosques in the South Island city during last Friday prayers.

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