Cheng Lei: detained Australian at risk of torture in China, observers say

Australian journalist Cheng Lei is at risk of torture by Chinese authorities, human rights observers have said. On Monday the Australian government revealed Chinese authorities had detained Cheng, a Chinese-born Australian citizen and business news anchor for CGTN, China’s English-language state media channel. The government has not been told why she has been detained, and […]

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Solomon Islands province announces independence vote amid China tensions

The largest province in Solomon Islands has announced plans for an independence referendum as tensions with the country’s national government over China policy rise. Malaita, a province of 200,000 people in the country’s east, “will soon conduct a provincial-wide referendum on the topic of independence”, a statement from premier Daniel Suidani said on Tuesday. In […]

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Music mogul Akon going ahead with futuristic ‘Akon City’ in Senegal

The US-Senegalese music mogul Akon has said he is pressing ahead with lofty plans to create a futuristic Pan-African smart city in Senegal next year, built in the mould of Wakanda – the fictional, technologically advanced African nation depicted in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. The 800-hectare (2,000 acre), surrealist, solar-powered “Akon City”, backed by […]

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