In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 (^N225) retreated 1.06% to finish at 27,963 while the Hang Seng (^HSI) in Hong Kong climbed 1.5% to 17,585. The Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) also closed in the red, falling 0.13% to 3,083 points.
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A visit by a British parliamentary committee to Taiwan is a "flagrant violation" of the one-China principle and a "gross interference" in China's internal affairs, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom says.China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory.
Australia's first federal anti-corruption watchdog is seeking a commissioner to lead its work, offering a salary package higher than that of the chief justice.Federal parliament this week approved laws to set up the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
A man who fatally dropped a six-month-old baby on its head could have been an NRL star before he started taking the drug ice, his stepfather has told a NSW court.George Cox says his stepson Jie Smith had been a quiet, promising young footballer in Gunnedah before moving to Newcastle to try out for the Knights.
Taking Sydney's $5 billion second harbour tunnel underground will deliver economic and environmental benefits, the NSW government says.The decision to burrow the Western Harbour Tunnel under the sea floor, rather than dropping the tunnel onto it, was revealed on Thursday.
Special forces groups want the government to direct Australia's defence chief to hold off on stripping the nation's elite troops of their medals until Afghanistan war crimes allegations are proven.In a joint statement on Thursday, the Australian Special Air Services Association, Commando Association and the RSL said no one should face action until the legal proceedings are complete, citing the right of the accused to the presumption of innocence.
Doctors have sounded the alarm on "heartbreaking" rates of Indigenous kids dying by suicide and being thrown behind bars.The latest Closing the Gap report on bridging Indigenous disadvantage shows several targets are on track but adult incarceration rates, death by suicide and children in out-of-home care are getting worse.
One of 10 men charged over a bikie gang defector's murder has faced court for a string of other offences.On remand after Shane Bowden's 2020 shooting death, Fidel Gunes on Thursday received a jail term in Brisbane District Court for a total of 18 charges.
Award-winning Squid Game actor Oh Young-soo will stand trial on charges of indecent assault after a woman accused him of inappropriately touching her in 2017, a South Korean court says.The district court in Seongnam city on Thursday said prosecutors indicted the 78-year-old Emmy nominee last week over the allegations and that his trial will begin in February.
A Tasmanian police officer who took his own life was worried about being judged if he sought help for his mental health, his former partner has told an inquest.The death of Constable Robert Darke in 2019 is one of four police officer suicides being examined at an inquest which is investigating Tasmania Police policies and procedures.
Bomb disposal experts have defused a letter bomb at the US embassy in Madrid, the sixth such device sent to high-profile targets in a wave that prompted Spain to step up security and vow not to be deterred from supporting Ukraine.The campaign began with a package sent to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on November 24, spurring Madrid to tighten security around public buildings.
Melbourne has emerged as domestic tourists' top destination as the nation's travel sector bounces back from its pandemic doldrums.Monthly figures from the Tourism and Transport Forum show the southern capital was the country's top location for travel spending in October, ahead of Sydney and Brisbane.
A Victorian police officer who shot dead a man in Melbourne's north has been referred to prosecutors for criminal charges.State Coroner John Cain found Constable Emmanuel Andrew's decision to fire a third and fatal shot at Gabriel Messo on July 16, 2020, was "gravely concerning".