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PM: WikiLeaks has not broken Australian law

By Fri, Dec 17, 2010 12:03PM UTC

Police in Australia have concluded that WikiLeaks and its Australian-born founder Julian Assange have not broken any laws in his home country, the prime minister announced Friday. The government ordered the Australian Federal Police to determine whether the website broke any Australian laws by publishing sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables that

Asian Correspondent scoops New Matilda

By Fri, Dec 17, 2010 11:49AM UTC

Oh so predictably, New Matilda will be online next year, just like we announced yesterday. What’s more, the editors are going on holidays, and there are lots and lots of exclamation marks in the announcement, just like we predicted! New Matilda had previously claimed  that: “We’ve set a budget target of $175,000.

Philippines calls on rebels to respect cease-fire

By Fri, Dec 17, 2010 11:44AM UTC

The Philippine government challenged communist rebels to respect a 19-day cease-fire that took effect Thursday, even as the guerrillas accused troops of mounting an offensive against them the same day. The government remains committed to the Dec. 16-Jan. 3 Christmas cease-fire despite an ambush Tuesday by suspected guerrillas who killed

Top India court to oversee telecoms scandal probe

By Fri, Dec 17, 2010 11:37AM UTC

India’s top court said Thursday that it would oversee investigation into a major telecom scandal that cost the country billions and paralyzed proceedings in parliament for nearly four weeks. The scandal forced the resignation of then-Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja. He has denied any wrongdoing. It also tarnished the clean image

Official: Bomb hits Afghan minibus, killing 14

By Fri, Dec 17, 2010 11:31AM UTC

A roadside bomb destroyed a crowded minibus Thursday in western Afghanistan, killing 14 passengers who were all members of an extended family, a provincial official said. Violence has been on the rise across much of Afghanistan, even as the White House released a generally positive review of its military strategy