Russia conducts Zapad exercise sparking fears for Eastern Europe

Russia is conducting its largest European military exercise since the cold war, involving land, sea and air units, and encompassing a huge area across western Russia, Belarus, the Baltic Sea and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Officially the ‘Zapad’ (meaning ‘West’) drills include just under 13,000 troops, though there are claims from NATO that as…

“We are all Rohingya”- Perth protests violence against Rohingya

Hundreds gathered outside Parliament House in Perth on Saturday to protest against the treatment of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The crowd was passionate, chanting “We are all Rohingya” and listening to a number of speakers from different faiths and from Australian political parties condemning the violence. Nearly 400,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled Myanmar going…

Man with rifle arrested for drink driving

A 42 year old North Dandalup man has been charged after allegedly drink driving with a rifle in Gosnells on Saturday morning. The police responded to a call to a house on Allen Road after a man was reported to be outside with a gun before driving off in a white Nissan Navara. The man…

London bombing confirmed as terrorist incident

The explosion on a London underground train that has left 29 injured has been confirmed as a terrorist attack, with ISIS claiming responsibility. The bomb, which was wrapped in a plastic grocery bag and hidden in a bucket, went off at 8:20am, and is believed to have only partially exploded. The threat level in the…

Rohyingya plight worsens as 270,000 refugess flee Myanmar

The United Nations has confirmed that around 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar after a violent crackdown on insurgent, leaving for neighbouring Bangladesh. Previous estimates of 164,000 refugees were revised upwards, significantly higher than previous estimates made by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UN refugee agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan said that even the revised…

South Korea preparing for more North Korean missile tests

South Korea is preparing for North Korea to conduct more missile tests, with the north celebrating its foundation day this weekend. North Korea held a missile test last year on its September 9th anniversary, and South Korea has warned that it expects another missile test despite UN sanctions. There are reports that solar storms may…

Hurricane Irma hits Bahamas and Haiti, Florida next

Parts of Florida are being evacuated and officials are warning that hurricane Irma will “devastate the United States”. Currently a category four storm, Irma has already hit a series of islands in the north-east Caribbean, including Barbuda, the British and US Virgin Islands, and the French St Martin and St Barthelemey islands. The storm is…

At least 60 dead in Mexico after most powerful earthquake in decades

The most powerful earthquake to it Mexico in more than eight decades has left at least 60 people dead. It has been recorded as an 8.1 magnitude earthquake, but with the epicentre in the Pacific Ocean Mexico has avoided the devastation that a previous quake did. So far the provinces worst hit, Oaxaca, Tabasco and…

Turnbull Promise GST Reform For WA

Prime Minister Turnbull has committed to reform of the GST system at the Liberal state conference in WA this weekend. The reforms would see a floor value proposed at 70 cents per dollar contributed introduced to the GST system, though they won’t come until 2019. “Only the coalition has a plan to set a GST…

Ken Wyatt orders review after retirement village flu deaths

Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt today announced a review into the Wangaratta St John’s Retirement Village after seven elderly residents died from a flu outbreak. Three women and four men, aged between 70 and 94 died as a result of the outbreak between the 16th and the 30th of August.  Mr Wyatt expressed his…