Tonga has signed up to China's Belt and Road initiative and has received a reprieve from Beijing on the timing of debt payments shortly before an onerous schedule to repay loans was due to start. Lopeti Senituli, political advisor to Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva, told Reuters by
Australia's trade minister said translation issues were behind the delay of a billion-dollar free trade agreement with Indonesia, downplaying a friction between the countries over Australia's possible Jerusalem embassy. "There were some translation issues still being dealt with last
The United States and three of its allies on Sunday unveiled a $1.7 billion plan to provide electricity and internet to much of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the first step of a plan that will counter China's Belt and Road spending in the region. Japan, Australia and New Zealand will join the United
The leaders of Australia, Japan and New Zealand joined U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in signing the partnership accord, which aims to connect 70 percent of the population to electricity by 2030, up from 13 percent currently. The project “is proof that America and our businesses are investing in this
Australia “won’t be dictated to” in foreign policy, Birmingham said on ABC TV’s Insiders program Sunday. The FTA is unlikely to come into effect while Australia considers moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, the Australian Financial Review reported Nov. 14, citing Indonesian Trade Minister Enggaritiasto
A positive end to the trading week in the United States is tipped to help Australian shares make gains on Monday, but the days ahead are expected to be choppy.
The United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan on Sunday said they would work together to ensure most of Papua New Guinea had access to electricity by 2030 as Western allies respond to China's growing presence in the Pacific. "This high level partnership forms part of the enduring
Buoyed by signs of easing China-U.S. trade tensions, improving terms of trade and a robust employment outlook, the Aussie has put the brakes on a 2018 slide that reached 10 percent in October. It’s a stark reversal for a currency which until recently was the worst-performer among majors this year, weighed
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The "dark web" is a hidden corner of the internet that is the home to many things people want to keep in the shadows: drugs, counterfeits, stolen items, and so on. A popular thread on Reddit once asked the simple question, "What's your Deep Web story?" In other words, the Reddit
A lot of folks understand horsepower as being a measure of how much energy an engine can output. This is an important concept, because car engines take power that is moving up and down in combustion cylinder and transfer it to the drive wheels. Gearheads love to talk torque because it's the physical
Ev Williams invented Blogger in 1999, Twitter in 2006, and Medium in 2012. But Williams believes social media has become toxic. "I've pretty much weaned myself off of being addicted to social media," he tells Business Insider in an exclusive interview.
The Chinese government is receiving more and more heat over its persecution of the Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic minority in the country's west. Beijing is responding by trying to stoke Islamophobia in Western countries to justify its controversial policies and even accuse those countries of
What happens if parliament votes down Theresa May's Brexit deal? Early in December, the prime minister will put her deal to a "meaningful vote," in parliament. All opposition parties have vowed to oppose the deal, with only a small handful of rebel Labour MPs set to support the government
AirPods are one of Apple's most popular new products in years - in urban areas, the wireless white headphones can be seen adorning the lobes of all manner of commuters and pedestrians. If you miss the remote, you can program your AirPods to react to a double-tap.
Tesla is a hybrid of tech company and car company - and with various scandals roiling the tech sector, Tesla seems like a tech company that's at least trying to do good. Tesla endured its own self-manufactured travails over the summer. But with companies such as Facebook coming under fire, Tesla
The odds of Britain holding a second referendum just went sharply up and are now a near coin-toss, according to HSBC. But Prime Minister Theresa May probably does have the majority she needs to get her deal through parliament, economist Elizabeth Martins believes. The odds of Britain holding a second
The CIA has reportedly concluded with high confidence that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, directly contradicting Riyadh's denials that the crown prince was involved. President Donald Trump was
The Air Force expects to get the first of its new B-21 Raider bombers in the mid-2020s. This week, the Air Force named the bases that would support testing and maintenance for the new bomber. On Friday, the Air Force announced the first two bases that will host its new, highly advanced bomber for testing
Jo Wallace of ad agency JWT said she wanted to "obliterate" her company's reputation as a haven for straight, white men. Five men who asked the HR department what she meant by that lost their jobs shortly afterwards. JWT denies it has done anything wrong, and layoffs were planned anyway
President Donald Trump has been asking advisers lately about whether Vice President Mike Pence is loyal, according to people familiar with the discussions cited by The New York Times on Friday. The question, which The Times said had been asked repeatedly, alarmed advisers and could indicate possible
Hachijo Royal Hotel was once one of the biggest hotels in Japan, drawing people to its remote island for beach vacations and relaxation. Polish photographer Natalia Sobanska travelled to the French baroque-style hotel to capture the dilapidated building. Keep scrolling to take a look at what has become
Papua New Guinea's government spent $US7 million ($AU9.55 million) on 40 Maserati and three Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedans to carry world leaders during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, The New York Times reports. Government officials said the government would recoup its investment