Aussie spy chief warns of foreign interference
SYDNEY• Australia's domestic spy chief has warned that universities need to be "very conscious" of foreign interference, in an apparent reference to China's perceived undercover influence on campuses. Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director-general Duncan Lewis told politicians in Canberra on Tuesday that foreign powers were "clandestinely seeking to shape" the opinion of the Australian public, media organisations and government officials "to advance their countries' own political objectives".
Iraqi Kurds offer to freeze vote outcome
ARBIL (Iraq) • Iraqi Kurdish leaders offered yesterday to freeze the outcome of last month's vote for independence, taking a step back in a major crisis that prompted Baghdad to seize swathes of disputed territory.
The offer came as world powers scrambled to avert any further escalation of the conflict between the key allies in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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Cracks appear in Venezuela's opposition
CARACAS • One of Venezuela's most prominent opposition leaders has threatened to break from the broad alliance of opposition parties, pushing the coalition to the brink of fracture. Two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who narrowly lost to President Nicolas Maduro in 2013, coupled his threat with a full-throated demand for an overhaul of the alliance.