Carrying satellites from the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, the Electron launcher lifted off from Rocket Lab’s privately-run spaceport on New Zealand’s North Island at 5:19:36 p.m. EDT (2119:36 GMT).
Senior members of the Australian intelligence community told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age a research document shared in political circles under the Five Eyes intelligence arrangement was mostly based on news reports and contained no material from intelligence gathering.
UK officials believe it is not possible to be absolutely sure about the origins but point to scientific opinion suggesting the most likely scenario is …
There is no current evidence to suggest that coronavirus leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, intelligence sources have told the Guardian, contradicting recent White House claims that there is growing proof this is how the pandemic began.
The sources also insisted that a “15-page dossier” highlighted by the Australian Daily Telegraph which accused China of a deadly cover up was not culled from intelligence from the Five Eyes network, an alliance between the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The third source said it is also possible the US is not sharing all of its intelligence. While the overwhelming majority is shared among the Five Eyes members, there are pockets of information that each country keeps to itself.
Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada have pointedly not backed up America’s apparent surety that the novel coronavirus was either deliberately or accidentally leaked from a Chinese lab. All three countries are members of the Five Eyes, the postwar espionage pact designed to share intelligence between like-minded governments, along with New Zealand.
It can also be revealed the Australian government trained and funded a team of Chinese scientists who belong to a laboratory which went on to genetically modify deadly coronaviruses that could be transmitted from bats to humans and had no cure, and is now the subject of a probe into the origins of COVID-19.
As intelligence agencies investigate whether the virus inadvertently leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, the team and its research led by scientist Shi Zhengli feature in the dossier prepared by Western governments that points to several studies they conducted as areas of concern.
People from the Pacific will be included in the border closure, as will temporary workers or temporary visa holders such as students.
Waitemata DHB chief executive Dr Dale Bramley has confirmed New Zealand has a sixth case of Covid-19.
The man came into the country on Friday, March 6 and became unwell earlier this week. He had arrived from the United States, Bramley said.
Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.
“New Zealand began participating in Operation Gallant Phoenix in late 2014 in support of our efforts to uncover information relating to the location of a New Zealander taken hostage by ISIS,” Jacinda Ardern said.
British, American and other intelligence agencies from English-speaking countries have concluded a two-day meeting in London amid calls for spies and police officers to be given special, backdoor access to WhatsApp and other encrypted communications.
The meeting of the “Five Eyes” nations – the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – was hosted by new home secretary, Priti Patel, in an effort to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and child abuse.
The New Zealand dollar rose after Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr painted a rosy picture of the local economy and described the 50 basis point cut in the official cash rate earlier this month as „a pre-emptive double cut“ to reduce the need to cut more later.
Australia, which has pledged A$3 billion ($2.11 billion) in cheap loans and grants in a bid to arrest its slide in influence, has pledged to work with the United States, Japan and New Zealand to provide electricity to 70% of the PNG population by 2030.
Reports indicate that the quake struck at 10:55 a.m. local time and was approximately 10km deep, government agencies said. The quake centered some 150 km from L‘ Esperance rock — which lies between New Zealand and Tongo.
It’s not for the politicians to dictate how events should be covered.
The traditional Fourth Estate has for centuries been recognised as distinctly separate from the powers of government which is defined as three estates, the legislature, the executive and a judiciary.
French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand’s premier Jacinda Ardern will host other world leaders and leading tech chiefs on Wednesday to launch an ambitious new initiative aimed at curbing extremism online.
“Over the past several years we have seen a big growth in communication technologies and systems. This trend will continue with the fifth generation of networks known as 5G. It will fundamentally transform the way we communicate and live.”
Launching the government’s Prague 5G Security Conference on Thursday, Andrej Babiš emphasised the revolutionary nature of 5G.
May 2, 2019
9:00 am Start of the Plenary Session
9:15 – 9:45 am Welcome speech by Mr Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
9:45 am – 12:00 pm Welcome speech by Mr Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
9:45 am – 12:00 pm National Perspectives on 5G Security with Q&A
May 3, 2019 1 pm – 2:30 pm Working Group Chairs to Report Findings to the Plenary
Officials say they hope to conclude the meeting — attended by representatives from 30 European Union, NATO and countries such as the United States, Germany, Japan and Australia — with an outline of practices that could form a basis for a coordinated approach to shared security and policy measures.
Representatives from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will meet at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) annual two-day conference, CYBERUK, in Glasgow on Wednesday.
It comes as the Daily Telegraph reported that Huawei will have limited access to build “non-core” infrastructure like antennas despite warnings of potential national security threats.
The US has urged other Five Eyes members – the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia – to exclude Huawei from the construction of new telecommunications networks, claiming the company could provide covert access for Chinese intelligence collection, making secure data vulnerable.
However, if the reports from the UK prove accurate, Australia would stand alone as the only member of the Five Eyes alliance – aside from the US – with an all-out ban on Chinese telecoms equipment. Australia, for its part, on Thursday reaffirmed the ban.
The meeting was first reported by The Australian Financial Review after intelligence officials had publicly voiced concerns about Huawei and China’s „cyber espionage capabilities”.
Huawei has denied the accusations, and Western intelligence agencies have not released any evidence to back up the claims.
Prospects for accelerating defence cooperation between UAE and New Zealand were the main focus of a meeting between Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, and Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand.
The office of New Zealand’s prime minister says she is aware of comments linking Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings to the mosque attacks in Christchurch, though it hasn’t “seen any intelligence upon which such an assessment might be based.”
The statement came Tuesday after Sri Lanka’s minister of defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, made the claim to Parliament, without offering evidence.
‚The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka [on Sunday] was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,‘ state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament today.
While utterly appalling, these reactions – vile representations of anti-Muslim hatred – did not come as much of a shock to me.
What did surprise me was the swiftness with which the regressive left weaponised Christchurch.
Hacktivists are spreading booby-trapped copies of the New Zealand mass shooter’s Islamophobic rantings, in what is being described as an online „vigilante“ operation.
Security house Blue Hexagon claims it discovered a version of the killer’s manifesto doing the rounds online containing Windows malware that, when executed with the necessary privileges, reboots the system and leaves the user staring at an anti-racist message.
Australia said it will legislate “tough” new laws to prevent social-media platforms from being “weaponized” by terrorists and extremists who may use them to live-stream violent crimes, such as this month’s terror attack in New Zealand. Singapore said it will introduce a law to halt the spread of “fake news.”
Yesterday’s ministerial meeting coincided with a national remembrance service in New Zealand for the 50 people killed in the attack by a white supremacist at two mosques on March 15.
At a news conference after the meeting, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said that new media and technologies had allowed for the promotion of hate speech and posed a threat to the „broad centre“ of society.
Police Association president Chris Cahill said he couldn’t comment on international forces, but said police across the Asia-Pacific region generally have a close relationship.
The timing of the training course would have helped with a rapid response, he said. „You need a bit of luck sometimes.“
A 50-year-old man was arrested near the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and racially aggravated public order. He remained in custody on Sunday evening.
And Neil Basu, the Met’s head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Sunday: “Whilst this investigation is still in its infancy, it has hallmarks of a terror event, inspired by the far-right, and therefore it has been declared a terrorism incident.“
What we have here is one of the most cynical exploitations of mass murder in recent years: the callous and censorious use of a barbaric assault to settle political and in some cases personal scores. Using the recently dead to underscore your own petty political agenda is the behaviour of the amoral and authoritarian.
Facebook Australia-New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick said the videos have been taken down.
„New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video.“
„The whole area is going down maybe 10 to 20 millimetres. It’s not a huge amount but it is observable at our sites,“ she said. GNS principal scientist, Kevin Berryman, said all earthquakes of 7.5 and above are very complex but it was „certainly unusual“ for 25 faults to rupture simultaneously.
Under the Customs and Excise Act 2018 which comes into force this week visitors who come under suspicion by officers must hand over their New Zealand so that mobile phones and other electronic devices can be searched.
(15.August) The Government’s bill banning foreigners from buying New Zealand homes is now set to become law in weeks after passing its third reading in the House on Wednesday.
The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill was passed with Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens’ 63 in favour and National and Act’s 57 in opposition.
From 3 to 8 August 2018, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will travel to Singapore, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Australia. In Singapore on 3-4 August, the High Representative/Vice-President will co-chair the annual Post-Ministerial Conference between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), just three months after EU Foreign Ministers decided to enhance EU security cooperation in and with Asia.
Starry nights: New Zealand is often hailed as one of the best places in the world for stargazing. And now’s the time, with the Aurora Australis dancing through the southern hemisphere ‚til September.
PM Jacinda Ardern wants to lead in emerging technologies but some say that goes against the nation’s character
Nearly $70 million in New Zealand bank accounts has been frozen as part of a global investigation into a wealthy Chinese businessman accused of running a massive pyramid scheme from Canada.
Xiao Hua Gong has built a business empire in Toronto including a hotel chain and television channels, as well as attending fundraisers for Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and donating to the governing Liberal Party.
Suppression orders on Justice Paul Davison’s ruling have been lifted today, following an application by the Herald, which show the judge was satisfied there were „reasonable grounds“ to believe Gong had profited from criminal activity.