Tiaras, purses and cash: Malaysia seized nearly $273 million in valuables from the former Primer Minister Najib Razak and his wife, who are embroiled in a corruption scandal. [The New York Times]
(A tiara is a jeweled, ornamental crown traditionally worn by women. It is worn during formal occasions, particularly if the dress code is white tie.)
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Meddling in Australia's politics could get you prison time.澳洲或將以多年來最強硬力度收緊反間諜法 。台灣與澳洲2017年9月簽署備忘錄，提供諾魯拘留營的難民醫療服務
Meddling in Australia's politics could get you prison time.
#澳洲駐台辦事處Australian Office in Taipei在臉書貼文稱：「感謝台灣為諾魯的醫療轉診者所提供的優質醫療服務。在醫療轉診的安排下，在諾魯進行『區域處理』的病患可獲得諾魯當地無法提供的專科醫療服務。在轉診到台灣之前，所有病患都自願同意在台灣接受醫療服務，也同意在出院後回去諾魯。台灣優質的醫療服務與對國際醫衛的貢獻都是獲得全球好評的。台灣與諾魯醫療合作計畫也行之有年......
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13世纪的凤头鹦鹉画像证明了英国人认为澳大利亚在被殖民前是“黑暗大陆”的看法是错误的 13th century cockatoo illustration shows Australia wasn't a 'dark continent', and trade flourished
13th century cockatoo illustration shows Australia wasn't a 'dark continent', and trade flourished
Updated about 4 hours ago
A 13th-century illustration of an Australasian cockatoo debunks the myth Australia was "a dark continent" and reveals trade routes around the country's north were flourishing as far back as medieval times, a study shows.
Researchers found the illustration in a manuscript that was either written by or belonged to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.
It is the oldest-known European illustration of the bird, found in a book dating from between 1241 and 1248, and pre-dating other European illustrations of cockatoos by 250 years.
The manuscript includes 900 drawings of falcons and other animals kept by the emperor. Four of the images are of a white cockatoo — a gift from an Egyptian sultan to Frederick II.
PHOTO: The manuscript includes 900 drawings of falcons and other animals. (Supplied: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)
Heather Dalton from the University of Melbourne, who contributed to the research published in the journal Parergon, said the find challenged "the British view" that Australia was "a dark continent".
"The significant thing is that this parrot provides a window to a world of quite busy trade to Australia's north," she said.
"The discovery of these images … highlight the fact that during the medieval period, merchants plying the waters just to the north of Australia were part of a flourishing trade network that reached west to the Middle East and beyond."
Dr Dalton said while many scholars were aware the Sultan had given a "white parrot" to Frederick II, few were aware there were surviving images of the bird.
The research team looked at the details, such as the shape of the crest and the colouring of the cockatoo, and concluded it was likely a female — either a sulphur-crested cockatoo or a yellow-crested cockatoo.
Sulphur-crested cockatoos are found in Australia, Papua New Guinea and some Indonesian islands. Yellow-crested cockatoos are native to Indonesia and East Timor.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers yellow-crested cockatoos to be critically endangered, with their population estimated to be less than 3,000 globally.
Cockatoos travel well with people, being gregarious and long-lived, making a perfect gift, Dr Dalton wrote.
"In captivity, they can have lifespans of up to 80 years and Australian greater sulphur-crested cockatoos have been known to live up to 120 years," she said.
"The journey along trade routes would have taken years, and their chances of surviving would have been much higher than the majority of animals."
PHOTO: A cockatoo would have made a perfect gift because they travel well, are gregarious and long-lived, Dr Dalton says.(Supplied: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)
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China's economic statistics show troubling inconsistencies
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The Rohingya refugee crisis is just an egregious example of a common problem in Myanmar: ethnic persecution. The Kachin are also targeted and displaced by the Myanmar military yet receive far less media attention. Here's why.
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