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Drones to target China’s illegal fishing

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A Chinese fishing vessel suspected of maritime violations.

A senior South Korean Minister has pledged to use surveillance systems to combat China’s illegal fishing.

The Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, Moon Seong-hyeok said illegal fishing must be “completely eradicated”. He also said it creates increased security threats across the region.

“I’m aware of voices that are calling for a coalition with other countries to respond against Chinese boats conducting illegal fishing. But I think it’s ultimately China’s problem,” he explained.

South Korea has long campaigned for an end to illegal fishing in the Yellow Sea. But Seoul has since taken matters into their own hands. From next year, the nation will increase its maritime surveillance systems, including the use of drones and artificial intelligence.

Local media reports suggest around 180 Chinese vessels were found near the maritime border with North Korea each day. In 2011, a Chinese illegal fishing captain stabbed a South Korean coast guard to death in the Yellow Sea. The 43-year-old was sentenced to 30 years in jail.

China is South Korea’s biggest trading partner. However, Seoul’s key military partner is the United States. There are growing tensions between China and the wider region, including diplomatic strains with the United States and Australia.

Although Beijing denies the allegations, a UN Security Council report found North Korea sells up to 1,000 fishing permits each year to countries like China.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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No more AirBNB parties. Ever

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AirBNB has announced an end to house parties forever, in a move that will impact operations around the world

Airbnb announced a global ban on parties following a temporary restriction it put on parties two years ago at the start of the pandemic.

The company is permanently banning “disruptive parties and events,” which include open-invite gatherings.

“Party houses,” will stay banned as well. That will put an end to people booking a house for a big party for just one night.

Airbnb has struggled with party houses, given the noise caused often leads to a visit by the police.

Airbnb placed a ban on party houses in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its bookings.

That was followed by a global ban on party houses just as the pandemic hit.

Airbnb says it has seen a 44% year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports since introducing the ban.

“The temporary ban has proved effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company says.

The party continues

But how successful will the ban be?

Guests can sometimes check in to remote properties themselves while the owner is away and can invite as many people over as they want.

Airbnb says guests who attempt to violate its rules will face consequences varying from account suspension to full removal from the platform.

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Why Microsoft could be forced to pay more tax

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Tech giant Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to publish its tax data with investors demanding transparency

Investors who are managing more than $350 billion of the company’s assets want access to further financial information. 

It comes as tech giants globally face growing scrutiny over their tax affairs. 

Investors are demanding that Microsoft publish more transparent tax and financial information, as tech giants face growing scrutiny globally over their tax affairs.

A shareholder resolution on tax transparency had been filed to Microsoft ahead of its annual investor meeting this year.

The organiser of the action is UK-based proxy advisers Pensions & Investment Research Consultants.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone is seen in front of the Microsoft logo in this illustration photo taken July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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Investors including Nordea, AkademikerPension and Greater Manchester Pension Fund had backed the resolution.

The resolution calls on the company to publish financial and tax information on a country-by-country basis outside its home market of the United States.

The investors want to know whether Microsoft is paying fair taxes and identify any risks posed by tax reforms.

It also calls on Microsoft to produce a tax transparency report in line with the tax standard of the Global Reporting Initiative, a standards organisation.

Microsoft waa not immediately available for comment.

It comes as Microsoft revealed Russian government hackers carried out multiple cyber operations against Ukraine.

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