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Australia targets Myanmar, Iran with economic sanctions

Australia on Wednesday announced targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against 'individuals responsible for egregious human rights abuses' in Myanmar two years after a military junta seized power in the Southeast Asian country.

In this image taken from a video, Sean Turnell, an economist at Australia's Macquarie University, speaks in Sydney, Australia on Nov. 28, 2013. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP, File)

Taiwan activates defences in response to China incursions

Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy.

Navy soldiers stand on a landing craft during a military drill in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. The drill is staged by the Taiwanese Defense Ministry in response to recent renewed threats from China. (AP Photo/Daniel Ceng)

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