Alahednews Alahednews N Korea’s Kim: US, S Korea Threaten Peace with Arms Buildup Kim stood in front of a variety of weapons, including a Hwasong-16 intercontinental ballistic missile Sydney Exits Lockdown As Australia Gears Up to “Live With” COVID With new infections now falling and more than 70% of people over the age of 16 fully vaccinated, the city is now reopening. Multiple Injured After US Nuclear Sub Hits Object In South China Sea - Report The submarine is now headed to Guam on the surface and is expected to pull in within the next day. Cyclone Lashes Oman and Iran, Kills At Least Nine At least nine people were killed in Oman and Iran on Sunday as Tropical Cyclone Shaheen pummeled parts of their coastlines. Philippines President Announces Retirement from Politics “Today, I announce my retirement from politics,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said. Japan Ruling Party Elects Fumio Kishida Leader, Next PM The 64-year-old will be confirmed as the new premier in a vote in parliament on October 4. Tensions Grow as US, Allies Deepen Indo-Pacific Involvement The US and its allies are becoming growingly assertive in their approach toward a rising China. Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes near Melbourne, Tremors Rattle Southeast Australia The quake’s epicenter was near the rural town of Mansfield in the state of Victoria, about 200 km northeast of Melbourne. Australian Police Clash with Anti-lockdown Protesters Brief clashes with officers were captured on film, with protesters seen hurling bottles as police responded with pepper spray. Hundreds of Hong Kong Politicians Quit, Protesting New Loyalty Oath to China So far a total of 260 – more than half of the 452 elected members – have resigned. Indonesia Prison Fire: At Least 41 Killed, Dozens Injured At least 41 killed and dozens injured after massive blaze erupts at overcrowded prison near Indonesia’s capital. Over 20 Myanmar Troops Killed near China Border Clashes broke out in Mongko when troops tried to seize a base from the MNDAA. New Zealand Shooting: Police Kill Suspect, PM Says Stabbing Is “Terrorist Attack” New Zealand police shoot and kill suspect who ‘injured multiple people’ in stabbing attack at Auckland supermarket. Boat Accident in Bangladesh Leaves At Least 21 People Dead A witness said two cargo vessels hit the boat and it quickly sank. New Zealand Extends Nationwide Lockdown As COVID Outbreak Tops 100 Cases The epicenter of the outbreak will remain in lockdown until at least August 31. Australian Police Clash, Arrest Anti-Lockdown Protesters in Sydney, Melbourne Clashes and arrests in Sydney and Melbourne as anti-lockdown protesters defy Australian police pledge to unleash ‘full force’. Japan Issues Highest Emergency Alert for Over 1mn People as Heavy Rains Trigger Evacuation Japan issues highest emergency alert for over 1mn people as heavy rain ‘like never before’ triggers evacuations. Navies of 21 Countries Take Part in US-led Drills in Southeast Asia The annual drills began on Tuesday and involve the navies of 21 countries. Knife Attacker Who Injured 10 on Tokyo Train Wanted to Kill “Happy Women” At least 10 had been hurt in stabbings on Tokyo commuter train. Malaysia: Tension Escalates As Riot Police Faces MPs Marching towards Parliament Political tension over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh Floods Displace Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Nearly one million Rohingya live in crowded camps in the border district of Cox’s Bazar. Japan Extends Virus Emergency As Infection Rates Spike Amid Olympics Daily infections nationwide topped 10,000 for the first time on Thursday, with Tokyo reporting a record 3,865 cases. Philippines President Won’t Scrap Military Pact with US Despite Prior Threats Duterte has swung back and forth on the decision ever since February 2020. Three Armenian Soldiers Killed in Ongoing Clashes with Azerbaijani Troops Azerbaijan said that reports about alleged damages to civilian facilities in Armenia were ’false.’ Sydney Extends Lockdown Again for Another Month Amid Small Spike in COVID Cases Sydney extends lockdown yet again, forcing city of 5mn to stay home for another month amid small spike in COVID cases.