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APEC: PNG offers to play peacemaker at summit amid tensions between Australia and China

Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says the country will do all it can to ensure there are no conflicts between China and Australia during the APEC summit. Australia, China and the United States are all jockeying for position in the region, and several aid and development announcements are expected to be made in coming days. This will likely include an internet ...

Bill Shorten says Morrison made Australia ‘look stupid’ with Israel embassy plan – politics live

The replies to this are, well, as you would expect after you forced an already marginalised community to campaign for the same right as heterosexual couples. We are on the downhill slope to Senate question time. For a moment, I thought it was 4pm, but that was just a fanciful whigmaleerie, as my Scottish friend would say. It is the ...

Major oil spill off Australia’s coast would dwarf Deepwater Horizon disaster, documents show

A worst-case oil spill in the Great Australian Bight would be twice the scale of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, and rough seas and a lack of suitable equipment risk delaying the response effort, confidential plans show. Documents released under freedom of information laws reveal the potential dangers involved in drilling for oil in the wild, isolated seas off the ...

Virgin Australia announces US-style plan to honour veterans on every flight

Will Australians travelling on Virgin Australia flights soon be rising in their seats to applaud servicemen on board as they do on most US airlines? A new campaign being driven by News Corp Australia – and which has been backed by the prime minister, Scott Morrison – aims to recognise veterans and their service using newspapers and Foxtel in association with select corporations. Using ...

Washington Republican under fire for setting out ‘Biblical Basis for War’

he Washington state Republican Matt Shea was this week abandoned by donors, over a document he distributed which condemned abortion and same-sex marriage while outlining a “Biblical Basis for War”. Donald Trump’s rhetoric has stoked antisemitism and hatred, experts warn Read more Regarding opponents, the minority caucus chair in the Washington state house wrote: “If they do not yield – ...

Three ways the US midterm elections will affect world politics

  The reasons are clear enough: what impact they’ll have on the competitive attractiveness of US democracy around the world, what clues they will provide about the durability of the Trump administration and its foreign policies and – hardest to calculate –the impact they will have on populist and nationalist momentum globally. On the first issue regarding US democracy, allies ...

Iran’s Khamenei says world opposes Trump’s ‘every decision’

Iran’s top leader said on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors, state television reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said Iran’s arch-adversary the United States had failed to reassert its domination over Iran since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. “The world opposes every decision ...

Brazil, Turkey, Slovakia… tyranny’s contagion spreads around the world

istory will record that when states murdered journalists or used the conspiracy theories of terrorists to fool their subject populations, they could expect reprisals from something called “the west”, an alliance that lasted from 1945 to 2016. The west’s great weakness was that it depended on American power. It died when Donald Trump became the US president, freeing illiberal democracies and actual ...

Australia loves Prince Harry and Meghan, but is it time for a republic?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are spearheading a charm offensive by the British royal family in Australia — and the country can’t get enough of them. Thousands flocked to meet the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they touched down in Sydney on October 16 for a two-week tour. Cementing Australia’s special place in the Commonwealth, the couple announced ...

Swedish military tight-lipped over ‘submarine’ spotted near capital

Swedish politicians are seeking answers after reports emerged of the sighting of a submarine in Stockholm waters in June, which the military did not tell parliament’s defence committee about. Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported late on Thursday that three teenage instructors and children at a sailing camp in the suburb of Lidingö had spotted the mystery vessel on 28 June. For ...