Billionaire Clive Palmer accused the “communist Chinese government” of trying to steal Australia’s natural resources. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

One of the more lively verbal spats in the region last week was sparked by the Australian legislator and mining magnate, Clive Palmer, who went on tel(...)

Head of Australian Federal Police mission Commander Brian McDonald (L), Alexander Hug (C), deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine and Dutch police officer Kuijs arrive back from the site where the downed Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed.

Four-way talks on Ukraine’s conflict have resumed, after international investigators returned to the crash site of Flight MH17 and the nation’s par(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans at Kharkiv airport in Ukraine yesterday: “I have the impression that the separatists may have finally got the message that it is a matter of common humanity to allow all the human remains to be removed.” Photograph: EPA/Sergei Kozlov

A decision is to be made this weekend on whether Dutch special forces will be sent to eastern Ukraine to protect unarmed military police and forens(...)

A piece of the wreckage is seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the village of Petropavlivka (, Donetsk region. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of an increased effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysi(...)

Peter Greste: the Australian journalist stands inside the court cage during the sentencing session yesterday. Photograp: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

International outrage at Egypt’s crackdown on dissent intensified yesterday after three journalists for al-Jazeera English were sentenced to seven yea(...)

A shopper stands in front of a mock tank made by university students, imitating those used during the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, during an exhibition in Hong Kong. China has defended the crackdown ahead of the 25th anniversary. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

China defended the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square today, the eve of the 25th anniversary, s(...)

Australia’s then foreign minister Bob Carr talking to reporters after a news conference in Jakarta on April 3rd, 2013. In his just-launched book, “Diary of a Foreign Minister”, Carr says he had “more energy than 16 gladiators”. Photograph: Reuters

It’s not often that a former foreign minister gets called a “tosser” in a newspaper headline, but not many former foreign ministers publish dia(...)

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou sails in front of Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea in this August 18th, 2013 file photo. Photograph: Ruairidh Villar/Reuters

Australia has summoned China’s ambassador to express concern over its imposition of an “Air Defence Identification Zone” over the East China Sea, the (...)

Liberal MP Julie Bishop is involved in an expenses scandal that saw her and others claim “overseas study” allowances to pay for flights home from a wedding in India. Photograph: Reuters

For someone who campaigned from opposition on the Labor Party’s “debt and deficit”, new Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has been forgiving of an(...)

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister and promised immediate action to slow the stream of asylum seekers arriving by boats from I(...)