British prime minister David Cameron said the UK “cannot ignore” the threat posed by the Islamic State group, he said. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

The United Kingdom must play its part to confront “the menace” of the Islamic State terrorist group, British prime minister David Cameron has said.(...)

 Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (L) with Chief of the Defence Forces Air Chief Marshal Mark Binski speaking during a press conference in Darwin, Australia. Photograph: EPA

Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washingto(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (R) stands next to Australian Federal Police deputy commissioner Andrew Colvin, and director-general of Security of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) David Irvine (L) during a press conference today. Photograph: Julian Smith/EPA

Australia raised its terror threat level to ‘high’ from ‘medium’ today, saying there was an increased likelihood of a terrorist attack at home, despit(...)

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(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott in May introduced the toughest budget in almost two decades, warning that the economic situation was an “emergency”. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/EPA

After 23 years of continuous growth, and being the only developed country to avoid recession in that time, there is a feeling in some corners that (...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond: furious about the intervention of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who said it was “hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland”. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Nearly 700 years ago, Scottish nobles went to Arbroath to sign a letter in Latin that declared Scotland’s right to be an independent kingdom, rather t(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (third from right) speaks to Australian forensic researchers during a visit yesterday to the Korporaal Van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, in the Netherlands, the location where the victims of flight MH17 are being identified. Photograph: EPA/Robin van Lonkhuijsen

A total of 65 of the 298 passengers and crew killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month have so far been (...)

The photograph of a young boy holding the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier and published in Australian media today underscored the barbarity of Islamist State militants, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott said.   Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The photograph of a young boy holding the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier and published in Australian media today underscored the barbarity(...)

A piper walks with diplomats and other foreigners who live in Ukraine during a rally against terrorism in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzheko

Heavy fighting around the MH17 crash scene in eastern Ukraine prevented Dutch forensics experts and Australian police from reaching the area yesterday(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko aims a rifle during his visit to a demonstration of new weapons for the Ukrainian armed forces at a military base outside Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A Ukrainian push to dislodge pro-Russian rebels from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner further complicated plans for an investigation today a(...)