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Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen:  said China was trying to isolate and demoralise Taiwan, and force it to accept the ‘one country, two systems’ formula. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

In a surprise move, billionaire Terry Gou has opted out of the upcoming Taiwan presidential race, a call that could help unite the Beijing-friendly Ku(...)

Demonstrators march during a protest in Sydney to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

After Trump in the US, Erdogan in Turkey, Bolsonaro in Brazil and gains for extremist parties across Europe, Australia might have been expected to fol(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison (centre)  delivers a formal apology to Australia’s victims of child sex abuse in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photograph: AP

The Australian government has formally apologised to victims of child sexual abuse, after a five-year inquiry found governments, schools, sporting clu(...)

Scott Morrison, Australia’s new prime minister, in Canberra: “Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, said: ‘There is a continent, Africa, being consumed by flames’,” he said. Photograph:  Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Before becoming an MP in 2007, Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison was head of Tourism Australia and behind the infamous “Where the bloody h(...)

Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan, Salvadoran politician Medardo Gonzalez  and El Salvador’s foreign minister Carlos Castaneda during their meeting in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/Getty Images

China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign to win over the handful of small countries that still offer diplomatic recognition to self-ruled Taiwan has scored(...)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the UN General Assembly before a vote in New York. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians. It has also asked UN chie(...)

Men occupy the closed Manus Island immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Abdul Aziz/Handout via Reuters

About 50 asylum seekers departed an Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea on Thursday after police moved into the complex, confiscating fo(...)

Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Photograph: EPA

The death has taken place of Archbishop Thomas White (85), a priest of Ossory diocese who had one of the most varied careers an Irishman has had with (...)

Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The Trump administration will honour a commitment by the United States to resettle 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention sources, the Au(...)

Malcolm Turnbull: The Australian prime minister’s phone conversation with Donald Trump at the weekend was  “the worst call” of the day, the US president reportedly told Turnbull. Photograph: AAP/Lukas Coch/via Reuters

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was one of the first world leaders to call Donald Trump when he won the US presidential election in Nove(...)

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