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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull (centre) and his inflammatory deputy, agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce (right), visit a sweet potato farm in Queensland. Photograph: EPA/Tracey Nearmy

Claiming the other side has a “budget black hole” is an Australian tradition at election time, but this year might see its demise, so great was the ov(...)

An Egyptian military search boat takes part in a search operation for the EgyptAir plane. Photograph: Egyptian Military/Handout via Reuters

Egypt’s civil aviation ministry confirmed on Friday that the Egyptian military had found more wreckage and human remains believed to belong to those o(...)

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis speaks during a press conference in Brisbane on Sunday. Mr  Brandis commented on charges laid against five men who allegedly wanted to use a small boat to reach Indonesia and then to join the so called Islamic State terrorist group  in Syria. Photograph: EPA

Australian police have charged five men suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join Islamic State via a journey that would start in a small moto(...)

The aftermath of tropical cyclone Winston  in Ba, Fiji. The category 5 tropical cyclone. Photograph: EPA

Downed power lines and flooding are hampering relief efforts in Fiji after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore t(...)

Part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody Island in the disputed Paracel chain. The  chain has become the flashpoint in an increasingly aggressive territorial dispute between China and Vietnam, while Taiwan also claims the islands. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China’s People’s Liberation Army has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system on one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea, accordi(...)

New Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and  Tony Abbott. Photograph: Mark Graham/Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has its fourth prime minister in just over two years after Tony Abbott was defeated 54 to 44 by Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal p(...)

The wreckage of  Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine have pledged to seek an alternative means of bringing to justice those who shot down Malaysi(...)

Australia’s speaker  Bronwyn Bishop:  her resignation was “overdue and unrepentant”, according to Labor party leader Bill Shorten. Photograph:  Mick Tsikas/EPA

The speaker of the Australian parliament, Bronwyn Bishop, has resigned after almost three weeks of revelations about her spending on helicopters, pla(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Islamic State militants are seen with an Islamic State flag. Photograph: AP

An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating new securit(...)

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