U.S. lawmakers arrive in Taiwan amid China tensions

TAIPEI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day visit during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to come amid continued military tensions with the island’s giant neighbour China. Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has been holding … Read more

Ukraine targets Russian soldiers threatening Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Russians threatening Zaporizhzhia are “special targets” G7 nations call on Moscow to withdraw troops from plant Fear of nuclear catastrophe unless fighting stops Russia warns it may cut bilateral ties with United States More grain ships depart Ukraine KYIV, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine is targeting Russian soldiers who shoot at Europe’s largest nuclear power … Read more

LIVE: Police update on Canberra airport shooting | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

LIVE: Police update on Canberra airport shooting | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Man arrested, Canberra Airport evacuated after gunfire in check-in area  9News Gunman arrested after shots fired inside Canberra Airport terminal  Sydney Morning Herald Canberra Airport evacuated after reports of shooting  Sky News Australia View Full coverage on Google News

With Cruel Country, Wilco waltzes into the heart of an ugly America

Wilco guitarist-singer Jeff Tweedy performs during the Las noches del Botanico festival in Madrid on June 27.PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images According to the late, great songwriter Harlan Howard, all that is required to write a country song is “three chords and the truth.” Traditionally, the former has been much easier to sell than the latter. But … Read more

IN FULL: Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide delivers interim report | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

IN FULL: Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide delivers interim report | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Teen’s home life impacted by military PTSD  Mandurah Mail Defence suicide interim report delivered to Governor-General  Sky News Australia Live updates: Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide delivers interim report  ABC News View Full coverage on Google News

Chinese Ambassador to Canberra blames Australian media for ‘harming relationship’ between two countries

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian has levelled blame for the worsening ties between Canberra and Beijing on the domestic media. In his first major address in Australia since becoming Beijing’s top diplomat in Canberra, Mr Xiao reiterated China’s recent demands on the Albanese Government to repair relations between the two countries. The Ambassador also … Read more

LIVE: Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian delivers address to Australia's National Press Club | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

LIVE: Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian delivers address to Australia’s National Press Club | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Chinese ambassador to address Australia  The Examiner Live updates: China’s ambassador to Australia to address National Press Club  ABC News View Full coverage on Google News

Live updates: China’s ambassador to Australia to address National Press Club

Here’s Will Jackson with the details. The relationship between Australia and China has been battered by a series of acrimonious disputes over the last two years. But since Labor won the election in May both countries have taken tentative steps towards stabilising the relationship.  Both the Foreign Minister Penny Wong and the Defence Minister Richard Marles have held a one-on-one meetings with their Chinese counterparts, ending a … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

U.S. probes firm linked with Russian oligarch Abramovich over hedge fund investments Former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 16, 2016 in London, England. Abramovich announced on in March 2022 that he was selling the club … Read more

China’s constant criticism amid Taiwan tensions cannot be avoided, acting PM says

The acting Prime Minister insists there is little the federal government can do to ward off constant Chinese criticism of Australia, as Beijing lashes out against international condemnation of its military drills in the Taiwan Strait. Key points: Richard Marles says a more diplomatic approach with China may do nothing to improve relations China has … Read more