Russian parliament backs Putin’s annexation bill

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers voted unanimously on Monday in favor of legislation to annex four regions of Ukraine, giving the go-ahead to a conflict-intensifying measure already approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Members of the Kremlin-loyal lower house of parliament, the State Duma, all voted to incorporate Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia with no … Read more

Anthony Albanese offered to leave politics to save marriage to Carmel Tebbutt

Anthony Albanese has revealed that he offered to leave politics three years ago in a failed attempt to save his marriage to Carmel Tebbutt. The moment of sliding doors is revealed in a new book Victory: The inside story of Labour’s return to power by Peter van Onselen and Wayne Errington, published by HarperCollins. The … Read more

Anthony Albanese offered to leave politics to save marriage to Carmel Tebbutt

Anthony Albanese has revealed that he offered to leave politics three years ago in a failed attempt to save his marriage to Carmel Tebbutt. The moment of sliding doors is revealed in a new book Victory: The inside story of Labour’s return to power by Peter van Onselen and Wayne Errington, published by HarperCollins. The … Read more

The subtle and not-so-subtle signs that Beijing is serious about repairing the relationship with Canberra

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived early for a meeting with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong in Bali two months ago. In Chinese culture, the act of waiting demonstrates authenticity and kindness. Given recent history, arriving early is not what Australia might have expected from China’s top diplomat. Canberra was left waiting for nearly two … Read more

Taiwan: Australia ‘in the crosshairs’ as ties with China strain

Australia faces being “in the crosshairs” of any conflict between Taiwan and China and needs to invest in its own missile systems, according to opposition defense spokesman Andrew Hastie. Hastie described on Sunday that Australia faces a “very bleak” strategic outlook amid China’s expansionist ambitions. Tensions between Australia and China escalated after Foreign Minister Penny … Read more

Taiwan: Australia ‘in the crosshairs’ as ties with China strain

Australia faces being “in the crosshairs” of any conflict between Taiwan and China and needs to invest in its own missile systems, according to opposition defense spokesman Andrew Hastie. Hastie described on Sunday that Australia faces a “very bleak” strategic outlook amid China’s expansionist ambitions. Tensions between Australia and China escalated after Foreign Minister Penny … Read more

Taiwan: Australia ‘in the crosshairs’ as ties with China strain

Australia faces being “in the crosshairs” of any conflict between Taiwan and China and needs to invest in its own missile systems, according to opposition defense spokesman Andrew Hastie. Hastie described on Sunday that Australia faces a “very bleak” strategic outlook amid China’s expansionist ambitions. Tensions between Australia and China escalated after Foreign Minister Penny … Read more

Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan amid rising US-China tensions

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on August 2, beginning a two-day visit that China says is a “serious violation” of the “One China” concept that guides Taiwan. US-China relations regarding Taiwan, a statement by Pelosi. refused. Following Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan’s capital Taipei, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing “strong … Read more

Russian Foreign Minister visits Egypt, part of trip to Africa amid Ukraine war

CAIRO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on Sunday as his country seeks to break diplomatic isolation and Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov landed in Cairo on Saturday night, the first leg of his Africa trip that will also include stops in Ethiopia, Uganda and … Read more

Russian war: Moscow says its military goals in Ukraine go beyond Donbas

Russia said on Wednesday that its military targets in Ukraine have expanded beyond the industrial region of Donbas as its forces launched deadly bombardments on the east and south of the country. The warning came as the European Commission called on EU countries to cut demand for natural gas to ease dependence on Russian energy … Read more