International News

Russia will respond if interests attacked

by AFP
Russian foreign minister hints at similar response to Georgian war in 2008.

US president leaves for Asia tour

China not on Barack Obama's Asia itinerary but still expected to loom large.

Asia-Pacific navies sign agreement

by AAP
Navy officials from the US and Asia-Pacific nations have adopted an agreement to improve communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict.

Biden warns Russia over Ukraine

by AP
US Vice President says it's time to 'start acting' to reduce Ukraine tension.

Japanese MPs visit WWII war shrine

by AAP
On the eve of US President Barack Obama's arrival in Tokyo, nearly 150 Japanese politicians have visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine.

Outrage over Japan PM's gift to war shrine

by AAP
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China says the gift of a tree to Japan's controversial war shrine is a slap in the face for US President Barack Obama, who arrives in two days' time.

Russia, US trade jabs on Ukraine

by AFP
A deal aimed to ease Ukraine crisis appears to be falling apart.

Russian-flagged vehicles in Ukraine

by AFP
Tensions continue to mount ahead of high-level diplomatic talks in Geneva.

West considers more sanctions over Ukraine

by AFP
US says it is coordinating fresh round of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

Ukraine begins 'anti-terrorist' push

President says push to regain control in Donetsk is 'responsible and balanced'.

Ukraine open to referendum

President not opposed to national referendum on greater regional autonomy.

Deadly clashes in Ukraine

Bloody standoff in Donetsk region has raised fears crisis could escalate quickly.

EU in balancing act on Russia

by AFP
Europe struggling to find penalties for Russia that won't hurt EU economy.

Four-way Ukraine talks set for April

by AFP
United States, EU, Russia and Ukrainian to sit down in Geneva.

Russia shouldn't use gas as leverage: EU

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Putin writes to EU leaders repeating threat to make Ukraine pay in advance.

US budget deficit narrows in first half

US government back on track for smallest budget deficit in six years.

Mix-up almost put Japan FTA on ice

Marathon talks on Japan free-trade agreement were almost derailed on Sunday.

Four-way Ukraine talks announced

by AFP
Diplomats from EU, US, Ukraine and Russia to meet in Kiev next week.

Japan FTA merits are lost in translation

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Views on the Australia-Japan FTA are sharply divided, but deciding if it's a net win for Australia puts the spotlight on bilateral agreements and their impact on the development of regional trade blocs.

Russians stirring 'chaos' in Ukraine: US

by AFP
John Kerry accuses Russia of an 'illegal effort' to destabilise Ukraine.

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