International News

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

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

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.

NATO warns Russia on Ukraine

by AFP
If Russia inflames crisis it will be making a 'historic mistake', NATO says.

PM talks strategy and trade with Korea

by AAP
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made his first trip to Korea, meeting President Park for talks in Seoul.

Rudd took Asian ties backwards: Packer

by AAP
Crown casino boss James Packer says building strong ties in Asia is crucial to Australia's trading and economic future.

Ukraine says Russia 'tearing country apart'

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New burst of unrest leads to death of a Ukrainian naval officer in Crimea.

China warns US over Hong Kong

by AAP
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China has warned the US against interfering in Hong Kong's affairs after Vice President Joe Biden met with two pro-democracy campaigners.

Japan FTA within grasp: Abbott

by AAP
Negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan are going very well, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Japan trade deal shouldn't be token: Labor

by AAP
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The federal opposition says Tony Abbott shouldn't sign up to a trade deal with Japan just for his trophy cabinet.