Hamish McDonald
is The Saturday Paper’s world editor.  

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World May 12, 2018

Trump’s Iran pact pullout snubs Europe

US to reimpose sanctions on Iran. Trump believes Iran decision will impress North Korea. Mahathir sweeps back into power in Malaysia.

World May 05, 2018

Nobel for Trump’s chequered Korea?

Historic Korean meeting plays well for Kim. Trump yet to confirm Iran sanctions waiver plan. Mahathir pledges to pardon Anwar. Bishop and Dutton at loggerheads over ASD.

News April 28, 2018

Independence in the South Pacific

The Australian government is watching New Caledonia’s independence referendum with caution, seeing it as a precursor to the potentially more volatile vote in Bougainville next year.

World April 28, 2018

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in meet in the DMZ

Historic Korean talks ahead of Trump and Kim meeting. Macron charms on US trip. Timor poll holds up gas plans.

World April 21, 2018

Syria and Russia dig in over chemical attacks

James Comey on press tour; Trump still pulling punches with Moscow; Israel–Iran hostilities deepen.

World April 14, 2018

Trump warns of action against ‘Animal Assad’

FBI raid on Trump lawyer; Malaysian elections; Espiritu Santo wharf proposal.

News April 07, 2018

The Skripals, Novichok and the Cold War

The attempted murder in England of former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent developed in Russia has stirred Cold War tensions, but evidence of Moscow’s involvement is yet to be found.

World April 07, 2018

Casualties as protests rage in Gaza and Israel

Australia advised to allow more Pacific Islander workers. Japanese navy equipping small aircraft carriers. Dutton and Downer freelancing foreign policy.

World March 31, 2018

Russian diplomats expelled around globe

Julie Bishop hauls in Russian ambassador Grigory Logvinov; students take anti-gun protest to Washington; US national security adviser replaced.