world

middle east April 10, 2021

Landslides, floods cause havoc in Timor-Leste

US tries to salvage the ailing Iran nuclear deal. Jordan’s King Abdullah moves against rival half-brother. New Zealand agrees to travel bubble with Australia from April 19.

europe April 3, 2021

Violence worsens as Myanmar edges towards civil war

PNG begins vaccine rollout starting with Prime Minister James Marape. Woman’s death in Mexico mirrors George Floyd incident.

europe March 27, 2021

EU virus surge sparks fight over vaccine exports to Britain

Bans placed on China over treatment of Uygurs. Turkey withdraws from international treaty protecting women.

asia pacific March 20, 2021

PNG on the brink of Covid-19 catastrophe

Australia will urgently deliver 8000 doses of vaccine. PNG to enter a four-week national isolation from Monday. Flights from Port Moresby to Cairns have been suspended.

europe March 13, 2021

China amps up crackdown on Hong Kong democracy

National People’s Congress passes change to electoral laws. Joe Biden to hold first key leaders’ meeting as US president.

asia pacific March 13, 2021

Anti-Chinese Communist Party drive

Convoys of slogan-covered cars on Melbourne’s streets appear to be part of a global dissident movement to ‘quit’ the Chinese Communist Party, with links to the Falun Gong.

asia pacific March 6, 2021

Isolation breach forces another lockdown for NZ

China malware theory on Mumbai blackout. Myanmar security forces continue violent crackdown. More charges for Aung San Suu Kyi as she appears in court via video link.

middle east February 27, 2021

China confronted over treatment of Uygurs

Covid-19 cases are rising in PNG with quarantine staff stretched. Daily rallies continue in Myanmar despite crackdown. Israel criticised for its failure to vaccinate Palestinians.

europe February 20, 2021

Acquitted Trump attacks divided Republicans

New Zealand travel bubble with Australia suspended after outbreak of UK variant. Indian activists arrested over farmers’ protest. WHO plan to vaccinate poorer nations.

asia pacific February 13, 2021

Micronesian states quit Pacific forum over new leader

Ballot ignored regions’ agreement to rotate role. Chinese dam proposal in Tibet adds to India tension. Detained Australian journalist Cheng Lei alleged to have supplied state secrets overseas.

south and central asia February 6, 2021

Military coup ends Myanmar’s transition to democracy

Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. The army leader acts after claiming widespread voter fraud. Joe Biden threatens to reinstate sanctions.