europe

europe October 9, 2021

China sends dozens of jets into Taiwan’s defence zone

Jacinda Ardern abandons Covid-zero strategy. Singapore’s foreign interference law labelled Kafkaesque. Pandora Papers reveal Czech PM’s chateau and the property portfolios of wealthy world leaders.

europe October 2, 2021

Germany waits for coalition after 16 years of Angela Merkel

Social Democratic Party leader Olaf Scholz appears most likely to be next chancellor. Vanuatu pushes for urgent action on climate change. US–China hostage diplomacy sends two Michaels and Meng Wanzhou home.

middle east August 21, 2021

China and Russia foster ties with the Taliban

Jacinda Ardern opts to go hard and early in New Zealand against the Delta variant. Malaysia’s prime minister resigns as country struggles with Covid-19. Woman tells of her imprisonment by Chinese officials in Dubai.

europe August 7, 2021

Death of Belarusian activist treated as suspicious

Japanese defence white paper links the country’s security to Taiwan for the first time. Jacinda Ardern apologises for dawn raids on Pacific migrants in the 1970s. France to press ahead with vaccination passes despite protests.

middle east July 24, 2021

England parties like it’s 1999

China gets blamed for global email hacking. Indonesia struggles to cope as Covid-19 numbers worsen.

africa July 3, 2021

Biden orders air strikes after drone attacks

New Zealand is trying to hold on to its SunGold kiwifruit market. The Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centenary. Britain is looking to adapt Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers to Rwanda site.

middle east June 19, 2021

‘America is back’: Biden flexes muscles over China

Jacinda Ardern joins critics of the proposed film about Christchurch’s massacre. The International Criminal Court condemns Philippine state policy of attacking civilians in anti-drugs war. Naftali Bennett takes over as Israeli PM.

africa June 12, 2021

Hundreds arrested in FBI, AFP sting

The Anom encrypted messaging app allowed police to monitor gangs around the world. PNG’s casino plan faces opposition from welfare groups. Nigeria bans Twitter after the president’s account is temporarily suspended. 

africa May 29, 2021

Samoa’s first woman PM sworn in despite standoff

The United States and European Union condemn plane ‘hijack’ and arrest of dissident Belarusian journalist. The Israel–Hamas ceasefire is holding as opposition leader Yair Lapid tries to form a coalition to lead Israel.

africa May 22, 2021

IEA pivots from pro-fossil fuel to pushing net-zero pathway

A Supreme Court ruling paves the way for Samoa’s first female prime minister. About 6000 asylum seekers cross by sea from Morocco into Spanish territory. A spike in Covid-19 cases across Asia.

europe April 24, 2021

Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd

Former police officer found guilty over death of George Floyd. Joe Biden takes lead on global action on climate. Melbourne nurse tells story of Uygur husband jailed in China.