middle east

middle east

middle east June 24, 2017

Duterte wants Daesh out by Ramadan’s end

Kurds could fight for Iraqi homeland; US hawks eye Iran forces in Syria; PNG elections begin

middle east June 17, 2017

Stakes high in the battle for al-Raqqa

With Daesh under mounting pressure in the battle for al-Raqqa, the group will be seeking new ways – in other locations and abroad – to uphold the caliphate and export terror.

middle east June 3, 2017

Europe must control its own fate: Merkel

Merkel steps up in EU and Germany; Trump returns to family crisis; More Australian troops to be sent to Afghanistan.

middle east June 10, 2017

Paris accord with US may outlast Trump

May Day at the UK elections; Qatar cut off by Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE.

middle east May 27, 2017

Weapons deal repays Trump’s Saudi pivot

Trump singles out Iran on terror; Trump in Israel; Jared Kushner next in Russian link investigation.

middle east May 20, 2017

Widespread dismay at Trump intelligence

Donald Trump’s “Russian Thing”, Syria’s “de-escalation zones”, China’s One Belt One Road initiative, North Korea and the WannaCry ransomware attack

middle east May 6, 2017

Trump plays low-key for Turnbull visit

Macron favourite in French poll; Hamas gets new charter; Visa changes upset India, NZ.

middle east April 29, 2017

Donald Trump’s grandiose Mexico promise hits a wall

China calls for US restraint; Macron and Le Pen into election second round; Turnbull committed on Afghanistan.

middle east April 15, 2017

Seoul searching as Trump, Kim face off

US and North Korea face off; Reaction to Syria’s chemical attack; Australia helps Japan with new spy agency: Novel ideas on Chinese diplomacy.

middle east April 8, 2017

Mosul after Daesh

With the huge rise in civilian casualties, the focus will quickly turn to restoring the locals’ trust in their government as the Iraqi army and US-led coalition forces drive Daesh from Mosul.

middle east April 8, 2017

Putin’s allies dispute Syria link to St Petersburg bomber

Bashar al-Assad denies responsibility for chemical attack; Xi Jinping visiting Mar-a-Lago; Donald Trump diplomacy.