‘A remarkable man’: Anthony Albanese confirms release of Sean Turnell from Mynamar jail

PM pays tribute to foreign minister Penny Wong for diplomacy that led to freeing of Australian economist after 650 daysGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAnthony Albanese has paid tribute to his foreign minister Pe…

Freeing of terrorist who killed Australian soldiers shows how the US gave Taliban leverage despite allies’ objections | Ahmad Shuja Jamal

Many prisoners released under the US-Taliban deal took up arms again and then overran KabulGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastMany of the Taliban freed under the Doha Agreement took up arms, providing a deadly illustrati…

‘Abusing China’s restraint’: Beijing accuses Australia of provocation at sea

Global Times quotes comments by foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on military encounters in the South China SeaChina has accused Australia of provocation in the South China Sea and said Australia – along with the United States and Canada – must “r…

‘We are family’: Anthony Albanese meets Solomon Islands PM amid tension over China deal

Manasseh Sogavare says relationship with Australia is ‘strong’ despite his recent security pact with BeijingFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastAnthony Albanese h…

Power struggle with China and regional rift in focus as Anthony Albanese heads to Pacific Islands forum

Absence of Kiribati from the meeting is ‘really devastating’ to the body’s long-term strategy, security expert saysGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastWhen Anthony Albanese touches down in Suva on Wednesday to attend his…

Malaysian foreign minister says concerns remain about Aukus pact after meeting with Penny Wong

Saifuddin Abdullah points to risk of regional arms race but pledges increased trade and cooperation on cybersecurity with AustraliaFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingMalaysia’s…

We needed China deal to protect ‘domestic security’, says key Solomon Islands official

Exclusive: Collin Beck, who is believed to have been involved in negotiating the pact, offers most comprehensive defence yet of the controversial dealThe controversial security deal struck between Solomon Islands and China that caught the western world…

Penny Wong tells Pacific nations ‘we have heard you’ as Australia and China battle for influence

Foreign minister uses speech in Fiji to declare ‘this is a different Australian government’ that will act responsibly on climate changeFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe ne…

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