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India ramps up earthquake relief, with fear a constant companion

India has lost almost 100 people in the weekend’s earthquake, with the government focusing relief efforts on helping devastated Nepal and its own poorest states. Alys Francis, freelance journalist in India, reports.

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Diplomacy hits snag as Yangon embassy pours cold water on BBQ

So much for soft diplomacy — the Australian embassy in Yangoon has closed its doors to the wider Australian community in Myanmar.

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Iron giants: Gina’s gunning for Twiggy, and it ain’t gonna be pretty

Gina Rinehart is about to start pumping out 55 million tonnes a year of iron ore from her Roy Hill mine. This is very bad news for Fortescue.

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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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Abbott and Bishop have lost their cojones as Asian neighbours run roughshod over rights

Thailand has instituted an insidious new regime of repression. But you won’t hear it mentioned in Canberra …

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How Big Iron’s mistake cost you billions

Grave miscalculations about China’s domestic steel production have landed Australia’s iron ore sector in deep slag.

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Malaysia’s war on independent media escalates with five arrested for sedition

Three journalists and two managers at independent Malaysian online news site The Malaysian Insider have been arrested and charged with sedition. Freelance journalist Jarni Blakkarly reports.

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Tough love from Singapore’s founding father

The death of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew should remind us that much as he gave Malcolm Fraser some excellent tough-love advice, it might be time to return the favour.

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The death penalty continues because we want it to

The problem for anti-death penalty campaigners is that capital punishment is in fact very popular.

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Rundle: what we can do now to save Chan and Sukumaran

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be granted a few more months before their executions. Those who want to campaign for them should not let this time go to waste.

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AirAsia X blames the crash of flight QZ8501 for refund delays

The decision to delay refunds to customers of AirAsia X flights is unforgivable.

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What really happened to MH370: the most likely case

A secret smuggling operation for gold bullion, an American shoot-down, a Russian plot by way of Kazakhstan? The most likely explanation for the disappearance of MH370 might be the most chilling of all.

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Half the sky: Australia needs to stand up for women’s rights in Asia

China has detained at least seven women’s rights activists in the last few days. This is unacceptable — and Australia must speak up.

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What will be the consequences of Bali Nine pair’s execution?

What will the “consequences” be for Indonesia if it goes ahead with the planned execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan? Foreign policy experts weigh in.

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China chokes under both an economic and literal smog

China’s Communist Party faces two challenges this month: how to recover its ailing economy, and how to deal with a controversial new documentary about Chinese air pollution.

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MH370, one year on: what is Malaysia hiding?

There are many theories about the disappearance of MH370, some plausible, others less so. But one thing that has been firmly established by now is that the Malaysian government has lied about the plane from the first.

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Hepatitis A scandal leaves China FTA up shit creek

Australian businesses, media and government are slowly coming to the realisation that China’s booming economy is not going to be the answer to economic woes Down Under.

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Sandilands: should we stop looking for MH370?

It now seems likely that Australia, Malaysia and China will wind up the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared a year ago this week.

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It is AFP’s fault Sukumaran and Chan are on death row — and AFP needs to step up to help save them

Indonesia has a hardline approach to the death penalty for those involved in the Indonesian drug trade. But Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were not involved in the Indonesian drug trade, writes an Australian crown prosecutor and former resident of Indonesia.

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Is MH370 in Kazakhstan? On faking that crucial ping

All of the searches for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are assuming the plane turned south. But what if it turned north?

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Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

Don’t believe everything you read — Tony Abbott’s not doing any better overseas than he is here.

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Indonesia selective on capital punishment (and that’s very bad for Chan and Sukumaran)

Indonesia has a track record of affording clemency to its own citizens charged with drug offences, but foreigners are unlikely to get a reprieve, writes policy analyst Sarah Gill.

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The remains of MH370 are officially nowhere

Authorities continue to bungle the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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Hope and justice: Australia holds vigils for Chan and Sukumaran

Last night, heartfelt vigils for Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were held around Australia.

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In the Year of the Goat, we must bell the Chinese cat

Despite the optimistic posturing of Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, China’s economy is in trouble, and it’s time for Australia to readjust its policies to recognise the looming downturn.

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