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A world of pain: strict and strange penalties for breaking COVID-19 laws

Cruel and unusual punishments seen around the world range from being forced to dig graves to being locked in dog cages.

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The humanitarian hole: China steps up to fill Australia’s foreign aid shortfall

Australia usually prides itself on its aid in the Pacific. But the pandemic has put everything on pause.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

The big chill: journalism’s new voices shut down across Asia-Pacific

Digital media journalism in the region is under threat as governments crack down on reporters.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Send for the JobMaker

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison will today outline a recovery vision called 'JobMaker', and an ABC investigation has found that the much-touted 'Western governments dossier' is not so explosive after all. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Asia Pacific leaders agree to historic trade deal

Good morning, early birds. Leaders at the East Asia Summit have agreed to terms for the world's largest trade deal, and new documents reveal the donors bankrolling climate change action. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Student protesters in Taiwan (Image: Wikimedia/Artemas Liu)

Taiwan at a crossroads as Beijing erodes support

Anybody interested in the fate of Taiwan — one of the most potent flash-points in Asia Pacific — should be watching events in Hong Kong closely.

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Voters back US over China

Good morning, early birds. Australian voters have some ideas about who Australia should back in the ongoing US-China spat, and Boris Johnson flirts with the idea of bypassing Brexit laws. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Bernard Collaery. (Image: AAP/Rod Mcguirk)

The Witness K debacle can still end poorly for the government

Crikey readers on the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery, rapid development in Asia and Kerry Stokes' media monopoly.

Nationals Leader Michael McCormack.

Australia’s economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's history in the Pacific is about imperialist exploitation. Now the government has baldly stated that our economic interests come ahead even of the existence of Pacific island states.

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Calls for Australia to increase Pacific defence capabilities

Good morning, early birds. There are calls for Australia to increase its military focus in the Pacific ahead of China's growing dominance, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announces a financial sector 'shake-up'. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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