Good morning, early birds. Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has accused Beijing of attempting to "coerce" Chinese diaspora with the arrest of Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun, and Adelaide has taken out the title of Australia's hottest capital city on record. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Australia continues to ignore the impressive display of democracy in action in Timor-Leste, a country it has routinely let down since independence.
Religious minorities are experiencing huge increasing violence in Modi's India, but that doesn't seem to be a deal-breaker for our leaders in Canberra.
To read the news today, you'd think one organisation was gunning for IR change. The truth is more complicated.
Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.
Donald Trump says Syria has crossed "many lines" with use of chemical weapons, but what will he actually do about it?
After an intensive focus on international issues, the government has gone backwards in voter estimation of its performance, Essential Report shows.
Voters are seeing Tony Abbott's diplomatic skills in a more positive light but it's not helping the Coalition's polling, Essential Report shows.
Voters don't expect much the Abbott government when it comes to Indonesia -- and they think damage as already been done, today's Essential Report shows. But the public is fine with spying. Oh -- and can the 'Labor revival' stories please. It's not happening.