As expected, Australia has not got off to a great start on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Plus, Malcolm Turnbull shells out a cheeky $6 billion to buy out the states' stakes of the Snowy Hrydro. It's the news you need to know with Chris Woods.
The Abbott government has changed tack on the Middle East, taking a more strident pro-Israel approach at the UN in the past fortnight. So why have they kept so quiet about it, and why aren't questions being asked?
Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.
Australia's policy on asylum seekers has been strongly criticised -- but does it actually breach the UN's Refugee Convention? Crikey intern Rose Moloney investigates.
The Prime Minister needs to take advice from people who understand international relations. On Israel it looks like she has done the opposite, writes retired diplomat Bruce Haigh.
With Australia drawing down troops, the still-fragile nation of East Timor will soon be left to fend for itself. There are plenty of challenges for the country's ageing leadership ahead.
The Rio+20 conference on the environment is a zombie summit, shuffling through its paces dead-eyed, toothless, empty-handed, writes Peter Christoff, associate professor of environmental policy at the University of Melbourne.
In the eyes of Palestinians direct negotiations have become delegitimised, writes Nigel O’Connor writes from Ramallah.
A United Nations conference is underway in Melbourne this week to examine progress on its anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals. Is the UN doing enough to improve global health? Tamzin Byrne investigates for Croakey.
The UN Committee that monitors breaches of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee) will report on its examination of Australia this weekend.