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Rudd is right – we can’t wish away a war with China

Australia needs to start thinking more deeply about the very real prospect of a war with China – and it must appreciate that Taiwan is only one potential trigger for conflict.

Mick Ryan
Mick Ryan

Military leader and strategist

Colorado Springs gay bar shooting comes amid backdrop of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric

This rampage has renewed fears of the potential connection between America’s weak gun laws and the homophobic discourse.

Farrah Tomazin
Farrah Tomazin

North America correspondent

Why Xi bullied Trudeau but flattered Albanese

In the same week the president of China was flattering Anthony Albanese, he was rebuking Justin Trudeau. Why the stark difference?

Peter Hartcher
Peter Hartcher

Political and international editor


North America

Anderson Aldrich, the suspect in the deadly Colorado LGBTQ nightclub massacre, appeared slouched and partially unresponsive during a November 23 court hearing.

‘Is he gay?’ Porn actor father of Colorado Springs LGBTQ club shooter reveals first thoughts

The 22-year-old has been in hospital since being beaten into submission by patrons at the club, after the shooting claimed five lives and injured 17 others.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Virginia police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting at a Walmart on Tuesday night.

‘He just opened fire’: Multiple deaths after Walmart manager goes on shooting spree

It’s the second mass shooting in the US in three days after a gunman killed five and injured 17 at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub.

  • by Nathan Layne and Jay Paul




Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrives at a hotel for talks on forming a governing coalition.

Malaysian king names Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, ending deadlock

The twice-jailed candidate has been waiting in the wings for years and will now get a chance to lead.


A note from Taiwan: Living 20 kilometres from Xi Jinping’s favourite military base

The Matsu Islands appear so serene but beneath the fisherman’s houses are bunkers; across the bay, signs tell residents to be “prepared to fight”.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw

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