Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says that while coal is subjected to Chinese import restrictions, there is "no basis to believe" the processes are discriminatory to Australia.
If it were an isolated event, the trade kerfuffle at a port in north-east China would be nothing to worry about. But in the context of recent global events, it's a ratchetting up in diplomatic tensions, writes business editor Ian Verrender.
Australian man Hazem Hamouda "vanishes" in Egypt after failing to turn up at a police station where he was due to be released after languishing in one of Egypt's most notorious prisons for more than a year without charge or evidence.
From China to MH17 to her ill-fated run for the prime ministership, Julie Bishop has outlasted and outperformed most of her contemporaries, all while cutting a quiet but respected figure, writes Philip Williams.
The Agriculture Minister used the phrase "off reservation" to caution one of his Nationals colleagues over a "racist" comment made on Tuesday.
A US Marine rotation bound for Darwin in April is pegged to bring with it more soldiers, more aircraft and — officials are hoping — a lasting upswing for the flatlining Top End economy.
A Uyghur Australian man who fears for the safety of his wife and son is calling on the nation's diplomats to help them get out of China to avoid persecution.
Within days of Federal Parliament's historic vote making it easier for refugees and asylum seekers to get medical help in Australia, the Pacific nation creates new laws that ban referrals from online consultations.