Beijing intensifies its campaign to isolate Taiwan in the Pacific, pressing for the region's peak diplomatic body to formally accept the Chinese Communist Party is Taiwan's rightful government.
The latest moves from the EU come amid an impending humanitarian crisis that the US, Spain and Germany have started to respond to.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his plan to ease restrictions on kava imports during his recent trip to Vanuatu — but Yolngu elders are saying the move could have grave impacts on remote Australia.
Tanzanian Seif Sakate stood out in the small, Australian coastal town he called home but it helped him get noticed by the locals who eventually followed him to Africa to build a school and a kindergarten.
Another record increase in the number of billionaires in Australia, from 33 to 43, sees their combined wealth climb to almost $160 billion last year, according to an Oxfam report.
A former minister for the Pacific has broken ranks with the Morrison Government and publicly blasted the Prime Minister for saddling countries in the South Pacific with additional debt at a time when several are struggling to repay already massive loans.
China's 'silver tongue' deal making in Washington's backyard, where it is investing billions, is a strong contrast to Donald Trump's "America First" brand of diplomacy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's face was pasted on billboards ahead of last weekend's APEC summit in Papua New Guinea. So how did he end up getting upstaged?