North Korea says it no longer has use for nuclear disarmament negotiations

North Korea has told Russia it has no further use for international nuclear disarmament negotiations. Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is visiting the communist state to try and persuade it to return to the six...

Civilians fall in ‘catastrophic’ Sri Lanka battle

Sri Lanka's army says it has seized more ground from the Tamil Tigers, as the rebels ignored a deadline to surrender and accused government forces of killing 1,000 civilians in their offensive. The military says...

Australians see business in Vietnam recovery

A delegation of Australian business leaders is in Vietnam, seeking business opportunities despite the global downturn. The group includes representatives from banking, real estate and education. They are meeting Vietnam's top officials, including the Prime Minister...

FEATURE: Australia’s broadband plan

Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, estimates it will cost $A43 billion ($US30 billion) to build Australia's new national broadband network, through a 51 per cent public owned company. The aim is to reach 90 per...

ICC says no conspiracy in attack on Sri Lanka’s cricketers

The head of the International Cricket Council, has rejected any suggestion that there was a conspiracy surrounding the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, in Lahore last week. Speaking in Sydney, Chief Executive,...

Commonwealth should push Sri Lankan rights, says observer

Commonwealth leaders should tell the Sri Lankan government to improve its human rights record when they meet in London this week, says a prominent human rights observer. Carroll Bogert, associate director of the US-based group...

New Caledonia urges nickel workers to help keep SLN open

The New Caledonian government is urging unions representing workers at the country's largest nickel mining firm to accept reduced working hours in order to stave off job losses. The firm, SLN, says it has suffered...

FEATURE: Frank Bainimarama on Pacific Beat

Since taking power in 2006, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has faced international questions and condemnation over his country's timeline for holding elections and returning to democratic rule. A January meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum called...

International donations for Australian disaster relief

The Australian government says its been inundated with good wishes and offers of help from around the world, in response to the Victorian bushfires. Our Canberra correspondent, Linda Mottram, says Australia's prime minister and foreign...

New bushfire starts in Australia’s south-east

Firefighters are battling a new blaze that has broken out in a pine plantation near the fire disaster zone at Mansfield, in the state of Victoria, in Australia's south-east, five days after the bushfires...