South Syrian rebels surrender

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has secured a major victory with south Syrian rebels agreeing to a ceasefire set up by Russia, surrendering the province of Deraa to the government. The victory means that the Syrian government has regained control of the Nassib border crossing, an important part of the border with Jordan. The rebels have…

Chemical weapons inspectors finish mission in Syria

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors have finished investigating in the Syrian town of Douma, where they were collecting eyewitness accounts of an alleged attack that occurred last month. Findings from the investigation could take at least three to four weeks, however, as the analysis process now takes place in OPCW laboratories…

US, Britain, France Syrian air strike hits research centre

Picture Courtesy: US Air Force A joint air strike against Syria performed by the US, Britain and France has hit a Damascus scientific research facility and arms depots in the Homs area according to state media. The Russian ambassador, Anatoly Antonov to the United States has warned that there will be consequences for the strike,…

UN Report Links North Korea Chemical Weapon Manufacturing to Syria

North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used to manufacture chemical weapons, United Nations experts has found according to a United States media report. The equipment includes acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes, a New York Times report stated, based on the as-yet-unreleased UN report. The report compiled for the UN Sanctions…

Trump Calls for Unity in Maiden State of the Union Address

Donald Trump has called for unity in his maiden State of the Union Address, calling on Republicans and Democrats to work together in “building a safe, strong and proud America”. The US President said he was “extending an open hand” as a unifying figure, urging both sides to come together to build the nation. “Tonight,…

Syria Pledges to Sign Paris Climate Change Agreement

Syria has revealed it will sign the Paris climate agreement, which will leave the United States as the only country to not be a part of the emissions-cutting deal if it makes good on its promise to leave. The nation took a break from its six-year civil war to announce plans at the 23rd Conference…

Julie Bishop to Focus on Business and Security On Liechtenstein Trip

Business, terrorism and economic interests were top agendas during Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visits on the weekend. Ms Bishop met her counterpart Dr Aurelia Frick to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, along with their cooperation as members of international organisations including the United Nations. Among the agendas, global security and counter-terrorism in particular Australia’s…

Trump and Putin in First Face to Face Meeting

United States President Donald Trump has had his highly anticipated first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the meeting, which was also attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, covered a range of topics including the accusations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Mr…

Coalition Legislates For Afghan Safety

The coalition have followed through with the Greens plan to give Afghan interpreters safety. The Greens, who led the issue through Parliament, are happy for the Coalitions commitment to offer asylum to Afghan interpreters who have worked with Australian troops. “These brave people have helped our soldiers stay alive. It’s now time to return the…