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Fears campaign to replace Boris Johnson could cause 'lasting damage' to Conservative Party

The two candidates vying to replace Boris Johnson as British prime minister clash over the economy, amid warnings their in-fighting could condemn the Conservative Party to years in the political wilderness.
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Myanmar activist Phyo Zeya Thaw swore to "fight to the end"

Phyo Zeya Thaw was executed by the Myanmar military junta along with Kyaw Min Yu, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.
Duration: 7 minutes 49 seconds

Joe Biden says he is 'feeling great' as he recovers from COVID-19

The US President is expected to leave isolation and return to his usual work conditions by the end of the week. 
Joe Biden speaks from the White House.

Families of executed Myanmar activists say military refusing to hand over bodies

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia opposes the death penalty, calling on the junta to release unjustly detained prisoners and end violence in the country.
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Phyo Zeya Thaw arrives at the Myanmar parliament in yellow shirt with party pin and bag

Donald Trump's original speech after the Capitol riot has been revealed. Here are the words he refused to say

When Donald Trump addressed the nation the day after the Capitol riots, he was reading from a script covered in edits. The January 6 committee have now revealed the words he refused to say.
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A composite image of Donald Trump next to his original January 7 speech, where lines have been crossed out. 

Myanmar executes four democracy activists

Myanmar's military junta has executed four democracy activists accused of helping carry out "terror acts", the South-East Asian nation's first executions in decades.
Duration: 8 minutes 10 seconds

analysis: A new deal between Ukraine and Russia may show a path to the end of the war

By Mick Ryan
While the Russian attack on Odesa is hardly an auspicious beginning and is indicative of the lack of trust between the belligerents, there are some important takeaways from the agreement, writes Mick Ryan.
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Grain terminal view as grain pours out of machine onto pile.

analysis: Thirty years ago, I launched a TV show to explore a hopeful world. As the times grow darker, it’s as crucial as ever

In 1992, the ABC launched Foreign Correspondent to bring a changing world home to Australian living rooms. Thirty years on, its mission is as important as ever, writes Jonathan Holmes.

People told to stay at home amid violence in PNG

The outbreak of fighting follows a vicious machete attack over ballot counting in the national election. Natalie Whiting reports.
Duration: 1 minute 43 seconds

Iran reveals nuclear watchdog cameras to stay switched off over UN conflict

Officials say the monitoring equipment will not be restored until a nuclear pact is restored.
Iran nuclear plant

New US ambassador to Australia confirms she will travel to Solomon Islands next week

By foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic 
Caroline Kennedy is sworn in as the new United States ambassador to Australia in Canberra. She will travel to the Solomon Islands next week to mark the Battle of Guadalcanal and suggests the US will continue to expand its Pacific footprint.
Caroline Kennedy addresses the media in Canberra

Human rights group seeks arrest of Sri Lanka's former president

A human rights group has filed a criminal complaint seeking the arrest of Sri Lanka's former president for alleged war crimes during his country's civil war.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa presents a speech at COP26

Russia wants international tribunal to condemn Ukrainian soldiers for crimes against humanity

Moscow charges 92 members of the Ukrainian armed forces with crimes against humanity and proposes an international tribunal backed by countries including Bolivia, Iran and Syria.
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Ukrainian Army soldiers pose for a photo in front of national flags

Top US general calls China 'noticeably more aggressive' as Beijing says South China Sea is not a 'fighting arena'

The Chinese military has become significantly more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years, a top US military officer says while visiting Indonesia as part of a trip to the Indo-Pacific.
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U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff talks to the media after his meeting with Indonesian Armed Forces

January 6 committee eyes former Trump officials for coming hearings

The January 6 committee reveals it is considering a subpoena for Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Rioters outside the capitol building in the US on Jan 6th.

Uncertainty looms over deal to resume Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assures Cairo of Moscow's ability to supply grain as Ukraine downplays its ability to resume exports through the Black Sea following a missile strike on an Odesa port.
Grain terminal view as grain pours out of machine onto pile.

Russia attacks Ukrainian port a day after signing deal to unblock Black Sea trade routes

Russian missiles have hit Ukraine's southern port of Odesa, the Ukrainian military says, threatening a landmark deal signed just a day before to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war.
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Firefighters work at site of fire at Odesa port, with ship seen in background as smoke rises nearby.

'We've pretty much run out of food': Sri Lankans in Australia send groceries home to desperate families

By Joshua Boscaini and Vidita Sharma
As Sri Lanka plunges further into a crippling economic crisis that has led to shortages of food, fuel and gas, many expats in Australia are sending essential supplies to desperate families back home.
Ivanka Jayasuriya wears a Sri Lankan flag

analysis: As the West grapples with what it stands for, authoritarians stand with certainty

US President Joe Biden has framed the war in Ukraine as a contest between autocracy and democracy. It begs the question then: just what is this fight for, asks Stan Grant. 
People search through the rubble of a destroyed building.

South Korea to lift ban on North Korean TV, newspapers despite tensions

South Korea plans to lift its decades-long ban on public access to North Korean television, newspapers and other publications as part of its efforts to promote mutual understanding.
A female TV announcer addresses the camera.

Australian China critic detained in UK over alleged bomb threat

By Conor McCann and staff
Drew Pavlou says he was kept in custody overnight by British police and held incommunicado over allegations he had emailed a bomb threat to the Chinese embassy before a protest in London.
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A man holds up a poster during a speech by the Chinese ambassador

Ukraine and Russia sign agreement to lift grain blockade

The landmark deal to reopen Ukrainian Black Sea ports for grain exports raises hopes that an international food crisis aggravated by the Russian invasion can be eased.
UN, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey sign grain agreement

Zelenskyy hired his childhood friend to oversee Ukraine's super spies. Here's why Ivan Bakanov has now been ousted

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is forced to reshuffle his own inner circle as he confronts another front of the Ukraine war: purging the country's powerful security agencies of collaborators and Russian agents.
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A close up of Volodymyr Zelenskyy dressed in a green shirt and staring intently ahead.

Steve Bannon, longtime Donald Trump ally, convicted of contempt

Steve Bannon will be sentenced in October after being found guilty of defying a congressional subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol.
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Steve Bannon is wearing a black suit while getting into a car, surrounded by a crowd with camera's and phones aimed towards him.

Donald Trump watched capitol raid unfold on tv for three hours

Former aides testified that they believed Mr Trump gave the "green light" for the mob to riot. Carrington Clarke reports.
Duration: 2 minutes 21 seconds