The likelihood of more frequent disasters in the Pacific will test Australia, the region's biggest donor and dominant economic power.
US first lady Michelle Obama, centre, beats a Japanese traditional taiko drum with members of the Akutagawa High School Taiko Club in front of the main gate, as she visits Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Kyoto. Mrs Obama flew to Japan on Wednesday for a three-day visit as part of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative. (Reuters)
Tom Decent It's the side of the death you rarely see.
Philip Wen The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is a rival to the United States-led World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Shane Cowlishaw In Vanuatu, everyone is struggling. A large proportion of the population is without shelter, food, water and medical supplies, while aid agencies flood into the country and the government attempts to manage one of the largest disasters in its history.
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Su-Lin Tan Mankind has always looked to the skies for celestial wonders and on Friday, that will happen again, this time to witness one of the best solar eclipses in the northern hemisphere in years.
Michael Koziol A high school in upstate New York has apologised for conducting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, following outrage from students and parents that sparked national coverage in the US.
Ruth Pollard The diplomatic fallout has been swift, since Israel said yes to the man who said no to a Palestinian state.
Paul McGeough The death of Matiullah Khan creates a frightening power vacuum in the Afghan province that the Australian Defence Force could not tame.
BILLY Gordon claims the lack of a “father figure” in his life is part of his undoing – ...