Ocean temperatures are again warming in the Pacific, helping to drive global temperatures to new highs and also leaving conditions primed for an El Nino event to be declared in coming months.
At times, international diplomacy resembles nothing more than speed dating.
''In this war, we are defending the state, not our sect." In a city awash with blood and gore, it borders on precious for the perpetrators of some of the brutality to demand that we slice and dice words in depicting their actions for a foreign audience.
An Australian jihadist has appeared in an Islamic State video online threatening Tony Abbott and vowing to fight until the militant group has conquered the West.
In its worldwide pursuit of corrupt officials who have absconded with billions in illicit funds, China is, increasingly loudly, asking foreign governments for help.
Tony Abbott met the new Indonesian President Joko Widodo late on Monday night and personally invited him to Brisbane to the G20 meeting next month, but received a non-committal reply.
China is seeking the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt officials who have fled to Australia with illicit funds running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The iconic Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle - usually aptly named - in central Jakarta, became the country’s Party Circle on Monday afternoon as Joko Widodo fever hit the city.
Joko Widodo has used his first speech as Indonesian president to call his people to “work together, and work and work and work” to make a stronger nation, with a particular emphasis on maritime power.
Suspicions of Western intentions in Iraq lead Shiite volunteer militias who prop up the Iraqi Army to say Australian troops should go home, writes Paul McGeough.