Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn greets US President Barack Obama on his arrival in Ethiopia.
Between 1995 and 2013 the US provided about US$98 billion in aid to sub-Saharan Africa. But the country's economic and political reach is slowly declining.
Not quite brothers in arms.
Cuba punches above its weight in a number of sectors and the US would be wise to take note.
Europeans who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria now need a visa to travel to the US. Why?
Cine Petro Atletica, once Huambo’s finest cinema, was destroyed during fierce fighting in Angola’s bloody civil war.
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Apartheid South Africa started a war in which it could not maintain a strategic advantage. It misread the quest for national liberation and international opinion that undermined its effectiveness.
The balance of trade positions of Australian agriculture and food manufacturing have deteriorated since FTAs with New Zealand, the United States and Thailand have come into play.
Analysis of free trade agreements with New Zealand, the US and Thailand show these failed to boost Australian agriculture and food imports.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko with Barack Obama in 2014.
Washington would do well to leave the Cold War rhetoric in the past.
Up for grabs.
How a US-Qatar F1 takeover will take the business up a gear.
Australian cattle wait to be loaded onto a ship to Indonesia. Their voyage to the United States would be even longer.
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Australia's cattle industry is keen to begin live exports to the United States. But America is very different to existing live export markets such as Indonesia, making the move much more ethically fraught.
A submarine missile-launching capacity brings the threat closer to the shores of the target country.
North Korea does not yet have the capacity to launch a nuclear missile from a submarine. Its recent test, however, suggests it is making progress to a game-changing second-strike capability.
A Filipino soldier patrols the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The US is considering sending aircrafts and warships to patrol the disputed area, which is claimed by China and four other Southeast Asian countries.
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The US is considering naval patrols of disputed parts of the South China Sea in response to China's creation of artificial islands. Other nations with claims may welcome a temporary US presence.
Will negotiators play a game of chicken or be able to clink champagne glasses over a nice chicken dinner?
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Much is at stake as negotiators meet in New York this week in hopes of aligning disparate transatlantic regulations.
Indigenous prisoners perform a welcome ceremony at the 2014 opening of Darwin’s $500 million prison, which is likely to be full by 2018.
The Northern Territory stands out for having one of the highest imprisonment rates in the world - much higher even than in the US - and it's hard to argue that this does the community much good.
Despite declining gun fatalities, there should be no room for complacency in Australia, with an estimated 260,000 illegal guns in Australia – including this MP5K 9mm machine gun, seized in Queensland in 2013.
The rate of fatal shootings has fallen in Australia, the US and other nations in recent decades. Yet anti- and pro-gun ideology still makes it hard to have a sensible discussion about gun violence.
The US proposes to meet its climate targets through regulation, including reducing carbon emissions from coal power plants by a third below 2005 levels.
The United States' post-2020 climate target raises many questions for this year's global climate talks, and puts pressure on Australia to raise the stakes.
Long-discussed, TTIP negotiations started in 2013.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will be the world's biggest free trade agreement. But what's at stake?
Not all it’s cracked up to be.
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Don't believe the hype about free trade, there are zero guarantees it will make us better off.
It’ll take more than a winning smile to win over Africa.
China supplanted the US as Africa's biggest partner in 2009, but the Americans are hoping to catch up.
The second open enrolment period of the US Affordable Care Act, which was due to close on February 15 has been extended in most US states. Estimates vary, but around 10m people have already enrolled on…
Havana: soon to be a boom town?
The restoration of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, announced simultaneously by Barack Obama and Raúl Castro yesterday, is a huge political breakthrough. The benefits to the Cuban economy…