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Five people are dead – including the perpetrator – following a terror attack in London. EPA/Andy Rain

Terror in London: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck attack in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of “lone-wolf” attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS…
In a painting such as Warriors of New South Wales, 1813, we can easily imagine a group of men ready to take to the football field. Australian War Memorial

Did Indigenous warriors influence the development of Australian rules football?

Between the 1830s and the 1850s, hundreds of Indigenous warriors and dozens of British settlers were killed across south-east Australia. Echoes of that conflict recur in Aussie rules.
Peter Green joins the millions of Christmas Island red crabs in their migration. Greg Miles

Speaking with: Peter Green on saving the Christmas Island red crab

Matt Smith speaks with La Trobe University's Peter Green about the Christmas Island red crab's battle with the recently introduced yellow crazy ant and how a parasitical wasp could be the key to its survival.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has recalled all Australian diplomats to review Australia’s foreign policy settings next month. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Foreign policy white paper should reflect the uncertainty of our times

The US alliance will remain the cornerstone of Australian security, but regional partnerships will become more important and exploitable - sentimental ties aside.
A fruit cart depicting a ‘picanniny’ child: such figures were popular at a time when Aboriginal children were being removed from their families. Author provided

Friday essay: the politics of Aboriginal kitsch

What are we to make of 'Aboriginalia': bric-a-brac, tiles, ornaments and artworks - once hugely popular - depicting caricatures of Indigenous people? What if they are collected now in a knowing, ironic way?
Uncertainty about Trump’s capacity to respond rationally to unexpected crises makes the coming year a dangerous one for America and the world. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

United States

The breakdown of established liberal democratic norms has become the theme of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States. For this reason America and the White House are likely to be…
President Joko Widodo has taken an unconventional route to national office. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

Indonesia

Jakarta’s gubernatorial election is by far the most significant political event of the year in Indonesia. Not only is Jakarta Indonesia’s biggest and most important city, the election matters because of…
While Xi Jinping will no doubt continue as general secretary of the party, the question is whether he will be able to install enough people loyal to him. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

China

There are many key events to watch for this year in China, but by far the most significant is the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, likely to be held in November. The congress is held…
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Eight podcasts to get between your ears this year

The Conversation asked eight authors from across its sections to tell us about their favourite podcasts – and why you should tune in.

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