A handover ceremony as U.S. troops prepare to leave Afghanistan.
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There is much at stake as the US withdraws troops from Afghanistan. A political philosopher explains why the US cannot escape the moral consequences of its actions.
Communion has been described as the ‘fount and apex of the whole Christian life.’
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Amid controversy over US bishops’ plans to deny Communion to pro-abortion rights Catholics, a scholar of sacramental theology explains the importance of the ritual to members of the church.
Cyberwarfare will require new defensive measures by government and corporations.
Co-ordinated cyberattacks can create massive disruptions to infrastructure and supply chains. New treaties are needed to prevent cyberwarfare, but it’s challenging to predict technological advances.
When Pope John Paul II was beatified, Zimbabwe’s ruler, Robert Mugabe, was in attendance and given Communion.
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Biden is not the first public figure to whom the Catholic Church wants to deny Communion. Over the centuries, the Church has often come under criticism for either denying or giving Communion.
At this month’s summit, US President Joe Biden warned his counterpart Vladimir Putin of reprisals against ‘persistent malicious cyber-attacks’. But it will take more than posturing to end the stand-off.
In reaching a policy for net zero by 2050, Scott Morrison will face conflicting internal and external pressures.
This could have been a feisty exchange between two adversaries. But the summit was a calm affair, with each side hoping their hostile relationship could be ratcheted down a notch or two.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985: modern-day counterparts Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin could learn a lot about trust-building from their experience .
When Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva, what will they learn from their predecessors more than 30 years ago?
Schoolgirls in Kabul, Afghanistan.
After 20 years in Afghanistan and many promises made, the U.S. does hold responsibility for Afghans’ fate, including their human right to access education.
Joe Biden, right, and his son Beau had a strong relationship until Beau’s death in 2015.
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Biden’s relationship with his father contrasts with perhaps every president in the last four decades, who either had absent or distant fathers or abusive or alcoholic fathers or stepfathers.
the Biloela Tamil family, G7 and the upcoming parliamentary fortnight.
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society editor, Amanda Dunn
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meeting in 2011, during the Obama presidency.
The Biden-Putin summit will be symbolic, rather than substantive - but there could be grounds for cautious optimism.
Scott Morrison may have found the meeting of the leaders of the world’s liberal democracies that aligning himself so closely with former US President Donald Trump was not the most prudent course.
Boris Johnson and Joe Biden signed a New Atlantic Charter, an echo of the Roosevelt-Churchill meeting 80 years earlier.
Eighty years after Churchill and Roosevelt established the Atlantic Charter, Biden and Johnson have pressed the ‘reset’ button.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon.
Australia is still pursuing the origin of COVID-19, with Scott Morrison strongly supporting President Joe Biden’s efforts to get to the bottom of the outbreak.
Multiple post-Brexit pressures make the prime minister eager to please.
Biden is expected to confront Russian leader Vladimir Putin (center) over his stalwart backing of Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko (left).
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Some tension was inevitable at the June 16 US-Russia summit. But Vladimir Putin’s defiant support for Belarus’s rogue regime now pits him harder against the West.
Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2017.
Does it matter where COVID came from? In the ongoing war of words between the US and China, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
Electric vehicles and renewable energy will only get the country so far.
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To cut enough greenhouse gas emissions, the world will need technologies that are still being developed, particularly for industries that are tough to clean up, like cement, steel and shipping.