Julie Bishop says Australia preparing for Isis to declare ‘caliphate’ in southern Philippines

Foreign affairs minister says threat is on Australias doorstep as Islamic State is forced out of the Middle East Australia is readying itself for the possibility of Islamic State declaring a caliphate in the southern Philippines as the extremist group is forced out of the Middle East. Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, gave her detailed reasoning … Read more

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

Provincial newspaper publisher shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence, sparking calls for investigation A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the countrys war on drugs. The National Union of … Read more

Donald Trump serves up clumsiness, inexperience and realpolitik in Asia | Nick Bisley

President-elects recent actions in the region indicate he is content to break with Washington orthodoxy even as it comes with real risks In three phone calls with key Asian leaders this week, Donald Trump has once again upended expectations. We may now indeed have a radical break in the US approach to the region. The … Read more

Dead or alive: Is the Philippines’ war on drugs out of control?

(CNN)New Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte campaigned hard on a no-nonsense approach to crime — and now the full impact of what exactly this means for those on the streets is emerging. Shocking photographs published in local and international media show suspected drug dealers — the front line on his war against drugs — often bound … Read more

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