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Union fails to meet expectations

The Royal Children's Hospital, beyondblue, the Lighthouse Foundation - the list of charities set to benefit from the 2009 nuptials read like a roll …

Will Home work?

A DAY after the mobile phone celebrated its 40th birthday, Facebook has produced something that it hopes will make certain of the devices even more …

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist<p>Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at <i>The Economist</i>. His …

Korean roulette

EVEN by its own aggressive standards, North Korea’s actions over the past couple of weeks have been extraordinary. Kim Jong Un, the country’s young …

Mass cull in Shanghai as bird flu toll mounts

China has announced a sixth death from a new bird flu strain, while authorities carried out the slaughter of all poultry at a Shanghai market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat.<p>The mass bird killing on Friday is the first so far as the Chinese government responds to the …

N Korea issues warning over embassy safety

North Korea has asked foreign countries to consider evacuating their embassies in Pyongyang, amid soaring tension on the Korean peninsula following a month-long war of words between the North and the South.<p>But warnings by the North that nuclear war could break out at any time have not resulted in …

WikiLeaks' Assange to run in Australia poll

Whistle-blowing group WikiLeaks has said it will put forth Julian Assange and other candidates in Australia’s upcoming elections, adding that it would be “embarrassing” if its founder won but could not take his seat.<p>Greg Barns, a lawyer who is Assange's newly-appointed campaign director, said on …

Embassy staff in N Korea ignore warning

Foreign diplomats in North Korea appear to be staying put, ignoring a warning by the government that they should consider evacuating their missions amid rising nuclear tensions.<p>North Korea had informed embassies on Friday it could not guarantee their safety after April 10 if a conflict broke out as …