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Animation showing the wildfires on Hawaii.

‘Downslope winds’: How the Hawaii fires spread so quickly

As the arid winds swept over the West Maui Mountains, they forced air to accelerate down the west side of the mountains - with tragic results.

  • by Dan Stillman

Opinion & Perspectives

Republicans hunt for Hunter Biden scandal big enough to sink Joe, save Trump

The danger is that ongoing ructions surrounding the Biden family will continue to be a headache for a president heading into an election.

Farrah Tomazin
Farrah Tomazin

North America correspondent

Why Putin is losing his war, and Xi is winning his

Putin chose to launch a kinetic war to expand his territory. Xi chose “grey zone” warfare – distinctly aggressive, but without firing a shot.

Peter Hartcher
Peter Hartcher

Political and international editor

Try looking at the Trump legal saga without congratulating yourself

I ask you to try on a vantage point in which we anti-Trumpers are not the eternal good guys. In fact, we’re the bad guys.

David Brooks

North America

One of Maui’s tourist hubs looked like a wasteland, with homes and entire blocks reduced to ashes.

Hawaiian island wildfire death toll jumps and will probably keep rising, says governor

The search of the wildfire wreckage on Maui revealed a wasteland of burned out homes as firefighters battled the stubborn blaze that has already claimed 53 lives.

  • by Audrey Mcavoy, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Nick Perry
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla.
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Gallery: The best photos from around the world

The best photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture editors.




Cheng Lei has been in a Beijing jail for almost three years. 

Cheng Lei has spent three years in a Beijing jail. This is her message to Australia

“This is a love letter to 25 million people and 7 million square kilometres of land, abundant nature, beauty and space.”

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
A guide points out the sights of Sydney to a group of Chinese tourists.

‘Another positive step’: Chinese tour groups to return to Australia

Beijing has issued a new list of approved travel destinations. The decision follows a three-year hiatus and come despite threats of a long-term boycott.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw

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Ships gathered at the Panama Canal, visualised on a map.

Traffic jam at Panama Canal as drought lowers water level

Authorities of the Panama Canal expect income from the waterway to drop after they were forced to limit the number of ships passing through it.

  • by Elida Moreno

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