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Matthew Knott is North America correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

John Kerry: the man who could force Morrison's climate hand

John Kerry: the man who could force Morrison's climate hand

The elder stateman's appointment could lead to ructions with the Morrison government if it does not agree to big carbon reductions by the end of next year.

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First Trump pardons the turkey, then Flynn, next himself?
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First Trump pardons the turkey, then Flynn, next himself?

Unrestrained by the desire to win re-election, it’s common for presidents to issue a high number of pardons and commutations on their way out.

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'Test before turkey' not enough to avoid Thanksgiving 'perfect storm'

'Test before turkey' not enough to avoid Thanksgiving 'perfect storm'

Thanksgiving is the latest front in America's COVID culture wars. Epidemiologist Emily Smith called off her family reunion. But others aren't so cautious.

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US agency tells Biden he can start presidential transition

US agency tells Biden he can start presidential transition

Trump responded by saying he had instructed his team to participate in the transition process - the closest he has come to acknowledging his election defeat.

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Joe Biden announces secretary of state, national security adviser

Joe Biden announces secretary of state, national security adviser

Biden's top advisers are regarded as centrists and are strong supporters of America's traditional network of alliances.

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A tragic farce: Trump's ignominious White House exit
Analysis

A tragic farce: Trump's ignominious White House exit

Even if Donald Trump fails to overturn the election result, the fact a sitting president is trying to do so marks a troubling moment for American democracy. 

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'A very dangerous situation': COVID restrictions spread across US

'A very dangerous situation': COVID restrictions spread across US

The head of New York City's school system says all schools will close from Friday, sparking immediate anger among parents.

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Australia to await final decision from Trump on Afghan troop withdrawal

Australia to await final decision from Trump on Afghan troop withdrawal

The Australian government will await the full consequences of a power struggle within the Republican Party and Pentagon in the United States before deciding on whether to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq before January.

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Trump lets his isolationist instincts run free with troop withdrawals
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Trump lets his isolationist instincts run free with troop withdrawals

The US President is working to fulfil his promise to reduce America's military presence in "ridiculous" foreign wars, but even some Republicans are against it.

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Trump administration cuts troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

Trump administration cuts troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

The head of NATO warned that pulling troops out of Afghanistan too quickly risked leading to a resurgence of terrorist activity in the country. 

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'People may die' if Trump continues to obstruct handover, says Biden

'People may die' if Trump continues to obstruct handover, says Biden

Biden hit out at Trump for playing golf rather than working with Congress to pass a coronavirus financial relief package.

  • by Matthew Knott