The Russian hacking story is a rare public display of how spies seek to navigate the realm of knowns and unknowns.
Daniel Flitton is senior correspondent for The Age covering foreign affairs and politics. He is a former intelligence analyst for the Australian government and was at one-time a university lecturer specialising in international relations.
Throw enough mud ... but these latest claims against Donald Trump stink more than stick.
The captain wryly says the ship is built for speed, not comfort, but Sea Shepherd hopes its new rugged fast boat will be a "game changer" in its battle to stop Japanese whalers.
It was meant to be time for an Eastern European woman. The world will instead end up with a man from the West Europe as the next United Nations chief.
Antonio Guterres is about to become the boss of the United Nations, and it is almost certain he barracks for the Western Bulldogs.
Before we get to Russia, the angry "stunt" in New York, the US (and Australian) warplanes bombing during a supposed truce in Syria, take a moment to pause and remember the terrible massacre at Srebrenica.
A ruling could be delivered within the month on Australia's claim a special international commission has no jurisdiction to hear a complaint by East Timor.
Resources giant Rio Tinto has walked away from demands for a billion-dollar clean up in a decision that has stirred deadly tensions on Australia's doorstep.
The alarm should have sounded a couple of months ago when Chinese commentators began quoting Vladimir Putin, that "if a fight is inevitable, go and fight first".
Australia has banned an Indian engineer from studying in Melbourne over weapons of mass destruction fears.