A rare prison encounter exposes what it's like working for Islamic State.
Michael Bachelard is The Age's investigations editor. A former Indonesia correspondent, political reporter and workplace relations writer, he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism in 2005. He is the author of Behind The Exclusive Brethren.
Tony Abbott has hit the international speakers' circuit to urge Europe to stop loving its neighbours quite so much and instead to turn back refugee boats.
To corrupt police, foreigners are "fantastic, low risk targets".
I first met Myuran Sukumaran in 2012 and grew to know him in the subsequent years, when it became clear he was a changed man trapped in an absurd and flawed 'justice' system.
Indonesian children have been filmed wielding assault rifles at a school for jihad as Islamic State tries to attract new recruits.
Islamic State has begun to use the death of young Australian Jake Bilardi as propaganda, to shame boys from Muslim families into coming to fight in Syria and Iraq.
A few weeks before the devastating news that his clemency bid had been rejected by the Indonesian president, Myuran Sukumaran made contact with this reporter through back channels with a request: could Fairfax Media please stop using a particular photograph of him and fellow death row convict Andrew Chan.
A serious attempt was underway late on Saturday afternoon to lift the tail section of the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501 from the sea bottom, after teams of divers managed to attach a giant orange balloon to the wreckage.
"Ping" signals from the black box of downed AirAsia flight QZ8501 have been located 300 metres from the aircraft's sunken tail section.