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Obama stresses Asia-Pacific’s importance as he announces increased military presence in Australia

Even as the U.S. military scales down operations in the Middle East, it’s sharpening its focus on the Asia-Pacific, President Obama declared this week, evoking dismay from China.


The dark side of idealism in Cate Kennedy’s ‘The World Beneath’

In her new novel, “The World Beneath,” Cate Kennedy explores the myth of Persephone and the ways in which disappointment can define our lives. An interview by Jessa Crispin.


Photo: Into the deep end

Flooding in Brisbane, Australia, hasn’t swept away somebody’s sense of humor.

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