What is the Indo-Pacific framework, who’s in it, why it matters

US President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington’s long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. With the US … Read more

Australia’s election was all about climate change. Here’s what it means for businesses

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during a press conference at Parliament House on May 23, 2022 in Australia. David Gray | Getty Images News | Getty Images Australian businesses and their investors globally will be keeping a close watch on the newly elected government’s climate change policies. Analysts say the Labor government under Prime … Read more

Australia’s election was all about climate change. Here’s what it means for businesses

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during a press conference at Parliament House on May 23, 2022 in Australia. David Gray | Getty Images News | Getty Images Australian businesses and their investors globally will be keeping a close watch on the newly elected government’s climate change policies. Analysts say the Labor government under Prime … Read more

At Davos, Kerry cites progress on China-US climate group

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – John Kerry, America’s top official on climate change, said Tuesday that the US and China were making progress on putting together a group from both countries to work towards quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In an interview with The Associated Press during the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Kerry said … Read more

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa’s Green Wall

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa’s Great Green Wall.according to experts involved in the initiative. There have been some modest gains … Read more

DAVOS DIARY: Train, not plane means scenery, carbon cutting

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – If you’re coming to Davos this year, try to take the train instead of flying, organizers of the World Economic Forum said. So I did. That meant a 12-hour journey from London to the exclusive gathering in the Swiss Alps, which I’m helping cover for The Associated Press. Taking a train … Read more

Australia’s next prime minister came from humble beginnings

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese is a politician molded by his humble start to life as the only child of a single mother who raised him on a pension in gritty inner-Sydney suburbia. He is also a hero of multicultural Australia, describing himself as the only candidate with a “non-Anglo Celtic … Read more