Trump ups ante, China ready to hit back

China has warned it’s fully prepared to respond with a “fierce counterstrike” of fresh trade measures if the US follows through on President Donald Trump’s threat to slap tariffs on an additional $US100 billion ($A130 billion) of Chinese goods.

US sanctions on Russia for malign activity

The US has imposed major sanctions against 24 Russians, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington’s most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and other “malign activity”.

FB to let users know if data compromised

Anyone who’s been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues.

Poisoned Russian agent Skripal recovering

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and his health is improving rapidly more than a month after he was poisoned with a nerve agent in England, the British hospital treating him says.

Markle to visit Sydney for Invictus Games

Meghan Markle will travel to Sydney this spring to cheer on Prince Harry’s Invictus Games heroes.

London reels after six stabbings in hours

London police have called an emergency meeting of community leaders after six stabbings in a matter of hours, as they tried to stem a wave of knife crime.