US President Donald Trump made the unprecedented threat to “totally destroy” North Korea, not in a tweet or off the cuff remark, but in a written speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 20. No other leader of a country has ever stood before the UN and openly stated its intention to destroy another country. 

Coupled with Trump’s earlier threat to rain down “fire and fury” on North Korea, this threat must be seen as one that at least includes the possibility of a nuclear attack.

By Jon Land Military cooperation between Australia and Indonesia has been boosted with Defence Minister Robert Ray and defence force chief Admiral Allan Beaumont's five-day visit to Indonesia. The high-level discussions, which began on August 1,
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Tunnel Vision By Sara Paretsky Hamish Hamilton 483 pp., $19.95 Pronto By Elmore Leonard Penguin 265 pp., $14.95 Reviewed by Dave Riley Norman Mailer said recently that women cannot write good fiction because they "don't have
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