Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called for Moscow and Washington to put aside mistrust and build a more constructive relationship as they met in Moscow. Although the two men sparred over a range of international issues from Ukraine to Venezuela and Iran during talks in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, they agreed it was essential to engage in a professional dialogue and find common grounds for co-operation. Mr Pompeo's visit to Sochi marked the first high-level talks between Moscow.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a veiled warning to the United States not to undermine China's relations with Russia and criticized "outside interference" in the relationship between the two countries.
Visiting Sochi on Monday for meetings with counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin - a day before the Russian pair met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - Wang said China-Russia relations set an example "beyond compare", while the world was "in chaos and disorder".
Australians may be able to catch a glimpse of a rare aurora lighting up the sky over the next two nights. The fascinating phenomenon, which emits colorful rays of light into the earth's atmosphere, is typically observed near the north and south poles.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an aurora alert indicating a geomagnetic storm is in progress and the lights may be visible from southern parts of Australia during night time hours. BoM suggests it can be best viewed with the naked eye from Antarctica, Tasmania and the southern mainland coastline of Australia.
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