As one of the first countries to ring in the new year, a fireworks showcase explodes in Sydney Harbor, Australia on January 1, 2014. (Halans/Flickr)
The waves of Shelly Beach glisten under the sunrise in Queensland, Australia on October 28, 2013. (Sam Pertherbridge/Flickr)
The Cradle Mountains tower over the tranquil waters of Dove Lake in Tasmania, Australia on September 10, 2013. (Luke Chapman/Flickr)
Bright street art features the Hindu god Ganesha alongside dry cleaning advertisements in Melbourne, Australia on June 21, 2013. (Andrea Lai/Flickr)
Born in Papua New Guinea, with Australian-Chinese roots, Chef Lance Seeto explores traditional Fijian cuisine and reimagines a philosophy of healthy eating for the 21st century.
A man walks through ocean foam in Snapper Rocks as Queensland experiences severe rains and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Oswald in Gold Coast, Australia on January 28, 2013. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The setting sun casts a golden glow over open fields in Echuca, Australia on January 10, 2013. (JMillott/Flickr)
Amidst face paint, fireworks and festivities, countries around Asia rejoice at the beginning of a new year.
After Thursday's vote added two key Asia-Pacific allies, the U.S. could now find greater support in pursuing actions favorable to its interests in the region, writes Andrew Billo.
A Chinese slowdown will not necessarily equal an end to Australian economic growth, said Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Monday before a packed house at The Pierre in New York City.
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