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Biden says he's considering Australia's request to drop prosecution of Wikileaks founder Assange

Apr. 10, 2024 22:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he is considering a request from Australia to drop the decade-long U.S. push to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for publishing a trove of American classified documents. For years, Australia has called on the U.S....

Australian bomber shot down with 4 crew in 1943 identified off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Apr. 10, 2024 22:05 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Officials have confirmed the identities of an Australian bomber and the remains of two air crew members more than 80 years after they crashed in flames off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Beaufort bomber A9-186 was found in Australian mining billionaire...

Commonwealth Games Federation plans to announce the new 2026 host next month

Apr. 07, 2024 23:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Commonwealth Games Federation plans to announce a new host for its 2026 event next month, saying it has “multiple proposals” to replace Australia’s Victoria state. The CGF on Monday said it was keeping the proposals confidential. Victoria state lawmakers...

UN chief appoints former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop as UN special envoy for Myanmar

Apr. 05, 2024 13:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday as his special envoy for Myanmar, a post that has been vacant for 10 months as the country’s conflict escalated into the worst violence since the military takeover...

China lifts heavy tariffs on Australian wine as ties improve

Mar. 28, 2024 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Thursday said it will lift tariffs placed on Australian wine over three years ago, in a sign of improving ties between the two countries. China’s Ministry of Commerce said the decision will take effect Friday. China imposed tariffs on...

Australia and UK sign defense and security treaty to meet 'contemporary challenges'

Mar. 21, 2024 01:59 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia and the United Kingdom signed a new defense and security cooperation agreement with the defense ministers of both countries saying it was required to meet “contemporary challenges” to maintain a global rules-based order. The treaty was signed by...

Australia gets its most senior Chinese leadership visit since 2017 as relations thaw further

Mar. 20, 2024 08:00 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia received its most senior Chinese leadership visit in nearly seven years Wednesday with stability a key theme of the discussions between the countries’ foreign ministers. China's Wang Yi met with his counterpart Penny Wong in Canberra on his tour of...

French company Naval Group has been selected to build 4 new submarines for the Dutch navy

Mar. 15, 2024 11:23 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — French defense industry heavyweight Naval Group has been chosen to build four new diesel-electric submarines for the Dutch navy, the government announced Friday, in a provisional deal to replace three ageing Walrus Class subs. The Dutch government did...

Australia resumes funding for UNRWA and pledges more Gaza aid

Mar. 15, 2024 02:09 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia will restore funding to the United Nations relief agency for Palestinians, weeks after the agency lost hundreds of millions of dollars in support following Israeli allegations that some of its Gaza-based staff participated in the Oct. 7 attack. The...

Australian and Vietnamese prime ministers elevate their nations' booming economic relationship

Mar. 06, 2024 22:12 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian and Vietnamese prime ministers on Thursday discussed ways of improving an already booming economic relationship, as part of Australia’s strategy to diversify trade away from China. Vietnamese Pham Minh Chinh’s official state visit came...