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Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests

Nov. 27, 2021 05:38 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burned-out building and arrested more than 100 people in this week's violence sparked by concerns about the Pacific nation's increasing links with China. Australian media reported the bodies were...

Solomon Islands violence recedes but not underlying tension

Nov. 27, 2021 01:18 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China. ...

EXPLAINER: Is China to blame for Solomon Islands unrest?

Nov. 26, 2021 03:47 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Solomon Islands’ decision to switch its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to Beijing has been blamed for arson and looting in the national capital Honiara, where protesters are demanding the prime minister's resignation. Australian...

Solomon Islands leader blames foreign powers for unrest

Nov. 26, 2021 00:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara in recent days....

Australia sending troops, police to Solomons amid unrest

Nov. 25, 2021 02:37 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Australia sending police, troops and diplomats to Solomon Islands to aid amid violent protests

Nov. 25, 2021 02:18 AM EST
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sending police, troops and diplomats to Solomon Islands to aid amid violent protests.

Australia to welcome vaccinated foreign students, workers

Nov. 21, 2021 22:35 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government expects 200,000 vaccinated foreign students and skilled workers will soon return without quarantining when the country further relaxes pandemic restrictions next week. From Dec. 1, students, skilled workers and...

Australia aims to protect, promote critical technologies

Nov. 17, 2021 04:33 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a new plan to protect and promote technologies critical to the national interest, in a challenge to China’s emerging dominance in key strategic fields. The initial focus would...

Women travelers to sue Qatar over 'invasive' body searches

Nov. 15, 2021 06:20 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A group of seven Australia-based women plan to sue Qatar's government for being forced to undergo invasive gynecological examinations at Doha's international airport after an abandoned newborn was found in a trash can there last year, their lawyer said on Monday....

Former leader says sub deal protects US, not Australia

Nov. 10, 2021 04:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s deal to acquire submarines powered by U.S. nuclear technology was aimed at protecting the United States from Chinese nuclear attack and had changed Australia-Sino relations, former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating said on Wednesday. ...