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Prosecutor drops Australian Parliament House rape charge

Dec. 02, 2022 00:08 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian prosecutor on Friday dropped the rape charge of a woman who was allegedly assaulted in a parliamentary office after he determined that the stress of the trial would put her life at risk. Former government staffer Brittany Higgins alleges a...

Australian Parliament censures former prime minister

Nov. 29, 2022 22:23 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s former Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday listed his achievements in government including standing up to a “bullying“ China as he unsuccessfully argued against being censured by the Parliament for secretly amassing multiple ministerial powers....

Australia to make posts public to avoid repeat of power grab

Nov. 25, 2022 02:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An inquiry into a former Australian prime minister secretly appointing himself to multiple ministries recommended Friday that all such appointments be made public in the future to preserve trust in government. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he would...

Scientists try to bolster Great Barrier Reef in warmer world

Nov. 18, 2022 05:30 AM EST

KONOMIE ISLAND, Australia (AP) — Below the turquoise waters off the coast of Australia is one of the world’s natural wonders, an underwater rainbow jungle teeming with life that scientists say is showing some of the clearest signs yet of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef,...

Australia sticks to US nuclear subs despite French criticism

Nov. 18, 2022 03:13 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday he remained committed to building a fleet of submarines powered by U.S. nuclear technology despite the French president describing the plan as a “confrontation with China.” The previous Australian government...

Australian PM takes 'goodwill' into meeting with China's Xi

Nov. 14, 2022 04:26 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday he will soon meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first face-to-face talks between the nations’ leaders in five years. Albanese said he would meet Xi on Tuesday on the Indonesian island of...

Jury discharged in Australian Parliament House rape trial

Oct. 26, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A judge on Thursday discharged a jury in the high-profile trial of a former government advisor charged with raping a colleague in the Australian Parliament House because a juror had brought a research paper on sexual assaults into the jury room. ...

Japan, Australia upgrade security pact against China threat

Oct. 22, 2022 07:23 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a new bilateral security agreement covering military, intelligence and cybersecurity cooperation to counter the deteriorating security outlook driven by China’s increasing assertiveness. The upgrade of the Joint...

Japan PM visits Australia to step up military, energy ties

Oct. 21, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is visiting Australia for talks with his counterpart Anthony Albanese, said Friday he wants to bolster military and energy cooperation between the two countries amid their shared concerns about China. Kishida said he hoped to...

Australia drops recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Oct. 20, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has reversed a previous government's recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the foreign minister said Tuesday, prompting consternation from Israel. The center-left Labor Party government agreed that the Australian Embassy would...