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Australian judge rules that social media platform X must answer to hate speech complaint

May. 24, 2024 02:39 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge has ruled that the social media platform X is subject to a state’s anti-discrimination law even though it does not have an office in Australia. Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Judge Ann Fitzgerald said in a decision...

Australia and New Zealand evacuate scores of their citizens from New Caledonia

May. 22, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian military has flown 115 passengers on two flights from the restive French Pacific territory of New Caledonia and a French government flight was expected to evacuate another 100 stranded passengers on Wednesday, an Australian government minister said. ...

Australia as Bangladesh vow to boost trade as foreign ministers meet in Dhaka

May. 21, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Australia and Bangladesh on Tuesday said that the two countries would work to expand trade and cooperation on areas including security and the Rohingya refugee crisis. The statements came as Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrived in Bangladesh's...

Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia amid deadly unrest and indigenous frustration

May. 21, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia, the French Pacific territory that has been gripped by days of deadly unrest and where indigenous people have long sought independence. “He will go there tonight,” government spokesperson...

Australia and New Zealand begin evacuating nationals from unrest in New Caledonia

May. 21, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand sent airplanes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to begin bringing home stranded citizens from the violence-wracked French South Pacific territory. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Australia had received clearance from...

Australia's deputy prime minister pledges support to Solomon Islands during visit to Honiara

May. 21, 2024 03:12 AM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister pledged support to the Solomon Islands during a visit to the archipelago nation on Tuesday, as Canberra intensifies efforts to counter China's growing influence in the South Pacific. Richard Marles’ trip to the...

Army whistleblower who exposed alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan is sentenced to prison

May. 14, 2024 18:37 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge sentenced a former army lawyer to almost six years in prison on Tuesday for leaking to the media classified information that exposed allegations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. David McBride, 60, was sentenced in a court in...

Australian judge lifts court ban on X showing video of Sydney church stabbing

May. 13, 2024 03:54 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge Monday lifted a ban on the social media platform X showing Australians a video of a bishop being stabbed in a Sydney church. The temporary ban was put in place April 22, but the judge rejected the application from Australia’s...

Australian judge extends ban on X sharing video of Sydney bishop's stabbing

May. 10, 2024 07:04 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge on Friday extended a ban on X allowing videos of the stabbing of a Sydney bishop in his church last month after government lawyers condemned the social media company's free speech argument for keeping the graphic images circulating. ...

Australia and Tuvalu strike new security deal that eases the tiny nation's sovereignty concerns

May. 09, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia struck a new security deal with Tuvalu on Thursday after critics complained that a previous pact created an Australian veto power over any other agreement the tiny South Pacific island nation pursued with a third country, such as China. Tuvalu...