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Debate sparks over China's interest in Australian election

May. 05, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's defense policy debate heated up when the defense minister said there was evidence that the Chinese Communist Party wanted Australia’s government to change at the May 21 election because a center-left Labor Party administration would attempt to appease...

Sydney man gets 12 years for murdering gay American in 1988

May. 03, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison Tuesday for the 1988 murder of an American who fell off a Sydney cliff that was known as a gay meeting place. The death of mathematician Scott Johnson was initially called a suicide,...

Sydney man admits pushing gay American off a cliff in 1988

May. 02, 2022 04:28 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime, a court heard on Monday. Scott White, 51, appeared in the New South Wales state...

Australia to send armored vehicles to Ukraine after request

Apr. 01, 2022 01:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday that Australia will send armored Bushmaster vehicles to Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy specifically asked for them while appealing to Australian lawmakers for more help in Ukraine's war against Russia. ...

Ukrainian president requests Australian armored vehicles

Mar. 31, 2022 04:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed directly to Australian lawmakers Thursday for more help in its war against Russia, including armored vehicles and tougher sanctions. Zelenskyy has been tailoring his message to individual countries through...

UK spy chief says Russian soldiers disobey orders in Ukraine

Mar. 31, 2022 03:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Demoralized Russian soldiers in Ukraine were refusing to carry out orders and sabotaging their own equipment and had accidentally shot down their own aircraft, a U.K. intelligence chief said on Thursday. Jeremy Fleming, who heads the GCHQ electronic spy...

Australian prime minister diagnosed with COVID-19

Mar. 01, 2022 22:13 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he tested positive for COVID-19 but will continue his official duties while isolating. “I am experiencing flu-like symptoms and will be recovering over the next week,” Morrison said in a statement. ...

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

Feb. 21, 2022 03:26 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International tourists and business travelers began arriving in Australia with few restrictions on Monday, bringing together families in tearful reunions after separations of two years or longer forced by some of the most draconian pandemic measures of any democracy in...