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Australian MP says he and colleague barred entry to China

Nov. 16, 2019 9:02 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An outspoken Australian parliamentarian said that he and a colleague have been barred entry to China for a study trip, a development he said was concerning. Sen. James Paterson said he and Rep. Andrew Hastie were due to take part in a study tour next month in Beijing organized by...

Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...

Reporter goes to Australian High Court in press freedom case

Nov. 12, 2019 4:38 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A journalist went to Australia's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a search warrant that created outrage when it was executed on her home and triggered a national campaign for greater press freedom. Rival Australian media businesses banded together to fight for press freedom...

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The High Court of Australia confirmed on...

Australian whistleblower to represent himself at trial

Nov. 6, 2019 9:01 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian army whistleblower charged with leaking secret documents alleging misconduct in Afghanistan said on Thursday he would defend himself at trial next year rather than face potential delays by hiring a lawyer with a security clearance. David William McBride, 55,...

Hundreds of koalas feared dead in Australian wildfires

Oct. 30, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia's east coast. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said she hoped wildlife carers would be allowed to begin their search of the fire zone for survivors on...

Former Australian intel official charged with secrecy breach

Oct. 23, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former senior Australian intelligence official has appeared in a court charged with breaching secrecy laws over classified documents allegedly found at his home during an investigation into potential Chinese links to Australian politics. Roger Uren appeared briefly in the...

Australian papers redact front pages to expose govt secrecy

Oct. 20, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's major newspapers published redacted front pages on Monday in a coordinated campaign to highlight government secrecy that is often justified on national security grounds. Rival media businesses first banded together to fight for press freedom in June after police...

Australian capital legalizes recreational marijuana

Sep. 25, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's capital has become the first part of the country to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use. The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted on Wednesday to legalize possession by adults of up to 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of dried marijuana and...