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Australia promises more money for overwhelmed spy agency

Oct. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government minister on Thursday promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency, which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promises more money...

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...

Australian held 11 years for Bulgaria stabbing out on parole

Oct. 15, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An Australian man who has spent 11 years in Bulgarian custody over a fatally stabbing was released from immigration detention Tuesday after a court unexpectedly ordered him paroled. Jock Palfreeman must remain in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, and report to local police weekly,...

Australian left thirsty on Emirates flight loses injury case

Oct. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A passenger who said she was left thirsty by an Emirates cabin crew and broke her ankle when she fainted on the flight lost her case in an Australian court on Tuesday for compensation. Lina Di Falco, 54, sued the United Arab Emirates-based airline in the Victoria state Supreme...

Australia deports woman to Vietnam over smuggled pork

Oct. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia for the first time has canceled a tourist's visa over undeclared food as the country tries to keep itself free of African swine fever. The 45-year-old woman who arrived at Sydney International Airport on Saturday had undeclared food in her luggage including 4.5...

Papua New Guinea police seeking to arrest ex-PM O'Neill

Oct. 15, 2019 3:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea police said Tuesday they were seeking the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption but the former leader of the South Pacific island nation was refusing to cooperate. But Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported from Port Moresby that O'Neill...

Papua New Guinea police say they have an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption

Oct. 15, 2019 3:18 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea police say they have an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption.

The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 08:15 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria. Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of...

Israel high court denies house arrest for Australian suspect

Oct. 10, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has upheld an appeal against releasing a former educator accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia to house arrest while she fights extradition proceedings. Australia wants Malka Leifer extradited to face 74 charges of abusing students while she was...

US Commerce Secretary praises Australia, criticizes China

Oct. 10, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross slammed China's trade practices and trumpeted America's economic relationship with Australia amid the festering trade war with Beijing. Ross told a business gathering in Sydney on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not want to use tariffs...