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UK election is full of dirty tricks and political clicks

Dec. 5, 2019 4:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is proving a lawless landscape for political mudslingers mining cyberspace for votes in an election that could determine the U.K.'s future relationship with the European Union. Two years after Britain found itself at the epicenter of a global scandal over the misuse of Facebook data...

Australia says China’s treatment of writer is ‘unacceptable’

Dec. 2, 2019 4:46 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister on Monday described as “unacceptable” the daily interrogation of a shackled Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January on suspicion of espionage. Yang Hengjun was taken into custody upon arriving in southern...

Freed Taliban prisoner recounts SEAL rescue attempts

Dec. 1, 2019 1:12 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian teacher held captive with an American colleague by the Taliban for more than three years believes U.S. special forces tried and failed six times to free them. Timothy Weeks was released last month in a prisoner swap along with Kevin King, ending an ordeal that began with their...

Global climate protests ahead of Madrid meeting

Nov. 29, 2019 1:00 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires...

Australia investigates China plot to plant spy in Parliament

Nov. 25, 2019 6:56 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday that allegations of a Chinese plot to plant an agent into Australia’s Parliament are “deeply disturbing and troubling.” The Nine Network on Sunday aired explosive accusations that suspected Chinese operatives...

China says self-confessed spy defector is fraudster

Nov. 24, 2019 2:55 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — China denied the explosive claims of a self-confessed spy seeking asylum in Australia, saying Sunday he is a convicted fraudster wanted by Shanghai police. The Nine Network newspapers reported that Chinese defector Wang “William” Liqiang has given Australia’s...

Self-confessed Chinese spy spills secrets in Australia

Nov. 23, 2019 5:19 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A self-confessed Chinese spy has given Australia's counterespionage agency inside intelligence on how Beijing conducts its interference operations abroad and revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong, media reported. Australian...

American, Australian freed by Taliban treated in Germany

Nov. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An American and an Australian who were freed by the Taliban this week after three years in captivity are now in Germany receiving treatment at a U.S. military hospital, officials said Thursday. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were met at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein...

UK Conservatives under fire for Twitter deception in debate

Nov. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative Party was accused Wednesday of trying to deceive voters by changing the name of its press office Twitter account to “factcheckUK” during a televised election debate, raising concerns that political parties’ online trickery is undermining...

Australian bank Westpac faces massive fine for breaches

Nov. 20, 2019 5:33 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act. The financial crime regulator AUSTRAC said Wednesday it was pursuing Westpac, one of Australia’s four...