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In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. Iran has freed Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reported Wednesday. (Iranian State Television via AP)

Thailand approved transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Nov. 26, 2020 7:55 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Thursday it transferred three Iranians involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot back to Tehran, as Iran released an Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges. While Thai officials declined to call it a swap and Iran referred to the men as...

In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. Iran has freed Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reported Wednesday. (Iranian State Television via AP)

Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

Nov. 25, 2020 9:34 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's prime minister said he's “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie Moore-Gilbert to process her...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi participate in a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

China, Japan to cooperate in reviving virus-hit economies

Nov. 24, 2020 10:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Japan and China agreed Tuesday to cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, while trying to avoid actions that provoke tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who arrived in Tokyo...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a photo prior to a meeting in Tokyo. Motegi announced Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 that his Chinese counterpart Wang will visit Tokyo next week as the two Asian powers discuss ways to resume bilateral visits to revive their pandemic-hit economies and other regional issues. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

China FM to visit Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

Nov. 20, 2020 6:47 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister announced Friday that his Chinese counterpart will visit Tokyo next week to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China's growing influence. “There are various issues of concern between Japan and China, and it is...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australian minister says war crimes report made her 'ill'

Nov. 20, 2020 12:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. “I was like...

Chief of the Australian Defence Force Gen. Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/Pool Photo via AP)

Report finds Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghans

Nov. 18, 2020 11:03 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A shocking Australian military report into war crimes has found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. Australian Defence Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell said Thursday the shameful record included alleged instances...

In this Nov. 17, 2020, photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during signing ceremony in Tokyo.  On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, China's foreign ministry has called on Australia to take action to stem worsening relations between the sides. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)

China calls for action from Australia amid worsening ties

Nov. 18, 2020 8:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday called on Australia to take action to stem worsening relations between the two countries, in the latest indication that Beijing will offer few if any compromises to resolve their disputes. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s comments came the same day that...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga bump elbows to greet prior to the official welcome ceremony at Suga's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Morrison is in Japan to hold talks with Suga to bolster defense ties between the two U.S. allies to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise

Nov. 17, 2020 10:06 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Australia and Japan held in-person talks on Tuesday and reached a basic agreement on a bilateral defense pact that would allow their troops to work more closely, as the two U.S. allies seek to bolster their ties to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific...

Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties

Nov. 16, 2020 6:43 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Monday that Japan hopes to deepen its alliance with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden and do more to get its ally continuously committed to regional security and other key international issues. Motegi, discussing Japanese...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Morrison announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan

Nov. 12, 2020 2:59 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The Office of the Special Investigator is to be formed after a four-year investigation into allegations and...