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Australian freed in N. Korea keeps mum about detention

Jul. 5, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student on Friday thanked Swedish and his country's diplomats for securing his release in North Korea but kept mum about what led to his weeklong detention. "I intend now to return to normal life but wanted to first publicly thank everyone who worked to ensure I was safe and...

Australian student released in North Korea says 'I'm OK'

Jul. 4, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after telling reporters he was in "very good" condition, without saying what happened to him. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been...

The Latest: Australian held in North Korea arrives in Japan

Jul. 4, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the release of an Australian student after a week of detention in North Korea (all times local): 10:45 p.m. An Australian student released from detention in North Korea has arrived in Tokyo. Alek Sigley left North Korea via Beijing on Thursday and was reuniting with his Japanese...

Australian Senate passes $110 billion tax cuts over decade

Jul. 4, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament on Thursday delivered the reelected government's promise to provide 158 billion Australian dollars ($110 billion) in personal income tax cuts over a decade to boost a flagging economy. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his conservative coalition's election...

Australian tax cuts get enough Senate support to become law

Jul. 3, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's reelected government has gained enough Senate support to win approval for 158 billion Australian dollars ($110 billion) in tax cuts over a decade. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his conservative coalition's election victory in May gave him a mandate to pass the...

No news a week after Australian disappears in North Korea

Jul. 2, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he had no news on the fate of an Australian citizen who vanished in North Korea a week ago. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had prayed for 29-year-old student Alek Sigley, who has not contacted his family and friends by social...

Australian Parliament resumes for first time since election

Jul. 2, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government returned to Parliament on Tuesday claiming a new mandate from the May election to pass 158 billion Australian dollars ($110 billion) in tax cuts into law. Prime Minister Scott Morrison won a surprise third three-year term at elections on May 18. The...

Ex-soldier David Hurley becomes Australian governor-general

Jun. 30, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former soldier David Hurley was sworn in as Australia's governor-general on Monday, a day before Parliament resumes for the first time since the May election. Hurley represents the Queen Elizabeth II, who is Australia's constitution head of state. Hurley was most recently the...

Australia welcomes help to find man missing in North Korea

Jun. 28, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said he discussed the disappearance of an Australian student in North Korea with other world leaders attending the Group of 20 summit and accepted offers to find out what happened to him. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the plight of Alek Sigley had...

The Latest: Trump starts summit dining with Australian PM

Jun. 27, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Japan for the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 8:22 p.m. President Donald Trump is kicking off meetings with international leaders at the Group of 20 summit with a working dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Trump on...