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Queen Elizabeth II meets Australia's Morrison at Windsor

Jun. 15, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has held a face-to-face audience with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Windsor Castle. The monarch, who wore a bright yellow floral dress, chatted to Morrison Tuesday in the royal residence’s Oak Room. ...

China denounces US-Australian navy drills as muscle flexing

Jun. 11, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday said the U.S. and Australia were "flexing their muscles” with recent naval drills in the South China Sea, underscoring Beijing’s sensitivity over the strategic waterway it claims as its own. The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said the...

Japan, Australia share China concerns, augment defense ties

Jun. 09, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia on Wednesday shared concern about China’s increasingly assertive actions in regional seas and expressed strong objections to “coercive or destabilizing” behavior. Foreign and defense ministers from the two countries agreed in the...

Australia says WTO should punish Chinese economic coercion

Jun. 09, 2021 06:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The World Trade Organization should penalize “bad behavior when it occurs,” Australia's prime minister said Wednesday ahead of a Group of Seven leaders’ meeting in Britain where he hopes to garner support in a trade dispute with China. ...

Lauded Australian veteran: Jealousy fueled Afghan defamation

Jun. 07, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most decorated living war veteran on Monday began a defamation trial against three Australian newspapers that he alleges depicted him as a criminal who broke the moral and legal rules of military engagement in Afghanistan. Victoria Cross...

Australian court upholds ban on most international travel

Jun. 01, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so that they don’t bring COVID-19 home. Australia is alone among developed democracies in...

The Latest: Australia court upholds ban on pandemic travel

May. 31, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian court has rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so they don’t bring the coronavirus home. Most Australians have been stranded in their home nation for...

Australia minister drops defamation law suit over rape claim

May. 31, 2021 05:38 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian government minister dropped his defamation lawsuit against Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday and committed to contest the next election as the state broadcaster acknowledged a 33-year-old rape allegation against him could not be substantiated....

New Zealand hosts Australia PM in 1st meeting since outbreak

May. 30, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Growing friction with China and how to reopen borders after the pandemic will likely be among the topics discussed by the leaders of Australia and New Zealand in their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus outbreak prompted both countries to close...

Australia says citizen is in arbitrary detention in China

May. 28, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia considers the incarceration of a Chinese Australian writer who has been tried in Beijing for alleged espionage a case of arbitrary detention, the foreign minister said. Yang Hengjun faced a closed trial on Thursday. The court...