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Australia PM: Technology best way to achieve climate target

Oct. 19, 2021 01:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 would be a “great positive” for Australia if it can be achieved through technology and not a carbon price, the prime minister said on Tuesday as he pressures government colleagues to commit to more ambitious action...

Australia fights ruling of duty to prevent climate change

Oct. 18, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Monday began its legal challenge to a judge’s landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change in a case brought by eight teenagers. The Federal Court battle over a...

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned about Australia's nuclear subs

Oct. 18, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia expressed concern Monday that Australia’s plan to obtain nuclear-powered submarines may increase the rivalry of major powers in Southeast Asia. The U.S., Britain and Australia announced last...

Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...

Australian prime minister will attend Glasgow climate talks

Oct. 15, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister confirmed on Friday he will attend a climate summit in Glasgow next month despite his government remaining bitterly divided over a draft plan for the country to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Prime Minister...

Afghan soldier who killed 3 Australians released by Qatar

Oct. 11, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Afghan army deserter who murdered three Australian soldiers had been released from custody in Qatar and his whereabouts were not known, officials said on Monday. The soldier known as Hekmatullah fled after shooting dead the Australian...

EXPLAINER: How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

Oct. 09, 2021 05:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle in Asia, where...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

Oct. 09, 2021 02:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the United States and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

Oct. 08, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the U.S. and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is determined to...

Former Australian PM Abbott calls for solidarity with Taiwan

Oct. 08, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former Australian prime minister accused China of being a bully and expressed enthusiastic support for Taiwan while visiting the democratically ruled island on Friday. “Nothing is more pressing right now than solidarity with Taiwan,” former...