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Australia 'deeply disappointed' China criminally detains man

Jul. 19, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Friday her government was "deeply disappointed" that a Chinese Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing, prompting China to urge against "irresponsible" interference. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China notified...

New Zealand leader says US lacks interest in Asia-Pacific

Jul. 19, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The United States is losing interest in the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand's prime minister said on Friday, as concerns grow about China's expanding influence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke in Melbourne where she met with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to...

Lawyer says China has charged Chinese Australian writer

Jul. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January has been charged with endangering state security and moved from house arrest to a detention center, his lawyer and a friend said Thursday. China said Yang Hengjun's case was under investigation by the Chinese national...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power...

More than 20 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

Jul. 10, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police and soldiers have been sent to Papua New Guinea's highlands to make arrests and provide security after more than 20 people, mostly women and children, were slain in recent tribal violence over a feud that has lasted for years, officials said Wednesday. In the latest...

Lawyer says China prevents Australian resident from leaving

Jul. 8, 2019 3:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A detained Chinese-Australian writer's wife has been refused permission to leave China six months after her husband was taken into custody, their lawyer said on Monday. Yang Hengjun, a 53-year-old visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York and a former Chinese diplomat,...

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...

Australia proposes to ban extremists' return for 2 years

Jul. 4, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government on Thursday proposed new laws that would prevent extremist Australians from returning home for up to two years, as the country prepares for the repatriation of Islamic State group supporters from the Middle East. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton...

Australia's prime minister says Australian student has been released from detention in North Korea

Jul. 4, 2019 12:29 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says Australian student has been released from detention in North Korea.