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Australia repatriating 8 youth from Islamic State families

Jun. 24, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Eight Australian offspring of two slain Islamic State group fighters had been removed from Syria in Australia's first organized repatriation from the conflict zone, Australia's prime minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the eight children being repatriated...

Analyst says Australian teen was Islamic State propagandist

Jun. 19, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The eldest of three orphaned Australian siblings pleading for repatriation from a Syrian refugee camp has been an Islamic State group propagandist who could potentially face terrorism charges at home, a security analyst said Wednesday. Zaynab Sharrouf was taken from Sydney to...

LaMelo Ball, 17, signs with Australian team to prep for NBA

Jun. 17, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — American teenager LaMelo Ball has signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming National Basketball League season, the second top U.S. prospect to join the Australian league under its Next Stars Program. The 17-year-old guard is rated as one of the best U.S. high school basketball players...

Australian opposition calls for review of press freedom

Jun. 12, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition on Wednesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom after police raids on a media organization's Sydney headquarters and a journalist's Canberra home seeking to uncover the source of government leaks. The government, meanwhile, was defending...

Australia public broadcaster head concerned by police raid

Jun. 7, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The head of Australia's public broadcaster ABC said she has "grave concern" about a recent police raid on the corporation's headquarters in connection with a 2017 story based on leaked documents that indicated the country's military forces were being investigated for possible war...

Police raid Australian public broadcaster over Afghan leak

Jun. 5, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's Federal Police raided the offices of the national public broadcaster on Wednesday in connection to a 2017 story based on leaked military documents that indicated the country's military forces were being investigated for possible war crimes in Afghanistan. The Australian...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 3, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Australia prime minister offers more aid to Solomon Islands

Jun. 3, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Monday his nation will boost spending on infrastructure in the Solomon Islands, but noted the increased aid commitment was not linked to the South Pacific nation's diplomatic allegiance to Taiwan. Prime Minister Scott Morrison highlighted the...

Anthony Albanese set to become Australia's opposition leader

May. 27, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Veteran Sydney lawmaker Anthony Albanese will become Australia's new opposition leader this week, after being made head of the Labor Party on Monday. Albanese took control of the country's main opposition party when he stood unopposed to replace Bill Shorten, who resigned as opposition leader...

Woman accused of Chile kidnaps asks for bail in Sydney court

May. 24, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A lawyer for a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating back to the country's 1973-1990 military dictatorship denied in a Sydney court on Friday that she was involved in the disappearances of seven people and argued she was working in a mundane secretarial job at the time. Adriana...