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Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in Tokyo

Feb. 03, 2023 00:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss will join the former leaders of Australia and Belgium at a conference in Tokyo later this month to call for a tougher international approach to China. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, an international group of...

Australia is removing British monarchy from its bank notes

Feb. 02, 2023 19:46 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The nation's central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on coins that...

Myanmar resistance steadfast against army rule 2 years later

Feb. 01, 2023 09:20 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The prospects for peace in Myanmar, much less a return to democracy, seem dimmer than ever two years after the army seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, experts say. On Wednesday, legions of opponents of military rule heeded a call by protest...

Australia targets Myanmar, Iran with economic sanctions

Feb. 01, 2023 01:14 AM EST

Australia on Wednesday announced targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against “individuals responsible for egregious human rights abuses” in Myanmar two years after a military junta seized power in the Southeast Asian country. Australia also imposed additional sanctions...

Australia mining company sorry for losing radioactive device

Jan. 30, 2023 01:01 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A mining corporation apologized for losing a highly radioactive capsule over a 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) stretch of Western Australia, as authorities combed parts of the road looking for the tiny but dangerous substance. The capsule was part of a device...

Australia Day focuses on Black recognition in constitution

Jan. 26, 2023 00:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians marked the 235th anniversary of British colonization Thursday with a public holiday that evokes anger at Indigenous injustice, focusing national attention on a new government push to acknowledge Australia's first inhabitants in the constitution. ...

EXPLAINER: What is an Australian Black Voice to Parliament?

Jan. 26, 2023 00:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians expect to vote this year in a referendum that would enshrine in the nation’s constitution a mechanism for Indigenous people to advise Parliament on policies that effect their lives known as the Voice. Proponents say embedding the Voice in...

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, an icon to many, to step down

Jan. 19, 2023 20:17 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who became a global icon of the left and exemplified a new style of leadership, said Thursday that she would leave office. Just 37 when she became leader, Ardern was praised around the world for her handling...

Reaction to Jacinda Ardern resigning as New Zealand leader

Jan. 19, 2023 19:42 PM EST

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shocked many with her announcement Thursday that she will leave office next month. She said every moment leading her country was a privilege, but she didn't have enough in reserve to seek another term. Other world leaders as well as Ardern's political...

Australia 'deeply troubled' by Chinese espionage case

Jan. 19, 2023 04:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Thursday her government was “deeply troubled” by the delays in China resolving espionage allegations against Chinese-Australian Yang Hengjun, while a supporter said the Chinese-born writer and blogger would remain detained...