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Australia's leader vows to get back to work after shock win

May. 19, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed Sunday to get straight back to work after a shock election victory by his conservative government that has left bewildered voters wondering how they were taken by surprise. The opposition Labor Party, meanwhile, began another...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Morrison, reaffirms alliance

May. 18, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Australia's general election (all times local): 11:05 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia to congratulate him on his conservative coalition's surprise election victory. According to the White House, the two...

Australia's conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term

May. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. "I have...

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten concedes defeat to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in general election

May. 18, 2019 9:46 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten concedes defeat to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in general election.

Facts and figures in Australian elections on Saturday

May. 17, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 16 million Australians are eligible to vote at elections on Saturday that are likely to deliver Australia's eighth prime minister in 12 years. Opinion polls suggest conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have one of the shortest tenures of the 29 men and one...

Australian leader says 2 Rwandans aren't massacre suspects

May. 17, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Friday that two Rwandan refugees who resettled in Australia after 15 years in U.S. detention are no longer suspects in the massacre of eight tourists in Uganda 20 years ago. U.S. news outlet Politico reported that former Hutu rebels Leonidas...

Policy differences at stake in Australian federal election

May. 17, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The policy differences between the two major political parties vying for power at Australian elections on Saturday have been described as the widest divide at a federal contest in 26 years. The center-left opposition Labor Party is regarded as pursuing a "big target strategy"...

Facts and figures in Australian elections on Saturday

May. 16, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 16 million Australians are eligible to vote at elections on Saturday that are likely to deliver Australia's eighth prime minister in 12 years. Opinion polls suggest conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have one of the shortest tenures of the 29 men and one...

Political hero's death overshadows Australian campaign

May. 16, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition leader said he wants to win elections on Saturday for his Australian political hero whose death overshadows the final days of campaigning. The death of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke at his Sydney home on Thursday has turned the national focus to the...

Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89

May. 16, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Bob Hawke, Australia's longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was 89. The former union leader dedicated much of his political career to trade...