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2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

Australia joins US-led mission to protect Hormuz shipping

Aug. 21, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has joined Britain and Bahrain in signing onto a U.S.-led maritime security mission to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran, the prime minister said Wednesday. Australia will contribute troops, a surveillance plane and a Navy...

Prime minister says Cardinal George Pell will be stripped of his Order of Australia honor after he lost court appeal

Aug. 20, 2019 8:56 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Prime minister says Cardinal George Pell will be stripped of his Order of Australia honor after he lost court appeal.

New Australian rules for police investigating leaks to media

Aug. 9, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday told police to consider the importance of a free and open press when investigating leaked documents after raids on journalists' offices and a home in June sparked outrage about suppression of free speech. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said...

Beijing rebukes Aussie lawmaker for warning of China threat

Aug. 8, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China has rebuked an Australian government lawmaker for saying that it threatens to diminish Australia's sovereignty and freedoms. Conservative Liberal Party lawmaker Andrew Hastie drew parallels in a newspaper column published on Thursday between China and Nazi Germany. It has...

Correction: Israel-Australia story

Aug. 7, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story Aug. 6 about Israeli police recommending charges against the deputy health minister, The Associated Press incorrectly attributed a quote defending the official. The quote came from a statement issued by the deputy health minister's office, not the prime minister's office. A...

Australia says it won't be hosting US missile site

Aug. 5, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials confirmed Monday that their country will not be used as a base for any planned U.S. mid-range missiles following talks with American officials in Sydney. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at last weekend's meetings that he wanted to deploy intermediate range...

Australia proposes new laws to keep extremists in prison

Aug. 1, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government introduced legislation to Parliament on Thursday that would give authorities more power to keep extremists behind bars after they have served prison sentences if they are still considered dangerous. The move is a response to a 2017 siege in which a...