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Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties despite strains

Oct. 15, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and South Korea spoke by phone on Friday, saying they would look to deepen ties in the face of regional security threats despite strained bilateral relations. Although are both military allies of the U.S. and share common concerns over...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Oct. 15, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while maintaining some restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Vaccinated...

Australian prime minister will attend Glasgow climate talks

Oct. 15, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister confirmed on Friday he will attend a climate summit in Glasgow next month despite his government remaining bitterly divided over a draft plan for the country to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Prime Minister...

Holocaust survivor-author Eddie Jaku dies in Sydney aged 101

Oct. 12, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who last year published his best-selling memoir, “The Happiest Man on Earth,” has died in Sydney, a Jewish community leader said. He was 101. “Eddie Jaku was a beacon of light and hope for not only our...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

Oct. 09, 2021 02:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the United States and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is...

French envoy to Australia: Deceitful sub deal raises risks

Oct. 08, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s ambassador to Australia says Australian officials lied to his face and raised the risk of confrontation in Asia by crafting a secret submarine deal with the U.S. and Britain that undermined trust in democratic alliances. France is determined to...

Former Australian PM Abbott calls for solidarity with Taiwan

Oct. 08, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former Australian prime minister accused China of being a bully and expressed enthusiastic support for Taiwan while visiting the democratically ruled island on Friday. “Nothing is more pressing right now than solidarity with Taiwan,” former...

Australia wants Facebook held liable for anonymous comments

Oct. 07, 2021 04:51 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Thursday described social media as a “coward’s palace” and warned that digital platforms including Facebook should be held liable for defamatory comments posted anonymously. Anonymous commentators who use...

Australia welcoming back French ambassador after sub spat

Oct. 07, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed France’s decision to return its ambassador to Australia and said Thursday the bilateral relationship was bigger than the canceled submarine contract. Morrison dismissed suggestions that Australia needed...

Court lifts secrecy in alleged Australian espionage trial

Oct. 06, 2021 05:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A court agreed Wednesday to lift a shroud of secrecy from the trial of a spy's lawyer that could potentially confirm that Australia bugged East Timor's government during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations. The Australian government...