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Australia blames 'state actor' for hacking political parties

Feb. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A "sophisticated state actor" was behind a cyberattack on the Australian Parliament's computing network that also affected the network used by major political parties, the prime minister said Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not identify the state behind what he...

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Feb. 13, 2019 10:13 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands Thursday with Australia's prime minister, whom he credits with securing his freedom. Three days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem...

Australia to reopen island detention camp after refugee bill

Feb. 13, 2019 1:39 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Wednesday it would reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers arriving by boat after Parliament passed legislation that would give sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals. The Christmas...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Feb. 12, 2019 7:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting...

Australian ruling party defeated in Parliament on refugees

Feb. 12, 2019 5:54 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling party suffered a rare defeat in Parliament on Tuesday after the opposition joined minor parties and independent lawmakers in passing a bill that would give sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative...

Bahrain refugee soccer player freed by Thailand, heads home

Feb. 11, 2019 1:03 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A refugee soccer player was freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia early Tuesday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention. Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia's government,...

Australian prime minister boasts security credentials

Feb. 11, 2019 7:54 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Monday described his government as stronger on national security than the opposition after signing an agreement with the French government to deliver a fleet of submarines and ahead of federal elections expected to be held in May. Prime Minister...

The Latest: Bahrain says it could still pursue refugee

Feb. 11, 2019 5:56 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the release of Bahraini soccer player with refugee status in Australia who was released from Thai detention after extradition request was withdrawn (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Bahrain says that it "reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against" a soccer...

Australian parliamentary network hacked; no sign data stolen

Feb. 8, 2019 12:35 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's leading cybersecurity agency is investigating a breach of the country's federal parliamentary computing network amid speculation of hacking by a foreign nation. Lawmakers and staff in the capital, Canberra, were made to change their passwords on the system after the overnight...

Thailand: Soccer player must go through extradition hearings

Feb. 6, 2019 10:35 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government insisted Wednesday it cannot free a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia until hearings on Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed. Thailand has come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and human rights...