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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...

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous...

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...

Man accused of killing woman and wounding another in Sydney

Aug. 13, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness is suspected of slaying a woman in a downtown Sydney apartment with a butcher's knife before wounding another woman nearby and attempting to stab other people Tuesday while yelling "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," police and witnesses...

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...

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 approves treaty with East Timor over gas royalties

Jul. 30, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament has approved the ratification of a maritime boundary treaty signed with East Timor 16 months ago and the government is now under pressure to return tens of millions of dollars in royalties from a seabed gas field that it concedes solely belongs to the poor...

Hundreds of refugees protest outside Australian Parliament

Jul. 29, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Australia's Parliament House on Monday, saying they wanted to highlight the uncertain futures of many refugees since the government replaced permanent protection visas with temporary visas. The protesters were from Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka,...