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Australia PM: Islamic State orphans face hurdles to return

Apr. 16, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Tuesday that hurdles remain to repatriating three orphaned Australian children of a convicted terrorist from a Syrian refugee camp and that national security interests must come first. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was working with...

The Latest: WikiLeaks editor says Assange in a London prison

Apr. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's arrest (all times local): 7:30 p.m. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has told The Associated Press that Julian Assange is confined to a cell at Belmarsh Prison, a grim facility in southeast London. He said conditions at the...

Australia opposes death penalty as Assange supporters march

Apr. 12, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia said on Friday it would oppose the death penalty for Julian Assange if he's extradited to the United States, as protesters in Sydney called for his release and Australia's journalists' union voiced its strong support for him. The Australian WikiLeaks founder was arrested Thursday in...

WikiLeaks' Assange hauled from embassy, faces US charge

Apr. 12, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police on Thursday hauled a bearded and shouting Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he was holed up for nearly seven years, and the U.S. charged the WikiLeaks founder with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to get their hands on government...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

Center-left party powerbroker favored as next Australian PM

Apr. 11, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — If Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten becomes prime minister and visits the U.S., he can expect questions about a radio interview he gave three years ago in which he said some of then-presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's views were "barking mad."...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 10, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

The Latest: Australian party leader vows action on climate

Apr. 10, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Australia's upcoming elections in May (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Australia's opposition leader says his government will take "real action on climate change" and reduce inequality in Australian society if his party wins elections on May 18. Center-left Labor Party...

'Accidental Prime Minister' has short run-up to Aussie vote

Apr. 10, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scott Morrison was labeled the "Accidental Prime Minister" when he was thrust to the top of a bitterly divided Australian government facing likely defeat in elections only months away. Since he was elected prime minister in a leadership ballot of colleagues in his conservative...

Australian election on May 18 appears likely

Apr. 7, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — May 18 appears the most likely date for Australia's next election at which the conservative government faces an uphill battle to win a third three-year term. Government sources have told media that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not call an election on Sunday, which had been...