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Australian judge orders policeman to stand trial for murder

Oct. 26, 2020 3:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge on Monday ordered a police officer to stand trial for murder over the killing of an Indigenous man who was shot three times in an Outback township last year. Judge John Birch ordered Northern Territory constable Zachary Rolfe to stand trial following a...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome. Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 6, less than two weeks before testing positive to COVID-19 in Australia, Nine News reported. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Media report pope met COVID-19 infected bishop at Vatican

Oct. 23, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Oct....

Australian police clear 3rd reporter of charges after raids

Oct. 15, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police announced on Thursday that a third journalist will not be charged with obtaining classified information 16 months after high-profile police raids triggered national outrage over the state of press freedom in Australia. Australian Federal Police targeted Australian...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks near the social distancing signs at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

Oct. 7, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are struggling to track transmissions tied to hospitals, churches, schools and an army unit. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on...

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Asia Today: India's coronavirus cases jump by another 96K

Sep. 18, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. The Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total cases to 5.21 million, or 0.37% of its nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24...

A woman walks past the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia's highest court against the nation's laws that ban covert foreign interference on domestic politics. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australian lawmaker's adviser challenges interference law

Sep. 16, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia’s highest court against laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics, citing a burden on free speech. John Shi Sheng Zhang is also challenging the...

Queensland state Chief Health officer Dr. Jeannette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane, Australia, on July 24, 2020. The Australian health official revealed Monday, Sept. 14, that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

Australian official under police guard over virus measures

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian health official revealed Monday that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. Queensland state Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she now travels with a police escort because of the...

Sarah Caisip wears a protective mask after viewing her father's body at a funeral home in Brisbane, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Caisip was refused permission to go to her father Bernard Prendergast's funeral because she was forced to spend 14 days in a hotel quarantine. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)

Family heartache spotlights Australia virus restrictions

Sep. 10, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government has ramped up pressure on a state government to relax pandemic border restrictions after a woman was refused permission to attend her father’s funeral on Thursday and a dying dad was told he was only allowed to be visited by one of his four...

Chinese-born Australian CCTV journalist detained in China

Sep. 1, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born Australian journalist working for Chinese state television has been detained by authorities in China, Australia's government says. Australian officials had a consular visit via video link with Cheng Lei at a detention facility last Thursday, Foreign Minister Marise...

Australia policeman faces court over Indigenous man's death

Sep. 1, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court began hearing arguments Tuesday in the case of a police officer accused of murdering an Indigenous man during an attempted arrest in an Outback township, including that the officer was treated for stab wounds after the shooting. The four-day hearing in the...