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Filipino volunteer who saved Outback fire brigade celebrated in Australian Parliament

Feb. 29, 2024 04:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Filipino immigrant who helped a small Outback town keep its volunteer fire brigade was celebrated in the Australian Parliament on Thursday during a special sitting to welcome Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on a state visit. Prime...

Philippine president tells Australia their strategic partnership is more important than ever

Feb. 29, 2024 01:19 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told Australia’s Parliament on Thursday that the strategic partnership between the two nations was more important than ever with the rule of law and peace in the region under threat from China. Marcos told a...

Indonesia and Australia hold defense talks as both nations move toward signing a security agreement

Feb. 23, 2024 09:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia held high-level talks in Jakarta on Friday as the neighboring countries seek to strengthen security ties by signing a defense cooperation agreement in the coming months. Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is set to become...

WikiLeaks’ Assange faces wait to find out whether he can challenge extradition to the US

Feb. 21, 2024 19:37 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won't find out until next month at the earliest whether he can challenge extradition to the U.S. on spying charges, or if his long legal battle in Britain has run out of road. Two High Court judges said Wednesday they would take time...

China-born Australian democracy blogger won't appeal suspended Chinese death sentence

Feb. 21, 2024 02:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A China-born Australian democracy blogger will not appeal his suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, with his family saying Wednesday a legal challenge would be detrimental to his welfare. Yang Hengjun was found guilty of espionage...

WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition

Feb. 20, 2024 15:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government. ...

Tribal bloodshed shines spotlight on instability in strategically vital Papua New Guinea

Feb. 20, 2024 02:44 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A tribal clash in Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands in which at least 26 people were killed has put a growing internal security problem under the microscope in the strategically vital South Pacific island nation that has garnered closer military attention from the...

Tribal violence in Papua New Guinea kills 26 combatants and an unconfirmed number of bystanders

Feb. 19, 2024 04:49 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — At least 26 combatants and an unconfirmed number of bystanders were killed in a gunbattle between warring tribes in Papua New Guinea, police said Monday. A tribe, their allies and mercenaries were on their way to attack a neighboring tribe when they were...

Australian Parliament wants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange back home, not sent to US

Feb. 15, 2024 08:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Thursday he hoped for an amicable end to the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after lawmakers ramped up pressure on the United States and Britain by passing a motion calling for the Australian citizen to be...

Proposing on Valentine's Day, Albanese becomes Australia's first leader to get engaged in office

Feb. 15, 2024 04:46 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Anthony Albanese has become the first Australian prime minister to get engaged while in office, revealing Thursday that his partner accepted his marriage proposal on Valentine's Day. He and Jodie Haydon, a financial services professional, have been...