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Australia argues against 'endangered' Barrier Reef status

Nov. 28, 2022 22:27 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s environment minister said Tuesday her government will lobby against UNESCO adding the Great Barrier Reef to a list of endangered World Heritage sites, arguing that criticisms of government inaction on climate change were outdated. Officials...

Australia to make posts public to avoid repeat of power grab

Nov. 25, 2022 02:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An inquiry into a former Australian prime minister secretly appointing himself to multiple ministries recommended Friday that all such appointments be made public in the future to preserve trust in government. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he would...

Strong quake rocks Solomon Islands, sends people fleeing

Nov. 22, 2022 01:45 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted the Solomon Islands Tuesday afternoon, overturning tables and sending people racing for higher ground. There were no immediate reports of widespread damage or injuries, although Australia's prime minister...

Australia ratifies free trade deals with India and Britain

Nov. 21, 2022 23:40 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament passed bilateral free trade agreements with India and Britain on Tuesday, leaving those partner nations to bring the deals into force. The deals are crucial for Australia to diversify its exports from the troubled Chinese market...

Australia sticks to US nuclear subs despite French criticism

Nov. 18, 2022 03:13 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday he remained committed to building a fleet of submarines powered by U.S. nuclear technology despite the French president describing the plan as a “confrontation with China.” The previous Australian government...

Novak Djokovic has visa to play Australian Open in January

Nov. 16, 2022 22:58 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government confirmed on Thursday that Novak Djokovic had been granted a visa to compete in the Australian Open in January a year after he was deported over his stance against COVID-19 vaccination. The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion had...

Australian PM raises trade 'blockages' with China's Xi

Nov. 15, 2022 06:04 AM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he raised with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday his concerns about trade “blockages,” but did not walk away from their first face-to-face talks with any promises that the $13 billion barriers to Australian...

Australian PM takes 'goodwill' into meeting with China's Xi

Nov. 14, 2022 04:01 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Monday he will soon meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first face-to-face talks between the nations’ leaders in five years. Albanese said he would meet Xi on Tuesday on the Indonesian island of...

Australian PM wants to ask China's Xi to lift trade barriers

Nov. 11, 2022 04:49 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Friday he would ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to lift billions of dollars in trade barriers in the event that the two leaders hold their first bilateral meeting. Both leaders will attend a Group of 20...

Australia to block former military pilots flying for China

Nov. 09, 2022 01:29 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s defense minister said on Wednesday he had told the nation’s military to review secrecy safeguards in response to concerns that Beijing was recruiting pilots to train the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Defense Minister Richard Marles...