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American, Australian freed by Taliban treated in Germany

Nov. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An American and an Australian who were freed by the Taliban this week after three years in captivity are now in Germany receiving treatment at a U.S. military hospital, officials said Thursday. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were met at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein...

UK Conservatives under fire for Twitter deception in debate

Nov. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative Party was accused Wednesday of trying to deceive voters by changing the name of its press office Twitter account to “factcheckUK” during a televised election debate, raising concerns that political parties’ online trickery is undermining...

Australian bank Westpac faces massive fine for breaches

Nov. 20, 2019 5:33 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act. The financial crime regulator AUSTRAC said Wednesday it was pursuing Westpac, one of Australia’s four...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...

Australia’s Qantas operates 19 ½-hour London-Sydney flight

Nov. 15, 2019 2:59 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19 ½-hour, nonstop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultralong-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag. The Boeing 787-9...

Watchdog report on Russia probe nears public release

Nov. 13, 2019 12:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's watchdog is nearing the release of its report on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation, a document likely to revive debate about a politically charged probe that shadowed President Donald Trump's administration from the outset. The inspector general...

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 5:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said residents were facing what...

3 dead, dozens injured as Australia wildfires raze homes

Nov. 9, 2019 6:07 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New...

Australia defeated party urged to keep strong climate policy

Nov. 7, 2019 2:47 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An opposition review of the Australian conservative government's shock election win has urged the dispirited Labor Party to stick with strong policies on climate change. Senior Labor Party figures Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill on Thursday released their report on the reasons...

The Latest: Trump hails military strike on Islamic State

Oct. 28, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group who was killed in a U.S. military raid in Syria, according to President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Australia's prime minister has welcomed the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but...