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Trump to attend Modi Houston rally, Ohio visit with Morrison

Sep. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will attend a Houston rally next week featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. The White House says Trump will use the "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to "emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India" and...

Australia presses Iran to release 3 citizens from prison

Sep. 12, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Thursday her government is pressing Iran to free three Australian citizens from a Tehran prison and she did not believe their arrests were related to Iran's current conflicts with the West. Foreign Minister Marise Payne told the Senate that...

2 British-Australians, 1 Australian citizen held in Iran

Sep. 11, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two women who are dual British-Australian citizens and an Australian man have been detained in Iran, one of them sentenced to 10 years in prison, Australia's government and media said Wednesday. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular...

Thai Cabinet minister denies drug conviction report

Sep. 10, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A member of Thailand's Cabinet said Tuesday that an Australian newspaper report that he was imprisoned there for four years on a drug smuggling conviction was concocted by his political enemies, and he has no plans to resign. Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao was responding to a...

Opioid crisis goes global as deaths surge in Australia

Sep. 5, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BLACK RIVER, Australia (AP) — The coroner's sense of futility was clear, as he investigated the death of yet another Australian killed by prescription opioids. Coroners nationwide have long urged officials to address Australia's ballooning opioid addiction, and to create a tracking system to stop people...

Surging prescriptions, deaths: Australia faces opioid crisis

Sep. 5, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BLACK RIVER, Australia (AP) — Half a world away from the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, Australia is facing a crisis of its own, with skyrocketing rates of opioid prescriptions and related deaths. The country has failed to heed the lessons of the U.S., and has been slow to respond to years of...

Australia to improve East Timorese internet and naval base

Aug. 30, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday announced a new maritime security agreement with East Timor in which the fledgling democracy will gain naval infrastructure and an undersea internet link with the world as China increases its influence in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared a...

Detained writer urges Australia to help free him from China

Aug. 29, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing on suspicion of espionage since January has urged Australia to maintain diplomatic pressure for his release. Yang Hengjun said in a statement released by a Sydney-based friend on Thursday that he was "extremely grateful" to Prime...

Australian spy charged with bugging leak denied legal aid

Aug. 29, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian spy charged with conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timor's government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas had been denied legal aid and might not be able to...

Australia concerned writer faces espionage charge in China

Aug. 27, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Tuesday it was "very concerned and disappointed" that a Chinese Australian writer had been formally arrested in China on suspicion of espionage. Yang Hengjun has been in Chinese custody since he arrived in southern China's Guangzhou from New York...