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Coronavirus: Australia wants EU to 'review' Italy's vaccine block

Australia's prime minister on Friday said he "understands" why Italy blocked the planned export of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Nevertheless, Australia asked the European Commissi...

Australia's leader backs attorney-general accused of rape

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday expressed support for his attorney-general, who this week denied accusations he raped a schoolgirl when he was a te...

Australian AG Porter denies rape accusation, won't resign

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s attorney-general denied having sexual contact with a 16-year-old who had accused him of raping her 33 years ago and said Wednesday he would no...

Police won't charge Australian minister accused of rape

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police on Tuesday ruled out investigating an unnamed Australian Cabinet minister over an allegation that he raped a 16-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. ...

Australian prime minister stands by minister accused of rape

CANBERRA, Aurtralia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday stood by an unnamed Cabinet minister against calls for him to step down from office over an allegation that he raped a 16-...

Papua New Guinea's first prime minister Michael Somare dies

Papua New Guinea's first prime minister, Michael Somare, died at the age of 84 after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday. Somare, a pivotal figure in the South Pacific island nation's i...

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea's 1st prime minister, dies

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Michael Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea’s independence and the new nation’s first prime minister, died Friday. He was 84. Somare was the South...

How and why the IOC could find a 2032 Olympic host so soon

GENEVA (AP) — After years of costly and time-consuming competitions to host the Olympics, the race to stage the 2032 Summer Games might just have passed you by. With little fanfare t...

Brisbane already preparing for 2032 Olympics

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — There was no fanfare. No iconic announcement. An Australian push to host the 2032 Olympics was elevated overnight to the status of preferred bid, and the p...

Facebook to lift ban on Australia news and pay local media companies

Facebook said Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news and pay local media companies for content, after a last-gasp deal on pending landmark legislation. Australia's Treasurer ...

Vaccination starts without rush in Australia, parts of Asia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia started its COVID-19 inoculation program on Monday days after its neighbor New Zealand, with both governments deciding their pandemic experiences did not require t...

Australian PM warns of 'culture problem' after allegations of rape in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday (Feb. 20) he was “sickened” by allegations of sexual assault in Parliament House, adding that there was a “culture” pr...

US sees Facebook dispute as a matter between companies and Australia -State Dept

The United States considers Australia’s dispute with Facebook Inc a business negotiation between private companies and the Australian government, the U.S. State Department said on Friday (Feb. 1...

Australian leader urges Facebook to lift its news blockade

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Friday urged Facebook to lift its blockade of Australian users and return to the negotiating table with news publishing businesses, warning tha...

New Zealand, Australia bicker over Islamic State suspect

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and Australia were engaged in a bitter fight Tuesday over which country will inherit an alleged Islamic State militant who at one point held c...