• Associated Press May 18, 2019

    Australia's Ruling Coalition Elected to Surprise Third Term

    Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison compared his Liberal Party’s victory for a third three-year term to the births of his...

  • Twitter Aug 24, 2018

    Another Australian Prime Minister Is Ousted by His Own Party

    Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers resigned and Parliament was shut down for an afternoon. Disgruntled government lawmakers forced former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from office on Friday, arguing that most had lost faith in his...

  • Donald Trump May 3, 2018

    Faux Pas: France's Macron Calls Aussie PM's Wife ‘Delicious'

    Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump’s infamous comments about Macron’s wife? Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday by calling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife “delicious.” Wrapping up a joint news...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Says Son-in-Law's Clearance Is Up to Kelly

    President Donald Trump says he’ll leave it up to chief of staff John Kelly to decide whether Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will keep his interim security clearance. “I will let General Kelly make that decision and he’s going to do what’s right for the country and I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision,” Trump said during a joint...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump, Turnbull Praise Each Other on Immigration and Taxes

    President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put their “mateship” on full display Friday at the White House as they took turns praising each other’s approaches on immigration and taxes. Their relationship got off to a rocky start a year ago, but none of that was evident as they prepared to field questions from journalists in the East...

  • President Dec 15, 2017

    Australian Probe Into Child Abuse Suggests Vatican Lift Celibacy Demand From Clergy

    An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final 17-volume report and 189 recommendations following a wide-ranging investigation. Australia’s longest-running royal...

  • mayor Dec 8, 2017

    ‘This Is So Wonderful': Gay Marriage Becomes Legal in Australia

    Gay marriage in Australia became a law Friday as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to Government House where Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed the bill into law on behalf of...

  • Senate Dec 4, 2017

    Lawmaker Proposes During Australian Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country. Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his...

  • NBC Nov 15, 2017

    Australians Support Same-Sex Marriage in Survey

    Results of a survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 61.6 percent of voters support same-sex marriage. The Australian government has vowed to put a proposal to parliament if voters supported same-sex marriage in the survey.

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2017

    Gaping Wounds, Full Beds: Vegas Hospitals Are Overwhelmed After Concert Shooting

    The victims just kept coming. In cars, in ambulances waiting four or five deep, from the walking wounded to the barely alive, they arrived in droves. “I have no idea who I operated on,” said Dr. Jay Coates, a trauma surgeon whose hospital took in many of the wounded after a gunman opened fire from his 32nd-floor hotel suite Sunday...

  • Argentina Aug 20, 2017

    From Age 3 to 80, Barcelona Victims Represent a Wide World

    An Italian father who saved his children’s lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were some of the 14 people from around the world killed in vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils on Thursday and early Friday. They spanned generations...

  • Donald Trump Aug 5, 2017

    Fact Check: Trump and His Real, and Unreal, Phone Calls

    In President Donald Trump’s universe, the past week was distinguished by two phone calls that happened and two that didn’t. Leaked transcripts of Trump’s phone conversations from the early days of his presidency reveal that he did not consider his chat with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to be “very civil,” as he had insisted in a tweet after the...

  • Donald Trump Aug 5, 2017

    Former Officials Warn of Damage From Leaked Conversations

    Experts and former U.S. officials warn that White House leaks — including conversations between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia published by the Washington Post this week — could undermine faith in Washington’s ability to protect confidential conversations and intelligence, and have a chilling effect on American diplomacy. “The risk is that our foreign counterparts no...

  • Donald Trump Aug 4, 2017

    Relationship With Trump ‘Warm' Despite Transcripts: Australian Prime Minister

    Australia’s prime minister insisted on Friday that his relationship with President Donald Trump was “warm,” despite transcripts of a heated conversation in which the leaders sparred over a refugee deal. The January phone call between Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was widely reported at the time. But the transcripts published Friday by The Washington Post offered new details into...

  • Donald Trump Aug 3, 2017

    Trump Pushed Mexico to Stay Mum on Wall Payment, Slammed ‘Ridiculous' Call With Australian PM: Report

    President Donald Trump sought to have the leaders of Australia and Mexico make concessions on immigration, at least publicly, to improve Trump’s image on the issue early in his presidency, according to what The Washington Post reported are transcripts of those conversations. Trump had calls with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about a week...

  • law enforcement Jul 30, 2017

    Police Disrupt Plot in Australia to ‘Bring Down an Airplane'

    Police in Australia disrupted a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men on Saturday in raids on homes in several Sydney suburbs, the prime minister said on Sunday....
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said security had been increased at Sydney Airport since Thursday because of the plot. The increased security measures had been extended to all major international...

  • Donald Trump Jul 21, 2017

    Australian Officials Disappointed by Trump's Delay in Resettling Refugees

    Australia was disappointed that hundreds of its rejected refugees would not begin resettling in the United States this month under a deal that predates President Donald Trump’s administration, an official said on Friday. President Barack Obama’s administration agreed to accept up to 1,250 refugees among hundreds of asylum seekers — mostly from Iran, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka — who have...

  • officer Jul 20, 2017

    Relatives of Woman Shot by Minneapolis Police Want Changes

    The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their body cameras, a family attorney told local media....
    Other police shootings around the U.S. — particularly the killings of black men by police officers — led to calls for changes...

  • officer Jul 19, 2017

    Minneapolis Police Officer Who Shot Australian Woman Has Yet to Talk to Investigators

    Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will....
    Some legal experts say the move is wise and well within the officer’s rights. But without Officer Mohamed Noor’s version of events, there’s...

  • Donald Trump Jun 15, 2017

    Australian PM Mocks President Trump in Leaked Audio

    Australia’s prime minister said he was disappointed that excerpts of an off-the-record speech he gave at Parliament House parodying President Donald Trump were broadcast by a television network on Thursday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made fun of both Trump and the Australian government’s dismal opinion polls during a lighthearted speech on Wednesday night at an annual ball hosted by the...

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