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Trump administration plans to nominate Harry Harris as South Korea envoy: sources

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WASHINGTON The Trump administration plans to nominate Admiral Harry Harris, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command and who has already been nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, to fill the long-vacant post of ambassador to South Korea instead, two senior U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

China says had 'professional' encounter with Australian warships in South China Sea

BEIJING/MELBOURNE Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an "encounter" in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defense ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian warships.

World, China, South China Sea Apr 20 2018

Philippine-U.S. war games to include allies Japan, Australia

(In this April 19 story, corrects to Australia, Japan second attendance in exercises.))

World, Japan Apr 20 2018

Exclusive: EPA chief's aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to Australia

WASHINGTON U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, Apr 19 2018

Philippines' Duterte says he ordered investigation of Australian nun

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he ordered the investigation into a 71-year-old Australian nun for "disorderly conduct", justifying it as a legal move against "undesirable" foreigners.

World, United Nations, Apr 18 2018

China leapfrogs New Zealand as Australia's top tourist source

SYDNEY China has leapfrogged New Zealand to become the top source country for travelers to Australia in the 12 months to February, Australian official data showed on Wednesday, as overall visitor numbers hit a record high.

World, China, Apr 18 2018

Vatican Treasurer Pell's lawyer says no grounds for trial, court to rule May 1

MELBOURNE Vatican Treasurer George Pell's lawyer told a court on Tuesday the Australian archbishop should not be sent to trial on any of the multiple charges of historical sexual offences against him.

World, Pope Apr 17 2018

Australian businesses air concerns as China strain threatens trade fair

SYDNEY Australian businesses which trade with China criticized their government on Friday as the looming cancellation of an event designed to encourage cross-border trade heralded a "low point" in diplomatic relations between the countries.

World, China, Apr 13 2018

Australian PM says foreign interference bill has soured ties with China

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged on Thursday that legislation aimed at preventing foreign interference in politics had soured ties with China, putting a biennial Australia-China trade fair in jeopardy.

World, China, Apr 12 2018

Australian PM loses 30th straight poll, faces leadership pressure

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's coalition government on Monday lost a 30th straight major opinion poll, a symbolic defeat that intensifies pressure on him after he used the same milestone to oust his predecessor.

World, Apr 08 2018
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Trump and France's Macron seek new measures on Iran as deadline looms

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday to seek stronger measures to contain Iran, as the U.S. leader considers whether to ditch an international accord meant to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. | Video