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Australia opposes death penalty as Assange supporters march

Apr 12, 2019

Australia says it will oppose the death penalty for Julian Assange if he's extradited to the United States, as protesters in Sydney called for his release and Australia's journalists' union voiced support for him

Center-left party powerbroker favored as next Australian PM

Apr 11, 2019

Bill Shorten, who's tipped in polls to become Australia's next prime minister, is a powerbroker who has strong support in his center-left Labor Party

New Zealand's new gun laws get final assent to take effect

Apr 11, 2019

New Zealand's governor general has signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons weeks after a man used such guns to kill 50 people at mosques in Christchurch

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr 11, 2019

Australia's prime minister calls a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management

New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictions

Apr 11, 2019

New Zealand's Parliament has passed sweeping gun laws less than a month after killings of 50 at two mosques

The Latest: Australian party leader vows action on climate

Apr 11, 2019

Australia's opposition leader says his government will take "real action on climate change" and reduce inequality in Australian society if his party wins elections on May 18

'Accidental Prime Minister' has short run-up to Aussie vote

Apr 11, 2019

With just months at the helm, Australia's 'accidental' PM Scott Morrison has used all the time he had available to try to repair his party's position and define his leadership before facing voters

Church: Guam property should not be sold to pay abuse claims

Apr 10, 2019

Guam Catholic Church says parishes and schools should not be sold to settle clergy sexual abuse claims

Police won't charge Australian teen or senator over egg spat

Apr 9, 2019

Police will not charge an Australian teenager or a senator for a spat in which the boy cracked an egg on the politician's head and the man retaliated

New Zealand official calls Facebook 'morally bankrupt'

Apr 8, 2019

New Zealand's privacy commissioner has described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow Australia by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch shootings.

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