The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

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Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

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Submarine Deal Shows Australia’s Big Bet on U.S.

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

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Britain Signs Major Trade Deal With Australia, Its First After Brexit

The agreement will include a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, a measure intended to appease British farmers concerned about a flood of beef and sheep imports.

#agriculture-and-farming, #australia, #customs-tariff, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #morrison-scott-1968

In Australia, Some Warn Against Another Year of Border Closures

“I’m not going to take risks with Australians’ lives,” the prime minister said. But critics say putting off reopening until mid-2022 could cause lasting damage.

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Amid Sexual Harassment Scandals, Australia Plots a ‘Road Map for Respect’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would accept 55 suggestions from the country’s human rights commissioner to tackle a problem that has been festering for years in politics.

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‘The Most Unsafe Workplace’? Parliament, Australian Women Say

More and more women are describing Parliament House as a sexist backwater. A staff member’s accusation of rape — in a minister’s office, no less — was the catalyst.

#metoo-movement, #australia, #higgins-brittany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

Australia’s Leader Demotes 2 Ministers Amid Accusations of Rape and Misogyny

The attorney general and the defense minister, tied to separate scandals, will stay in the government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

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‘March 4 Justice’: Thousands Turn Out in Australia

The protests in at least 40 cities represented an outpouring of anger over the treatment of women at the highest levels of power, organizers said.

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Brittany Higgins Files Police Report on Parliament House Rape Claim

Brittany Higgins has filed a formal police report against a former government employee who she said raped her in Australia’s Parliament House in 2019, roiling the government.

#australia, #higgins-brittany, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #reynolds-linda-1965, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

From the Capitol to Australian Skies, Misinformation Finds Supporters

Australia’s ruling party defends its own, even when colleagues spread misinformation about the Capitol siege and the coronavirus. Why?

#australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Australia’s States Are Feuding Like Siblings. What Else to Do but Laugh?

Australians are facing a messy patchwork of border restrictions that lock out both the coronavirus and fellow citizens. A new ad offers a biting, if humorous, commentary on the state of affairs.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #roads-and-traffic, #travel-and-vacations

Australia Tweaks Anthem to Recognize Indigenous History

The words “we are young and free” were changed to “we are one and free.” The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived on the continent for more than 60,000 years.

#australia, #indigenous-australians, #indigenous-people, #morrison-scott-1968, #national-anthems, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

China Battles the World’s Biggest Coal Exporter, and Coal Is Losing

China has officially blocked coal imports from Australia after months of vague restrictions. For Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, the decision is a gut punch.

#australia, #china, #coal, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mines-and-mining, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

Australia Scraps Covid-19 Vaccine That Produced H.I.V. False Positives

Of the dozens of coronavirus vaccines being tested worldwide, the one under development at the University of Queensland was the first to be abandoned.

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Australia Condemns Lurid Tweet by Chinese Official as ‘Disgusting Slur’

The post, with a doctored photograph showing an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, sent relations between the two countries to a new low.

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How Coal-Loving Australia Became the Leader in Rooftop Solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.

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Australia’s Coronavirus Restrictions Strand Thousands Overseas

Limits on the number of Australians who can return have spurred a growing uproar over the country’s hard-line approach to the coronavirus.

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‘No Slavery in Australia’? These Pacific Islanders Tell a Different Story

The Black Lives Matter movement has offered a rare moment for the descendants of plantation laborers brought aboard ships in the 19th century to make their family histories known.

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Australia Halts Hong Kong Extradition Agreement and Extends Visas

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said visas for Hong Kongers already in Australia would be lengthened by five years, and suggested businesses should move from the city to his country.

#australia, #china, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #extradition, #hong-kong, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country’s offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.

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A Stimulus Backlash Delivers a Global Warning: Value Female Workers

Australia is pouring millions into the male-dominated construction industry while ending free child care. Critics say that is illogical and reflects sexist biases.

#australia, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #morrison-scott-1968, #women-and-girls

Australia Asks for Investigation After Police Attack 2 Journalists

The prime minister wants answers after officers in riot gear dealt roughly with the two Channel 7 journalists, who were covering a protest outside the White House.

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Did the Coronavirus Kill Ideology in Australia?

How a government both sectarian and divisive learned (briefly) to become inclusive.

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Coronavirus Lockdowns Strike Australia Residents Hit by Brushfires

A double disaster unlike anything the country has seen before is raising concerns about victims’ mental health and safety.

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In Sydney, the Magic Hour Means Noise. It’s Heavenly to Hear.

Five weeks into Australia’s coronavirus lockdown, the sound that bursts forth each afternoon of kids shouting, dogs barking and couples arguing is welcome relief from the quiet of isolation.

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In the Coronavirus Crisis, True Leaders Stand Out

Swift action, compassion and trust in science mark the most effective responses to the coronavirus.

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Vanquish the Virus? Australia and New Zealand Aim to Show the Way

The two countries, led by ideological opposites, are converging on an extraordinary goal: eliminating the virus. Their nonpolitical approach is restoring trust in democracy.

#ardern-jacinda, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

Urged on by Conservatives and His Own Advisers, Trump Targeted the W.H.O.

But his announcement that he would freeze the U.S.’s contributions to the organization in the middle of a pandemic was denounced by Democrats as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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