Australia’s Julie Bishop cautions over rise in populism
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australian member of parliament Julie Bishop has spoken out against "hard-edged unilateralism" from the United States as she called on world leaders to think about the long-term consequences of rising populism and protectionism.
Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Dubai on Sunday, the former Australian foreign minister said she supports reforming the current international system rather replacing it for short-term political gains.
Australian lawmaker says MH17 was her most emotional time
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's former foreign minister on Tuesday described the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 as the most emotional time of her life.
Julie Bishop was reflecting on her five years as Australia's first woman foreign minister after she quit the Cabinet following an unsuccessful bid last week to become prime minister.
Most of new Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday, including new Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
Australia’s foreign minister quits after leadership change
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she's quitting following the selection of a new prime minister in an internal party vote.
Bishop issued a statement Sunday, saying she'll remain in Parliament.
She says, "Today I advised the prime minister that I will be resigning from my Cabinet position as minister for foreign affairs."
The Latest: Australian ruling party meeting to choose new PM
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Australia's political leadership turmoil (all times local):
Members of Australia's conservative Liberal Party are meeting at Parliament House to choose a new prime minister.
Beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded the names of his party's lawmakers who wanted him to go before allowing the meeting. It started around midday Friday after the 43 signatures were verified.
Australian ministers resign after leader survives challenge
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday. But several ministers who backed the failed challenger offered their resignations in a move that widens the rift in government ranks.
Australia’s Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in a ballot that is unlikely to settle questions about whether he's the right person to lead the party into elections due next year.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Wednesday rejected accusations that Australia supported corruption and crime under Malaysia's former leader by harboring a high-profile fugitive since 2015.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister was visiting East Timor on Monday to repair bilateral tries after a bitter dispute over energy revenue and spying allegations.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she is the national capital Dili to meet newly elected leaders. She is the first Australian minister to visit the near neighbor in five years.
LONDON (AP) — Diplomats and politicians around the world were bidding a not-always fond farewell Tuesday to Boris Johnson after the blond foreign secretary's bombshell resignation.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said her government would "miss Boris." But John McKendrick, attorney-general of the British overseas territory of Anguilla, called Johnson "the worst Foreign Secretary we've ever had."
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed concern at Qantas Airways' decision to describe Taiwan as a Chinese territory after pressure from Beijing.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said Monday that Australia's flag carrier airline was in the process of changing its website after China's aviation regulator in April issued a May 25 deadline to more than 40 airlines to make the change.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian official says China uses a different tone in private talks than it used in a recent public statement that demanded Australia take off its "tinted glasses" and take "concrete actions" to improve bilateral ties.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as secretary of state (all times local):
Australia's foreign minister says new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told her appointing an ambassador to Australia is "one of his highest priorities."
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters Pompeo phoned her during a flight to a NATO meeting within hours of being confirmed in his new role.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the Russian ex-spy poisoning (all times local):
Australia says Russia is expelling two of its diplomats and is calling Moscow's action "disappointing."
Australia and East Timor sign maritime border treaty
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Australia and East Timor signed a historic treaty drawing their maritime boundary Tuesday, ending years of bitter wrangling over billions of dollars of oil and gas riches lying beneath the Timor Sea and opening a new chapter in relations.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on peace treaty between Australia and East Timor setting maritime border (all times local):
Australia and East Timor have signed a historic treaty drawing their maritime boundary, ending years of bitter wrangling over billions of dollars of oil and gas riches that lie beneath the Timor Sea and opening a new chapter in relations.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A top Australian diplomat told a Senate committee Thursday that the bilateral relationship with China was going through "complex and difficult issues," but rejected a media report of a diplomatic deep freeze.
Frances Adamson, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, described The Australian newspaper's headline: "Cold war: China's freeze on ties" as "just wrong."
Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from traveling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism.
Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted pedophiles listed on the Australian child sex offender register from leaving the country except for specific purposes approved by law enforcement agencies.
Australia foreign chief stands in for PM after deputy ousted
SYDNEY (AP) — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will stand in as Australia's acting prime minister while Malcolm Turnbull is away on a brief overseas trip, due to the dual citizenship crisis that has sidelined his deputy.
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North Korean soldiers were seen marching during a visit by Australian government ministers to the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said her government hopes there will be no need for military action against North Korea over its weapons programs.
Australia’s foreign minister visits tense Korean border
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Australia's top diplomat visited the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas on Thursday and said her government hopes there will be no need for military action against North Korea over its weapons programs.
Anti-nuclear weapons protesters scale Australian building
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two anti-nuclear weapons campaigners scaled the entrance awning of Australia's foreign ministry and unfurled a banner on Wednesday to protest the government's failure to endorse a U.N. nuclear disarmament treaty.
Gem Romuld and Papatya Danis spent three hours on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade building near Parliament House in the national capital Canberra holding the banner: "Sign nuclear weapons ban treaty."
The Latest: Ivanka Trump pursues her own agenda at UN
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
Ivanka Trump is meeting with foreign officials as the United Nations General Assembly gathers in New York this week.
A White House official says President Donald Trump's daughter — and senior adviser — is holding a series of meetings on issues she has prioritized, including women's economic development.
Australia offers additional military help to Philippines
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister says her country has offered to help train the Philippine military in its fight against extremists linked to the Islamic State group.
The Latest: Young Australian boy missing after van attack
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local):
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked people to pray for a young Australian boy who is missing after a vehicle attack on a popular Barcelona promenade that killed 13 people.
Turnbull said Saturday that the boy's mother was badly injured and is in a hospital following Friday's attack at the Las Ramblas promenade. Turnbull says the boy's family is searching for him. He did not release the boy's name.
Political feud erupts between Australia and New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Like squabbling siblings, New Zealand and Australia have close ties but also a rivalry that can sometimes turn ugly.
That tension spilled into politics on Tuesday, when Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop accused New Zealand's opposition Labour Party of conspiring to undermine her government, a claim New Zealand lawmakers said was "false" and "utter nonsense."
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S., Australian and Japanese foreign ministers called Monday for a halt to land reclamation and military actions in the South China Sea and compliance with an arbitration ruling that invalidated China's vast claims to the disputed waters.
SYDNEY (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that he supports a proposed free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, as his country looks to strengthen its relationships with allies ahead of its departure from the European Union.
SYDNEY (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson toured the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday ahead of high-level bilateral security talks with Australian officials.
The former London mayor and New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian were shown ongoing upgrades to the opera house's Joan Sutherland Theatre that are being undertaken by British company Laing O'Rourke.
Johnson described Sydney as "an unbelievable, mind-blowingly beautiful city."
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people so far this year in the Indian Ocean island nation.
Visiting Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday night that Australia is giving 475,000 Australian dollars (US $377,000) to the World Health Organization to implement immediate dengue prevention, management and eradication programs in Sri Lanka.
The Latest: Australia condemns attacks in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on attacks in Iran's parliament building and the mausoleum of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (all times local):
Australia's foreign minister has condemned two attacks Iran's parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in Tehran which killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 40. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
US reassures Australia of continued close ties
SYDNEY (AP) — In their first joint appearance abroad, America's top diplomat and its Pentagon chief offered public reassurances to a longstanding ally at odds with President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Paris climate agreement.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The death of an Australian girl in a Baghdad bombing underscored why Australia was fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East, the Australian foreign minister said Wednesday.
Zynab Al-Harbiya, 12, from Melbourne, went with her family to Baghdad to visit her sick grandfather when she was killed early Tuesday local time when a car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas in what the government said Tuesday is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation.
Australian pedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there.
TOKYO (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged China on Thursday to do more to help out in the international effort to pressure and persuade North Korea to stop escalating nuclear and missile threat.
Bishop said that China has a "unique and specific role to play in pressuring North Korea to cease its illegal behavior." Australia plans to work closely with Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and China "to ensure that China can use its unique position."
Australia shelves planned extradition treaty with China
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday shelved a planned extradition treaty with China rather than allow the Senate to reject it over human rights concerns.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said senior ministers decided not to proceed with trying to ratify the treaty after the opposition Labor Party declared it would block it in the Senate. Labor was the conservative government's last hope of getting the treaty through the upper house a decade after it was signed.
BEIJING (AP) — China hopes Australia will continue to look beyond the countries' ideological differences and focus on bilateral business ties and other forms of cooperation, a senior Chinese official said Tuesday.
Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang was responding to comments by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this month that China can only reach its full economic potential if it embraces democracy.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Australia urged Southeast Asian nations and China to conclude a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea as soon as possible, voicing concern Thursday about the scale of reclamation and construction by China in the disputed territory.
Israeli premier calls 1st visit to Australia ‘wonderful’
SYDNEY (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu has described his visit to Australia, a first for a serving Israeli prime minister, as "wonderful."
Netanyahu and his wife Sara concluded their five-day trip to Sydney on Sunday by meeting with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
"This has been a wonderful visit here. You people are amazing," Netanyahu told Bishop before talks behind closed doors.
Australian diplomats set to meet teen drug suspect in Bali
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian diplomats will meet Wednesday with an Australian teenager detained on suspicion of drug possession during end-of-school celebrations on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, Australia's foreign minister said.
Australian casino staff detained in China yet to be charged
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two Australian executives of the country's largest casino operator are in good health after being detained in China last week over suspected gambling crimes, but they still do not know if they will face any charges, an Australian official said Wednesday.