Australia PM says 70% vaccination target needed before reopening

News 07/31/21, 20:08

Lockdowns and state borders will be mainly removed once 70% of Australians aged over 16 have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that worldwide travel would be permitted once 80% have been twice vaccinated. After a National Cabinet meeting with state premiers on Friday afternoon, July ...

President Trump calls Australian PM, offering support to battle wildfires

World 01/07/20, 06:23

President Donald Trump on Monday, Jan. 6, called Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to offer support as Australia is struggling with a bushfire crisis that engulf parts of the country.  President Trump "expressed deep concern for those affected and condolences for the firefighters and others who lost their lives," said a ...

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

World 12/09/19, 23:37

Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney. “I fear there is worse news to come over ...

Asian shares mixed; election results buoy India, Australia

Business 05/20/19, 02:00

Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with India and Australia leading gains for the region following elections that looked set to keep incumbents in office.In Australia, the S&P ASX 200 rose 1.7% to 6,476.10, boosted by a shock election victory for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. His conservative, pro-business government ...

Australia’s prime minister set to form majority government

World 05/20/19, 00:37

Prime Minister Scott Morrison looked set on Monday to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia's weekend election allayed fears that his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority following its shock victory.The coalition was returned to power in a stunning result on Saturday night, after ...

Asian shares mixed; election results buoy India, Australia

World 05/19/19, 23:56

Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with India and Australia leading gains for the region following elections that looked set to keep incumbents in office.Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.3% to 21,343.09 after the government reported Monday that the economy grew at a better-than-expected 2.1% annual pace in ...

Conservatives look set to form gov’t after Australia vote

World 05/19/19, 22:10

Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks set to form a majority government as counting of votes from Australia's election allays fears his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority.With 76 seats needed for majority rule, figures from the Australian Electoral Commission on Monday showed 84 % of votes had ...

Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

World 05/18/19, 23:12

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked "all Australians" for returning his conservative coalition to power in a shock general election result, and has vowed to get straight back to work. While the opposition center-left Labor Party had been tipped to win — both in opinion polls and with odds-makers — the ...

Australia’s conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term

World 05/18/19, 19:36

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. "I have always believed in miracles," Prime Minister Scott Morrison ...

Update: Vote counting starts in Australian election

World 05/18/19, 03:21

The Latest on Australia's general election (all times local):6:20 p.m.Votes are being counted after Saturday's Australian election, with senior opposition lawmakers gaining confidence they will form a center-left government with a focus on slashing greenhouse gas emissions.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, is assisted by his wife, Jenny, as he ...

Australian leader denies 2 Rwandans are massacre suspects

World 05/17/19, 02:37

Australia's prime minister on Friday denied media reports that two Rwandan refugees resettled in Australia are suspects in the massacre of eight tourists in Uganda 20 years ago. U.S. news outlet Politico reported that former Hutu rebels Leonidas Bimenyimana and Gregoire Nyaminani spent more than a decade in a Virginia state ...

Facts and figures in Australian elections on Saturday

World 05/16/19, 22:46

More than 16 million Australians are eligible to vote at elections on Saturday that are likely to deliver Australia's eighth prime minister in 12 years.Opinion polls suggest conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have one of the shortest tenures of the 29 men and one woman who have served in ...

Australian political leaders agree gays don’t go to hell

World 05/14/19, 04:04

The leaders of both of Australia's major political parties agreed on Tuesday that gays don't go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign.Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed gay marriage while opposition leader Bill Shorten argued ...

Australian prime minister hit with egg in protest

World 05/06/19, 23:06

Australia's prime minister was hit on the head with an egg and a woman was knocked off her feet Tuesday during a protest ahead of a general election next week.The egg appeared to strike Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the back of the head then bounce off without breaking as ...

Update: Australia says Sri Lanka bombings had IS support

World 04/25/19, 22:06

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):7:10 a.m.Australia's prime minister says the Sri Lankan militants blamed for the Easter attacks in that country had support from the Islamic State group.Sri Lankan PM issues warning after Easter bombingsPrime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters Friday that ties ...

Australia leader plays down terror threat at Gallipoli event

World 04/24/19, 22:34

Australia's prime minister on Thursday played down any potential link between the arrest of a suspected Islamic State group member in Turkey and a World War I battle commemoration attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders at the Gallipoli peninsula.A Syrian national was detained in Tekirdag province before the ...

Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes

Tech 04/24/19, 02:30

Australia's prime minister and his political rival say they are not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters.Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten said on Wednesday they each have accounts with China's largest social ...

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