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Australians Voice Free Speech Concerns over Laws to Prevent Chinese Political Meddling

Australia rolled out a sweeping package of laws designed to counteract espionage and foreign political influence in December, but criticism of the laws prompted a parliamentary review beginning on Tuesday. In essence, the critics fear Australia has gone too far and jeopardized free speech rights, as well as creating legal pitfalls for international institutions, including media organizations and the Catholic Church.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari told the Chinese media in September 2016 that Australia shouldn’t interfere with China’s activities in the South China Sea, contradicting his own party’s policy. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

Turnbull Announces Overhaul of Australian Intelligence After Chinese Influence Scandal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced new legislation on Tuesday designed to implement the most extensive overhaul his nation’s intelligence and espionage services have seen in decades. The move is driven by what Australia’s ABC News describes as “growing concerns within the intelligence community about the influence of Chinese Government agents and political donations.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference at Kirribilli House on November 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The new New Zealand Prime Minister is on a one-day visit to Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

WWI Australian Battle of Beersheba re-Enacted in Israel on Centennial

BEERSHEBA, Israel — A century to the day after Australian troops broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring World War I victory, nearly 200 horsemen — including descendants of the soldiers — paraded through streets of an Israeli city in a memorial to those killed in a battle that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle East.

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Australian Prime Minister Roasts Trump in Leaked Audio

In an audio recording released by Australia’s Nine News, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull roasted President Donald Trump at the annual Mid-Winter Ball in Canberra. Turnbull responded to the leaked audio by saying the Trump impersonation was meant as a

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices on July 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Ryan Pierse/Getty)

Syrian Truce Receives New Blows With Airstrikes, Shelling

Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly US strike on Syrian government forces.

A man walks past the rubble of a building following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo on April 18, 2015. Aleppo has been devastated by fighting since rebel fighters seized its eastern half in 2012, setting up a front …

Conservatives Poised To Retain Power In Australia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looked almost certain to retain power after a bruising national election as key independent lawmakers pledged support and marathon vote counting in close-run electorates leaned in his favor on Friday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers his election address to the National Press Club on June 30, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. The Prime Minister's speech focused heavily on the economy, with Malcolm Turnbull committing to stick to the Government's economic plan, grow the economy and create jobs should he win the …

Conservatives Close in on Australian Government Rule

Australia’s next government looked more likely to remain in conservatives’ hands Thursday as they secured extra seats in an ongoing vote count after weekend elections, and a key independent pledged his support.

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Australian Election Cliff-Hanger Leaves Nation In Limbo

Australia’s political parties began horsetrading on Sunday to break an anticipated parliamentary deadlock after a dramatic election failed to produce a clear winner, raising the prospect of prolonged political and economic instability.

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