CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An embattled Australian government minister has resigned for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday an investigation found Stuart Robert had breached the government's Code of Ministerial Standards through his 2014 trip to Beijing with a friend and donor to the...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France is consulting United Nations Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi, and Britain says it could include "a policing element."
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday that the council must keep the spotlight on the escalating violence in the impoverished African nation, which he called "conflict prevention."
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese leaders and relatives have held a memorial service for victims of last weekend's earthquake that claimed at least 94 lives.
President Ma Ying-jeou and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen attended the Friday ceremony, offering flowers and shaking hands with relatives and Buddhist monks before leaving without making any public remarks. Family members lit incense and bowed before the victims' photographs, arranged in rows.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has announced the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country.
President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that at least three people have died in Venezuela due to complications related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. He added that 68 people have been hospitalized with complications confirmed to be related to the virus.
Maduro did not say what the complications were or how the deaths had been confirmed...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.
Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday that Britain is pressing for sanctions "that will go beyond traditional nonproliferation areas in order to demonstrate the seriousness of the test and the launch."...
SYDNEY (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a charge against a 92-year-old retired surgeon that alleged he had smuggled 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) in cocaine hidden on bars of soap into Sydney airport.
Victor Twartz was due to appear in the New South Wales District Court in Sydney on Friday on a charge of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, which carries a potential life sentence.
But the Sydney resident did not appear and prosecutors...