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Australia demands apology from China after fake image posted on social media
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Kirsty Needham | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s prime minister said a fake image of an Australian soldier posted on a Chinese official’s Twitter account was “truly repugnant” and Canberra was demanding it be taken down, amid deteriorating relations between the two countries. The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the tweet, posted on Monday by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, Morrison said. Morrison said countries around the world were watching how Beijing responded to tensions in Australia’s relationship with China. Zhao wrote on Twitter: “Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. Australia had “patiently sought” to address tensions in the relationship with China and wanted direct discussion between ministers, he said.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Issei Kato Scott Morrison, Zhao Lijian, Morrison, ” Morrison, , Zhao Organizations: SYDNEY, Australian, REUTERS, Canberra, Twitter Locations: Canberra, Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, Australia, Afghanistan
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British-Australian academic on Thursday thanked her supporters and diplomatic efforts to secure her freedom after she was released from jail in Iran following more than two years of imprisonment. FILE PHOTO: A supplied undated image obtained September 14, 2019 shows Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British-Australian academic who has been released from behind bars in Iran. The New York Times reported that the three Iranians had been held in Thailand since 2012 over a bomb plot. A Corrections Department officer said Saeid Moradi and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, both jailed over explosions in 2012, had been transferred from prison. Thai officials said they were unaware of any exchange and were simply fulfilling an Iranian request based on a treaty between the countries.
Persons: Kylie Moore, Gilbert, REUTERS Kylie Moore, Moore, , Scott Morrison, I’m, ” Morrison, Saeid Moradi, Sedaghat, Mohammad Khazaei, Moradi Organizations: SYDNEY, AAP, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, REUTERS, IRIB, The New York Times, University of Melbourne, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Corrections Department Locations: Iran, British, Australian, Thailand, Middle East, Australia
Australian PM says misinterpretation of interests behind China tension
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Colin Packham | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tension between Australia and China has been driven by incorrect assumptions shaped by rivalry between China and the United States but Australia has its own interest and independent views, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. As ties deteriorated, China imposed tariffs on Australian barley and slowed its imports of Australian beef and coal. “Our actions are wrongly seen and interpreted by some only through the lens of the strategic competition between China and the United States,” Morrison said. “It’s as if Australia does not have its own unique interests or views as an independent sovereign state.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Issei Kato Australia’s, Morrison, ” Morrison, “ It’s Organizations: SYDNEY, Australian, REUTERS, Huawei Locations: Australia, China, United States, Tokyo, Japan
Slideshow ( 2 images )MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday that the findings of a report that the country’s special forces allegedly killed 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan were “disturbing and distressing”. The report, published on Thursday after an inquiry into the conduct of special forces personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, found that senior commandos forced junior soldiers to kill defenceless captives in order to “blood” the troops for combat. It recommended referring 19 current and former soldiers for potential prosecution. “This is a terrible, terribly disturbing and distressing report,” Morrison said on Saturday in his first public comments since the publication of the document. “But the thing about Australia is - is we will deal with it.
Persons: Scott Morrison, ” Morrison Organizations: Australia’s Locations: MELBOURNE, Afghanistan, Australia
FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei KatoMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday that the findings of a report that the country’s special forces allegedly killed 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan were “disturbing and distressing”. The report, published on Thursday after an inquiry into the conduct of special forces personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, found that senior commandos forced junior soldiers to kill defenceless captives in order to “blood” the troops for combat. It recommended referring 19 current and former soldiers for potential prosecution. “This is a terrible, terribly disturbing and distressing report,” Morrison said on Saturday in his first public comments since the publication of the document.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Issei Kato MELBOURNE, ” Morrison Organizations: Australian, REUTERS, Australia’s Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Afghanistan, Australia
FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei KatoMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday that the findings of a report that the country’s special forces allegedly killed 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan were “disturbing and distressing”. The report, published on Thursday after an inquiry into the conduct of special forces personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, found that senior commandos forced junior soldiers to kill defenceless captives in order to “blood” the troops for combat. It recommended referring 19 current and former soldiers for potential prosecution. “This is a terrible, terribly disturbing and distressing report,” Morrison said on Saturday in his first public comments since the publication of the document.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Issei Kato MELBOURNE, ” Morrison Organizations: Australian, REUTERS, Australia’s Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Afghanistan, Australia
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will consider whether there is enough evidence to lodge prosecutions against 19 current and former special forces soldiers after a report said there was credible information that 39 Afghan prisoners and civilians were unlawfully killed. The following outlines how Australia will consider criminal prosecutions:SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR TO BE APPOINTEDAhead of the release of the report, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week said a special investigator will be appointed. Once appointed, Morrison said the special investigator will gather evidence. EVIDENCE PASSED TO DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONSOnce evidence is gathered, Morrison said, it will be passed onto Australia’s Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to determined whether charges are bought. LOCAL PROSECUTIONS WOULD AVOID INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTDefence Minister Linda Reynolds has said that Canberra has been advised that if local prosecutions went ahead it would negate charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Australia’s, Morrison, ” Morrison, Linda Reynolds Organizations: SYDNEY, Australia’s, Public Prosecutions Locations: Australia, Canberra, The Hague
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s Prime Minister has responded to China’s list of grievances over his country’s human rights diplomacy, free media and investment policies by saying “we will always be Australia”. Tensions mounted this year between Australia and its largest trading partner China, after Beijing imposed a series of trade reprisals after Australia led calls for an international inquiry into the coronavirus. Australian government ministers have recently said they want to improve communication with Beijing, but China’s foreign ministry has said Australia needs to “take concrete actions to correct their mistakes”. Back in Australia, Morrison told media that it was a mistake for China to believe Australia acted at the behest of the United States. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Wednesday said the cause of the deteriorating relationship is “Australia’s repeated wrong acts and remarks”.
Persons: , Scott Morrison, Issei Kato China’s, Morrison, , Zhao Lijian, Australia’s, Zhao, ” Morrison Organizations: SYDNEY, Australia’s, Australian, REUTERS, China, Seven, Human Rights Council, Taiwan, World Health Organisation, Nine Television Locations: Australia, Tokyo, Japan, Canberra, China, Beijing, Canada, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Labor Party in Australia’s Queensland state was on track on Saturday to retain power in an election overshadowed by COVID-19, with voters approving the strict measures that put the state at odds with the national government. Slideshow ( 2 images )Final results were expected late into Saturday night, but a partial count showed Labor was polling well at a primary vote of 40.8% with the Liberal National Party on 34.2%, according to the Electoral Commission of Queensland. “The early numbers are strong, but it’s a little early to call,” Wayne Swan, the president of the Australian Labor Party said, according to local media. Morrison, leader of the centre-right Liberal Party, on Saturday backed Palaszczuk’s opponent Deb Frecklington, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland. “Australia needs Queensland to return to the powerhouse state it once was,” Morrison said in a video message on Facebook.
Persons: , ” Wayne Swan, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Deb Frecklington, ” Morrison, Australia’s, Melburnians, Brett Sutton Organizations: MELBOURNE, Labor Party, Labor, Liberal National Party, Electoral, Australian Labor Party, Liberal Party, Liberal National Party of Queensland, , Facebook, Saturday, COVID, AstraZeneca, Australia’s University of Queensland, MELBOURNE (Reuters), Facebook Locations: Australia’s Queensland, Queensland, “ Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Pacific, Melbourne
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Labor Party in Australia’s Queensland state was on track on Saturday to retain power in an election overshadowed by COVID-19, with voters approving the strict measures that put the state at odds with the national government. Slideshow ( 2 images )Final results were expected late into Saturday night, but a partial count showed Labor was polling well at a primary vote of 40.8% with the Liberal National Party on 34.2%, according to the Electoral Commission of Queensland. “The early numbers are strong, but it’s a little early to call,” Wayne Swan, the president of the Australian Labor Party said, according to local media. Morrison, leader of the centre-right Liberal Party, on Saturday backed Palaszczuk’s opponent Deb Frecklington, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland. “Australia needs Queensland to return to the powerhouse state it once was,” Morrison said in a video message on Facebook.
Persons: , ” Wayne Swan, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Deb Frecklington, ” Morrison, Australia’s, Melburnians, Brett Sutton Organizations: MELBOURNE, Labor Party, Labor, Liberal National Party, Electoral, Australian Labor Party, Liberal Party, Liberal National Party of Queensland, , Facebook, Saturday, COVID, AstraZeneca, Australia’s University of Queensland, MELBOURNE (Reuters), Facebook Locations: Australia’s Queensland, Queensland, “ Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Pacific, Melbourne
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