Northern Island’s health minister has sued Van Morrison, who has said the minister’s handling of Covid-19 restrictions was “very dangerous.” Paul Tweed, the lawyer for the health minister, Robin Swann, confirmed on Monday that a lawsuit had been filed. “Legal proceedings are now at an advanced stage, with an anticipatedContinue Reading

Australia, a major producer of fossil fuels that has long been criticized for dragging its feet on climate change, has done little this week to change that perception. At the Glasgow climate summit, Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not join an international effort to curb global emissions of methane 30Continue Reading

After being separated from his parents for two years, Jimmy Sugandi, 42, touched down in Melbourne from Indonesia with his wife and two young children. “It’s unbelievable,” ” he said. “We thought we were never coming back..” Mr. Sugandi and his family are Australian permanent residents who live in Indonesia.Continue Reading

SYDNEY, Australia — After months of debate and delay, the Australian government on Tuesday promised to reach “net zero” emissions by 2050, unveiling a plan built on hope and investment in low-emissions technologies. Promising jobs and no new taxes or mandates, the plan did not include any toughening of emissionsContinue Reading

new video loaded: Australia Will Lift Ban on International Travel in November transcript Back transcript Australia Will Lift Ban on International Travel in November Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia announced that the country would reopen its borders next month for fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents to travelContinue Reading

SYDNEY, Australia — Most Australians are proud of their Westminster model of parliamentary democracy, in which ministers are empowered to decide how wide swaths of the government operate. Preferring a collaborative politics, they abhor the centralized pomp and power of the American presidency — which is exactly why revelations thisContinue Reading

SYDNEY, Australia — In the war against the coronavirus’s Delta variant, few if any democracies have demanded as much of their people as Australia. In the middle of the latest lockdowns, the police in Sydney gave hefty fines to three moms with strollers chatting in a park. Melbourne’s playgrounds wereContinue Reading

The statement referred vaguely to common European defense projects, but those did not appear to be new; the wording seemed to be drawn largely from previous NATO statements. However, it did say that a “more capable European defense” should be “complementary” to NATO, an interesting choice of words in thatContinue Reading

Speaking Thursday, Mr. Morrison said the reinforced security alliance with the United States and Britain, which will include collaborations on artificial intelligence and other emerging technology, reflected the needs of a more dangerous dynamic in the Asia-Pacific region. “The relatively benign environment we’ve enjoyed for many decades in our regionContinue Reading

But China’s aggressive tactics in the Pacific and the need to ensure the security around Taiwan required the United States to empower Australia, even if it meant carving an exception to the effort to reduce the use of weapons-grade nuclear fuel, according to Elbridge Colby, the former deputy assistant secretaryContinue Reading