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Qatar government says invasive searches of women at airport 'illegal actions'

30 Oct 2020

SYDNEY Invasive searches on female passengers from 10 aircraft at Doha's Hamad airport violated standard procedures, a preliminary report by the Qatar government found, saying those responsible for the "illegal actions" have been referred to the public prosecution office.

Qatar expresses regret as Australia says women on 10 flights searched

28 Oct 2020

SYDNEY/DUBAI Qatar expressed regret on Wednesday over the treatment of the female travellers after Australia said women on 10 flights underwent invasive physical searches following the discovery of an abandoned baby at the country's international airport.

Exclusive: Australian writer detained in Beijing told supporter he was a former Chinese spy

21 Oct 2020

SYDNEY/SHANGHAI Yang Hengjun, an Australian writer detained in Beijing and facing trial for espionage on behalf of a country China hasn't publicly named was a former Chinese spy, according to a confidential letter he wrote to a supporter in 2011.

RPT-UPDATE 2-Australia will join naval drills involving India, US, Japan

19 Oct 2020

NEW DELHI/SYDNEY, Oct 19 Australia will join three-way naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India, the countries announced on Monday, in a move that could raise concerns in China, which has criticised similar joint drills as destabilising.

Australia will join naval drills involving India, U.S., Japan

19 Oct 2020

NEW DELHI/SYDNEY Australia will join three-way naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India, the countries announced on Monday, in a move that could raise concerns in China, which has criticised similar joint drills as destabilising.

Chinese Australians complain of 'McCarthyism' at inquiry

15 Oct 2020

SYDNEY Three Australian citizens of Chinese ethnicity who were asked to condemn the Chinese Communist Party as they appeared before a government inquiry into diaspora issues have criticised the incident as like "McCarthyism".

Australia says it's deeply concerned about writer in China espionage trial

14 Oct 2020

SYDNEY Australia said on Wednesday it was deeply concerned that Australian writer Yang Hengjun is facing trial in China charged with espionage, adding his treatment fell short of "basic standards of justice".

Australian politician tells inquiry Chinese visa scheme was a scam

14 Oct 2020

SYDNEY An Australian politician at the centre of a corruption probe told an inquiry on Wednesday that he had received envelopes full of thousands of dollars in cash at his parliament office as part of a scheme for Chinese nationals to fraudulently acquire visas.

Australian politician sought to broker Chinese deals in Pacific islands, inquiry hears

13 Oct 2020

SYDNEY An Australian politician who was in a secret relationship with the premier of the country's biggest state economy sought to broker deals and set up government meetings for Chinese businessmen wanting to establish a casino and businesses in the Pacific islands, a corruption inquiry was told on Tuesday.

Australian state premier had secret relationship with China-linked politician

12 Oct 2020

SYDNEY The premier of Australia's most populous state told a corruption inquiry on Monday that she had had a secret "close personal relationship" with a politician under investigation for monetising his position through business dealings with China.

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