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New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

Dec 11, 2018

New Zealand's government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time

Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay

Nov 20, 2018

A lawmaker says disgruntled police and prison guards have stormed Papua New Guinea's Parliament in a violent pay dispute stemming from an international summit hosted by the impoverished South Pacific nation over the weekend

Independent says Australian gov't lost on its refugee stance

Nov 5, 2018

A newly elected independent lawmaker says a tough policy toward asylum seekers is a major reason Australia's conservative government lost its parliamentary majority

PM formally apologizes to Australian child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a formal apology to the country's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long journey

Australia's ruling coalition forced into minority government

Oct 20, 2018

Australia's ruling coalition has been forced into minority government after a massive swing against its senior partner, the Liberal Party, in a by-election for the seat of the prime minister the party itself dismissed

New Zealand lawmaker accuses opposition leader of corruption

Oct 16, 2018

A New Zealand lawmaker has accused the opposition leader of corruption by deliberately hiding a donation from a wealthy Chinese businessman

New Zealand fines travelers who won't unlock secure devices

Oct 4, 2018

Visitors to New Zealand can be fined $3,243 for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group condemned as a grave invasion of privacy

Former Australian prime minister quits Parliament

Aug 31, 2018

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has resigned from Parliament, triggering a by-election that could bring down the unpopular conservative government

Former Australia prime minister to quit Parliament

Aug 27, 2018

Australia's former prime minister says he will resign from Parliament this week in a move that could cost the unpopular conservative government its single-seat majority.

The Latest: Australia's next PM won't call election quickly

Aug 24, 2018

Australia's next prime minister, Scott Morrison, says he will not call an election 'any time soon' in remarks before he's sworn in Friday

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