Social Affairs

Guam governor-elect wants cockfighting to remain legal

Dec 15, 2018

Guam's governor-elect says she wants to make sure cockfighting continues to be legal in the U.S. territory

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Dec 15, 2018

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement

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

Sydney teen jailed for planning attack

Dec 11, 2018

A Sydney court has sentenced a teenager to at least 12 years in prison for planning an attack inspired by the Islamic State group for which he bought knives and bayonets from a gun shop

Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat

Nov 21, 2018

Australia's prime minister has accused senior Muslim community leaders of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

Nov 14, 2018

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it

Former coup leaders battle for control in Fiji election

Nov 13, 2018

Two men who led different military coups in Fiji are battling for control of the island nation in a general election on Wednesday

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

Guam ancient village gone at Marine base, official says

Oct 30, 2018

Preservation officials say the remnants of an ancient village on Guam have been removed at the site of a new U.S. Marine Corps base under construction

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

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