Australia warns gas companies they risk export restrictions

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister warned energy companies on Thursday that they would be restricted from exporting gas if Australians are not also provided with adequate supplies at internationally competitive prices. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was unacceptable that Australia was about to overtake Qatar as the world's biggest exporter of liquid natural gas yet domestic gas users face shortages and sky-rocketing prices.

Trump, Australia prime minister to meet next month in NYC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to mark the 75th anniversary of a World War II naval battle by visiting the USS Intrepid. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will also meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the floating museum in New York City on May 4. U.S. and Australian naval and air forces fought the Japanese during the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought May 4-8, 1942.

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile.

Pence embraces US-Australia partnership after Trump spat

SYDNEY (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions Saturday over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program.

The Latest: Pence, Turnbull urge China to pressure N. Korea

SYDNEY (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia and Australia (all times local): 12:35 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are joining forces in urging China to do more to pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.

In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

SYDNEY (AP) -- More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.

The Latest: Champs-Elysees reopening after gun attack

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the shootings of two police officers in Paris (all times local): ___ 6:45 a.m. Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard is reopen and picking up its usual early morning routine Friday after a gunman opened fire on police, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. Municipal workers in white hygiene suits washed down the sidewalk where Thursday night's attack took place.

John Clarke, beloved Down Under for his satire, dies at 68

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- After Australia's then-Prime Minister John Howard refused to formally apologize to indigenous Aboriginal people for past atrocities, an actor who happened to have the same name as the nation's leader read out a moving apology on a television show. The 2000 skit on "The Games" was one of many culturally iconic moments dreamed up by John Clarke, a comedian and political satirist beloved in Australia and New Zealand.

The Latest: Netanyahu welcomes US attack on Syria base

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 5:50 a.m. Israel's prime minister has welcomed the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base saying he "fully supports" President Trump's decision. Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday in a statement that "In both word and action" Trump "sent a strong and clear message" that "the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well'

SYDNEY (AP) -- Nauru's president said Thursday that Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his Pacific island nation was "working well," as he met with the Australian prime minister amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp.

Australian leader promises help on housing affordability

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister fended off criticism Wednesday over tax concessions for investors in booming urban property markets after a central banker warned soaring housing prices could hurt the economy. Housing affordability has become a hot-button issue with many first-time buyers priced out of the market, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, where 40 percent of the country's 24 million people live.

Australia finds no proof its World Vision aid went to Hamas

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government says it has found no evidence that any of its donations to the Christian charity World Vision had been siphoned to Islamic militant group Hamas. But Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Thursday that its World Vision funding in Gaza would remain suspended while Israeli charges against the global aid agency's Gaza manager Mohammed el-Halabi remain unresolved.