CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the tourist town of Margaret River in Australia's southwest on Friday in what could be the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years, police said. The bodies of three adults and four children and two guns were found at a property at the village of Osmington, Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said. Police have no information to raise concerns about the wider public safety. Police were led to the property by a phone call before dawn, Dawson said. "This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest," Dawson told reporters.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, cementing a stunning political comeback and a historic change in government after leading opposition parties to their first election victory in six decades. The ceremony before Malaysia's king at the official state palace in Kuala Lumpur ended a day of uncertainty during which rumors swirled that the National Front, Malaysia's perennial ruling party, would try to stay in power. People waiting outside the palace cheered, waved opposition flags and sounded car horns. The election result is a political earthquake for the Muslim-majority country, sweeping aside the 60-year rule of the National Front and its leader Najib Razak, whose reputation was tarnished by a monumental corruption scandal, a crackdown on dissent and a new sales tax that hurt his coalition's poor rural supporters.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The longtime strongman was born when silent films still packed movie theaters and Adolf Hitler was still a fringe politician. It was 1926, and his homeland was known as British Malaya. Now Mahathir Mohamad is 92 years old. He is also Malaysia's newest prime minister. It's been 37 years since he first had the job, and 15 since he retired from it. All of that raises an obvious question: How old is too old to run a country? Mahathir, for one, insists he has time left. "I am, of course, quite old. No, I am very old," he said in an April interview with The Associated Press.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will look closer into the circumstances surrounding the arrival of a dozen North Korean restaurant workers in 2016 after a television report suggested some of the women might have been brought to the South against their will. Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun on Friday did not provide a clear answer on whether the women could be sent back to the North if it's confirmed they didn't want to come to South Korea. Seoul had previously said it sufficiently confirmed the women's free will in escaping from the North and resettling in the South.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's diplomatic ties with North Korea and its relative proximity made the small Southeast Asian nation a natural choice for the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, analysts say. Trump announced in a tweet Thursday that the two leaders will meet in Singapore on June 12. The city is "a great location" for the summit, said Tom Plant, who specializes in nuclear and proliferation issues at London's Royal United Services Institute. "Kim will be on friendly territory, not hostile territory. But he wouldn't be on home turf." Among the factors: it's closer for Kim than possible Europe venues, the experience of Singapore's security forces, and the fact that Pyongyang has had diplomatic relations with the country since 1975.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters have massed in front of the Philippine Supreme Court to rally for the chief justice ahead of an expected vote by fellow justices on a petition to oust her in a move she calls unconstitutional. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's fellow justices were scheduled to vote Friday on Solicitor-General Jose Calida's petition to remove Sereno from the 15-member tribunal for allegedly failing to file statements of assets and liabilities as required by law in the past. She denies the allegation and says she will not participate in the voting. Police say about 1,800 protesters gathered by midmorning to support Sereno outside the court in Manila where anti-riot policemen blocked an access road with trucks and iron railings to maintain order.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's release of three American detainees offers some hope for the relatives of hundreds of South Koreans abducted over the years by the North. But the families are also frustrated, feeling they've been forgotten amid a global diplomatic push to resolve a nuclear standoff with Pyongyang The families say their decades-long struggle to bring home their loved ones has been ignored by Pyongyang and successive governments in Seoul. Current South Korean President Moon Jae-in, they say, has sidelined human rights issues as he reaches out to the North. Still, Wednesday's release of the Americans raises the possibility that their cases will be addressed in future talks with the North, including a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump that could happen in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Envisioning "a very special moment for world peace," President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for highly anticipated summit talks in Singapore on June 12. He set the stage for his announcement by hosting a 3 a.m., made-for-TV welcome home for three Americans held by Kim's government. "We welcomed them back home the proper way," Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Indiana Thursday evening. Final details in place, Trump and Kim agreed to the first face-to-face North Korea-U.S. summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. It's the most consequential and perhaps riskiest foreign policy effort so far in Trump's presidency as North Korea's nuclear program approaches a treacherous milestone — the capacity to strike the continental U.S.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a forum in Australia that the United States needs to see concrete actions by North Korea before making any concessions of its own. The former U.S. secretary of state told 5,000 people in Melbourne that she is hopeful about the diplomacy, but the U.S. must remain clear-eyed about how hard the negotiations will be and how often North Korea has broken promises. She also warned against conferring too much prestige or legitimacy on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without seeing concrete concessions. Clinton says it's crucial that U.S. troops remain on the Korean Peninsula and that the United States remains a Pacific power.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian man who plans to end his life in Switzerland on Thursday cheerily sang a few bars of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as he told reporters that medically assisted suicide should be more widely available and not only viewed as a last resort for the terminally ill. As sanguine as David Goodall sounded, the British-born biologist's approaching death has some people in the country where he came to die question if they want it to be known as the ultimate final tourist destination. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, but frowned upon by many doctors and some others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill.