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Australian PM Turnbull arrives in PH for Apec meet

/ 12:20 PM November 17, 2015
Australia PM Turnbull APEC PH

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, second right, steps down from his plane after arriving for the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. AP

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 2 for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit.

The Royal Australian Air Force plane carrying Turnbull landed at 12:05 p.m. at the Naia Terminal 2.

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In September, Turnbull replaced his unpopular predecessor Tony Abbott in a leadership vote by the ruling conservative Liberal Party just two years after Abbott’s election to office.

Turnbull, 60, was a former communications minister, journalist, lawyer and merchant banker before being sworn in as Prime Minister.

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