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Aussie court says police raid legal, raising secrecy fears

Feb. 16, 2020 11:38 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The Australian Federal Court ruled Monday that a police raid last year on the country’s national broadcaster was legal, prompting fears of increasing secrecy in Australia's institutions. The Australian Federal Police raided the state-backed Australian Broadcasting...

US admiral hopes Philippine security pact can still be saved

Feb. 13, 2020 4:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Austrralia (AP) — The move by the Philippines to end a security pact that allowed U.S. forces to train in the country potentially “challenged” future American operations with Filipino forces, a U.S. admiral said on Thursday. Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of the U.S....

Wang Shanshan of China, left, goes up for a header against Taiwan's Wang Hsiang-Huei during their Olympic soccer qualifying match in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

Chinese women win again in Olympic qualifying tournament

Feb. 10, 2020 6:20 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The Chinese women's soccer team has won back-to-back games in the Olympic qualifying tournament after spending almost two weeks quarantined in an Australian hotel because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. China scored five first-half goals in a 5-0 win over Taiwan on Monday to follow...

A resident inspects sea foam brought by waves approaching on beach front houses after heavy rain and storms at Collaroy in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Monday, February 10, 2020. Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a deluge in eastern parts of the country over recent days has helped dampen deadly fires and ease a crippling drought. (Joel Carrett, AAP Image via AP)

Deluge in Australia drenches fires and eases 3-year drought

Feb. 10, 2020 12:33 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a recent deluge in eastern parts of the country has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling drought. But experts say it will take some time...

A firefighter controls a spot fire near Bredbo, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The threat is posed by a blaze on Canberra's southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares (53,000 acres) since it was sparked by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday, the Emergency Services Agency said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Rain extinguishes Australian wildfire and causes flooding

Feb. 8, 2020 10:15 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Torrential rain lashing Australia’s east coast on Sunday has extinguished a major wildfire and caused widespread flash flooding. Rain put out the Currowan Fire south of Sydney late Saturday after it destroyed 312 homes and razed 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) over 74...

A couple shelter under an umbrellas as rain falls in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, while the Bureau of Meteorology issued severe weather warning along the New South Wales state coast. The rain comes as a slight relief for some areas dealing with wildfires that devastated large swathes of land across the state over the last several months. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Heavy rain, floods lash eastern Australia, help with fires

Feb. 7, 2020 5:56 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Heavy rains lashed parts of the wildfire and drought-stricken Australian east coast on Friday, bringing some flooding in Sydney and relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of blazes in New South Wales. New South Wales is the state hardest hit by wildfires that have...

SailGP sells minority stake to marketing firm Endeavor

Feb. 6, 2020 8:31 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — SailGP has sold a minority stake to global sports and entertainment marketing company Endeavor. The sailing league says Endeavor’s investment gives it a valuation of $200 million. The deal was announced Thursday. SailGP’s second season begins Feb. 28-29 in Sydney....

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Asian stock markets have surged after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial and China promised tax cuts and other help to businesses reeling from a virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global stocks surge after Trump acquitted, China virus aid

Feb. 6, 2020 7:57 AM EST

Global stocks rose Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial and China cut tariffs on U.S. imports and provided aid to businesses reeling from a virus outbreak. European markets were up modestly, while Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul rose more than 2%. Wall Street futures pointed...

A woman pauses with a young girl near flowers placed at the scene where seven children were hit on a footpath by a four-wheel drive in the Sydney suburb of Oatlands, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. A 29-year-old man has been charged with 20 offences including manslaughter and high-range drink driving after four children were killed in Sydney on Saturday night. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)

Driver charged after 4 children killed on Sydney sidewalk

Feb. 2, 2020 5:09 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An allegedly drunken driver has been charged with 20 offenses including manslaughter after a SUV struck seven children on a Sydney sidewalk, killing four and seriously injuring a fifth. The children were walking to buy ice cream when they were struck Saturday evening by a vehicle driven by...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, a poster warning about coronavirus is seen as passengers wear masks in a departure lobby at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Matches at Olympic tournament delayed due to China virus

Jan. 30, 2020 7:30 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Olympic women's qualifying soccer tournament will proceed but China's match with Australia will be delayed because of the visiting team's continuing isolation at a Brisbane hotel due to the coronavirus. Football Federation Australian officials said Friday that Australia will now play China...