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Australian prime minister loses control of WeChat account

Jan. 24, 2022 05:05 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his account on the Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat and a lawmaker on Monday accused China's leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 21, 2022 14:38 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Players not forced to drop out of...

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Jan. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. U.N....

The Latest: US Open champion Raducanu beats Sloane Stephens

Jan. 18, 2022 08:11 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Emma Raducanu has beaten Sloane Stephens 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 in a seesawing first-round match between U.S. Open champions. The No....

Jabeur retires from Sydney QF with injury; Murray reaches SF

Jan. 13, 2022 09:10 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Ons Jabeur retired with a lower back injury in the Sydney Classic quarterfinals on Thursday, allowing Anett Kontaveit to advance. The fourth-seeded Kontaveit advanced after the seventh-seeded Tunisian lost the opening set 6-4 and decided to stop soon after. ...

Sydney man admits gay hate murder of American 32 years ago

Jan. 13, 2022 05:49 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man has pleaded guilty to murdering an American mathematician who fell from a Sydney cliff in 1988 in a gay hate crime that was dismissed by police at the time as suicide. Scott White was charged in 2020 with murdering 27-year-old Los Angeles-born Scott...

Amid Djokovic backlash, Australia grapples with omicron wave

Jan. 12, 2022 09:39 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Like millions of others in the most locked-down place on the planet, Melbourne resident Rav Thomas dutifully spent 262 days confined to his home as the COVID-19 pandemic raged. He got vaccinated. And the single father of two found ways to pay the bills as Melbourne’s lockdowns...

Asian stocks follow Wall St up as Powell says rates to rise

Jan. 11, 2022 22:59 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Wednesday after Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said monetary policy would return to normal and interest rates might be raised earlier than planned. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil prices...

Some say politics at play in Djokovic detention in Australia

Jan. 07, 2022 10:49 AM EST

On the tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s timing is perfect. But when the No. 1 player boarded a plane for Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year with a COVID-19 vaccine exemption, his timing hardly could have been worse. While he was in the air, the game apparently shifted...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower after Fed rates signal

Jan. 05, 2022 23:33 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after investors saw minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting as a sign the U.S. central bank might hike interest rates faster to cool inflation. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Oil prices fell....