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Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

Jul. 05, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Australia’s largest city in a flood emergency that was causing trouble for 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday. Emergency response teams made 100 rescues overnight of people trapped in cars on...

Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row

Jul. 05, 2022 01:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s central bank on Tuesday lifted its benchmark interest rate for a third time in three straight months, changing the cash rate to 1.35% from 0.85%. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s half a percentage point rise was the same size as its June...

Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row, countering inflation

Jul. 05, 2022 00:46 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row, countering inflation.

3 feet of rain sets up 4th round of flood misery for Sydney

Jul. 04, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds were told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes Monday as Australia’s largest city faces its fourth, and possibly worst, round of flooding in less than a year and a half. Days of torrential rain caused...

Voting starts in Papua New Guinea general elections

Jul. 04, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voters started casting ballots on Monday in Papua New Guinea’s general elections to decide the coalition government that will rule one of the South Pacific’s most populous and diverse nations for the next five years. The leading contenders to lead the...

McLaughlin picks up IndyCar victory in front of his parents

Jul. 03, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — As Scott McLaughlin celebrated with his parents and Team Penske on the quaint victory podium at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a full-blown crisis raged across the paddock at Andretti Autosport. McLaughlin picked up his second career IndyCar victory on Sunday,...

Rapinoe's role changing as US preps for World Cup qualifying

Jul. 03, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

Known for her iconic victory pose at the 2019 World Cup in France, Megan Rapinoe's on-field role on the U.S. national team is changing as the team looks to qualify for the 2023 event. The wily winger is now 36 and admittedly slowing a bit. Off the field, however, Rapinoe is...

Heavy rains, floods prompt evacuations of Sydney suburbs

Jul. 03, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of residents in Sydney suburbs were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what authorities called life-threatening emergencies. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning...

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

Jul. 02, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a minister...

Australia and France make 'new start' after submarine row

Jul. 01, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Australia and France opened a “new chapter” in their relations Friday as the new Australian prime minister seeks to heal wounds from a secret submarine contract that infuriated France. President Emmanuel Macron warmly shook hands with Australian Prime Minister...