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Flood threat moves north as Sydney area emergency eases

Jul. 07, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters were receding in Sydney and its surrounding area Thursday as heavy rain threatened to inundate towns north of Australia’s largest city. Evacuation orders and official warnings to prepare to abandon homes were given to 60,000 people by Thursday, down from...

Australia drops charge against lawyer over spying claim

Jul. 07, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government on Thursday dropped the 4-year-old prosecution of a lawyer over his alleged attempt to help East Timor prove that Australia had spied on the then-fledgling nation’s government during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations in 2004. ...

Asian stocks higher after Fed says rate hikes may be needed

Jul. 06, 2022 23:34 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Thursday after the Federal Reserve said higher U.S. interest rates might be needed to cool inflation. Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney advanced. Hong Kong declined. Oil prices fell more than $1 per barrel to stay below $100. Wall...

Norwegian Cruise Line to drop requirement for COVID-19 test

Jul. 06, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Norwegian Cruise Line is dropping a requirement that passengers test negative for COVID-19 before sailing unless it is required by local rules. The company said Wednesday that it will drop the testing requirement Aug. 1 except on ships sailing from places with local...

EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergencies

Jul. 06, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary residents questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...

Homes of 85,000 people at risk, but rain eases around Sydney

Jul. 06, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters inundated or were threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney on Wednesday as rivers started to recede and the heavy rains tracked north of Australia’s largest city. While rain was easing across Sydney, several waterways including the...

Cricket is a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans in crisis

Jul. 05, 2022 23:27 PM EDT

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — The sport of cricket has become a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans looking for a break from the effects of the economic crisis in the country — long lines to buy fuel and cooking gas and school and work disrupted because there is little access to public transport. ...

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kyrgios due in court in Australia

Jul. 05, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios is due in court back home in Australia next month, and a lawyer representing him said Tuesday the “precise nature of” the allegations “is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the prosecution or” the...

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...