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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell, Pope Francis' former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a newspaper has reported, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

Sep. 28, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a church agency said Monday. Pell will fly...

In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a small table decorated with succulents sits below a window where Everett offers free coffee and conversation to friends and neighbors at his home in Sydney, Australia,  during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

Australian offers free coffee, chat from his kitchen window

Sep. 24, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

It all started when Rick Everett walked out of his home in Sydney and put up a sign on his kitchen window that read: “Free coffee to combat the virus.” It was March, and the Australian acrobat had lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic. With more free time, he felt he could help out others in...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday as caution again after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares fall as caution sets in after Wall St retreat

Sep. 23, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday as caution set in after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares. Market players are feeling less optimistic about action from the U.S. Federal Reserve and Congress to help the U.S. economy amid the distractions of the presidential election and the...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook.
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares take breather after Wall Street gains

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook. Stocks slipped Wednesday in Japan, Hong Kong and Seoul but rose in Sydney after the government reported retail sales fared better than expected. Overnight, the S&P 500...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track Wall Street retreat on pandemic pains

Sep. 22, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.3% to 23,894.72 and the Kospi in South Korea sank 1.7% to 2,348.24. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia lost 0.6% to 5,787.00 and the Shanghai Composite index edged 0.1%...

People wearing face masks walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Asian stock markets were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third week and Britain reported a rise in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian markets lower after Wall St declines for third week

Sep. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third week and Britain reported a rise in coronavirus infections. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark...

A woman walks past the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia's highest court against the nation's laws that ban covert foreign interference on domestic politics. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australian lawmaker's adviser challenges interference law

Sep. 16, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born adviser to an Australian lawmaker has launched a constitutional challenge in Australia’s highest court against laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics, citing a burden on free speech. John Shi Sheng Zhang is also challenging the...

A video screen shows Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic Cauldron as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Freeman, who lit the cauldron at the original opening ceremony and won the 400-meter race at the track in one of the country's all-time great sporting moments, said it was a wonderful gesture to have

Thorpe, Freeman celebrate 20-year Sydney Games anniversary

Sep. 14, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

Australians have such fond memories of the Sydney Olympics that officials brought back star athletes such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe to help celebrate the 20th anniversary. For good measure, they even re-lit the cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park. Freeman — by video link in Victoria state — and...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2013, file photo, John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), speaks during a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fahey, a former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a key player in getting the 2000 Summer Olympics for Sydney, has died. He was 75. New South Wales state government officials on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, confirmed Fahey's death. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

Former World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey dies at 75

Sep. 12, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

John Fahey had an impressive career in Australian politics and international sport. There were few people, if any, who had a bad word to say about him, a testimony to the New Zealand-born Fahey's genteel and always understanding demeanor. Fahey, a former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a key player...

Currency traders watch computer monitors near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Friday following a selloff of technology shares on Wall Street.  (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed after technology fall leads US stock fall

Sep. 10, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday following a selloff of technology shares on Wall Street. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 recouped early losses to rise 0.3% in morning trading to 23,310.94. South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.8% to 2,377.92, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.8% to 5,860.50. Hong...