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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd., gestures as he speaks during an event celebrating it sales passing the one million mark, at the Great Wall headquarters in Baoding in north China's Hebei province. General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 from officials concerned over job losses.  The words behind reads

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 17, 2020 7:29 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses. The company said in a statement Sunday that it plans to wind...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks works against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Hendriks had to help somehow when fires ravaged his homeland in Australia this winter. He briefly got home to Perth but mostly campaigned on social media from a world away to generate awareness and support for Red Cross Australia. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

A's Liam Hendriks helps fire victims back home in Australia

Feb. 17, 2020 1:56 AM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A world away, Liam Hendriks had to do something to help everyone affected by the ravaging fires back home in Australia. The Oakland Athletics reliever campaigned on social media to do his part for the cause, no matter he grew up on the country's West Coast in Perth where the massive bush...

Elton John, from left, David Furnish, and Bernie Taupin celebrate Elton John and Bernie Taupin winning an Academy Award as they arrive at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

He's still standing: Elton John to finish Down Under tour

Feb. 16, 2020 11:53 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia, his tour promoters said Monday, a day after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance. Video clips posted online by fans at Sunday night's performance showed John...

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...

General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 16, 2020 9:29 PM EST
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
Catalans Dragons Israel Folau, left, walks out with teammates ahead of the Super League rugby match between Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers at Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan, France, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Fans told to remove rainbow flags on Israel Folau's debut

Feb. 15, 2020 4:39 PM EST

As Israel Folau made a try-scoring debut for his new club Catalan Dragons on Saturday, a man watching from the stands was told to remove a rainbow flag unfurled in support of the LGBT movement. Folau has been widely condemned for posting homophobic comments on social media. It led to Folau — a former...

A protest sign is displayed by a roadside protest camp across the street from a High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line compound near the village of Harefield in north west London, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Britain's Conservative government is set to approve a contentious, expensive plan for a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England, despite opposition from environmentalists and even some members of the governing party. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawmaker questions China's offer to build UK high speed rail

Feb. 15, 2020 10:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Allowing China's state-run rail construction company to build a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England would be an “extremely questionable" decision, a prominent British lawmaker said Saturday. Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative lawmaker who chairs the U.K....

Inbee Park, of Korea, drives from the 2nd tee during during the final round of the Tournament of Champions LPGA golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Inbee Park takes 3-stroke lead at Women's Australian Open

Feb. 15, 2020 3:57 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park hasn't won an LPGA tournament in nearly two years, but her 19 tour victories include trophies at Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. She might well be adding Australia soon to that total in the Asia-Pacific region. Park took a...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019, file photo, Korea's Inbee Park walks off the 10th tee during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament, in Chaska, Minn. Seven-time major winner Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour win by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women's Australian Open on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

7-time major champion Inbee Park tied for lead Down Under

Feb. 14, 2020 9:35 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory on Friday by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women's Australian Open. Park shot 4-under 69 to put her at 10-under 136 at Royal Adelaide, level with first-round leader Jodi...

Defendant David McBride talks to the media before his court appearance in Canberra, Australia, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. His lawyer Bernard Collaery is charged with conspiring to reveal classified information that expose a diplomatic scandal and McBride is charged with leaking secret documents alleging military misconduct in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Whistleblower lawyer represents whistleblower in Australia

Feb. 14, 2020 2:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Ausrtralia (AP) — A lawyer charged with conspiring to reveal classified information to expose a diplomatic scandal appeared in a Canberra court on Friday representing another alleged whistleblower charged with leaking secret documents alleging military misconduct in Afghanistan. The lawyer,...