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The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Apr. 10, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s “deepest sympathies and condolences” to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of Prince Philip. ...

Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Apr. 09, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Friday that it has finalized a deal to buy an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as it rapidly pivots away from its earlier plan to rely mainly on the AstraZeneca vaccine. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the...

Asia Today: Modi gets 2nd vaccine dose as India hits record

Apr. 08, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. “Vaccination is among the few ways we have to defeat the virus. If you are...

Asia Today: India sees another record rise in virus cases

Apr. 07, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported a record daily surge in new coronavirus cases for the second time in four days on Wednesday, while New Delhi, Mumbai and dozens of other cities announced they are imposing curfews to try to slow the soaring infections. The rise of...

New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia on April 19

Apr. 06, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday it will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19 now that both countries have been successful in stamping out the spread of the coronavirus. The start of quarantine-free travel between...

Australia to build guided missiles to boost defense capacity

Mar. 30, 2021 23:49 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday it would begin building its own guided missiles in close collaboration with the U.S. as it seeks to boost its defense capabilities. The news comes amid growing unease in the Pacific region about China's...

Australia's leader makes Cabinet moves after sex scandals

Mar. 29, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's leader on Monday reassigned some key members of his Cabinet and launched a new taskforce as he tries to address a series of sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked his government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison removed embattled...

Australian envoy reportedly describes China as 'vindictive'

Mar. 26, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s ambassador to Beijing has reportedly described China as a “vindictive” and “unreliable” trading partner as Australian officials revealed steep declines in most exports to the nation’s most important market. Ambassador...

Australia PM wants more women in politics after new scandal

Mar. 22, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Tuesday he was shocked and disgusted by the latest sex scandal to rock his government and vowed to do more to attract women into politics. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a lawmaker’s staff member at...

The Latest: Australia seeks vaccine aid for Papua New Guinea

Mar. 19, 2021 00:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is working with U.S., Indian and Japanese partners to provide emergency coronavirus vaccine to Papua New Guinea. Australia has provided 8,000 AstraZeneca doses from its own stockpile to its nearest...