Latest Oceania News

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...

US, Indonesia, Australia hold drills amid China concerns

Aug. 12, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

BATURAJA, Indonesia (AP) — Soldiers from the U.S., Indonesia and Australia joined a live-fire drill on Friday, part of annual joint combat exercises on Sumatra island amid growing Chinese maritime activity in the Indo-Pacific region. A total of more than 5,000 personnel from the...

New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since COVID hit

Aug. 11, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry. New Zealand closed its borders in early 2020 as it sought at first to...

Australian academic detained in Myanmar testifies at trial

Aug. 11, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An Australian academic who is being tried with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the country’s official secrets law testified in court for the first time on Thursday, a legal official said. Sean Turnell, an economist at Sydney’s...

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

Aug. 11, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A second Australian state on Thursday banned public displays of Nazi symbols. New South Wales, the nation’s most populous state, followed Victoria, the second most populous, which banned the public display of Nazi swastikas in June. The law was passed...

New Zealand house prices finally fall from dizzying heights

Aug. 11, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand house prices fell year-on-year for the first time in more than a decade, a report showed Thursday, as rising interest rates finally halted a dizzying boom that had only gained momentum after the coronavirus pandemic first hit. The Real...

As MLB considers future game sites, check out these ideas

Aug. 10, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Egypt. Australia. A hot dog place in Pennsylvania. A junior college in Chicago. If Major League Baseball is looking for another place for a game, oh man, do we have some fun ideas. The second “Field of Dreams” game is Thursday night in the...

Lauren Jackson back in international basketball at age 41

Aug. 10, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

Lauren Jackson has been named on her fifth FIBA World Cup roster for Australia in her comeback to international basketball, in a selection that was somewhat expected. Not so expected were the tears that came when the 41-year-old Jackson was officially informed of her place in the...

Chinese envoy tells Australia to show 'caution' over Taiwan

Aug. 10, 2022 02:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s recent change of government was a chance to “reset” its troubled relationship with China, but the new administration must “handle the Taiwan question with caution,” a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday. Chinese Ambassador to Australia...

Deputy Secretary Sherman says US 'doubling down' on Pacific

Aug. 09, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States is doubling down on its investment in the Pacific, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday as she concluded a five-nation visit to the region where China has been making inroads. “The future will be written here...