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China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

Jun. 24, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the “first shot” in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country’s 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador...

Fin-tastic! Growing 'mermaiding' subculture makes a splash

Jun. 23, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — There was a pivotal moment in Queen Pangke Tabora’s life that eclipsed all others: It was the moment, she says, when she first slid her legs into a mermaid tail. For the transgender Filipina woman approaching middle age, seeing her legs encased in vibrant,...

Lauren Jackson set to return for Australia's Opals at age 41

Jun. 21, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson is set to rejoin the national team at the age of 41 in a bid for another world championship medal. Jackson, a seven-time WNBA All-Star who led Australia to a world championship title in 2006 and won four Olympic...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower on economy fears

Jun. 16, 2022 23:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday after Wall Street fell on fears interest rate hikes will depress global economic activity. Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney fell. Shanghai and Hong Kong advanced. Oil prices edged lower but stayed above $115 per barrel. ...

Asian stocks mixed ahead of Fed rate hike decision

Jun. 15, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's announcement of how sharply it will raise interest rates to cool U.S. inflation. Shanghai and Hong Kong advanced. Tokyo and Sydney declined. Oil prices edged higher. Wall Street's...

Australia, New Zealand unite on China's Pacific threat

Jun. 10, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday after a meeting with his New Zealand counterpart that the two nations are in lockstep in their policies toward the Pacific islands, where China's influence is growing. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

Australian court curtails government's citizenship powers

Jun. 08, 2022 05:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday found a Cabinet minister illegally canceled a suspected Islamic State group fighter’s citizenship in a landmark ruling that curtails how governments can deal with extremists. The High Court, in a 6-to-1 judgment,...

New Zealand PM to visit Australian counterpart in Sydney

Jun. 07, 2022 05:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has held face-to-face meetings with the leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia during his hectic two weeks in office, but he will receive a world leader for the first time when New Zealand Prime...

Australian court makes Google pay $515,000 for defamation

Jun. 06, 2022 04:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay a former politician 715,000 Australian dollars ($515,000) over two defamatory YouTube videos. John Barilaro, the former New South Wales state deputy premier, had sued Google and comedian Jordan Shanks,...

Asian stocks rise after Wall St breaks string of declines

May. 30, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday after Wall Street rebounded from a seven-week string of declines and China eased anti-virus curbs on business activity in Shanghai and Beijing. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil rose more than $1 per barrel to stay above...