Latest Victoria News

Wild wind and flooding rain lash southeast Australian state

Jun. 10, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wild weather in southeast Australia toppled trees, trapping people in cars and houses, cut power to more than 200,000 homes and unleashed flooding that claimed at least one life. The extraordinary weather system that hit Victoria state and...

The Latest: Melbourne's 4th pandemic lockdown to end Friday

Jun. 08, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city will emerge from its fourth pandemic lockdown Friday. But some restrictions will remain and the 5 million residents of Melbourne won’t be allowed to travel to regional centers in surrounding Victoria state. ...

Anti-racism icon Adam Goodes rejects Hall of Fame invitation

Jun. 08, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Adam Goodes had seen and heard enough when he retired in 2015 as one of the most illustrious Indigenous players in the Australian Football League. Nearly six years later, it appears the pain from the verbal and racial abuse he took from...

12 Australian media companies fined for breaking Pell order

Jun. 03, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a dozen Australian media companies to pay fines from 1,000 Australian dollars ($766) to AU$450,000 ($345,000) for breaching a gag order by publishing references to Cardinal George Pell’s since-overturned convictions in 2018 for child...

The Latest: Melbourne pandemic lockdown extended to 2nd week

Jun. 01, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A pandemic lockdown in Australia’s second largest city will be extended for a second week due to concerns over a growing cluster of coronavirus infections. Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino on Wednesday confirmed that Melbourne will...

Australian court upholds ban on most international travel

Jun. 01, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so that they don’t bring COVID-19 home. Australia is alone among developed democracies in...

New Zealand hosts Australia PM in 1st meeting since outbreak

May. 30, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Growing friction with China and how to reopen borders after the pandemic will likely be among the topics discussed by the leaders of Australia and New Zealand in their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus outbreak prompted both countries to close...

Canada basketball loads camp roster for Tokyo qualifying bid

May. 27, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

Virtually all of Canada’s top NBA players, excluding those who are injured, have accepted invitations to attend training camp next month in advance of that country’s last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Canada will play host to a six-team qualifier in...

Study: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines appear safe, effective

May. 27, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm appear safe and effective against COVID-19, according to a study published in a medical journal. Scientists had been waiting for more details about the two vaccines, even though they already are being...

Melbourne, Australia, set for 4th lockdown as cluster grows

May. 27, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city was set to enter its fourth lockdown Thursday as concern grew over the rapid spread of infections from a coronavirus variant. The seven-day lockdown for Melbourne and the rest of Victoria state comes after a...