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China-born Australian democracy blogger won't appeal suspended Chinese death sentence

Feb. 21, 2024 02:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A China-born Australian democracy blogger will not appeal his suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, with his family saying Wednesday a legal challenge would be detrimental to his welfare. Yang Hengjun was found guilty of espionage...

Right-hander Liam Hendriks brings his Aussie accent to Boston. He agreed to $10 million, 2-year deal

Feb. 20, 2024 16:26 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Liam Hendriks grew up watching the Boston Red Sox a lot in Australia. He’s happy he’ll finally get a chance to pitch for them. Boston and Hendriks finalized a $10 million, two-year contract on Tuesday, a deal that includes a mutual option for 2026 and...

The Vatican's problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

Feb. 20, 2024 09:04 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. In the main reception room of...

Patrick Cantlay leads by 2 at Riviera as he goes for a hometown win

Feb. 17, 2024 20:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele first competed at cards on the long flight to Australia for the Presidents Cup. They became partners in team events, roommates on the road, close friends who take vacations together with their wives, and more practice rounds than they can...

How will Prabowo Subianto, an ex-general who's never held elective office, lead Indonesia?

Feb. 16, 2024 10:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Foreign leaders congratulated Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on his apparent victory in Indonesia's presidential election, while rights activists called him a threat. But how he'll govern remains uncertain after a campaign in which he made few concrete promises...

Nonfiction book publishing is dominated by men. A new prize hopes to help change that

Feb. 15, 2024 13:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Go into many bookstores, and the nonfiction shelves will be dominated by men. The Women’s Prize for Nonfiction hopes to change that. “Nonfiction is still perceived to some extent as a man’s game,” said British historian Suzannah Lipscomb, who...

Australian Parliament wants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange back home, not sent to US

Feb. 15, 2024 08:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Thursday he hoped for an amicable end to the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after lawmakers ramped up pressure on the United States and Britain by passing a motion calling for the Australian citizen to be...

Proposing on Valentine's Day, Albanese becomes Australia's first leader to get engaged in office

Feb. 15, 2024 04:46 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Anthony Albanese has become the first Australian prime minister to get engaged while in office, revealing Thursday that his partner accepted his marriage proposal on Valentine's Day. He and Jodie Haydon, a financial services professional, have been...

A night of firsts at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha

Feb. 14, 2024 15:02 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It was a night of firsts at the World Aquatics Championships. Siobhán Haughey of Hong Kong captured her first long-course world title in the women's 200-meter freestyle on Wednesday. Ditto for Japan's Tomoru Honda, who claimed the biggest victory of his career...

Storms bring destructive winds and ignite wildfires across Australian state of Victoria

Feb. 14, 2024 05:12 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Powerful winds have killed a man and brought widespread destruction across Australia’s second-most populous state, leaving 530,000 homes and businesses without power and fanning fires that razed homes and injured five firefighters, officials said on Wednesday. ...