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Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

Oct. 21, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. U.K. Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot...

Australian town overwhelmed by response to free land offer

Oct. 21, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Outback town of Quilpie hoped its offer of free residential land to anyone who would make it their home might attract five new families to the remote community of 800. But authorities have been overwhelmed by more than 250 inquires in less than two...

Australia branded worst climate performer ahead of UN summit

Oct. 20, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia was the worst climate performer among comparable developed countries since nations pledged in the 2015 Paris agreement to take action to limit global warming, a think tank said Thursday ahead of a key climate conference in Scotland later this month. ...

Prospect of no jab, no visa for Australian Open tennis stars

Oct. 19, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

Elite tennis players are being urged to get a COVID-19 vaccination or risk missing the Australian Open next January. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, whose state hosts the season-opening major at Melbourne Park, has already introduced a vaccine mandate for professional...

Australia PM: Technology best way to achieve climate target

Oct. 19, 2021 01:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 would be a “great positive” for Australia if it can be achieved through technology and not a carbon price, the prime minister said on Tuesday as he pressures government colleagues to commit to more ambitious action...

Asian stocks higher as investors watch corporate earnings

Oct. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher as investors waited Tuesday for U.S. corporate results to see how companies are coping with supply disruptions and the past quarter's surge in coronavirus infections. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney...

Australia fights ruling of duty to prevent climate change

Oct. 18, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Monday began its legal challenge to a judge’s landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change in a case brought by eight teenagers. The Federal Court battle over a...

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned about Australia's nuclear subs

Oct. 18, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia expressed concern Monday that Australia’s plan to obtain nuclear-powered submarines may increase the rivalry of major powers in Southeast Asia. The U.S., Britain and Australia announced last...

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travelers

Oct. 18, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Queensland state announced plans Monday to open up to vaccinated travelers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of remaining virtually free of COVID-19. Queensland and Western Australia have been among the...

ASEAN to exclude Myanmar's leader from summit in key rebuke

Oct. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers decided at an emergency meeting Friday not to invite Myanmar's military leader to an annual summit for refusing to let an envoy meet ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior regional diplomat said. The...