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2 small planes collide in Australia, killing 4 on board

Feb. 18, 2020 10:21 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two small planes collided Wednesday, killing four people and scattering debris across grassland in southeastern Australia. Police and other emergency services were at the two separate crash scenes in Mangalore, north of the Victoria state capital, Melbourne. Victoria police said in...

FILE - In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in

Actress Zoe Caldwell, Tony winner for 'Medea,' dies at 86

Feb. 18, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner who brought humanity to larger-than-life characters, whether it be the dotty schoolteacher Miss Jean Brodie, an aging opera star Maria Callas or the betrayed, murderous Medea, has died. She was 86. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, Elton John arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An emotional John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday, Feb. 16 after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.  John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium early.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John cancels New Zealand shows as he battles pneumonia

Feb. 18, 2020 5:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John canceled his two remaining New Zealand shows late Tuesday as he continued to suffer from a bout of pneumonia. The shows have been rescheduled for next year. Earlier this week, John needed to cut short a performance in Auckland after he lost his voice and needed...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd., gestures as he speaks during an event celebrating it sales passing the one million mark, at the Great Wall headquarters in Baoding in north China's Hebei province. General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 from officials concerned over job losses.  The words behind reads

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 17, 2020 7:29 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses. The company said in a statement Sunday that it plans to wind...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks works against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Hendriks had to help somehow when fires ravaged his homeland in Australia this winter. He briefly got home to Perth but mostly campaigned on social media from a world away to generate awareness and support for Red Cross Australia. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

A's Liam Hendriks helps fire victims back home in Australia

Feb. 17, 2020 1:56 AM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A world away, Liam Hendriks had to do something to help everyone affected by the ravaging fires back home in Australia. The Oakland Athletics reliever campaigned on social media to do his part for the cause, no matter he grew up on the country's West Coast in Perth where the massive bush...

Elton John, from left, David Furnish, and Bernie Taupin celebrate Elton John and Bernie Taupin winning an Academy Award as they arrive at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

He's still standing: Elton John to finish Down Under tour

Feb. 16, 2020 11:53 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia, his tour promoters said Monday, a day after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance. Video clips posted online by fans at Sunday night's performance showed John...

Aussie court says police raid legal, raising secrecy fears

Feb. 16, 2020 11:38 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The Australian Federal Court ruled Monday that a police raid last year on the country’s national broadcaster was legal, prompting fears of increasing secrecy in Australia's institutions. The Australian Federal Police raided the state-backed Australian Broadcasting...

General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 16, 2020 9:29 PM EST
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
Catalans Dragons Israel Folau, left, walks out with teammates ahead of the Super League rugby match between Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers at Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan, France, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Fans told to remove rainbow flags on Israel Folau's debut

Feb. 15, 2020 4:39 PM EST

As Israel Folau made a try-scoring debut for his new club Catalan Dragons on Saturday, a man watching from the stands was told to remove a rainbow flag unfurled in support of the LGBT movement. Folau has been widely condemned for posting homophobic comments on social media. It led to Folau — a former...

A protest sign is displayed by a roadside protest camp across the street from a High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line compound near the village of Harefield in north west London, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Britain's Conservative government is set to approve a contentious, expensive plan for a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England, despite opposition from environmentalists and even some members of the governing party. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawmaker questions China's offer to build UK high speed rail

Feb. 15, 2020 10:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Allowing China's state-run rail construction company to build a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England would be an “extremely questionable" decision, a prominent British lawmaker said Saturday. Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative lawmaker who chairs the U.K....