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Australia delays relaxing border, 5th omicron case reported

Nov. 29, 2021 07:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities announced on Monday that they would delay plans to relax border restrictions by at least two weeks, as the country reported its fifth case of the omicron COVID-19 variant. New South Wales state authorities reported on...

Solomon Islands leader blames foreign powers for unrest

Nov. 26, 2021 00:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara in recent days....

Australia court rejects police defense in Indigenous killing

Nov. 09, 2021 21:00 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that a police officer cannot use his law enforcement job as a defense against a charge of murdering an Indigenous man. The seven High Court judges unanimously agreed that Constable Zachary Rolfe...

France says Australia hits 'new low' leaking Macron texts

Nov. 03, 2021 06:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia leaking French President Emmanuel Macron’s text messages to the media was a “new low” and a warning to other world leaders that their private communications with the Australian government could be weaponized and used against them, the French...

Australia, Thailand reopen borders after lengthy lockdowns

Nov. 01, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney’s international airport came alive with tears, embraces and laughter on Monday as Australia opened its border for the first time in 20 months, with some arriving travelers removing mandatory masks to see the faces of loved ones they’ve been separated...

Australia to Macron: 'We didn't deface Eiffel Tower'

Nov. 01, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison denied that he lied to French President Emmanuel Macron while secretly negotiating a submarine deal with the United States and Britain, an accusation that has escalated a rift over Australia’s surprise cancelation of a...

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Oct. 21, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year. Vaccinated Australian permanent residents and...

The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

Oct. 14, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA — Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the population...

IOC VP: Chinese human rights not a concern before 2022 Games

Oct. 14, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates says challenging China on its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “not in our remit." There has been widespread criticism of Beijing’s...

Sydney opens to vaccinated after 100-plus days of lockdown

Oct. 10, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney hairdressers, gyms, cafés and bars reopened to fully vaccinated customers on Monday for the first time in more than 100 days after Australia’s largest city achieved a vaccination benchmark. Sydney planned to reopen on the Monday...