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Australia, Britain reach free trade deal to cut many tariffs

Jun. 15, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Australia announced the broad outlines of a free trade deal Tuesday, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. seeks to expand links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The pact is expected to boost...

Queen Elizabeth II meets Australia's Morrison at Windsor

Jun. 15, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has held a face-to-face audience with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Windsor Castle. The monarch, who wore a bright yellow floral dress, chatted to Morrison Tuesday in the royal residence’s Oak Room. ...

Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China

Jun. 12, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives, but they were searching for a consensus on how to forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses. ...

Brisbane set to be named 2032 Olympics host next month

Jun. 11, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Brisbane has long seemed to be in a one-horse race to host the 2032 Olympics. That race looks sure to be over and won next month when the International Olympic Committee meets before the Tokyo Games open. IOC president Thomas Bach said...

Australia says WTO should punish Chinese economic coercion

Jun. 09, 2021 06:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The World Trade Organization should penalize “bad behavior when it occurs,” Australia's prime minister said Wednesday ahead of a Group of Seven leaders’ meeting in Britain where he hopes to garner support in a trade dispute with China. ...

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks

Jun. 08, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own service. ANOM, a...

Japan gives $800M to UN-backed COVID-19 vaccine program

Jun. 02, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister announced Wednesday an additional $800 million contribution to the U.N.-backed initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries, a four-fold increase of Japanese funding for the COVAX program. The pledge by Prime Minister...

Down Under leaders minimize China spilt, urge virus probe

May. 31, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and Australia downplayed their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origin of the coronavirus Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year. The two leaders also...

Australia minister drops defamation law suit over rape claim

May. 31, 2021 05:38 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian government minister dropped his defamation lawsuit against Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday and committed to contest the next election as the state broadcaster acknowledged a 33-year-old rape allegation against him could not be substantiated....

Hundreds evacuated, some by chopper, from New Zealand floods

May. 31, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Several hundred people in New Zealand were evacuated from their homes Monday with some recounting dramatic helicopter rescues as heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Canterbury region. Authorities declared a state of emergency...