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Asian stocks follow Wall St down after Fed inflation report

Aug. 18, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Thursday after the Federal Reserve said U.S. inflation is too high, suggesting support for more aggressive interest rate hikes. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Oil prices edged higher. Wall...

Former Australia PM says secret powers were needed in crisis

Aug. 17, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Scott Morrison said Wednesday that giving himself extra powers when he was Australia’s prime minister was necessary during the coronavirus crisis, as criticism rose the moves were deceptive and undemocratic. Current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seeking an...

Former Australian PM Morrison took on extra powers in secret

Aug. 16, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday accused his predecessor Scott Morrison of “trashing democracy” after revealing that while Morrison was in power, he took on five ministerial roles without the knowledge of most other lawmakers or the public. ...

Australian academic detained in Myanmar testifies at trial

Aug. 11, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An Australian academic who is being tried with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the country’s official secrets law testified in court for the first time on Thursday, a legal official said. Sean Turnell, an economist at Sydney’s...

Lauren Jackson back in international basketball at age 41

Aug. 10, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

Lauren Jackson has been named on her fifth FIBA World Cup roster for Australia in her comeback to international basketball, in a selection that was somewhat expected. Not so expected were the tears that came when the 41-year-old Jackson was officially informed of her place in the...

Australian state begins legislating to ban the swastika

Aug. 09, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most populous state took a major step toward banning Nazi symbols on Tuesday when the New South Wales Parliament’s lower house passed a bill that would criminalize their display. The bill must pass the upper chamber to become law. ...

Sydney realtor says deaths of Saudi sisters not random crime

Aug. 04, 2022 04:21 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Sydney apartment where the bodies of two Saudi sisters were found in June is back on the rental market with a real estate ad advising their deaths were “not a random crime and will not be a potential risk for the community.” Asra Abdullah Alsehli,...

Ex-WNBA star Lauren Jackson savors each day of her comeback

Aug. 02, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Jackson is savoring every minute of her basketball comeback even though the battle-tested Australian hoops icon knows she can't do things that once captivated fans before retiring from the sport six years ago. No, that “LJ" is no more. This chapter belongs...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower before likely US rate hike

Jul. 27, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday as traders prepared for a possible sharp interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve to cool inflation. Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea declined. Tokyo and Sydney advanced. Oil prices were little changed,...

Pacific defense chiefs meet against backdrop of rising China

Jul. 26, 2022 22:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Defense chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific gathered this week to bolster their connections against a backdrop of China's ongoing campaign to expand its influence and military presence in the region. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said...