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Samoa goes into lockdown after 15 Australians test positive

Jan. 22, 2022 09:44 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19. The infected passengers were among 73 who arrived from Brisbane on Wednesday. ...

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Jan. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. U.N....

Australia has record COVID-19 deaths, hospitals under stress

Jan. 17, 2022 22:56 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia reported a record high of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and its second-largest state declared an emergency in hospitals to cope with surging patient admissions and a staffing shortage due to the coronavirus. The 74 deaths occurred in its three most...

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

Jan. 17, 2022 14:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation. A towering ash cloud since Saturday's eruption had prevented earlier...

TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open

Jan. 16, 2022 03:52 AM EST

Novak Djokovic’s attempt to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 came to an end when a court upheld a government minister's rejection of his visa. The unanimous ruling from three Federal Court judges in Melbourne on Sunday came the day before...

Verdict soon in Djokovic's deportation appeal in Australia

Jan. 16, 2022 00:39 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A verdict is expected later Sunday in tennis star Novak Djokovic's appeal against a deportation order that threatens his participation in the Australian Open. Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop said earlier Sunday he and two fellow judges hoped to...

TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic's bid to compete at Australian Open

Jan. 14, 2022 20:27 PM EST

Novak Djokovic's attempt to stave off deportation and be allowed to play in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is headed for a legal hearing the day before he is scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times. ...

Minister cites 'public interest' in revoking Djokovic's visa

Jan. 14, 2022 03:01 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Here is the statement issued Friday by Alex Hawke, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, when he revoked Novak Djokovic’s visa to enter the country: ___ Today I exercised my...

Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time

Jan. 14, 2022 02:03 AM EST
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time

Jan. 14, 2022 02:00 AM EST
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australian government revokes his visa for a second time.