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Australia repatriating 8 youth from Islamic State families

Jun. 24, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Eight Australian offspring of two slain Islamic State group fighters had been removed from Syria in Australia's first organized repatriation from the conflict zone, Australia's prime minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the eight children being repatriated...

Working mom: McDonald balances World Cup, 7-year-old son

Jun. 23, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Jessica McDonald quickly was put in her place by Jeremiah , her 7-year-old son. "I tried to explain to him: 'Buddy, we're going to the World Cup,'" the American forward remembered. "And he's just like: 'OK, can I have a toy now?'" A 31-year-old forward, McDonald made her World Cup debut at the...

Homophobia study shows perception, reality "disconnect"

Jun. 19, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

Researchers say a survey of players in the Australian Ice Hockey League shows homophobic language is often used but that an even higher percentage of competitors would make a gay player feel welcome. It's an apparent contradiction the researchers call a "disconnect between perception and reality" because anti-gay...

Perth to host Fed Cup final between Australia and France

Jun. 17, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Perth has beaten out bids from Melbourne and Brisbane to host the Fed Cup tennis final between Australia and France in November. Newly crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty is expected to lead Australia in the tie at the RAC Arena on Nov. 9 and 10. Perth last hosted the Fed...

Church loses battle in Christian Science trust case

Jun. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Christian Science church in Australia cannot sue trusts created following the 1910 death of Christian Science movement founder Mary Baker Eddy, New Hampshire's highest court ruled Friday. The state Supreme Court ruled that the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Melbourne lacked...

Australia seizes record 1.8 tons of crystal meth at port

Jun. 7, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian officials have seized the nation's largest haul of methamphetamine at the Melbourne waterfront, nearly 1.6 metric tons (1.8 tons) of the illegal drug hidden in stereo speakers shipped from Bangkok, authorities said Friday. The Australian Border Force said the drugs...

Prosecutors: Australian cardinal's convictions should stand

Jun. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse will spend his 78th birthday in an Australian prison on Saturday as three judges consider whether to overturn his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The...

Australian Cardinal Pell appeals child sex convictions

Jun. 5, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lawyers for the most senior Roman Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse argued in his appeal on Wednesday that he could not have molested two choirboys in an Australian cathedral undetected moments after Sunday Masses while he was dressed in an archbishop's robes. Cardinal...

Australian cardinal set to appeal child sex convictions

Jun. 4, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse will ask an Australian appeals court on Wednesday to reverse convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago as hundreds of worshippers streamed from Masses. Australian Cardinal...

Australian 'Egg Boy' donates $70,000 to Christchurch victims

May. 29, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian teenager who cracked an egg on the head of a politician for his remarks about the New Zealand mosque massacre has donated almost $70,000 to people affected by the killings. Will Connolly, 17, became known worldwide as "Egg Boy" for assaulting right-wing federal Sen. Fraser...