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EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergencies

Jul. 06, 2022 03:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary victims questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...

Homes of 85,000 people at risk, but rain eases around Sydney

Jul. 06, 2022 03:07 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters had inundated or were threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney on Wednesday as rivers started to recede and the heavy rains tracked north of Australia’s largest city. While rain was easing across Sydney, several waterways including the...

Cricket is a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans in crisis

Jul. 05, 2022 23:27 PM EDT

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — The sport of cricket has become a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans looking for a break from the effects of the economic crisis in the country — long lines to buy fuel and cooking gas and school and work disrupted because there is little access to public transport. ...

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kyrgios due in court in Australia

Jul. 05, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios is due in court back home in Australia next month, and a lawyer representing him said Tuesday the “precise nature of” the allegations “is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the prosecution or” the...

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

Jul. 05, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Australia’s largest city in a flood emergency that was causing trouble for 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday. Emergency response teams made 100 rescues overnight of people trapped in cars on...

Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row

Jul. 05, 2022 01:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s central bank on Tuesday lifted its benchmark interest rate for a third time in three straight months, changing the cash rate to 1.35% from 0.85%. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s half a percentage point rise was the same size as its June...

Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row, countering inflation

Jul. 05, 2022 00:46 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian central bank boosts rate for 3rd month in a row, countering inflation.

3 feet of rain sets up 4th round of flood misery for Sydney

Jul. 04, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds were told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes Monday as Australia’s largest city faces its fourth, and possibly worst, round of flooding in less than a year and a half. Days of torrential rain caused...

Voting starts in Papua New Guinea general elections

Jul. 04, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voters started casting ballots on Monday in Papua New Guinea’s general elections to decide the coalition government that will rule one of the South Pacific’s most populous and diverse nations for the next five years. The leading contenders to lead the...

McLaughlin picks up IndyCar victory in front of his parents

Jul. 03, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — As Scott McLaughlin celebrated with his parents and Team Penske on the quaint victory podium at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a full-blown crisis raged across the paddock at Andretti Autosport. McLaughlin picked up his second career IndyCar victory on Sunday,...