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Australia's government urges China to remove trade barriers

May. 24, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government has urged China to lift trade sanctions if it wants to reset a bilateral relationship that plumbed new depths under the previous administration. The Chinese premier’s congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese...

Back home again: McLaughlin family reunites after 31 months

May. 24, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first thing Wayne McLaughlin noticed when he saw his son for the first time in 31 months was how much weight he had lost. Scott McLaughlin had moved to the United States in late 2020 to become an IndyCar driver, and pandemic restrictions in Australia and...

French Open updates | Hugo Gaston earns 5-set victory

May. 24, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open tennis tournament (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Hugo Gaston pulled off a five-set victory over 19th-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia. The Frenchman trailed 3-0 in the deciding set after losing nine straight...

Biden: Leaders navigating 'dark hour' after Ukraine invasion

May. 24, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they were navigating "a dark hour in our shared history” due to Russia's brutal war on Ukraine and he urged the group to make a greater effort to stop Vladimir Putin's aggression....

EXPLAINER: What's the 4-nation Quad, where did it come from?

May. 24, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for a summit of the “Quad.” What is the group, where did it come from and why do diplomats keep coming up with strange names for various partnerships? WHAT IS THE QUAD? ...

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 24, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days. Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among...

New Australian leader Albanese makes whirlwind world debut

May. 24, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hours after being sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, Anthony Albanese found himself fresh off a jet and thrown into the glare of a global spotlight Tuesday. He was rewarded with a warm welcome, as well as a bit of a gentle ribbing, from U.S. President Joe Biden and other...

Chinese FM to visit Solomon Islands amid security pact worry

May. 24, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Solomon Islands this week in what the South Pacific nation’s leader said was a “milestone” in his country’s relationship with China, amid concerns that their new security pact could allow Chinese military personnel on the islands....

Sri Lanka arrests 67 suspected to be heading to Australia

May. 24, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s navy said Tuesday that it has arrested 67 people who it believes were trying to travel by sea to Australia illegally. The navy said in a statement that 12 men were arrested first near the port town of Trincomalee, 260 kilometers (160 miles)...

Chinese premier congratulates Australian leader on election

May. 24, 2022 04:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wrote to congratulate Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his election victory, which some Australian media reported on Tuesday was a thawing of bilateral relations that Beijing put into deep freeze more than two years ago. ...