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Review: `Amnesty' is a satisfying but frustrating read

Feb. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EST

“Amnesty,” Scribner, by Aravind Adiga There is a lot that’s satisfying about “Amnesty,” the new book by Aravind Adiga, but it’s also a frustrating read. The premise is clever: Danny is an undocumented immigrant in Sydney, Australia, trying to live openly yet under the...

Australian campuses offer cash, discounts to China students

Feb. 27, 2020 3:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian universities are offering Chinese students stranded in their homeland travel money and discounted tuition and the largest campus delayed the start of the academic year, trying to keep their lucrative enrollments amid a viral outbreak. Australia's ban on travel from...

Sailing heavyweights Ainslie, Slingsby square off in SailGP

Feb. 26, 2020 5:35 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The second season of the SailGP global circuit is shaping up as a heavyweight fight between two of the world's best sailors, Britain's Sir Ben Ainslie and defending champion Tom Slingsby of Australia. When the two helmsmen headed onto Sydney Harbor for practice aboard their...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a view of part of the temporary hospital with 1100 beds converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 12, 2020. Without enough facilities to handle the number of cases of viral infection, Wuhan has been building prefabricated hospitals and converting a gym and other large spaces to house patients and try to isolate them from others. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP)

List of sports events affected by the new virus from China

Feb. 23, 2020 6:16 AM EST

ATHLETICS World indoor championships in Nanjing from March 13-15 postponed to March 2021. Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 9 cancelled. Asian indoor championships in Hangzhou from Feb. 12-13 cancelled. Tokyo Marathon on March 1: Restricted to elite runners. Nagoya Women's Marathon on March 8: Restricted to elite...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo trader John Doyle works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks sink, Treasury prices soar as investors seek safety

Feb. 21, 2020 4:54 PM EST

Stocks fell and bond prices rose sharply on Wall Street Friday amid signs that economic fallout from the viral outbreak that originated in China is hurting U.S. companies. The yield on the 30-year Treasury reached a record low as investors sought the safety of U.S. government bonds. The price of gold climbed...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down and London, Frankfurt and other European indexes were trading lower. Wall...

Cars of a passenger train are derailed in Wallan, Victoria, Australia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The train heading from Sydney to Melbourne, carrying 160 passengers and crew, derailed late Thursday, killing two operators. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)

Passenger train partly derails in Australia, killing 2

Feb. 21, 2020 2:15 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Several cars on a passenger train derailed in southeastern Australia, killing two operators and injuring 12 other people, police said. The train was heading from Sydney to Melbourne late Thursday when part of it came off the tracks in Victoria state near Wallan. The two dead were the pilot...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, two Qantas planes taxi on the runway at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. Some Asian airlines have rerouted flights to the Middle East to avoid Iranian airspace, amid escalated tensions over the United States’ assassination of a prominent Iranian commander in Iraq. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Qantas cuts flights to Asia amid virus outbreak

Feb. 19, 2020 10:45 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's Qantas announced Thursday it will slash flights to Asia as the coronavirus crisis cuts into the airline and travel industries. The decision to reduce the carrier's overall capacity to Asia by 16% until at least the end of May is expected to cut between 100 million and 150 million...

Aussie court says police raid legal, raising secrecy fears

Feb. 16, 2020 11:38 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The Australian Federal Court ruled Monday that a police raid last year on the country’s national broadcaster was legal, prompting fears of increasing secrecy in Australia's institutions. The Australian Federal Police raided the state-backed Australian Broadcasting...

US admiral hopes Philippine security pact can still be saved

Feb. 13, 2020 4:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Austrralia (AP) — The move by the Philippines to end a security pact that allowed U.S. forces to train in the country potentially “challenged” future American operations with Filipino forces, a U.S. admiral said on Thursday. Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of the U.S....