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Vandeweghe, Giron earn USTA wild cards for Australian Open

Nov. 18, 2019 3:48 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe and Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA, have earned main-draw berths at next year’s Australian Open via the U.S. Tennis Association’s wild-card challenge. The USTA announced the results Monday....

Australian actor McLachlan faces court on assault charges

Nov. 18, 2019 2:34 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actor Craig McLachlan kissed a female co-star’s neck, stomach and buttocks more than 20 times during a scene in a stage musical in which he was meant to merely simulate a sex act, a prosecutor told a court Monday. Details of allegations brought by four women against the...

Black Eyed Peas star accuses Qantas attendant of racism

Nov. 17, 2019 10:33 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Black Eyed Peas musician will.i.am has accused a flight attendant from Australia’s national carrier Qantas of being racist and rude to him on a flight. The musician said he was met by police at Sydney Airport on Saturday after an incident with an “overly aggressive flight...

Rice Jr. ordered not to play by Australia’s NBL after arrest

Nov. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's National Basketball League has ordered the New Zealand Breakers not to play former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. after his arrest Thursday morning over an altercation in an Auckland bar. Rice traveled with the Breakers to Perth for their league match...

Australian MP says he and colleague barred entry to China

Nov. 16, 2019 9:02 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An outspoken Australian parliamentarian said that he and a colleague have been barred entry to China for a study trip, a development he said was concerning. Sen. James Paterson said he and Rep. Andrew Hastie were due to take part in a study tour next month in Beijing organized by...

Glen Rice Jr. arrested after NZ bar incident

Nov. 16, 2019 2:53 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. has been arrested in Auckland after an altercation in a bar, 10 days after joining the New Zealand Breakers in Australia's National Basketball League. Breakers chief executive Matt Walsh confirmed Walsh was arrested Thursday...

Australia’s Qantas operates 19 ½-hour London-Sydney flight

Nov. 15, 2019 2:59 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19 ½-hour, nonstop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultralong-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag. The Boeing 787-9...

Toll rises in Australian wildfires with more danger ahead

Nov. 15, 2019 12:16 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The death toll for wildfires raging across Australia’s most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come. A body was found late Wednesday in a scorched forest near the town of Kempsey in northeast New South Wales, police said....

The Latest: Xi says Hong Kong must end violence and chaos

Nov. 14, 2019 10:52 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Chinese President Xi Jinping says ending violence by what he calls “violent criminals” and restoring order is Hong Kong’s most pressing task. The official Xinhua News Agency says the Chinese leader...

Pope taps fellow Jesuit as Vatican’s finance minister

Nov. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia. The appointment of the Rev....