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Australia mining company sorry for losing radioactive device

Jan. 30, 2023 01:01 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A mining corporation apologized for losing a highly radioactive capsule over a 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) stretch of Western Australia, as authorities combed parts of the road looking for the tiny but dangerous substance. The capsule was part of a device...

Australia Day focuses on Black recognition in constitution

Jan. 26, 2023 00:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians marked the 235th anniversary of British colonization Thursday with a public holiday that evokes anger at Indigenous injustice, focusing national attention on a new government push to acknowledge Australia's first inhabitants in the constitution. ...

EXPLAINER: What is an Australian Black Voice to Parliament?

Jan. 26, 2023 00:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians expect to vote this year in a referendum that would enshrine in the nation’s constitution a mechanism for Indigenous people to advise Parliament on policies that effect their lives known as the Voice. Proponents say embedding the Voice in...

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, an icon to many, to step down

Jan. 19, 2023 20:17 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who became a global icon of the left and exemplified a new style of leadership, said Thursday that she would leave office. Just 37 when she became leader, Ardern was praised around the world for her handling...

Reaction to Jacinda Ardern resigning as New Zealand leader

Jan. 19, 2023 19:42 PM EST

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shocked many with her announcement Thursday that she will leave office next month. She said every moment leading her country was a privilege, but she didn't have enough in reserve to seek another term. Other world leaders as well as Ardern's political...

Australia 'deeply troubled' by Chinese espionage case

Jan. 19, 2023 04:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Thursday her government was “deeply troubled” by the delays in China resolving espionage allegations against Chinese-Australian Yang Hengjun, while a supporter said the Chinese-born writer and blogger would remain detained...

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, an icon to many, to step down

Jan. 18, 2023 23:28 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation's worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday she was...

Today in History: JAN 14, Marilyn Monroe weds Joe DiMaggio

Jan. 14, 2023 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2023. There are 351 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: In Jan. 14, 1964, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, in a brief televised address, thanked Americans for their...

Citing Taliban, Australia nixes Afghanistan cricket series

Jan. 12, 2023 11:05 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Afghanistan cricket officials blasted Australia's decision on Thursday to cancel their men's one-day international cricket series. Cricket Australia cited recent heavier restrictions on women's rights in Afghanistan by the Taliban government for axing...

Australia finalizing new security pact with Pacific neighbor

Jan. 12, 2023 02:23 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of Australia and neighboring Papua New Guinea said Thursday they are finalizing a new security treaty — a move that comes as a challenge to China's growing assertiveness in the region. Last year, China signed its own security pact with...