Latest Oceania News

Australia FM stresses AUKUS will not create nuclear weapons

Jun. 28, 2022 06:10 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong stressed Tuesday that her country's security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. will not create nuclear weapons, and said she hoped concerns that it may spark a regional arms race would dissipate over time. “We are...

NASA hopes New Zealand launch will pave way for moon landing

Jun. 28, 2022 03:50 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — NASA wants to experiment with a new orbit around the moon that it hopes to use in the coming years to once again land astronauts on the lunar surface. So it is sending up a test satellite from New Zealand, with the launch scheduled for late Tuesday....

Air Guard troops doing space missions face identity crisis

Jun. 28, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1,000 Air National Guard troops who are assigned to space missions are mired in an identity crisis. Torn between the Air Force, where they have historically been assigned, and the military's shiny new Space Force where they now work, their units have become...

Wimbledon updates | Andy Murray again reaches 2nd round

Jun. 27, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 9:40 p.m. Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray made his way into the second round at the All England Club for the 14th straight time. The unseeded Murray, who...

Australian data: Greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2021

Jun. 27, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government on Monday blamed the previous administration’s inaction on climate change for an increase in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year. Australia emitted 488 million metric tons (538 million U.S. tons) of carbon...

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

Curators apologize for antisemitic work at German art show

Jun. 24, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The curators of a major art show in Germany have apologized for including a work featuring antisemitic elements that prompted an outcry at the event's opening this week. Organizers of the documenta fifteen show in Kassel ordered the banner by Indonesian collective...

China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

Jun. 24, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the “first shot” in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country’s 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador...

Pelicans take G League's Dyson Daniels at No. 8 in NBA draft

Jun. 24, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dyson Daniels believes he is ready to immediately contribute to the New Orleans Pelicans. He’s just 19 years old and has played in just 26 G League games since coming to the United States from his native Australia. But the Pelicans saw enough...

Fin-tastic! Growing 'mermaiding' subculture makes a splash

Jun. 23, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — There was a pivotal moment in Queen Pangke Tabora’s life that eclipsed all others: It was the moment, she says, when she first slid her legs into a mermaid tail. For the transgender Filipina woman approaching middle age, seeing her legs encased in vibrant,...