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People climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge stop under flags flying at half-mast as mark of mourning and respect in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for three U.S. crew members of an aerial water tanker that crashed Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

3 Americans killed in Australia all had military backgrounds

Jan. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Growing up in a small rural community on Colorado's plains, Ian McBeth went to work as a ranch hand in neighboring Nebraska at 14 and was a standout athlete in football, wrestling and track. Initially stymied in his dream of becoming a pilot because of his vision, McBeth, one of three...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne shares her views at a panel discussion during Raisina Dialogue, a global conference in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Australia raises with Iran imprisoned Australian academic

Jan. 16, 2020 11:41 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday she had raised with her Iranian counterpart the fate of an imprisoned Australian-British academic, who has gone on hunger strikes and urged the Australian government to do more to free her. Foreign Minister Marise Payne declined...

This satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows wildfires spreading in the area south of Eden and Twofold Bay, shown in black, in New South Wales state of Australia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Jan. 12, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the town of Bodalla in New South Wales state, was...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama meets with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. On Friday, Jan. 20, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a manipulated version of a photo similar to this circulating online incorrectly depicting Obama with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The manipulated image has circulated on social media and blogs since at least 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 10, 2020 5:07 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan...

Mourners place candles and photographs outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, during a vigil for those killed after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed, killing at least 63 Canadians, just minutes after taking off from Iran's capital. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Iran invites US agency to help with crash probe

Jan. 9, 2020 8:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Iran-related developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Iran has invited the U.S. accident-investigating agency to take part in the probe of this week’s crash of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran. The National Transportation Safety Board said late Thursday that it would...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tours the fire devastated Wildflower farm owned by Paul and Melissa Churchman in Sarsfield, Victoria. Australia’s deadly wildfires have proven to be not just a crisis for the country, but a crisis for the country’s prime minister _ one so grave that some have questioned whether his leadership can survive it. (James Ross/Pool Photo via AP)

Australian PM's leadership criticized during wildfire crisis

Jan. 8, 2020 4:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — As his country burned, Australia's prime minister was cursed and jeered out of a town, called an “idiot,” a “moron” and worse, and skewered at home and abroad for his dismissive response toward climate change. Australia’s deadly wildfires have...

In this image released and dated on Jan. 6, 2020, from Australian Department of Defence, plant operators Cpl. Duncan Keith and Sapper Ian Larner of the 22nd Engineer Regiment use a 434 backhoe to assist staff from Forestry Management Victoria to clear fire damaged trees from the great Alpine road between Bairnsdale and Omeo during Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20 in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. Australia's government on Monday said it was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country. (Department of Defence via AP)

Australia to pay 'whatever it takes' to fight wildfires

Jan. 6, 2020 8:41 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's government said Monday it was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was committing an extra 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.4 billion)...

A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled burn used to control a larger fire near Burrill Lake, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Milder temperatures Sunday brought hope of a respite from wildfires that have ravaged three Australian states, destroying almost 2,000 homes. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Aussie PM defends response to fires; weather brings respite

Jan. 5, 2020 10:54 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Cooling temperatures and calmer winds brought some relief Sunday to Australian communities raked by wildfires, but the heat stayed on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept responsibility for the crisis and take action. "There has been a lot of blame being thrown around," Morrison said at a...

A Forest Corporation worker manages a fire hose as he battles a fire near Moruya, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up about 3,000 reservists as the threat of wildfires escalated Saturday in at least three states with two more deaths, and strong winds and high temperatures were forecast to bring flames to populated areas including the suburbs of Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

'Not safe to move': Fire threats intensify in Australia

Jan. 4, 2020 9:45 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — A father and son who were battling flames for two days are the latest victims of the worst wildfire season in Australian history, and the path of destruction widened in at least three states Saturday due to strong winds and high temperatures. The death toll in the wildfire crisis is now up to...

Australian prime minister calls up 3,000 reservists as fire threats escalate in 3 states

Jan. 3, 2020 9:40 PM EST
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian prime minister calls up 3,000 reservists as fire threats escalate in 3 states.