Latest Oceania News

Alize Cornet reaches quarterfinals at her 63rd Grand Slam

Jan. 24, 2022 08:49 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alize Cornet dropped to her knees on the hard blue court, clasped her hands and took a few moments to let it sink in. In her 17th trip to the Australia Open, her 63rd run at a Grand Slam, and two days after celebrating her 32nd birthday, Cornet finally...

4 Japanese planes fly more aid to Tonga after volcanic blast

Jan. 24, 2022 05:32 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Four Japanese aircraft left Australia on Monday to deliver more vital aid to Tonga as the Pacific nation deals with the aftermath of a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The two Japanese Lockheed C-130 Hercules and two Kawasaki C-2 left the Royal Australian...

Australian prime minister loses control of WeChat account

Jan. 24, 2022 05:05 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his account on the Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat and a lawmaker on Monday accused China's leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his...

Australian admits abducting 4-year-old girl from family tent

Jan. 24, 2022 01:29 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Monday to abducting a 4-year-old girl from her family’s camping tent on Australia's west coast last year. Police found Cleo Smith alone in a house in Carnarvon, a town of 5,000 people, 18 days after she went missing last October. The...

44 Australians heading to Beijing for Winter Olympics

Jan. 23, 2022 21:33 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia will send 44 athletes to the Winter Olympics beginning Feb. 4 in Beijing — 23 women and 21 men in 10 disciplines. The Australian Olympic Committee said Monday that snowboarder Scotty James and mogul skier Britt Cox will compete at their fourth Olympics,...

Nadal reaches Australian Open quarterfinals for 14th time

Jan. 23, 2022 08:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal finally got the better of a crazy, long tiebreaker and knew he'd won half the battle. After saving four set points and missing with the first six of his own, Nadal finally clinched a tiebreaker that lasted 28 minutes and 40 seconds to set...

Omicron spreads in New Zealand, spoiling PM's wedding plans

Jan. 23, 2022 07:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is postponing her wedding after announcing new COVID-19 restrictions Sunday following the discovery of nine cases of the omicron variant in a single family that flew to Auckland to attend a wedding. The...

Australian Open Lookahead: Medvedev headlines Day 8 action

Jan. 23, 2022 07:35 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO MONDAY U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev will take on No. 70-ranked Maxime Cressy in the fourth round as he continues his bid to become the first man in the Open era to win a second Grand Slam singles title at the next major tournament....

The Latest: Berrettini into Australian Open quarterfinals

Jan. 23, 2022 07:28 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini completed a Grand Slam set by advancing to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over 19th-seeded...

International aid reaches Tonga with clean water, supplies

Jan. 23, 2022 04:45 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Aid flights from Australia, Japan and New Zealand carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga over the weekend, as the Pacific nation grapples with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami. ...