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Australia reverses decision to withhold medals from veterans

Apr. 19, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Monday reversed a decision to strip soldiers of unit citations due to war crime allegations in Afghanistan and announced an inquiry into suicides among veterans and serving members of the military. Australian...

Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens with joy, tears

Apr. 19, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As the passengers walked a little dazed through the airport gates, they were embraced one after another by family members who rushed forward and dissolved into tears. Elation and relief marked the opening of a long-anticipated travel...

'Mad Max' prequel shot in Outback to be released in 2023

Apr. 19, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A prequel to the “Mad Max” movie franchise starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth will be filmed in Australia, officials said on Monday. “Furiosa” is slated for release in mid-2023 and is expected to become the biggest film ever made in...

No masks, no worries — for now; Aussies preparing for Tokyo

Apr. 18, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — No masks. No worries. For now. Dani Stevens won a record 14th national title in the women's discus throw on Sunday to earn her spot on the Australian team for a fourth Olympics, less than a year after fearing a career-threatening neck injury could force...

Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

Apr. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,...

Sydney man finds snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

Apr. 15, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he’d just brought home from a Sydney supermarket — until a snake tongue flicked. “I kind of completely freaked out when I saw this little tongue come out...

Australia to withdraw last 80 troops from Afghanistan

Apr. 15, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would complete its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in September in line with the United States and other allies, the prime minister said Thursday. Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led mission had once exceeded 15,000...

Asian stock markets mixed after Wall St retreats from record

Apr. 14, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street retreated from a record high as major banks reported strong profits at the start of the U.S. earnings season. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney declined while Tokyo and Seoul advanced. ...

Asian stock markets advance after new Wall St high

Apr. 13, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit a high following an uptick in U.S. inflation and an order by regulators to suspend use of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney rose, while Tokyo was off...

Driver jailed for 22 years for killing 4 Australian police

Apr. 13, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A truck driver was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday for hitting and killing four police officers on an Australian freeway. Mohinder Singh was drug-effected and sleep-deprived when his truck veered into an emergency stopping lane...