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Australia fights ruling of duty to prevent climate change

Oct. 18, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Monday began its legal challenge to a judge’s landmark decision that the administration has a duty of care to prevent future climate change in a case brought by eight teenagers. The Federal Court battle over a...

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned about Australia's nuclear subs

Oct. 18, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia expressed concern Monday that Australia’s plan to obtain nuclear-powered submarines may increase the rivalry of major powers in Southeast Asia. The U.S., Britain and Australia announced last...

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travelers

Oct. 18, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Queensland state announced plans Monday to open up to vaccinated travelers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of remaining virtually free of COVID-19. Queensland and Western Australia have been among the...

ASEAN to exclude Myanmar's leader from summit in key rebuke

Oct. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers decided at an emergency meeting Friday not to invite Myanmar's military leader to an annual summit for refusing to let an envoy meet ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior regional diplomat said. The...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Oct. 15, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while maintaining some restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Vaccinated...

Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...

Australian prime minister will attend Glasgow climate talks

Oct. 15, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister confirmed on Friday he will attend a climate summit in Glasgow next month despite his government remaining bitterly divided over a draft plan for the country to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Prime Minister...

The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

Oct. 14, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA — Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the population...

IOC VP: Chinese human rights not a concern before 2022 Games

Oct. 14, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates says challenging China on its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “not in our remit." There has been widespread criticism of Beijing’s...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...