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Israeli principal on trial in Australia in child sex abuse

Feb. 07, 2023 05:59 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A former principal at a Jewish girls' school in the Australian city of Melbourne will go on trial Wednesday on 29 charges of child sex abuse. Malka Leifer, a 56-year-old Israeli citizen, has pleaded not guilty in the Victoria state County Court of the...

2 pilots walk away from Boeing 737 tanker crash in Australia

Feb. 07, 2023 04:43 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two pilots walked away with minor injuries after a Boeing 737 jet converted for firefighting crashed in Australia, officials said Tuesday. The twin-engine tanker owned by Canadian-based Coulson Aviation crashed in Fitzgerald River National Park in southern...

Global stocks mixed after Wall St sinks on rate fears

Feb. 07, 2023 04:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Tuesday as traders looked ahead to a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for clues to interest rate plans after Japanese wages rose and Australia's central bank hiked its key rate again. London and Shanghai gained. Frankfurt,...

Australian, New Zealand leaders' talk focuses on China

Feb. 07, 2023 00:31 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian and New Zealand prime ministers met Tuesday to talk about China’s importance to their national economies, resolving to voice their disagreements with their most important trading partner that is becoming more assertive in their region. New...

Australia lifts cash rate to 3.35% with 9th rate hike

Feb. 07, 2023 00:03 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank on Tuesday lifted its benchmark interest rate for a ninth consecutive time to 3.35% as it battles inflation that rose to 7.8% in the latest quarter. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to increase its cash rate by 0.25 of a...

China-Australia trade ministers hold 1st meeting since 2019

Feb. 06, 2023 02:44 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian and Chinese trade ministers held their first bilateral meeting in three years Monday as Australia urges China to lift official and unofficial barriers that are costing exporters 20 billion Australian dollars ($14 billion) a year. China has...

Indigenous senator quits party over Australian referendum

Feb. 06, 2023 00:56 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia: (AP) — An Indigenous senator in Australia quit the minor Greens party on Monday in a disagreement over a referendum to be held this year that would create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Sen. Lidia Thorpe’s resignation illustrates deep divisions among...

US Open champ Ogilvy back from Down Under and back to golf

Feb. 03, 2023 11:21 AM EST

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — No matter what golf course design Geoff Ogilvy had in his head or on paper, he spent the better part of three years staring into a computer screen for video calls on those projects until he realized what he had been missing. “Golf is still the best job...

Australia is removing British monarchy from its bank notes

Feb. 02, 2023 19:46 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The nation's central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on coins that...

Mourners call Australian Cardinal Pell victim of injustice

Feb. 02, 2023 06:20 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Mourners at the Sydney funeral for Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was once the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse, remembered him Thursday as a victim of a campaign to punish him regardless of his guilt. Meanwhile, a few hundred protesters yelled...