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Canada joins US and allies in Beijing Olympics boycott

Dec. 08, 2021 18:52 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will join the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. The announcement came after the White House, the Australian...

Australia's deputy leader tests positive for virus in the US

Dec. 08, 2021 18:12 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said Thursday he'd tested positive for the coronavirus while traveling in Washington D.C. Joyce, who is fully vaccinated, said in a Facebook post that he'd been experiencing mild symptoms and decided to...

EXPLAINER: What does an Olympic diplomatic boycott achieve?

Dec. 08, 2021 17:47 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomatic boycotts of the Olympics aim to snub host nations while keeping athletes free to compete. A small cascade of government boycotts hit China on Wednesday, less than two months before the Beijing Olympics open. The impact of these political...

Australia foreign minister welcomes EU security pledge

Dec. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Australia's foreign minister started a European tour in Athens on Wednesday, welcoming a recent initiative by the European Union to boost its presence in the Indo-Pacific region despite a spat with EU member France over the cancellation of a major submarine order. ...

UK joins US, Australia in Beijing Winter Olympics boycott

Dec. 08, 2021 11:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — No U.K. government minister will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday, calling it “effectively” a diplomatic boycott. The announcement came after the White House and the Australian government confirmed...

7-time champion Serena Williams won't play Australian Open

Dec. 08, 2021 09:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not long after Serena Williams' name was absent from the entry list for the Australian Open, she confirmed the obvious: the seven-time champion won't play the 2022 edition of the season-opening major in January. The 40-year-old Williams hasn't played...

Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Dec. 08, 2021 03:50 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday. As it did following the U.S. announcement on Tuesday, China responded furiously,...

New Zealand man pleads guilty to stabbing 4 in supermarket

Dec. 07, 2021 22:42 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man who couldn't afford to buy beer at a supermarket pleaded guilty Wednesday to stabbing and injuring four people at the store during a frenzied attack. Luke James Lambert, 42, will face up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced...

SailGP adds Chicago, Dubai to Season 3 regatta lineup

Dec. 07, 2021 20:45 PM EST

The SailGP global league has added Chicago and Dubai to the lineup of regattas for its third season starting in 2022. The Chicago regatta, to be held off Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, is set for June 18-19. It follows the season opener in Bermuda on May 14-15. SailGP will visit the...

Greg Norman's shootout returns to Tiburon as golf winds down

Dec. 07, 2021 09:54 AM EST

PGA TOUR QBE SHOOTOUT Site: Naples, Florida. Course: Tiburon GC. Yardage: 7,382. Par: 72. Prize money: $3.6 million. Winners' share: $648,000. Television: Friday, noon to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf...