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Heavy rains, floods prompt evacuations of Sydney suburbs

Jul. 03, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of residents in Sydney suburbs were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what authorities called life-threatening emergencies. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning...

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

Jul. 02, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a minister...

Australia and France make 'new start' after submarine row

Jul. 01, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Australia and France opened a “new chapter” in their relations Friday as the new Australian prime minister seeks to heal wounds from a secret submarine contract that infuriated France. President Emmanuel Macron warmly shook hands with Australian Prime Minister...

Live updates | Putin warns on NATO troops in Sweden, Finland

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning Finland and Sweden that if they welcome NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory, Russia will respond in kind. He said Wednesday that Russia will...

Australia talks down prospect of having nuclear subs by 2030

Jun. 28, 2022 22:59 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new defense minister on Wednesday talked down the prospect of Australia acquiring U.S. nuclear-powered submarines by the end of the decade, describing such a timetable as “optimistic in the extreme.” Defense Minister Richard Marles,...

Australia FM stresses AUKUS will not create nuclear weapons

Jun. 28, 2022 06:10 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong stressed Tuesday that her country's security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. will not create nuclear weapons, and said she hoped concerns that it may spark a regional arms race would dissipate over time. “We are...

Wimbledon updates | Andy Murray again reaches 2nd round

Jun. 27, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 9:40 p.m. Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray made his way into the second round at the All England Club for the 14th straight time. The unseeded Murray, who...

Australian data: Greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2021

Jun. 27, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government on Monday blamed the previous administration’s inaction on climate change for an increase in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year. Australia emitted 488 million metric tons (538 million U.S. tons) of carbon...

Curators apologize for antisemitic work at German art show

Jun. 24, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The curators of a major art show in Germany have apologized for including a work featuring antisemitic elements that prompted an outcry at the event's opening this week. Organizers of the documenta fifteen show in Kassel ordered the banner by Indonesian collective...

China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

Jun. 24, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the “first shot” in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country’s 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador...