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In this photo released by Nucleus Network/ABC, clinical trial participants are given a coronavirus vaccine in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, with hopes of releasing a proven vaccine this year. Novavax will inject 131 volunteers in the first phase of the trial testing the safety of the vaccine and looking for signs of its effectiveness. (Patrick Rocca/Nucleus Network/ABC via AP)

US company trials coronavirus vaccine candidate in Australia

May. 26, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. biotechnology company began injecting a coronavirus vaccine candidate into people in Australia on Tuesday with hopes of releasing a proven vaccine this year. Novavax will inject 131 volunteers in the first phase of the trial testing the safety of the vaccine and looking...

In this May 27, 2015, image made from video released by Royal Commission, pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence, asked by an official, lower right, during a child sex abuse royal commission, in Ballarat, Australia. Ridsdale was sentenced to more jail time Thursday, May 14, 2020, after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. (Royal Commission/AAP Image via AP)

Australian pedophile priest sentenced to more jail time

May. 14, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pedophile priest was sentenced to more jail time Thursday after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. In all, Gerald Ridsdale is known to have abused at least 69 children. He has been behind bars since 1994 after he was sentenced to 34 years....

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. An Australian inquiry says Pell knew that a pedophile priest had been sexually abusing children years before his arrest and had been aware of the Catholic Church’s clergy abuse problem since the early 1970s. A report from the inquiry on child sexual abuse had been released in 2017, but findings concerning Pell had been redacted to avoid prejudicing juries. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Inquiry: Pell knew of abuse by Australian pedophile priest

May. 7, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew that a notorious pedophile priest had been sexually abusing children years before his arrest and had been aware of the Catholic Church's clergy abuse problem since the early 1970s, a government inquiry concluded. A report from the inquiry on...

People pass by wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as ride along a street in Beijing, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. China on Wednesday reported just two new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

May. 7, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN increases amount of appeal to fight coronavirus to $6.7...

A man grimaces as a nasal swab sample is collected from him to test for a new coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Thai health workers started testing community of about 1,600 people of Klong Toey slum at a nearby Buddhist temple. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Asia Today: India's cases spike with Chennai market cluster

May. 6, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Health officials are rushing to contain the spread of the coronavirus in India's southern city of Chennai, where an outbreak has been identified at one of the country’s largest markets for fruit, vegetables and flowers. The busy Koyambedu market, with 500 shops, is central to the...

Emergency services work at the scene of a collision near the Chandler Highway in the suburb of Kew in Melbourne, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Officials say a truck has killed four police officers who had detained a drug-affected speeding driver in a collision on an Australian freeway. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says the driver of a Porsche 911 who had been pulled over in Melbourne for speeding on Wednesday evening took grisly photos of the crash scene that followed, The driver then fled on foot and posted the images online. He was arrested.(Scott Barbour/AAP Image via AP)

Truck kills 4 Australian police who stopped speeding driver

Apr. 23, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A truck smashed into a police car that had stopped a speeding driver on a freeway in Australia, killing four officers, officials said Thursday. It was the largest loss of police lives in a single incident in Victoria state, state police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said. He...

Passengers from aboard the Antarctica Cruise ship The Greg Mortimer arrive at Melbourne Airport from Uruguay, Sunday, April 12, 2020. More than 100 Australian and New Zealand passengers of the cruise ship, most of whom infected by the coronavirus, arrived in Melbourne early Sunday on a flight from Uruguay.(James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Infected Antarctic cruise passengers return to Australia

Apr. 11, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — More than 100 Australian and New Zealand passengers of the Antarctic cruise ship the Greg Mortimer, most of whom infected by the coronavirus, arrived in Melbourne early Sunday on a flight from Uruguay. The plane with 112 passengers, including 96 Australians, was boarded immediately after...

Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Apr. 7, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been...

Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Apr. 7, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges he molested two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell’s career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is...

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s highest court on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 will judge Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle over the world’s most senior Catholic convicted of sexually abusing children may not end there. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Australia's highest court to judge cardinal's abuse appeal

Apr. 6, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will judge Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle over the world’s most senior Catholic convicted of sexually abusing children...