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Escapee, 64, sentenced after 29 years on the run in Sydney

Oct. 28, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A 64-year-old fugitive who surrendered to Australian police because a Sydney lockdown left him jobless and homeless was sentenced on Thursday to an additional two months behind bars for escaping from prison almost 30 years ago. Darko Desic has been back in...

Australia advises caution overseas when border opens Monday

Oct. 28, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia advised its nationals traveling overseas on Thursday to “exercise a high degree of caution” as it prepares to open its borders for the first time in 19 months. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reinstated its travel...

Australia rules out committing to methane reduction target

Oct. 28, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday ruled out promising to cut methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade in a stance that will add to criticism that the country is a laggard in addressing climate change. Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions...

New Zealand eases quarantine but won't welcome tourists yet

Oct. 27, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials said Thursday they will gradually loosen their border quarantine requirements, which have been among the toughest in the world throughout the pandemic. But while the changes will make it easier for New Zealanders...

Coming out: Cavallo's key message before Australian season

Oct. 27, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

Josh Cavallo recorded the statement that he'd been too concerned to talk about publicly for a very long time. “There's something personal that I need to share with everyone: I'm a footballer, and I am gay,” Cavallo said in a video published Wednesday by Adelaide...

Biden calls out China's Taiwan actions as 'coercive'

Oct. 27, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Joe Biden told leaders at the East Asia Summit on Wednesday that China's recent actions in the Taiwan Straits are “coercive" and undermined peace and stability in the region. The comments by Biden, who participated by video in...

US says Assange could go to Australian prison if convicted

Oct. 27, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.S. authorities launched a new battle on Wednesday to make Julian Assange face American justice, telling British judges that if they agree to extradite the WikiLeaks founder on espionage charges, he could serve any U.S. prison sentence he receives in his native Australia. ...

Italy hosts a climate-focused G20 as geopolitics shift

Oct. 27, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China aren’t coming. Turkey nearly set off a diplomatic incident on the eve of the meeting. And the United States, Australia and France will be at the same table for the first time since Washington pulled the rug out from under Paris’ $66 billion...

Trading shots: Lawmakers differ on Aussie Open vaccinations

Oct. 27, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The back-and-forth debate over unvaccinated tennis players being allowed to contest the Australian Open in January heightened Wednesday with the prime minister and a state political leader trading shots on points of difference. Prime Minister...

Opposition party to fight next Australia election on climate

Oct. 27, 2021 00:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition party said on Wednesday a looming election will be fought on greenhouse gas reduction targets as Prime Minister Scott Morrison comes under criticism from scientists over the modest goals he will take to a U.N. climate summit. ...