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Australia boosting aid to Papua New Guinea for landslide recovery and security

Jun. 20, 2024 05:57 AM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Australia will provide a further 2 million Australian dollars ($1.3 million) to support reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guinea after last month's deadly landslide, the government said Thursday. The South Pacific island nation off Australia's northern...

Regan Smith sets a world record in the 100 backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials

Jun. 19, 2024 01:09 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — This world record was five years in the making for Regan Smith. What an up-and-down journey it's been. Bouncing back from a close-but-no-Olympics call in her first race, Smith set a world record in the women's 100-meter backstroke at the U.S....

Australian opposition puts nation's first nuclear power plants in its energy plan ahead of elections

Jun. 19, 2024 00:28 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s main opposition party on Wednesday announced plans to build Australia’s first nuclear power plants as early as 2035, arguing the government’s policies for decarbonizing the economy with renewable energy sources including solar, wind turbines and green...

China's premier gets a red-carpet welcome as he begins visit in Malaysia

Jun. 18, 2024 11:45 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — China's premier received a red-carpet welcome as he arrived Tuesday in Malaysia, the last leg of a regional tour, to celebrate a half-century of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Li Qiang is the first Chinese premier to visit Malaysia since...

Chinese premier agrees with Australia to 'properly manage' differences

Jun. 17, 2024 04:46 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang said he agreed with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday to properly manage their nations' differences as they emerge from a hostile era in which minister-to-minister contacts were banned and trade barriers cost Australian...

Chinese premier promises more pandas and urges Australia to put aside differences

Jun. 16, 2024 07:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang on Sunday promised a new pair of giant pandas to a zoo and urged Australia to set aside its differences with Beijing at the outset of the first visit to the country by China's second-highest ranking leader in seven years. ...

Chinese premier lands in Australia on first such visit in 7 years

Jun. 15, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrived in Australia on Saturday on a relations-mending mission with panda diplomacy, rock lobsters and China’s global dominance in the critical minerals sector high on the agenda. His visit is the first by a Chinese premier in...

Boy accused of terrorist act in Sydney church faces new charges of stabbing bishop and priest

Jun. 14, 2024 04:55 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of committing a terrorist act by stabbing a bishop in a Sydney church in April faces two additional charges, a court was told on Friday. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at the scene of the stabbing on April 15 in...

Stock market today: Asian shares mixed after AI hopes nudge Wall St to records. BOJ stands pat

Jun. 14, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Friday after Wall Street’s continued frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology nudged indexes on Wall Street to more records. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 0.7% to 38,998.04 after the Bank of Japan kept its...

Chinese Premier Li and New Zealand’s Luxon hail close ties as they sign trade deals in Wellington

Jun. 13, 2024 06:57 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang met with New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon on Thursday in Wellington, where the two leaders played up the ability of “good friends” to respectfully disagree — while publicly diverging on little. Li, China’s...