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Australian prime minister launches campaign days before poll

May. 15, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s embattled prime minister on Sunday officially launched his conservative party’s campaign less than a week before elections, highlighting the nation’s early success in containing the pandemic and its strong economic recovery. Prime...

IOC head in Brisbane for 1st time since city awarded Games

May. 07, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach was in Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland state capital was awarded the 2032 Olympics. Bach flew into Australia last weekend to attend a testimonial dinner for outgoing Australian Olympic Committee...

Chesterman elected president of Australian Olympic Committee

Apr. 30, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Chesterman has moved up from vice president to president after voting was held Saturday to replace departing Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates. Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC's annual...

2032 Olympic organizers hold first board meeting in Brisbane

Apr. 27, 2022 02:24 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Brisbane 2032 organizing committee held its first board meeting on Wednesday, more than 10 years before the Australian east coast city is due to host the Olympics. International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates met with organizing...

Barty swings back into action, trades tennis for golf

Apr. 19, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty has signed on to play in an international golf exhibition just weeks after retiring from tennis while ranked No. 1 in the world. The 25-year-old Australian has been included in Ernie Els’ Rest of the World team for the Icons Series event at...

Live Updates | First Bushmaster vehicle is headed to Ukraine

Apr. 07, 2022 22:18 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — The first of 20 Bushmaster armored vehicles has left Australia for Ukraine, one week after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy specifically requested the Australian-manufactured four-wheel drives. A Boeing C-17 Globemaster transport jet that can carry four...

That'll do: Barty signs off on tennis at 25, ranked No. 1

Mar. 24, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty signaled the end of the photo opportunities at her retirement news conference in her typically low-fuss, matter-of-fact style: “Righto, that’ll do.” A day after revealing in a video posted on social media that she was quitting the women's...

Top-ranked Barty retires at 25, goes out on her own terms

Mar. 23, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty did things on her own terms as she won three Grand Slam singles titles and spent more than two consecutive years at No. 1 in the women’s tennis rankings. She retired on her own terms, too. At the age of 25, just two months after winning the...

Australia to declare east coast floods a national emergency

Mar. 09, 2022 01:28 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday said he would declare a national emergency following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed 22 lives. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement during a visit to flood-devastated...

500,000 people on flood alert as rain lashes Sydney

Mar. 03, 2022 02:46 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Around 500,000 people in Sydney and its surrounding areas had by Thursday been told to evacuate or prepare to flee floodwaters as torrential rain lashed an extraordinarily long stretch of the Australian east coast. Rivers were rising in Australia’s most populous...