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Testing times for Australian Open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jan. 20, 2022 12:44 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The safety protocols for COVID-19 have been a touchy subject at the Australian Open, particularly after nine-time champion Novak Djokovic was deported for failing to meet the country’s strict vaccination requirements. So Olympic champion Alexander...

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 12:02 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes...

Judges didn't consider 'wisdom' of deporting Novak Djokovic

Jan. 20, 2022 10:11 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Three Australian Federal Court judges on Thursday revealed their reasons for backing a government order to deport tennis star Novak Djokovic, explaining they did not consider the “merits or wisdom of the decision.” The judges on Sunday unanimously...

Medvedev withstands Kyrgios, crowd to advance in Australia

Jan. 20, 2022 09:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Daniil Medvedev faced a hostile crowd and a full array of Nick Kyrgios’ outbursts and tricks, and still remained calm for long enough to reach the third round at the Australian Open. The 115th-ranked Kyrgios worked up the crowd, hit ’tweeners and...

The Latest: Medvedev foils Kyrgios, crowd at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2022 06:39 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open tennis tournament (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Daniil Medvedev has overcome Nick Kyrgios and all his tricks and the constant noise of a boisterous crowd to advance to the third round of the...

Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 19, 2022 23:44 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday became the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia. The country has ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.-manufactured vaccine, supplied under the brand Nuvaxovid, for its population of 26 million....

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Jan. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. U.N....

Osaka, Barty advance toward Australian Open showdown

Jan. 19, 2022 07:59 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the first set, Naomi Osaka's rediscovered love of the game meant it was anything but fun for Madison Brengle in the second round of the Australian Open. The defending champion conceded only four points in the first four games Wednesday and rifled...

The Latest: Alexander Zverev into 3rd round in Australia

Jan. 19, 2022 07:06 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev advanced to the third round at the Australian Open and continued a streak at Grand Slam tournaments by...

Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

Jan. 18, 2022 19:59 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion. And yet, despite sitting almost on top of the...