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Cyclone damages Australian towns and cuts power to 31,500

Apr. 12, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A destructive cyclone has damaged several towns on Australia's western coast, shattering windows, snapping trees and knocking out power. There have been no reports of serious injuries. Tropical Cyclone Seroja crossed the Western Australia state...

The Latest: Tweet recalls queen's loving anniversary speech

Apr. 10, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

Events and reaction from around the world to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99: LONDON — The Twitter account of Britain's royal family has featured a tribute Queen Elizabeth II gave to Prince Philip for the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. ...

Australian portrait photographer June Newton dies at 97

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs — has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday...

The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Apr. 10, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s “deepest sympathies and condolences” to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of Prince Philip. ...

Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Apr. 09, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Friday that it has finalized a deal to buy an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as it rapidly pivots away from its earlier plan to rely mainly on the AstraZeneca vaccine. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the...

World No. 1 Barty continues quest for 2nd straight title

Apr. 08, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty continued her quest for a second straight title, rallying past Shelby Rogers to reach the quarterfinals at the Volvo Car Open on Thursday night. The top-seeded Barty hadn't played in an 11-month stretch from Feb. 2020...

Spithill navigates from America's Cup loss to SailGP debut

Apr. 08, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

Three weeks after his Italian-based team lost the America’s Cup match on New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Australian-born Jimmy Spithill has arrived on Bermuda’s Great Sound to lead the reconfigured American team in the SailGP global league. Spithill will make his SailGP...

Australia halts AstraZeneca vaccine for most people under 50

Apr. 08, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday become the latest country to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by recommending that it not be given to people under age 50. The announcement came after Australian drug regulators held a series of urgent meetings...

Aussie field hockey teams face lack of games before Olympics

Apr. 08, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia's traditionally strong Olympic field hockey teams are having trouble playing competitive matches ahead of the Tokyo Games, not unlike dozens of other international sports facing continuing delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The...

A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

Apr. 07, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He'd watched a few seasons of “The Sopranos” and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch arrived in a brown...