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Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Dec. 08, 2021 03:50 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday. As it did following the U.S. announcement on Tuesday, China responded furiously,...

7-time champion Serena Williams won't play Australian Open

Dec. 08, 2021 03:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not long after Serena Williams' name was absent from the entry list for the Australian Open, she confirmed the obvious: the seven-time champion won't play the 2022 edition of the season-opening major in January. The 40-year-old Williams hasn't played...

New Zealand man pleads guilty to stabbing 4 in supermarket

Dec. 07, 2021 22:42 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man who couldn't afford to buy beer at a supermarket pleaded guilty Wednesday to stabbing and injuring four people at the store during a frenzied attack. Luke James Lambert, 42, will face up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced...

SailGP adds Chicago, Dubai to Season 3 regatta lineup

Dec. 07, 2021 20:45 PM EST

The SailGP global league has added Chicago and Dubai to the lineup of regattas for its third season starting in 2022. The Chicago regatta, to be held off Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, is set for June 18-19. It follows the season opener in Bermuda on May 14-15. SailGP will visit the...

Greg Norman's shootout returns to Tiburon as golf winds down

Dec. 07, 2021 09:54 AM EST

PGA TOUR QBE SHOOTOUT Site: Naples, Florida. Course: Tiburon GC. Yardage: 7,382. Par: 72. Prize money: $3.6 million. Winners' share: $648,000. Television: Friday, noon to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf...

Solomon Islands leader wins no-confidence vote after riots

Dec. 06, 2021 02:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the Solomon Islands survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Monday following riots in the capital last month. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told lawmakers in a fiery 90-minute speech that he’d done nothing wrong...

Leader of Solomon Islands survives no-confidence vote in Parliament following riots in capital last month

Dec. 06, 2021 01:36 AM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Leader of Solomon Islands survives no-confidence vote in Parliament following riots in capital last month.

Auckland reopens as New Zealand tries new virus approach

Dec. 03, 2021 07:03 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended. New Zealand has begun a new phase in its coronavirus response in which there won’t be lockdowns but...

Solomon Islands politician wants diplomatic ties with Taiwan

Dec. 03, 2021 02:13 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The head of the most populous province in the Solomon Islands said the country would likely switch diplomatic ties back to Taiwan if the prime minister is ousted from his post following next week's no-confidence vote, after looting and violent protests shook the...

Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:54 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in elections early next year, the opposition leader said on Friday. Center-left Labor Party...