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Australian man faces life in prison over large cocaine haul

Oct. 16, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A Sydney man is facing life in prison after Australian police intercepted cocaine worth 248 million Australian dollars ($168 million) concealed in frozen fruit products from Brazil. The Australian Federal Police and Border Force officers seized 552 kilograms (1,214 pounds) of the drug hidden...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, Health care workers look on during a flyover at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. One of Utah's largest hospitals had no beds left Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in its regular intensive-care unit as the governor declared the state's weeks long spike in coronavirus cases

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

Oct. 16, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 35,770 since the pandemic began. New rules to limit gatherings to five people or less, reduce hotel capacities and impose a 10 p.m. closing time for...

A passenger from New Zealand arrives at the International Airport in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Asia Today: Sydney lifts quarantine for N. Zealand travelers

Oct. 16, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city, Sydney, lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one of the world’s longest pandemic lockdowns. More than 350 passengers were scheduled to take three flights...

Australian police clear 3rd reporter of charges after raids

Oct. 15, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police announced on Thursday that a third journalist will not be charged with obtaining classified information 16 months after high-profile police raids triggered national outrage over the state of press freedom in Australia. Australian Federal Police targeted Australian...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange,  in New York.  Stocks are pulling slightly higher in the early going on Wall Street, Wednesday, Oct. 14,  as investors pore over another batch of earnings reports from big U.S. companies. The S&P 500 added 0.3% in early trading Wednesday. A loss in the index a day earlier broke a four-day winning streak.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower as stimulus hopes fade

Oct. 15, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as hopes U.S. leaders will agree on a new economic stimulus before the Nov. 3 presidential election faded. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. Sydney advanced. In Seoul, the company that manages boy band BTS made its market debut amid criticism...

A man wearing a face mask walks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares lower after tech-driven rally on Wall Street

Oct. 12, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data. An overnight rally on Wall Street, driven mainly by technology companies such as Apple and Amazon, faded amid worries over U.S. economic stimulus and a resurgence of coronavirus caseloads in many countries. ...

FILE - In this Saturday, April 4, 2020, file photo, Carnival cruise line ship Carnival Magic is docked at Port Canaveral, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Carnival Cruise Line is canceling most U.S. sailings through the end of this year, the latest sign that the cruise industry’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could still be many months away. The company said Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, it is canceling sailings from all ports except its home ports of Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Carnival Cruise Line cancels Florida, Australia trips

Oct. 12, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Cruise Line said Monday it was canceling its remaining cruises scheduled for November out of two Florida ports, as well as five cruises from Australia at the beginning of next year. The cruise line had previously announced it was canceling for the rest of the year all U.S. cruises...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in New York.   Stocks are rising on Wall Street Friday as talks appear to be continuing in the start-and-stop drive on Capitol Hill to deliver more aid to the ailing economy.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Stocks climb, closing out biggest weekly gain in 3 months

Oct. 9, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

Wall Street closed out its best week in three months Friday as investors drew encouragement from ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill aimed at delivering more aid to the ailing U.S. economy. The S&P 500 rose 0.9%, its third straight gain. The benchmark index ended the week with a 3.8% gain, its strongest...

Drone video shows Australian surfer's close call with shark

Oct. 7, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A great white shark circled to within inches of pro surfer Matt Wilkinson's board before darting away in a chilling encounter captured by a drone that is part of an Australian shark warning system. The 1.5 meter (5 foot) shark might have been deterred from attacking Wilkinson by...

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Pell took a leave of absence from his job in 2017 to stand trial in his native Australia on historic child sexual abuse charges, for which he was ultimately acquitted. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on Wednesday to find a Holy See mired in the type of corruption scandal he worked to expose and clean up. The 79-year-old Pell arrived at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport...