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The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 08:15 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria. Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of...

Israel high court denies house arrest for Australian suspect

Oct. 10, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has upheld an appeal against releasing a former educator accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia to house arrest while she fights extradition proceedings. Australia wants Malka Leifer extradited to face 74 charges of abusing students while she was...

US Commerce Secretary praises Australia, criticizes China

Oct. 10, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross slammed China's trade practices and trumpeted America's economic relationship with Australia amid the festering trade war with Beijing. Ross told a business gathering in Sydney on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not want to use tariffs...

Australia worried about Turkish offensive, IS resurgence

Oct. 10, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia is worried Turkey's military incursion in northern Syria could galvanize a resurgence of the Islamic State group, and has refused to endorse the close ally U.S. for pulling back its troops from the area. Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground...

Wildfires destroy up to 30 homes in eastern Australia

Oct. 9, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler Wednesday after strong winds and stifling heat restricted firefighting...

Probe finds drunk crew, structural issues on Kiribati ferry

Oct. 9, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The crew of an overloaded ferry that sank near the Pacific nation of Kiribati last year killing 95 people was drunk and the flimsy catamaran was not licensed to carry passengers, an inquiry has found. Only five passengers and two crew members of 102 aboard survived the fateful...

Column: Mickelson racing the clock and spinning his wheels

Oct. 8, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

Phil Mickelson has never played this much golf this late in the year since the PGA Tour began a new season in October instead of January. He's never had this much of a reason. Mickelson is running out of time to show why U.S. captain Tiger Woods should pick him for the Presidents Cup. At stake is a streak that is...

Climate activists block roads, camp out in global protests

Oct. 8, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of climate change activists camped out in central London on Tuesday during a second day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. Determined activists glued themselves to the British government's Department of...

Australian parliamentarian marches with Hong Kong protesters

Oct. 7, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An outspoken Australian parliamentarian on Monday branded the China's Communist Party "oppressive" after marching with protesters in Hong Kong. A former Australian Human Rights commissioner, Tim Wilson of the Liberal party, said he has been inspired by the pro-democracy movement in...

Adesanya floors middleweight champion Whittaker at UFC 243

Oct. 6, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Israel Adesanya defeated UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 on Sunday. New Zealand-based, Nigerian-born Adesanya landed a booming right hook which...