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Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia's most populous state

Nov. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state and into Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under a weeklong state of...

Reporter goes to Australian High Court in press freedom case

Nov. 12, 2019 4:38 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A journalist went to Australia's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a search warrant that created outrage when it was executed on her home and triggered a national campaign for greater press freedom. Rival Australian media businesses banded together to fight for press freedom...

Rally Australia cancelled because of concern over wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 9:40 PM EST

COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) — The final round of the World Rally Championship has been cancelled because of concerns over destructive wildfires near the venue in the northeast of Australia's most populous state. Rally Australia organizers initially proposed a revised, shortened route but took the...

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 5:12 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said residents were facing what...

Vietnamese court finds Australian guilty of terrorism

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced a 70-year-old Australian to 12 years in jail on terrorism charges, state media reported. The Tuoi Tre newspaper said Chau Van Kham, a Sydney resident of Vietnamese origin, was found guilty of "terrorism to oppose the people's administration" in a...

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The High Court of Australia confirmed on...

France clinches Fed Cup with epic 3-2 win over Australia

Nov. 10, 2019 6:46 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic inspired France to a drought-breaking Fed Cup triumph after a nail-biting 3-2 win in the final against Australia on Sunday. Mladenovic combined with Caroline Garcia to beat Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-3 in the decisive doubles match at Perth Arena....

Americans Down Under: Ball stars, R.J. Hampton ejected

Nov. 9, 2019 5:41 PM EST

CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — LaMelo Ball had a career-high 24 points for his National Basketball League team in Australia on Saturday. R.J. Hampton didn't last long in his. Ball hit five 3-pointers and had eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Illawarra Hawks to a 101-91 win over the Cairns Taipans....

Top-ranked Ash Barty defeats Garcia to even Fed Cup final

Nov. 9, 2019 9:53 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australian Ash Barty continued her season-long extraordinary form to beat France's Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 and level the Fed Cup final at 1-1 on Saturday. The world No.1-ranked Barty beat Garcia in just 56 minutes on an outdoor hard court at Perth Arena to get Australia back on...

3 dead, dozens injured as Australia wildfires raze homes

Nov. 9, 2019 6:07 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New...