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Australian state begins legislating to ban the swastika

Aug. 09, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most populous state took a major step toward banning Nazi symbols on Tuesday when the New South Wales Parliament’s lower house passed a bill that would criminalize their display. The bill must pass the upper chamber to become law. ...

Papua New Guinea prime minister retains power at election

Aug. 09, 2022 05:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea’s Parliament returned Prime Minister James Marape to power Tuesday following elections in the South Pacific Island nation. He was nominated unopposed to lead the next coalition government at the first sitting of Parliament since the...

Australian report says Papua New Guinea's Parliament has returned Prime Minister James Marape to power after elections

Aug. 09, 2022 03:02 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian report says Papua New Guinea's Parliament has returned Prime Minister James Marape to power after elections.

Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in 'Grease,' dies at 73

Aug. 08, 2022 23:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want” and won countless hearts as everyone’s favorite Sandy in the blockbuster film version of...

US official says Solomon Islands leader 'missed opportunity'

Aug. 08, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. deputy secretary of state said Monday the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an important opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is...

China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

Aug. 08, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases...

Israeli ex-minister sentenced over Australia sex abuse case

Aug. 08, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court sentenced a former health minister to probation and a fine on Monday for obstructing justice in connection with the protracted extradition case against a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia. Yaakov Litzman, a...

Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions

Aug. 08, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after Beijing accused her of “finger-pointing” in her criticism of China’s military exercises in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Wong...

Judith Durham, Australia's folk music icon, dies at 79

Aug. 06, 2022 07:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Judith Durham, Australia's folk music icon who achieved global fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has died. She was 79. Durham died in Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on Friday night after suffering complications from a long-standing lung disease,...

Australia to protect Barrier Reef by banning coal mine

Aug. 04, 2022 05:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government announced on Thursday it plans to prevent development of a coal mine due to the potential impact on the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said she intends to deny approval for the Central...