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5.9 earthquake causes minor damage in Australia, no injuries

Sep. 22, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia. The quake hit about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Australia’s second-most populous city near the...

Seven female Afghan taekwondo athletes resettle in Australia

Sep. 21, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A sports association official says seven female taekwondo athletes who fled Taliban-controlled Afghanistan have resettled in Melbourne. Australian Taekwondo’s chief executive Heather Garriock said Wednesday the women are completing...

Asian shares mostly lower after mixed trading on Wall Street

Sep. 21, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday after major indexes ended mixed on Wall Street. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Shanghai and Taiwan but rose in Sydney. Markets in South Korea and Hong Kong were closed for holidays. The Bank of Japan kept its...

'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...

The Latest: Argentina, Colombia warn of debt crisis

Sep. 21, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: ___ The presidents of Argentina and Colombia warned the U.N. General Assembly that increasingly strapped emerging markets could default on their foreign debts, and called on multilateral lenders to push for...

NATO leader: Allies need to stand together amid sub flap

Sep. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With some powerful NATO allies at odds over a submarine sale, the alliance's leader suggested Tuesday that members need to focus on “the big picture” and not let the dispute between France and the U.S. and Britain open an ongoing rift. During...

France rallies EU as trust in US, UK and Australia wanes

Sep. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the country's festering dispute over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain at the top of bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month. The...

Defense official defends French submarine-making capability

Sep. 21, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry used Twitter to offer a robust defense of the country's submarine-making capabilities and to criticize Australia’s decision to choose the United States as a partner in a major defense deal. Defense Ministry spokesman Herve...

The Latest: March protests Australia state's vaccine mandate

Sep. 20, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in the streets of Australia’s second-largest city to protest against mandatory coronavirus vaccine rules in the construction industry., The protest Tuesday in Melbourne was aimed at a Victoria state...

The Latest: Pakistan says no rush to recognize Taliban gov't

Sep. 20, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ UNITED NATIONS -- Pakistan’s foreign minister says Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered...