Latest Australia News

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)

The Latest: Britain imposes monthlong lockdown to curb virus

Oct. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will start a monthlong lockdown next week. Johnson says the new measures will begin Thursday and last until Dec. 2. Non-essential shops must close and people can only leave home for a short list of reasons. Unlike the U.K.’s first...

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries a child and walks past a graffiti in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

Oct. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia “as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic.” The government said it would use a range of advance...

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the member for Oxley Milton Dick bump elbows after casting their votes in the state election, at the Inala State School polling booth in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state is voting for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between incumbent Premier Palaszczuk’s Labor Party and Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington. (Dan Peled/Pool Photo via AAP Image)

Pandemic takes center stage in Australia's Queensland vote

Oct. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central theme as Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state votes for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between the incumbent premier and an opposition challenger. In a trend following that of next...

This image made from the Oct. 2, 2020, surveillance camera footage obtained by the website Doha News shows officials care for an abandoned baby at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Qatar apologized Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney to try to identify who might have given birth to the abandoned newborn baby, even as Australia said it was only one of 10 flights subjected to the searches. (Doha News via AP)

Qatar: Officials behind women exams referred to prosecutors

Oct. 30, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar said Friday it referred officials at its international airport to prosecutors for possible charges after women aboard Qatar Airways flights faced forced vaginal examinations following the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby. The statement comes as the Australian...

Fire burns in the grass near Bumbalong, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The threat is posed by a blaze on Canberra's southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares (53,000 acres) since it was sparked by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday, the Emergency Services Agency said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia wildfires probe recommends climate risk forecasts

Oct. 30, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An investigation into Australia’s catastrophic wildfire season on Friday recommended greater efforts to forecast the impacts of climate change on specific parts of the country, warning fire behavior was becoming more extreme. The Royal Commission into National Natural...

A doctor collects a sample for a coronavirus test from a bsby in Subang on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Malaysia extended restricted movements in its biggest city Kuala Lumpur, neighboring Selangor state and the administrative capital of Putrajaya from Wednesday in an attempt to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Asia Today: Virus arrives in once-clear Marshall Islands

Oct. 29, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Marshall Islands has reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to a U.S. military base tested positive. The small Pacific nation had been among the last places in the world to have no reported cases of the virus. The Office of the...

Supporters of those who disappeared in Chile in the 1970's are seen outside the Sydney Central Local Court in Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.An Australian judge has ruled that a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s can be extradited. (Margaret Scheikowski, AAP Image via AP)

Australian court rules to extradite kidnap suspect to Chile

Oct. 29, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled Thursday that a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s can be extradited. Magistrate Philip Stewart dismissed Adriana Rivas’ lawyers’ objections to her extradition on...

In this photo released by Astrid Magenau, Magenau poses for a photo with her father in Stuttgart, Germany on June 6, 2020. Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that make her feel like a prisoner in her adopted country. (Astrid Magenau via AP)

Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak

Oct. 28, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Astrid Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that make her feel like a prisoner in her adopted country. Australia has sought to prevent new...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, a Qatar Airways jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Qatar apologized Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Qatar apologizes, investigates forced airport examinations

Oct. 28, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar apologized Wednesday after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney to try to identify who might have given birth to an abandoned newborn baby, even as Australia said it was only one of 10 flights subjected to the...

Outdoor diners are seen dining outdoors in a laneway in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. In Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume Wednesday, emerging from a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Australia's second-largest city ends 111-day virus lockdown

Oct. 28, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Coffee business owner Darren Silverman pulled his van over and wept when he heard on the radio that Melbourne’s pandemic lockdown would be largely lifted on Wednesday after 111 days. Silverman was making a home delivery Monday when the announcement was made that...