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Australian town overwhelmed by response to free land offer

Oct. 21, 2021 05:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Outback town of Quilpie hoped its offer of free residential land to anyone who would make it their home might attract five new families to the remote community of 800. But authorities have been overwhelmed by more than 250 inquires in less than two...

Australian mourns beloved aunt with heart-shaped love ewes

Aug. 26, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian farmer couldn’t go to his aunt’s funeral because of pandemic restrictions so he paid his respects with a novel alternative: dozens of sheep arranged in the shape of a love heart. Drone-shot video of pregnant ewes munching...

Hundreds arrested, fined during Australia lockdown protests

Aug. 21, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — More than 250 people who were protesting coronavirus lockdowns in Australia were arrested Saturday and many faced fines for defying health orders, authorities said. At least seven police officers were treated for injuries after skirmishes broke out at some...

Australia's 2nd largest city, Melbourne, enters 6th lockdown

Aug. 05, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, went into a sixth lockdown on Thursday, with a state government leader blaming the nation’s slow COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Melbourne joins Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s most populous and...

The Latest: Australia city extends lockdown as clusters grow

Aug. 02, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia — A lockdown of Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane was extended until Sunday because of a growing COVID-19 outbreak. Brisbane and several surrounding municipalities in Queensland state were due to end a three-day lockdown on Tuesday. But the...

Move aside, Caeleb: Aussie McKeon has quite a medal haul

Jul. 31, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For all the focus on Caeleb Dressel, Australia's Emma McKeon could leave the Tokyo Olympics with more swimming medals than anyone. The 27-year-old from Brisbane added to her burgeoning collection Saturday, anchoring the Aussies to a bronze in the new...

Two-time Olympic silver medalist jailed for drug smuggling

Jul. 27, 2021 03:49 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Two-time Olympic silver medal-winning kayaker Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been jailed for more than 20 years each for trying to smuggle up to 200 million Australian dollars ($147 million) worth of cocaine into Australia. The...