Latest Oceania News

Australia vies for Pacific influence with new security deal

Dec. 13, 2022 23:50 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has signed a new security deal with Oceania island country Vanuatu as part of an ongoing competition with China for influence in the Pacific. The new security pact covers humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, law enforcement, cyber...

New Zealand court rules against anti-vax parents of ill baby

Dec. 07, 2022 04:59 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand court temporarily took away medical custody of a baby from his parents on Wednesday after they refused blood transfusions for him unless the blood came from donors who were unvaccinated against COVID-19. The court's ruling in favor of...

Australia's central bank raises key interest rate to 3.1%

Dec. 06, 2022 00:12 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to 3.1% as it continues trying to wrestle down inflation. The increase was the bank's eighth in a row and took the rate to its highest level in 10 years. ...

New Zealand launches inquiry into its coronavirus response

Dec. 05, 2022 00:44 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is launching a wide-ranging inquiry into whether it made the right decisions in battling COVID-19 and how it can better prepare for future pandemics. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the coronavirus had posed the greatest threat...

What's next for Australia after World Cup exit?

Dec. 04, 2022 07:18 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Australia’s World Cup adventure came to an end against a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina. A 2-1 loss at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium matched its best-ever performance at soccer’s biggest tournament by reaching the round of 16 for only the second time in its history. ...

Messi's sidekick Julián Álvarez flourishing at the World Cup

Dec. 04, 2022 06:08 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — This season has been quite an education for Julián Álvarez. From being the understudy to Erling Haaland in his first year at Manchester City to being the sidekick to Lionel Messi for Argentina at the World Cup, Álvarez is learning from the biggest stars in...

Messi scores, Argentina reaches World Cup quarterfinals

Dec. 03, 2022 18:04 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi was pushed into the middle of a joyous post-match huddle as Argentina’s players jumped up and down to celebrate reaching the World Cup quarterfinals. Messi delivered again for his country, marking the 1,000th game of his era-defining career...

Australia defender Souttar takes on the greats at World Cup

Dec. 03, 2022 17:44 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — From a World Cup -threatening knee injury to marking Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe at soccer's biggest tournament, it’s been a wild ride for Australia defender Harry Souttar. Now, after a 2-1 loss to Argentina on Saturday and elimination from the World...

Messi, Mbappé and co: The AP's World Cup team of group stage

Dec. 03, 2022 03:55 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Writers covering the World Cup for The Associated Press have chosen their standout players at the tournament so far to form a best team of the group stage. Spoiler alert: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé are in there, along with surprise names who have helped to...

G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

Dec. 02, 2022 18:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his...