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Korri Loader, a friend of the victims of a car fire, sits at a makeshift memorial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, near the scene of a car fire which claimed the lives of a mother and her three young children in Brisbane, Australia. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died after their car was set alight on a street in suburban Brisbane on Wednesday morning. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

PM says Australians 'devastated' by domestic violence attack

Feb. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were “shocked, saddened and devastated” by the deaths of five people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died...

Commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Feb. 17, 2020 7:46 PM EST

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Flavien Prat rides Country House to victory during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Luis Saez on Maximum Security finished first but was disqualified. Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment. The 4-year-old developed laminitis in his right front foot and was hospitalized last summer to treat the condition. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Kentucky Derby winner Country House retired with foot injury

Feb. 15, 2020 2:30 AM EST

Country House, the horse who won the Kentucky Derby in 2019 after the first horse over the finish line was disqualified, has been retired because of a foot ailment. Blackwood Stables on Friday said Country House won't race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot. He finished second in the...

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, shakes hands with Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt, who is indigenous, after the prime minister gave a speech on indigenous disadvantage in Parliament in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The Australian government has scrapped a 12-year-old timetable for ending indigenous disadvantage, declaring the policy had failed. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australia scraps policy to end indigenous disadvantage

Feb. 12, 2020 4:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has scrapped a 12-year-old timetable for ending indigenous disadvantage, declaring on Wednesday that the policy had failed. A new center-left Labor Party government launched the ambitious Closing the Gap initiative in 2008 aimed at achieving equality for...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli psychiatric panel has determined that Leifer facing dozens of sex-abuse charges in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, the Justice Ministry confirmed Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The decision is a major breakthrough in a years-old case that has strained relations between Israel and Australia and upset many members of Australia's Jewish community. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Australian Parliament to call for Israel to return principal

Feb. 10, 2020 5:30 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Parliament is expected to pass a motion calling for Israel to immediately extradite a former school principal wanted on dozens of charges of child sex abuse. The motion was introduced Monday by lawmakers from both the government and opposition in the House of...

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gives a joint statement with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Widodo is on a two-day visit to Canberra, his fourth visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)

Indonesian president urges closer Australian partnership

Feb. 9, 2020 10:19 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesia’s president spoke to Australia's Parliament on Monday, urging a closer partnership between their nations as their shared democratic values are threatened by uncertain global economics. President Joko Widodo was addressing a rare joint-sitting of the Australian...

In this Jan. 22, 2020, photo, tourists gather to have their photos taken with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop in Sydney, Australia. Tourism Australia, a government agency tasked with promoting the country overseas, has taken steps to counter mainstream media messages that Australia is a nation on fire, pointing out that many tourist attractions have not been affected by the crisis. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Correction: Australia-Wildfires-Arson story

Feb. 6, 2020 12:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story February 1, 2020, about the cause of recent wildfires in Australia, The Associated Press erroneously reported arson researcher Janet Stanley's title. Stanley is a principal research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne,...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack brief the media in Canberra, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Morrison announced changes to his Cabinet after two ministers resigned this week following political turmoil. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australian prime minister announces Cabinet reshuffle

Feb. 5, 2020 11:22 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Thursday announced changes to his Cabinet after two ministers resigned this week following political turmoil. The new lineup of ministers was agreed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, leader of the...

Protesters rally for action on climate change outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, lampoon Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his support for fossil fuel industries. Inside Parliament, lawmakers commemorated wildfire victims and praised the heroism of firefighters during the continuing wildfire crisis. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australian Parliament remembers victims and heroes of fires

Feb. 4, 2020 2:28 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawmakers commemorated wildfire victims and praised the heroism of firefighters when Australia's Parliament sat on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters rallied outside demanding more policy action on climate change. The usual business of Parliament was postponed on the first sitting...

Australian deputy prime minister survives internal revolt

Feb. 3, 2020 6:51 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s deputy prime minister on Tuesday withstood a challenge to his leadership mounted by the man he replaced two years ago. The Nationals party has not revealed the size of the margin that returned Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. The leadership was...