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Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested

Jul. 24, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants. ...

UNESCO chides Australia over Great Barrier Reef proposal

Jul. 22, 2021 07:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese host of this year's meeting of the U.N. World Heritage Committee has defended the body's proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” against Australian government suspicion that China influenced the finding for political reasons. ...

Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid

Jul. 21, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Brisbane was picked Wednesday to host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Melbourne hosted in 1956. ...

Japanese envoy says Tokyo 'struggles every day' with China

Jul. 21, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Japan’s relationship with China was no better than notoriously strained Sino-Australian relations, the Japanese ambassador to Australia said on Wednesday. Japan’s ties with China are often held up as an example to Australia of how...

Pacific Rim leaders agree to step up COVID vaccine sharing

Jul. 16, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

Leaders of Asian Pacific nations agreed on Friday to step up COVID-19 vaccination sharing as China said it has pledged $3 billion in international aid to support coronavirus response efforts in developing countries. The virtual retreat for Asia-Pacific Economic...

Pacific Rim leaders discuss economic way out of pandemic

Jul. 16, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among Pacific Rim leaders gathering virtually to discuss strategies to help economies rebound from a resurgent COVID-19...

Australia vows financial aid as Sydney lockdown continues

Jul. 13, 2021 03:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian government officials on Tuesday announced added financial support for businesses and households as Sydney appeared increasingly likely to enter a fourth week of lockdown due to coronavirus clusters. New South Wales state Premier...

The Latest: Australia to tighten restrictions in Sydney

Jul. 08, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities are further tightening restrictions in Sydney after reporting 44 new community cases, the largest number since a coronavirus outbreak began there last month. The city of more than 5 million is already in lockdown. New South Wales State...

2 Australian states urge against under 40s taking AZ vaccine

Jun. 30, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Queensland and Western Australia state governments on Wednesday advised people under age 40 not to take the AstraZeneca vaccine because of the risk of a rare blood clotting disorder, despite the Australian government making those shots available to all adults....

The Latest: Australia official urges against AstraZeneca

Jun. 29, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia — The top health official in Australia’s Queensland state is advising adults under age 40 not to take the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine because of the risk of a rare blood clotting disorder, even though the Australian government is making those shots available to all...