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Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Nov. 24, 2021 05:48 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded the corals fertilizing billions of...

Australia cricket captain resigns after "sexting" scandal

Nov. 19, 2021 02:50 AM EST

Tim Paine took over the Australian test cricket team captaincy following one of the country's biggest and most embarrassing international scandals. He's lost it following a more personal indiscretion. Paine quit as test captain on Friday after being...

Modern pentathlon to drop show jumping from Olympic program

Nov. 04, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Modern Pentathlon Australia has supported a decision by the sport’s international governing body to remove the show jumping discipline from its Olympic competition after the 2024 Paris Games. The International Modern Pentathlon Union...

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...

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travelers

Oct. 18, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Queensland state announced plans Monday to open up to vaccinated travelers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of remaining virtually free of COVID-19. Queensland and Western Australia have been among the...

Australian state to end quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Oct. 15, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney will end hotel quarantine for vaccinated passengers when scheduled international flights restart in Australia within two weeks, officials said on Friday, while maintaining some restrictions on foreigners entering the country. Vaccinated...

Court rejects fired physicist's intellectual freedom claim

Oct. 13, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court Wednesday dismissed an intellectual freedom claim by a university physicist who was fired in part over his public statements that scientists exaggerated damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change. Five...

Australia won't welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

Oct. 05, 2021 06:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year, the prime minister said Tuesday as he outlined plans for lifting some of the toughest and longest COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by any democracy. The...

Australia's Daintree Rainforest returned to original owners

Sep. 29, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is among four national parks to be handed back to traditional owners in a deal signed with an Australian state government on Wednesday. More than 160,000 hectares (395,000 acres) of land in...

Boeing to build military aircraft drones in Australian city

Sep. 23, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to build a new type of drone military aircraft in Australia. Boeing said Wednesday it has selected Toowoomba city in Queensland state as the final assembly point for its unmanned Loyal...