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Australian court upholds laws against foreign interference

May. 12, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born political adviser on Wednesday lost his challenge in Australia’s highest court against laws banning covert foreign interference in domestic politics. John Shi Sheng Zhang also lost his High Court challenge in a unanimous...

Whales found dead under Australian Navy ship in San Diego

May. 11, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two dead fin whales were dislodged from the hull of a Royal Australian Navy ship that has been conducting exercises in Southern California, authorities said. The destroyer HMAS Sydney was pulling into a pier at Naval Base San Diego on Saturday morning...

Top Aussie female sailor Curtis picked to join SailGP squad

May. 06, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

Nina Curtis has been picked to join the defending champion Australian team for the rest of SailGP’s second season as part of a developmental program to fast-track women into the global league. Curtis, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and sailed with...

Ex-49ers player Hayne to spend nearly 4 years in jail

May. 06, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Jarryd Hayne, a rugby league star who also played briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, has been sentenced to at least three years and eight months in jail for the sexual assault of a woman in 2018. Hayne was found guilty in March of two counts...

Australia faces court challenge to its Indian travel ban

May. 05, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Wednesday faced a court challenge to its temporary Indian travel ban brought by a 73-year-old citizen stranded in the city of Bengaluru. The government is resisting growing pressure to lift the travel ban imposed...

Asia markets mixed after Wall St decline

May. 05, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets advanced Wednesday after Wall Street fell, while Chinese and Japanese markets were closed for holidays. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.7%, dragged down by more declines for tech stocks including Apple...

New Zealander gives up knighthood after guilty pleas

May. 04, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A well-known New Zealand businessman who was found with hundreds of child sex abuse images gave up his knighthood Tuesday before it was stripped from him. Ron Brierley last month pleaded guilty to three charges in an Australian court,...

Australia and New Zealand commemorate war dead on Anzac Day

Apr. 24, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians and New Zealanders paid tribute to their war dead Sunday as both nations prepared to withdraw from their longest war in Afghanistan. The neighboring countries commemorate Anzac Day every April 25, the date in 1915 when the...

Asia stocks mixed after Wall St falls on Biden tax report

Apr. 23, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street fell following a report that President Joe Biden will propose raising taxes on wealthy investors. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul rose while Tokyo and Sydney retreated. Wall...

Ainslie, Slingsby look forward to competitive SailGP season

Apr. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie gave a tantalizing look at what the second season of SailGP would offer when he dominated the opening regatta on Sydney Harbor in February 2020, including a victory over Tom Slingsby and defending champion Australia in the match-race final. ...