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This Friday, March 27, 2020, photo shows the cruise ship Artania docked at Fremantle harbour in Fremantle, Australia. Authorities were still hoping to fly 800 cruise ship passengers from Australia to Germany on the weekend, but a sharp overnight rise in cases of the new coronavirus on board brought severe complications for the repatriation mission. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

Australia prepares to fly cruise passengers to Germany

Mar. 28, 2020 6:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian authorities pressed ahead Saturday with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. Plans had been put in place to fly the European passengers to Germany from...

Australian pro soccer player tests positive for coronavirus

Mar. 28, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An A-League soccer player has become the first Australian professional footballer to test positive for the new coronavirus. The unnamed player, who plays for the Newcastle Jets in New South Wales state, was tested Friday as a precaution before an international flight. He played in recent...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

In this image provided by Jay Woods,  Woods, a Designated Market Maker with IMC and NYSE Floor Governor, who normally works on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, works in his home office in Basking Ridge, N.J., Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, Friday, March 27,  as the market gives back some of the gains it piled up over the past three days.  (Shannon Woods/Courtesy Jay Woods via AP)

Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally

Mar. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

Wall Street closed lower Friday but still notched big gains for the week as investors held out hope that a $2 trillion rescue package will cushion businesses and households from the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus. The S&P 500 closed 3.4% lower, but still climbed 10.3% for the week, its...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Australia's Ben O'Donnell is tackled by Argentina's player in a quarterfinal match of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. O’Donnell thought his Olympic dream was over just two months ago when he injured his knee and was given no chance of recovering by July. So while the coronavirus pandemic-enforced postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021 has been met with disappointment from the world’s leading athletes, the rugby sevens player is struggling to contain his smile. He says the Olympic postponement has

Olympic delay puts smile on recovering rugby player's face

Mar. 27, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

A season-ending knee injury had Ben O'Donnell convinced he'd be watching the Tokyo Olympics from a distance, with absolutely no chance of pulling on the Australian jersey for the Rugby Sevens competition. Forgive him for being a tiny bit pleased this week when the Tokyo Games were postponed to 2021 because of the...

A woman looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, March 27, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in Asia after stocks surged again on Wall Street with the approaching approval of a massive coronavirus relief bill by Congress.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares advance after stimulus surge on Wall Street

Mar. 26, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced on Friday in Asia after Wall Street logged a third straight day of gains with the approaching congressional approval of a massive coronavirus relief bill. Tokyo and Seoul jumped 1.2% and Shanghai added 0.6%, while stocks fell in Australia. Wall Street appeared to shrug off...

A man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters building in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Olympic torch relay was postponed Tuesday because the Tokyo Games themselves were pushed back to 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Australia seeks age limit lift for Olympic soccer tournament

Mar. 26, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia wants FIFA and the IOC to increase the age limit for the Olympic men's tournament in the wake of the Tokyo Games being pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC and Tokyo organizers agreed this week to postpone the Olympics, which were...

A staff member carries plastic buckets containing medical waste from new coronavirus patients at the Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Park Dong-joon/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

Mar. 26, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea’s central bank to temporarily...

In this image provided by Jonathan Corpina, Jonathan Corpina, Senior Managing Partner at Meridian Equity Partners Inc., who normally works on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, works in his home office in Armonk, NY., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Stocks are wobbling in tentative trading Wednesday as a historic, worldwide rally downshifts dramatically after just a day. (Danielle Corpina/Courtesy Jonathan Corpina via AP)

Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

Mar. 26, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after Wall Street gained as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over a proposed $2 trillion virus aid package. Market benchmarks in Tokyo and Shanghai declined. Australia and Southeast Asian markets gained. Jakarta jumped 10%. New York futures were lower, with the...

Australia criticizes China's espionage case against writer

Mar. 25, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Wednesday criticized China for formally charging a Chinese-Australian writer with espionage during the coronavirus pandemic. Yang Hengjun was taken into custody upon arriving in China from New York in January 2019 with his wife, Yuan Xiaoliang, and his 14-year-old...