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Morasha Wiggins, Jillian Brown named AP D1 Players of Year

Apr. 22, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

The 2021 Associated Press Division 1 girls basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sportswriters. ___ Players of the Year Morasha Wiggins, Kalamazoo Central, Sr. Jillian Brown, East...

Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to help

Apr. 22, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy ships searched Thursday for a submarine that likely sank too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. Authorities said oxygen in the submarine would run out by early Saturday. The...

The Latest: German 'emergency brake' plan clears last hurdle

Apr. 22, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

BERLIN — A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly has cleared its final legislative hurdle. Parliament’s upper house, where Germany’s 16 state governments are...

Australia ends China deals on national interest grounds

Apr. 22, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s cancellation of two infrastructure deals with China prompted Beijing on Thursday to accuse its leaders of a “Cold War mentality” and threaten a possible response. The clash adds to strains in relations that are at a...

New Zealand says Five Eyes security alliance remains strong

Apr. 22, 2021 02:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Thursday it continues to have a close and productive relationship with the U.S. and other security allies, despite resisting speaking out in unison with them against China on certain human rights issues. New Zealand...

Australia plans to spend $417M on hydrogen, carbon capture

Apr. 21, 2021 05:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government’s green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Joe...

Envoy: China not discriminating against foreign journalists

Apr. 21, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China continued to welcome foreign journalists and discriminated against none, a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday, contradicting an Australian reporter's opinion that they were “barely tolerated.” Wang Xining, the Chinese Embassy in...

Byron Bay locals protest planned Netflix reality series

Apr. 20, 2021 02:15 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Angry Byron Bay locals are protesting the filming of a reality television series that some fear will damage the reputation of their trendy Australian tourist town. Around 100 surfers paddled to sea Tuesday to form a cancel symbol off the coast...

Australia reverses decision to withhold medals from veterans

Apr. 19, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Monday reversed a decision to strip soldiers of unit citations due to war crime allegations in Afghanistan and announced an inquiry into suicides among veterans and serving members of the military. Australian...

Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens with joy, tears

Apr. 19, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As the passengers walked a little dazed through the airport gates, they were embraced one after another by family members who rushed forward and dissolved into tears. Elation and relief marked the opening of a long-anticipated travel...