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Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees...

Australia: Most of 1,100 refugees in US deal have resettled

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United States is expected to have resettled more than 1,100 refugees by early next year under a deal President...

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown as cases decline

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. ...

New Zealand’s Ardern credits virus response for election win

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A day after winning a second term in a landside victory, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday...

The Latest: Melbourne eases restrictions after cases drop

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. ...

US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic

DENVER (AP) — Helmet, goggles, skis? Check. Hand sanitizer, face covering, reservation? Check. ...

Asia Today: Melbourne ready to ease rules with 1 new case

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Victoria state has reported just one new case of COVID-19 and no deaths as the city of Melbourne moves...

New Zealand’s Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic...

Asia Today: Sydney lifts quarantine for N. Zealand travelers

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked...

Asian shares mixed amid 2nd wave coronavirus, election fears

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on...

New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational...

US challenger launches 2nd America’s Cup boat in Auckland

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — America’s Cup challenger American Magic has launched its second raceboat in Auckland, revealing significant design developments compared to its...

Asia Today: SKorea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan....

A popular Ardern poised to win 2nd term in New Zealand vote

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In the final days of campaigning before New Zealand holds an election on Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower as stimulus hopes fade

Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as hopes U.S. leaders will agree on a new economic stimulus before the Nov. 3 presidential...

The Latest: Australia prioritizes air service to 3 countries

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said on Thursday his government was giving priority to reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea. ...

Study: Health systems, govt responses linked to virus tolls

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say a comparison of 21 developed countries during the start of the coronavirus pandemic shows that those with early lockdowns...

Pandemic leaves American Samoa residents stranded, homesick

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Makerita Iosefo Vaʻa hasn't been home for nearly eight months — the longest she's ever been away from...

Asian shares lower after tech-driven rally on Wall Street

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data. ...

Asia Today: Australian state warns non-complying public

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The premier of Australia’s Victoria state is stepping up his fight with members of the public who don’t comply with...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher on stimulus hopes

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday on hopes Washington will provide more aid to the struggling U.S. economy. ...

Asia Today: Sri Lanka bans public gatherings amid sharp rise

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean...

Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tasmanian devils, the carnivorous marsupials whose feisty, frenzied eating habits won the animals cartoon fame, have returned to mainland Australia...

Negative views of China rise sharply in advanced democracies

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Negative perceptions of China have increased sharply among people in several advanced democracies, especially in Australia and Britain, according to...

After 6 months stranded, Easter Islanders will return home

RUSSELL, New Zealand (AP) — About 25 residents from remote Easter Island who have been stranded far from their loved ones for more than...

US, Australia, India, Japan discuss China’s growing power

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that China's increasingly assertive actions across the region make it more critical than...

Australia plans massive pandemic budget, record deficit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to cut income taxes, create jobs for young people and stimulate business investment...

Cardinal Pell accuser denies bribe as Vatican intrigue grows

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Australian man who accused Cardinal George Pell of sexually abusing him denied Monday he was bribed for his testimony,...

US, Australia, India, Japan to discuss China’s growing power

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign ministers from four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group are gathering in Tokyo on Tuesday for talks that Japan...

The Latest: S. Korea reports virus numbers trending lower

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 73 new cases of the coronavirus, its fifth straight day of below 100, although officials expressed...

New Caledonia voters choose to stay part of France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — A majority of voters in New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence in a...

Asia Today: India has another 75,800 cases, recovery high

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 total fatalities. ...

The Latest: India records 75,800 new cases, recovery high

NEW DELHI — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 fatalities. ...

Asia Today: Victoria premier concerned over mall outbreak

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The COVID-19 figures in Australia’s Victoria state continued to show improvement on Saturday but officials are concerned about an outbreak...

Asia Today: Australia, New Zealand to partially open borders

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand on Friday announced a partial opening of their borders to travel between the neighboring countries. ...

New Caledonia to vote on independence from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — Voters in New Caledonia, a French archipelago in the South Pacific, will choose whether they want independence from France...

Google to pay $1 billion over 3 years for news content

LONDON (AP) — Google will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their content, the company's latest effort to defuse tensions...

Asia Today: September was India’s worst month of pandemic

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday reported 86,821 new coronaviruses cases and another 1,181 fatalities, making September its worst month of the pandemic. ...

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of...

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on...

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for “chaos” and “insults” between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese...

‘I Am Woman’ singer Helen Reddy, ’70s hitmaker, dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Woman” and recorded a...

Asia Today: Philippines placing southern city in lockdown

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One southern Philippine province and its war-battered capital will be placed under a mild lockdown starting Thursday and the rest...

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia’s coast

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the...

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who...

Asia Today: Australian hot spot, South Korea hit new lows

Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, Victoria state, on Monday recorded its lowest number of new infections in more than three months as the nation’s second-largest...

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for...

The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a...

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning:...

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown, schools, work resume

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to...

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested...

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were...

Still no cause for mass pilot whale stranding in Australia

HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species...

Canceled flights strand 25 Easter Islanders for 6 months

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For people around the world, the coronavirus has caused distressing separations and delayed homecomings. But the situation for a...

TikTok says it didn’t take part in Australia security probes

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — TikTok executives told a Senate committee on Friday that they lobbied Australian lawmakers but did not engage with investigators before...

Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim minorities are targeted in...

Australian offers free coffee, chat from his kitchen window

It all started when Rick Everett walked out of his home in Sydney and put up a sign on his kitchen window that read:...

88 whales rescued from Australia’s worst mass beaching

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities have rescued 88 pilot whales and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia’s worst mass stranding, as...

World leaders criticize haphazard response to pandemic

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathering remotely Wednesday criticized a haphazard global response to a microscopic virus that has unleashed economic havoc and...

Australian bank agrees to $919M fine for money laundering

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Westpac, Australia’s second-largest bank, agreed to pay a 1.3 billion Australian dollar ($919 million) fine for breaches of anti-money laundering...

Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts...

At UN, island nation of Palau speaks to interconnected world

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As one of the smallest countries on earth, the Pacific island nation of Palau doesn't always get to command the...

Russian frigate and container ship collide in Danish waters

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Russian frigate has collided with a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship off Copenhagen, Denmark’s navy said. Weather reports show that...

Nearly 500 pilot whales stranded in Australia; 380 dead

HOBART, Australia (AP) — More pilot whales were found stranded in Australia on Wednesday, raising the estimated total to nearly 500, including 380 that...

Asian shares take breather after Wall Street gains

Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook. ...

Australian rescuers save 25 of 270 stranded whales so far

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia’s island state of Tasmania have died,...

Asia Today: India adds 87K cases, New Zealand easing rules

NEW DELHI (AP) — India recorded nearly 87,000 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours as it edged closer to the United States...

Whale swims free of crocodile-filled Australian river

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river...

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse,...

Asian markets lower after Wall St declines for third week

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third week and Britain reported a rise in...

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the...

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, new surge in India

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on...

Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikes

LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures...

Asia Today: India’s cases keep rising; rallies in Melbourne

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. ...

Captain says he knowingly risked career with virus warning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The dismissed captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier knew he was jeopardizing his military career when he broke protocol...

Asia Today: India’s coronavirus cases jump by another 96K

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. ...

Australia pays $3.7 M to help news agency though pandemic

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday announced a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as...

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks...

Australia to amend law making Facebook, Google pay for news

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will...

First US spring flight to Antarctica aims to keep out virus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness arrived Monday with crews taking extra precautions to...

The Latest: S. Korea eases restrictions as virus cases drop

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its lowest daily virus tally in about a month as it began easing its tough social...

Australia minister warns foreign journalists amid China spat

SYDNEY (AP) — A senior Australian government minister on Sunday warned foreign journalists working in the country they might come under the scrutiny of...

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At this very moment a vast world exists that’s free of the coronavirus, where people can mingle without masks and watch...

Asia Today: India’s cases cross 4.6M after record surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus tally has crossed 4.6 million after a record surge of 97,570 new cases in 24 hours. ...

Ex-World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey dies at 75

John Fahey, a former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a key player in getting the 2000 Summer Olympics for Sydney, has died....

Rio Tinto CEO to leave over destruction of Indigenous sites

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March over the destruction of Australian Indigenous...

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Friday shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala...

Asian stocks gain after Wall Street rebounds from tech slump

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a three-day slump for tech stocks. ...

Australian prime minister criticizes TikTok suicide video

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of...

Australia officials probe if dead shark in net killed surfer

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities will investigate whether a dead tiger shark caught in a net off an Australian beach killed a surfer, an...

Last 2 journalists working for Australian media leave China

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The last two journalists working for Australian media in China have left the country after police demanded interviews with them...

Barty opts out of French Open title defense amid pandemic

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty has prioritized her health over her status as women's tennis No. 1 by opting out of a second...

Asia Today: India surges to world’s 2nd-worst virus caseload

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases surged to 4.2 million, the second-highest total in the world, on Monday as urban metro trains partially...

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street slides

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street turned in its biggest weekly decline in more than two months. ...

Australia leader expects ‘sensible outcome’ to news pay plan

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Monday that he expected a “sensible outcome” to his government’s plans to make digital platforms pay...

The Latest: Australia OKs funding for two potential vaccines

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced on Monday it had struck supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion)...

Asia Today: Melbourne lockdown to stay; 8 charged for rally

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The premier of Australia's Victoria state announced a slight easing of restrictions in Melbourne but the country's second-largest city will...

Quarantine a small price to pay for Australian in Venice

VENICE (AP) — Roderick MacKay had to get government approval to leave Australia, spent two weeks in preventive coronavirus quarantine in Rome and will...

Asia Today: Australian police make arrests at rallies

MELBOURNE, Australia — Police in Australia's hardest-hit state of Victoria made several arrests among a crowd of about 300 people protesting the lockdown in...

UK ignores critics, makes ex-Australia PM Abbott trade envoy

LONDON (AP) — The British government appointed former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to a post as unpaid trade advisor on Friday, ignoring criticism...

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