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Atop Sydney’s Harbor Bridge: Incredible views and maybe a fear of heights cure

At the summit, underneath giant Australian flags unfurled in a 20 mph wind, the view across the harbor was captivating. A sea plane passed just 50 feet overhead. Birds flew …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89

Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Australian Parliament to make platforms curb livestreaming

Australia’s Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Australia’s ‘EggBoy’ an international sensation

On Friday, he was just another Australian high school student. By the end of the weekend, 17-year-old Will Connolly was the international sensation #EggBoy, the prankster who launched a thousand …


Milo Yiannopoulos banned from Australia for comments on New Zealand massacre

Far-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos’ social media antics regarding the recent New Zealand mosque attacks earned him a ban from Australia, the home of the self-proclaimed gunman who killed 49 people …


6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure

Australian police arrested six people after what authorities said Friday was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

It’s so hot in Australia that snakes are seeking refuge in people’s toilets

In Australia, snakes sometimes slither into suburban backyards and homes. When the weather gets warm, they lounge in the sun. When it gets hot, they seek cool places. When it …


Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison …


Flash flood swamps Sydney, killing three

At least three people died after a deluge that brought chaos to Australia’s largest city Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Golden girls: US wins 3rd straight women’s hoops World Cup

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship. The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 8:37 a.m.

Former Australian prime minister quits Parliament

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull resigned from Parliament on Friday, triggering a by-election that could bring down the unpopular conservative government.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:37 p.m.

U.S. leaker Chelsea Manning to be barred from Australia

Convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to start Sunday, her tour organizer said on Thursday.


Australia’s ‘accidental prime minister’ promises stability

Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Friday promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers …


Horan’s late goal pulls US women’s soccer team into 1-1 draw with Australia.

Lindsey Horan scored in the 90th minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw with Australia on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations.


Basketball officials apologize for Philippines-Australia brawl

Basketball officials from Australia and the Philippines have issued a joint apology for the vicious brawl during a World Cup qualifier on Monday that resulted in the ejection of 13 …


Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura helps Japan upset Australia

Gonzaga rising junior Rui Hachimura scored 24 points and seven rebounds as Japan stunned Australia 79-78 Friday night for a crucial FIBA World Cup qualifier victory.


Tim Cahill finally plays for Australia as Socceroos sent home

Tim Cahill finally got onto the field in his fourth World Cup as Australia was in desperate need of goals. The goals didn’t follow and Cahill had no interest in …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

Already-eliminated Peru ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory. The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

Mile Jedinak’s penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark and new life at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark. But Jussuf Poulsen’s …


EU trade commissioner says trade liberalization has momentum

Trade liberalization continues to have global momentum despite recent U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the European trade commissioner said Monday as she launched free trade negotiations between the …


Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia. The French team was given a penalty kick after the referee watched the replay of a …


Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and …


Australian climbs 7 peaks in 7 continents in record time

An Australian mountaineer scaled Mount Everest on Monday, completing his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time, an expedition organizer said.


7 found dead with gunshot wounds on west Australia property

Seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the tourist town of Margaret River in Australia’s southwest on Friday in what could be the country’s worst …


Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Australian cardinal faces 2 trials on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on sex crime allegations spanning …


Australia, Ireland, NATO join in expelling Russian envoys

Australia, Ireland, NATO and Moldova on Tuesday joined the wave of nations and groups expelling Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Russia denounced …


Publicist: Damon not fleeing to Australia in Trump huff

A publicist for Matt Damon is batting down reports that the actor is moving to Australia with his family, and that such a move would have been inspired by anger …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Eleven nations sign Pacific trade pact as U.S. plans tariffs

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected …