Israeli principal in Australian court on sex convictionsApril 26, 2023 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Jewish girls school principal and now convicted sex offender Malka Leifer was ordered on Wednesday to appear in an Australian court in June for a two-day sentencing hearing.
Jockey dies after horse racing fall in AustraliaApril 24, 2023 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian jockey Dean Holland died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall during a race in regional Victoria state on Monday, Racing Victoria said.
The state's horse racing authority said the 34-year-old Holland was one of two jockeys dislodged from their horses in the opening race of a meeting at Donald Racecourse.
Taiwan, Hong Kong workers believed dead in Australia crashApril 22, 2023 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — A road accident in Australia killed five people, including four foreign farm workers, after a driver allegedly failed to give way before entering onto a busy highway.
Taiwanese and Hong Kong workers were believed to be among those killed in the crash, which occurred Thursday on the border of Victoria and New South Wales states, the Australian newspaper Herald Sun reported.
Track incursion by Australian GP fans sparks investigationApril 3, 2023 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Grand Prix organizers have launched an investigation to determine how a group of fans managed to break through security and get dangerously close to Formula One cars before the chaotic race that featured three red flags had ended on Sunday.
Verstappen wins in wild finish to F1 Australian Grand PrixApril 3, 2023 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed his first Australian Grand Prix title on Sunday in remarkable circumstances after a chaotic F1 race filled with drama from the green light to the checkered flag.
Millions of rotting fish to be removed from Outback riverMarch 20, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Contractors are being hired to remove millions of rotting fish from a river in the Australian Outback after a unprecedented die-off following floods and hot weather, police said on Monday.
Aussie rules players launch legal action over concussionsMarch 14, 2023 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A class action has been launched on behalf of Australian rules footballers who have sustained concussion-related injuries while playing or preparing for professional games in the national league since 1985.
Former No 1 Jiyai Shin 2 off lead after Round 3 at Vic OpenFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Former No. 1 Jiyai Shin shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to trail third-round leader Cassie Porter by two strokes going into the final round of the Vic Open.
Porter concluded an otherwise mediocre round with an eagle on the 18th to finish with an even-par 72 and a three-round total of 15-under 202.
Porter leads women’s Vic Open after course record 64February 10, 2023 GMT
BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Cassie Porter fired a course record 9-under par 64 on Friday to take a five-shot lead halfway through the women’s Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links.
The 20-year-old Porter had eagles on the par-4 5th and the par-5 18th on the Creek Course in the second round to move to 15 under after opening with a 66, overshadowing her playing partners and former No.
Ryan Ruffels leads men’s Vic Open after course record 61February 9, 2023 GMT
BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Ryan Ruffels had seven birdies and two eagles in a course record-equaling 61 on Thursday, taking a two-shot lead at 11-under after the first round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on Thursday.
Police: Canadian bank robbers’ goal was to kill copsJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
SANICH, British Columbia (AP) — Twin brothers who died in a hail of gunfire last summer outside a Canadian bank had been planning their attack for years, with a goal to kill as many officers as possible, police said Friday.
More charges filed after violent pitch invasion in AustraliaDecember 21, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two men who received lifetime bans from all soccer-related activities are among the 13 people already charged by police following a violent pitch invasion that left a goalkeeper and a referee injured and forced the abandonment of a top-flight league game in Australia on the weekend.
2 men given life-time bans after pitch invasion in AustraliaDecember 20, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Football Australia has issued life-time bans to two Melbourne Victory supporters who rushed onto the field during an A-League game, including one who allegedly hit Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover with a metal bucket.
Poland’s Meronk wins Australian Open men’s titleDecember 4, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A superb 12-meter putt off the back of the last green for eagle was Adrian Meronk’s spectacular signature to his Australian Open triumph at Victoria Golf Club.
Meronk, allowed the luxury of strolling down the last hole with a three-shot lead, stretched the winning advantage to five shots to cap a superb 4-under 66 on Sunday.
Adam Scott, Jiyai Shin lead respective Australian OpensDecember 3, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Adam Scott and Jiyai Shin led the men's and women's Australian Opens after three rounds at Victoria Golf Club. There is plenty of nearby company to challenge them for the first national golf championship to hold a concurrent tournament off alternate tees.
Adam Scott, Green lead at men’s-women’s Australian OpenDecember 2, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Major winners Adam Scott and Hannah Green underlined their big-event mentality to move into contention after two rounds of the concurrent Australian Open men’s and women’s golf championships.
Locals lead after Round 1 of men’s, women’s Australian OpenDecember 1, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Local professional David Micheluzzi shot a course-record equaling 7-under 63 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Australian Open where the men’s and women’s championships are being played concurrently for the first time.
Arrest sparks violence in Mexico border city of Nuevo LaredoNovember 28, 2022 GMT
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Gunfire broke out across the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo early Monday, prompting the cancellation of classes and an advisory from the U.S. Consulate to shelter in place.
Vancouver’s shot at hosting 2030 Winter Olympics dimsOctober 27, 2022 GMT
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's government will not support Vancouver's bid to hold the 2030 Olympics in the province, a move that places Salt Lake City closer to bringing the Games back to Utah.
Australian floods could inundate or isolate 34,000 homesOctober 17, 2022 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Around 34,000 homes could be inundated or isolated in Victoria state as a flood emergency continues across parts of Australia’s southeast, an official said Monday.
Victoria is the worst-affected state with some towns experiencing the highest river peaks in decades.
Homes inundated by swollen rivers in Australian floodsOctober 14, 2022 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Homes were flooded in Melbourne and other cities in Australia’s southeast on Friday with rivers forecast to remain dangerously high for days.
About 70 residents were told to leave the suburb of Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s northwest, along with hundreds in the Victoria state cities of Benalla and Wedderburn, authorities said.
Flood warnings as southeast Australia lashed by heavy rainOctober 13, 2022 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Flood warnings were issued, hundreds of homes were evacuated, thousands more lost power and a man was missing as heavy rain lashed southeast Australia on Thursday.
Rivers across Australia’s most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, and the island state of Tasmania were rising dangerously with catchments soaked by months of above-average rainfall.
Geelong ends 11-year title drought in Aussie Rules footballSeptember 24, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was never in doubt for the Geelong Cats on the way to their first Australian Football League championship since 2011.
The Cats won their 16th consecutive match and were never threatened in a 20.13 (133) to 8.4 (52) win over the Sydney Swans.
Geelong, Sydney advance to Aussie rules football grand finalSeptember 17, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Geelong Cats are back in the Australian Football League grand final and looking for their first Australian rules football title since 2011.
Lawmakers in Australian state pledge allegiance to kingSeptember 13, 2022 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawmakers in an Australian state pledged their allegiance to King Charles III on Tuesday with some using the occasion to call for an Australian republic.
Australia’s center-left Labor Party government wants an Australian president to replace the British monarch as the nation’s head of state.
Canadian donates $172 million to Australian medical researchAugust 31, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Canadian businessman Geoff Cumming on Wednesday promised 250 million Australian dollars ($172 million) over 20 years to fight the next pandemic in Australia’s largest ever donation to medical research.
British Open champion Smith set to play 2 Australian eventsAugust 24, 2022 GMT
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — British Open champion Cameron Smith is set to return home to play for the first time since 2019 when he contests the Australian Open and Australian PGA golf tournaments later this year.
2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikasAugust 11, 2022 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — A second Australian state on Thursday banned public displays of Nazi symbols.
New South Wales, the nation’s most populous state, followed Victoria, the second most populous, which banned the public display of Nazi swastikas in June.
Australian state begins legislating to ban the swastikaAugust 9, 2022 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most populous state took a major step toward banning Nazi symbols on Tuesday when the New South Wales Parliament’s lower house passed a bill that would criminalize their display.
Aurinia: Q2 Earnings SnapshotAugust 4, 2022 GMT
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AUPH) on Thursday reported a loss of $35.5 million in its second quarter.
On a per-share basis, the Victoria, British Columbia-based company said it had a loss of 25 cents.
Parent sues Australian cardinal over child sex abuse chargeJuly 14, 2022 GMT
The father of a deceased former choirboy filed a lawsuit against Cardinal George Pell and the Catholic Church in an Australian court on Thursday claiming the parent suffered psychological injury over an accusation that the once-senior Vatican official sexually abused the son.
Australian state outlaws public displays of Nazi swastikasJune 22, 2022 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state has become the first in the country to pass a law banning the public display of Nazi swastikas, as concerns grow about the rate at which local young people are being radicalized.
F1 extends deal with Australian Grand Prix through 2035June 15, 2022 GMT
Formula One announced a 10-year contract extension with the Australian Grand Prix on Thursday to continue racing in Melbourne through 2035.
The new agreement will also bring feeder series Formula 2 and Formula 3 to the circuit for the first time starting next year.
Infowars bankruptcy tossed in deal with Sandy Hook parentsJune 10, 2022 GMT
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Friday dismissed the bankruptcy protection case of Infowars and two other companies controlled by Alex Jones, the result of an agreement between lawyers for the conspiracy theorist and parents of some of the children slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
3 finalists in running to lead SW Louisiana school districtMay 21, 2022 GMT
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The finalists to lead a southwest Louisiana school district have been named.
Sandy Hook lawsuits against Alex Jones on track to resumeMay 13, 2022 GMT
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The Sandy Hook families' lawsuits against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown school shooting a hoax appear poised to resume soon, based on agreements revealed Friday in the bankruptcy cases of some of Jones' companies.
Aurinia: Q1 Earnings SnapshotMay 10, 2022 GMT
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AUPH) on Tuesday reported a loss of $37.6 million in its first quarter.
On a per-share basis, the Victoria, British Columbia-based company said it had a loss of 27 cents.
Men’s, women’s Australian Opens to be played concurrentlyApril 29, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The men's and women's Australian Open golf tournaments are set to be played at the same time on two sandbelt courses in southeast Melbourne in December.
And five-time winner Karrie Webb says she might even come out of semi-retirement to play in it.
Afghan women’s team plays first game in AustraliaApril 24, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team has played its first match since its evacuation from the Taliban-led country last year, helped by A-League team the Melbourne Victory.
Chiefs defeat NSW Waratahs 51-27 in Super Rugby PacificApril 22, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first match of the season between New Zealand and Australian teams in the Super Rugby Pacific tournament was a convincing win for the Kiwis.
The Chiefs beat the New South Wales Waratahs 51-27 on Friday at Melbourne in the first match of the so-called Super Round when all five matches will be played in the Victorian state capital.
Brazil, Argentina to play in Australia ahead of World CupApril 20, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Argentina and Brazil will play a June 11 friendly in Australia and officials from both teams will be hoping there is a proper conclusion this time.
The last time the teams met — in a World Cup qualifying match last September in Sao Paulo — the game was halted after only a few minutes after Brazilian health authorities walked onto the field during play as part of an effort to deport four Argentine players accused of violating coronavirus quarantine regulations.
Andrew McDonald named head coach of Australian cricket teamApril 13, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andrew McDonald has been named head coach of the Australian men's cricket team on a four-year contract.
Cricket Australia said Wednesday that McDonald's contract had been made permanent after serving as interim coach since Justin Langer did not agree to a short-term contract renewal in February.
Victoria state in Australia to host 2026 Commonwealth GamesApril 12, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
It will be the first-ever predominantly regional Commonwealth Games with events in several cities and regional hubs including Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland.
Body of cricket great Shane Warne arrives back in AustraliaMarch 10, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The body of cricket great Shane Warne is back in Australia.
Just before dawn outside Bangkok his coffin — draped in an Australian flag — was put into an ambulance at the Thai Police Forensic Institute and driven to an international airport.
Melbourne Cricket Ground service for Warne set for March 30March 9, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Home to many of famed Australian spin bowler Shane Warne's greatest sports moments, the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host his public farewell on March 30.
Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday confirmed the MCG as the venue for a state memorial service to honor Warne, who died of a suspected heart attack last week in Thailand.
Aurinia: Q4 Earnings SnapshotFebruary 28, 2022 GMT
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AUPH) on Monday reported a loss of $33.3 million in its fourth quarter.
On a per-share basis, the Victoria, British Columbia-based company said it had a loss of 25 cents.
John Landy, pursuer of Bannister’s 4-minute mile, dies at 91February 26, 2022 GMT
John Landy, an Australian runner who dueled with Roger Bannister to be the first person to run a four-minute mile, has died. He was 91.
Landy's family on Saturday said the former athlete, who also became governor of Australia's Victoria state, had died at his home in Castlemaine after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Australian state in bid to host 2026 Commonwealth GamesFebruary 16, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state government of Victoria says it has entered into “exclusive negotiations” with the Commonwealth Games Federation to host the 2026 version of the games in regional centers in the state.
Afghan women’s soccer team returns to the pitch in AustraliaFebruary 5, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team has returned to the field after its evacuation from the Taliban-led country last year, helped by A-League team the Melbourne Victory.
The Victory are providing their support to the members of the team who relocated to Melbourne following the fall of the Afghan government in August, allowing the Taliban to take back control of the country after 20 years and again place women's sports in jeopardy.
Venezuelan girl drowns in Rio Grande amid migration to USJanuary 21, 2022 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Just days before Mexico began requiring visas for Venezuelan visitors in an attempt to slow their migration to the U.S. border, Mayerlin Mayor left her native Maracaibo with her 7-year-old daughter Victoria.
Australia has record COVID-19 deaths, hospitals under stressJanuary 18, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia reported a record high of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and its second-largest state declared an emergency in hospitals to cope with surging patient admissions and a staffing shortage due to the coronavirus.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN: No Djokovic; Nadal, Barty in action MondayJanuary 16, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A glance at the Australian Open which begins Monday:
TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic’s bid to compete at Australian OpenJanuary 15, 2022 GMT
Novak Djokovic's attempt to stave off deportation and be allowed to play in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is headed for a legal hearing the day before he is scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times.
Serbs dismayed as Djokovic’s visa again revoked in AustraliaJanuary 14, 2022 GMT
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s supporters in Serbia were dismayed Friday after waking up to the news that the top-ranked tennis player again faces deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked for a second time.
Minister cites ‘public interest’ in revoking Djokovic’s visaJanuary 14, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Here is the statement issued Friday by Alex Hawke, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, when he revoked Novak Djokovic’s visa to enter the country:
Australian Open ticket limits imposed as COVID cases riseJanuary 13, 2022 GMT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Limits on ticket sales have been introduced for the Australian Open because of surging COVID-19 cases four days before the first tennis major of 2022 is set to begin.
The Victoria state government announced Thursday that ticket sales for Australian Open will be capped at 50% for any sessions that have not already sold to that level.
TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic’s bid to compete at Australian OpenJanuary 12, 2022 GMT
Novak Djokovic's bid to get around rules requiring players at the Australian Open to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is still in limbo.
Two panels approved his request for a medical exemption in order to enter Victoria state — where the year's first Grand Slam tennis tournament is held — based on having tested positive in the past six months for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Australia’s New South Wales sets new high for COVID deathsJanuary 12, 2022 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, made the reporting of rapid antigen test results mandatory Wednesday as it experienced its deadliest day of the pandemic with 21 deaths.
Court documents show Djokovic had COVID-19 last monthJanuary 8, 2022 GMT
Novak Djokovic's lawyers filed court papers Saturday in his challenge against deportation from Australia that show the tennis star tested positive for COVID-19 last month and recovered, grounds he used in applying for a medical exemption to the country's strict vaccination rules.
Djokovic in limbo as he fights deportation from AustraliaJanuary 7, 2022 GMT
Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Novak Djokovic was confined to an immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men's tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month.