US-Australia basketball: Not all in crowd happy with seating

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not everyone was happy in the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game in Australia. Kemba Walker scored 23 points to lead the U.S. over Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 at a stadium that usually features cricket, soccer or Australian rules football games. The roof at Marvel […]

Ledecky returns but US falls to Australia in relay at worlds

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — The Americans got ailing Katie Ledecky back. They just couldn’t overcome a world record by the Australians. Ledecky returned after two days out of the pool while being sick to swim in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. She rallied the U.S. to the lead on her second leg, but it wasn’t […]

Australia ‘deeply disappointed’ China criminally detains man

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday her government was “deeply disappointed” that a Chinese Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing six months after he was taken into custody at a Chinese airport. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China notified Australia that spy novelist and former Chinese diplomat […]

Turbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia

HONOLULU (AP) — Intense turbulence struck an Air Canada flight to Australia on Thursday and sent unbuckled passengers flying into the ceiling, forcing the plane to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered “un-forecasted and sudden turbulence,” about two hours past Hawaii when the plane diverted to Honolulu, Air Canada spokeswoman Angela […]

Australia probes reports of citizen detained in North Korea

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Thursday it was “urgently seeking clarification” on reports that an Australian had been detained in North Korea, which the attorney-general described as a “matter of the utmost seriousness.” The family of Alek Sigley said they had no confirmation that the 29-year-old Pyongyang university student had been detained. […]

Norway beats Australia on penalties to reach quarterfinals

NICE, France (AP) — Ingrid Hjelmseth proved to be a shootout hero once again as Norway beat Australia on penalties Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup. Hjelmseth saved Emily Gielnik’s kick and Ingrid Engen, who is playing in her first World Cup, hit the decisive penalty as Norway won […]

Needle-in-strawberry scare spreads across Australia

Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand as growers turn to metal detectors and the Australian government launches an investigation to restore public confidence in the popular fruit.

Streak ends: US men’s basketball falls to Australia, 98-94

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold. Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday. For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points, […]

Walker, Turner lead US over Australia 102-86

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With his team playing on a raised basketball court in a stadium normally used for soccer and cricket, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said he felt like he was on a movie set. “I kept looking behind me because I knew I was going to fall off the stage,” he said. But […]

Australia repatriating 8 youth from Islamic State families

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Eight Australian offspring of two slain Islamic State group fighters had been removed from Syria in Australia’s first organized repatriation from the conflict zone, Australia’s prime minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the eight children being repatriated were in the care of Australian government officials. He would not […]

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