Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the U.S. Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly…

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People look at a flooded park due to torrential rain in the Camden suburb of Sydney on July 3, 2022. – Thousands of Australians were ordered to evacuate their homes in Sydney on July 3 as torrential rain battered the country’s largest city and floodwaters inundated its outskirts. (Photo by Muhammad FAROOQ / AFP)

Thousands ordered to evacuate from Sydney floods

AFP – Australia’s emergency services ordered thousands of people in Sydney to evacuate Monday as overflowing rivers swamped swathes of land and the city’s largest dam spilled torrents of water….

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Thailand reports first case of monkeypox in transit passenger to Australia

Thailand has reported its first case of Monkeypox, in an air passenger travelling from Europe who stopped over at an international airport in Bangkok for about two hours prior to…

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China’s destroyer flotilla conducts naval drill in South China Sea

China’s destroyer flotilla has conducted a live-fire multi-subject combat drill in the South China Sea, reported by Chinese state media CCTV. The report said the drill was to verify the…

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What’s the 4-nation Quad, where did it come from?

Leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for a summit of the “Quad.” What is the group, where did it come from and why…

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A diver swims past coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia / AP

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest…

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DPM Prawit, police, military deny interference in Rohingya trafficking probe

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, as well as spokespeople for the police and Defence Ministry, have dismissed an allegation, by exiled Pol Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin, former deputy commissioner of…

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Australia orders 200,000 to flee floods moving towards Sydney

Australia’s emergency services ordered 200,000 people to flee from the path of a wild storm that lurched towards Sydney Thursday after killing 13 people in more than a week of record-setting floods along the east coast. Authorities issued severe…

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Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations

At UN, Thailand votes to condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

During the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Thailand has joined 140 countries voting in favour of the resolution to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, while…

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Passengers are welcomed as they arrive at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

CANBERRA (AP) — International tourists and business travelers began arriving in Australia with few restrictions on Monday for the first time in almost two years after the government lifted some…

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A Singapore Airlines plane arriving from Singapore lands at the international terminal at Sydney Airport, as countries react to the new coronavirus Omicron variant amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sydney, Australia, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

After two years of closed borders, Australia welcomes the world back

SYDNEY, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Australia said on Monday it will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers this month, ending two years of misery for the tourism sector, reviving migration…

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Rapper Kanye West talks on the phone before attending the Versace presentation in New York, U.S. December 2, 2018. REUTERS/Allison Joyce

Australia wants Kanye West fully vaccinated before any concert tour

MELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Hip-hop artist Kanye West will have to be fully vaccinated if he wants to play concerts in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday,…

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic walks with his team after landing at Dubai Airport after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

‘You are our champion’: deported Djokovic welcomed home to Serbia

BELGRADE/MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic arrived home in Serbia on Monday after Australia deported the world men’s tennis No. 1 for not having a COVID-19 vaccine, a stance…

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A plume rises over Tonga when the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai erupted in this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency, on January 15, 2022 and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and obtained by Reuters on January 16, 2022. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)/Handout via REUTERS

Drinking water, ash big concern as Tonga assesses damage after tsunami

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand sent surveillance flights on Monday to assess damage in Tonga, isolated from the rest of the world after the eruption of…

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic rides in car as he leaves a government detention facility before attending a court hearing at his lawyers office in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (James Ross/AAP via AP)

Australia leaves door open for Djokovic to play at next year’s Open

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left the door open for Novak Djokovic to compete at next year’s Australian Open despite the tennis superstar facing an automatic three-year ban from entering the country. The world number one player left Australia late on Sunday…

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes a break during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne on January 12, 2022. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Djokovic admits ‘errors’ in urgent fight to avoid deportation

Melbourne (AFP) – Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted “errors” in his travel papers and in his behaviour after a claimed coronavirus infection as he battled to stay in Australia and fight…

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In this image taken from aerial video footage, tennis star Novak Djokovic practices on the tennis court during a training session Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Melbourne Australia. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Channel 9 via AP)

Djokovic back into swing in Australia despite visa concerns

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic held a practice session at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, his second day out of detention, focusing on his Australian Open title defense while…

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FILE – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Australian judge reinstates tennis star Djokovic’s visa

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won a court battle to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government…

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Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the 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. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Djokovic could face future bans if deported from Australia

Novak Djokovic risks missing more than one Australian Open if he fails to have his visa cancellation overturned and gets deported for not having enough evidence to support a medical…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 22, 2011, Czech Republic’s Renata Voracova reacts while playing against France’s Alize Cornet during their women’s singles first round match in the French Open tennis championship in Paris. – Australia has cancelled the visa of female Czech tennis player Renata Voracova who entered the country to play in this month’s Australian Open, several media said on January 7, 2022. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Czech player Voracova joins Djokovic in Australian detention

Czech tennis player Renata Voracova has ended up in the same detention facility as Novak Djokovic in the run-up to the Australian Open, the Czech foreign ministry said Friday. “Renata…

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Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia, seeking injunction to stop his removal

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The Royal Caribbean cruise ship “Spectrum of the Seas” is seen docked at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong, China October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong bans some inbound flights, tightens COVID-19 curbs

HONG KONG, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong announced a two-week ban on incoming flights from eight countries, including the United States and Britain, and tightened restrictions on Wednesday as…

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FILE – This combination of photos shows Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in London on June 15, 2021 and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Dec. 21, 2021. / AP

Australia, Japan to sign ‘historic’ defense, security pact

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia and Japan will sign a treaty on Thursday to increase defense and security cooperation in a move that has been hailed as “historic” but which might…

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Almost 500 kg of crystal meth seized

Customs officers at Bangkok’s Klong Toey port has seized 193.5 kgs of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice”, hidden in boxing punch bags bound for Australia in Bangkok, with a combined worth…

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The Beijing 2022 emblem is seen on a countdown clock for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

UK, Canada join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

OTTAWA/BEIJING (Reuters) – Canada joined Australia, Britain and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Wednesday, with China calling the boycotts “political posturing”…

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The Beijing 2022 emblem is seen on a countdown clock for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Australia joins diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, a decision that risks souring already bitter bilateral relations. The United States on…

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A man puts on a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while working at a community nucleic acid testing center in Hong Kong, China November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Hong Kong expands travel curbs on Omicron fears, Australia reports 5 cases

HONG KONG/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hong Kong expanded a ban on entry for non-residents from several countries as global health authorities raced to curb a potential outbreak of the Omicron virus, while Australia‘s cabinet will review on Tuesday…

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A Rivercat ferry passes by the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Waller as it leaves Sydney Harbour on May 4, 2020. The Australian government has considered extending the life of the Collins class as it examines the fate of its next-generation sub program.

US, Australia, UK sign key deal in nuclear sub alliance

Sydney (AFP) – Australia formally embarked Monday on a hotly-contested programme to equip its navy with nuclear-powered submarines in a new defence alliance with Britain and the United States. Defence Minister…

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This undated handout photo received on November 3, 2021 from the Western Australian Police Force shows police searching through rubbish collected during their search for four-year-old Cleo Smith, who disappeared from her family’s tent in Western Australia during the early hours of October 16, sparking an extensive air, sea and ground search. (Photo by HANDOUT / WESTERN AUSTRALIAN POLICE FORCE / AFP)

Four-year-old Australian girl found after 18-day hunt

Perth (AFP) – A four-year-old Australian girl abducted from a campsite 18 days ago was found “alive and well” in a locked house Wednesday, telling elated police officers: “My name is…

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A family leave to board a plane at Sydney’s International Airport on November 1, 2021, as Australia’s international border reopens almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)

Flowers, cheers and tears as Australia’s border reopens

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s international border reopened on Monday almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began, sparking emotional scenes at Sydney airport as loved ones reunited. Shortly after dawn, bleary-eyed…

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the G20 summit in Rome, Italy, October 31, 2021. Picture taken through glass. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

France’s Macron says Australia PM lied to him on submarine deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him over the cancellation of a submarine building contract in September, and indicated more was needed to be…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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This handout photo released by the host broadcast, ASEAN Summit 2021, on October 26, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (C) taking part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

Biden vows to stand with Asia on freedom, hits at China on Taiwan

WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – President Joe Biden told Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday the United States would stand with them in defending freedom of the seas and democracy and called China‘s actions towards Taiwan “coercive” and a threat to…

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People walk by the harbour in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) regulations easing, following an extended lockdown to curb an outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Australia prepares to reopen borders for first time during pandemic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will start lifting its outbound travel ban for fully vaccinated residents from Nov. 1 amid a strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, as Sydney and Melbourne, its biggest cities,…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Australia accuses China of undermining world trade

Australia delivered a withering denunciation of China’s trade policies Thursday, accusing Beijing of undermining the World Trade Organization and foot-dragging on promised economic reforms.  During a usually routine WTO review…

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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along a deserted city bridge during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders//File Photo

Sydney to open for international travellers without quarantine

SYDNEY, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Sydney will open up to fully vaccinated international travellers from Nov. 1 without the need for quarantine, the country’s most populous state said on Friday,…

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A person in protective face mask walks along the harbour waterfront across from the Sydney Opera House during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

‘Freedom Day’: Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sydney‘s cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the coronavirus and gradually reopen the…

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In this April 19, 2021, file photo passengers from New Zealand, at back, are welcomed by drag queens as they arrive at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia. International tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until next year, with the return of skilled migrants and students given higher priority, the prime minister said on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Australia won’t welcome foreign tourists until at least 2022

CANBERRA (AP) — Foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year, the prime minister said Tuesday as he outlined plans for lifting some of the…

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A general view shows the Naval Group site, the port and the skyline of the shipbuilding town of Cherbourg-en-Contentin, France, September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

EU postpones trade talks with Australia amid submarine deal fallout

CANBERRA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Australia’s Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said on Friday talks with the European Union over a trade deal have been postponed, as a row over…

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A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders

Melbourne braces for anti-lockdown protests as daily cases hit pandemic high

SYDNEY, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Police in Melbourne prepared for a fourth day of anti-lockdown protests on Thursday and a vaccination hub in the city closed after protesters allegedly abused…

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An emergency and rescue official examine the damage to a building in the popular shopping Chapel Street in Melbourne on September 22, 2021, after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near Melbourne, tremors rattle southeast Australia

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday, Geoscience Australia said, one of the country’s biggest quakes on record, causing damage to buildings in the country’s second largest city and sending tremors throughout neighbouring states. The quake’s epicentre was near the…

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US President Joe Biden participates is a virtual press conference on national security with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Op-Ed: Thai view on the new AUKUS alliance

The new military alliance among three Anglo-Saxon countries – the US, the UK and Australia, known as AUKUS – for the sharing of nuclear submarine technology is a bad move….

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A delivery courier on motorbike and a cyclist, both wear protective face masks, navigates the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Sydney pilots home quarantine as Australia looks to reopen border

SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as the…

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on a National Security Initiative virtually with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, not pictured, inside the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Australia to get U.S. nuclear submarine technology as China looms large

WASHINGTON/CANBERRA (Reuters) – The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the…

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Australia: New local COVID-19 cases jumped to 120 in Victoria from 76 a day earlier / Reuters

Australia aims to ‘live with virus’ instead of eliminating it

Australian authorities on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne for another three weeks, as they shift their focus to rapid vaccination drives and move away from a suppression strategy…

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A man sits in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House amid an extended lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Sydney on August 13, 2021. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Sydney extends lockdown, imposes partial curfew

Sydney (AFP) – Sydney extended its two-month-old lockdown for another month and introduced a partial curfew Friday, as Australia’s largest city struggled to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.  New South Wales…

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Australia to help Thailand with COVID vaccine, as PMs discuss bilateral ties

In response to Thailand’s request, Australia has agreed to provide assistance in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, with details to be worked out later, as leaders of the two countries…

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A man wears a mask as he walks in Sydney, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Sydney’s two-week lockdown has been extended for another week due to the vulnerability of an Australia population largely unvaccinated against COVID-19, officials said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia’s largest city Sydney locks down for third week

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sydney’s two-week lockdown has been extended for another week due to the vulnerability of an Australia population largely unvaccinated against COVID-19, officials said on Wednesday. “The…

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Thai customs officials display seized heroin during a press conference at the customs headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Customs officials said they seized almost 315 kilograms (694 pounds) of heroin worth 943.89 million baht ($29.4 million ) on Monday during an inspection of goods that were to be shipped to Australia, marking Thailand’s largest single heroin seizure this year and and bringing the cumulative total of the seized drug to two tons. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand seizes 315 kilograms of heroin bound for Australia

BANGKOK (AP) — Customs officials in Thailand made their biggest seizure of heroin this year, about 315 kilograms worth up to 944 million baht, bringing the total confiscated so far…

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A man wearing a protective face mask takes in the waterfront view underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, seen shrouded in fog, during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Lockdown measures extended in Australia amid COVID-19 outbreak

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials extended lockdown and social distancing measures to more of the country on Wednesday, with four major cities already under a hard lockdown in a race to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus…

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A sign in front of a mass vaccination centre in Melbourne. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Australia further restricts AstraZeneca vaccine over clotting concerns

Australia recommended that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab should not be given to people under 60 on Thursday, a fresh blow to the country’s glacial vaccine rollout. Health Minister Greg Hunt said…

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Twitter to let you undo or edit tweets at a price

Twitter Inc said it will roll out a new subscription product initially in Australia and Canada called Twitter Blue, which will let paying users edit their tweets before posting and…

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The Fearless Girl Statue looks at a “Please Stay Home” sign in an empty Federation Square on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders

Australia’s Victoria state to enter COVID-19 lockdown after ‘highly-infectious’ outbreak

Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria will enter a one-week COVID-19 lockdown forcing its near seven million residents to remain home except for essential business as authorities struggle to…

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Thammanat

Court’s decision on convicted Thai minister ‘shocking, but not surprising’

Disappointment, anger and despair is rumbling through Thai society after Thammanat Prompow was let off the hook by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday. Though many were unsurprised by the verdict,…

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This phot taken and received on April 4, 2021 shows protesters making the three-finger salute while wearing masks that express what they say is Chinese interference in the UN’s handling of Myanmar affairs after the military coup in Yangon’s Kamayut township. (Photo by Handout / BURMA ASSOCIATED PRESS (BAP) / AFP)

Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention

Two Australians who were detained in Myanmar late last month have been released and have left Yangon, Canberra’s foreign affairs department said Monday. Business consultants Matthew O’Kane and Christa Avery,…

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This picture taken on September 29, 2020 shows an airport worker wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the Sydney International Airport in Sydney. (Photo by David GRAY / AFP)

Australia says working on travel bubble with Singapore

Australia is “working with Singapore” to create a travel bubble between the two nations as early as July, officials said Sunday, in an effort to restart tourism and travel put…

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(File photo of coronavirus vaccine injection) Handout via REUTERS

New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations programme, Australia starts Monday

(Reuters) – New Zealand started its official rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, while Australia finalised plans to begin inoculations on Monday, a new phase in tackling the virus…

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The documentary commemorating HM the King’s time in Australia

The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has released a documentary telling the story of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s time in Australia. The documentary, “King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua in…

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(File) Cottesloe beach in Perth (Photo by Trevor Collens / AFP)

Single virus case sends Australia’s Perth into snap lockdown

The Australian city of Perth will begin a snap five-day lockdown after a security guard at a quarantine hotel tested positive for COVID-19, authorities announced Sunday. Roughly two million residents…

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Alleged drug lord dubbed ‘Asia’s El Chapo’ arrested in Amsterdam

The alleged ringleader of Asia’s biggest crime syndicate and one of the world’s most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing Sunday for his extradition…

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In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, / Iranian State Television via AP)

Thailand approves transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Thai officials said Thursday they approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot, as Iran released a 33-year-old Australian academic…

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Thai coconut milk cannery denies involvement in illicit drugs seizure in Australia

A Thai coconut milk cannery has denied any involvement in the smuggling of liquid methamphetamine into Australia, contained in cans apparently bearing the company’s brand name. In August, Australian Border…

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Chinese investment in Australia plunges as tensions mount

Chinese investment in Australia almost halved in 2019, new data released Monday showed, as relations between the two countries deteriorated. Researchers from the Australian National University said Chinese investment Down…

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FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (R) and South Australia’s Premier Stephen Marshall visit a cafe during a visit to Kangaroo Island, Australia January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

Australian government says it was not told why Australian journalist detained in China

Australia’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said Canberra didn’t know why Chinese authorities had detained Australian citizen Cheng Lei, as he warned that the risks for Australian businesses engaged with China…

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Police in the southern New South Wales (NSW) border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 8, 2020 after authorities closed the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in Victoria. – With the city of Melbourne going into lockdown for the next six weeks, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country with the state border to NSW closing on 08 July.

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Shoppers in Australia’s second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions will cost the economy Aus$1…

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Police talk to a woman at housing commission apartments under lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, July 6, 2020. The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surge

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities were preparing to close the border between the country’s two largest states, as the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, recorded two deaths and its highest-ever…

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A long queue of cars wait at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site located in a shopping centre carpark in Melbourne on June 23, 2020. – Australians were warned June 22 to avoid travelling to Melbourne, as the country’s second biggest city tightened coronavirus restrictions amid fears of a second wave of the epidemic. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Australia starts virus testing blitz to stop second wave in Melbourne

Health workers fanned out across suburbs of Melbourne Friday in a testing blitz aimed at choking off a surge in coronavirus cases in Australia’s second-biggest city. Officials reported another 30…

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Charter Court to consider Thammanat Prompao’s political status

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has accepted for consideration a petition, filed by a group of opposition MPs, challenging the parliamentary status and ministerial post of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao. The…

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A worker disinfects a bench at Westmead Hospital amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australians told to ‘maintain vigilance’ as coronavirus curbs eased

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians need to stay on guard against new outbreaks of novel coronavirus as mobility restrictions are eased across the country this week, authorities said, as the death…

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FILE PHOTO: Tourists sit on the mostly deserted steps of the Sydney Opera House, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

Australia’s biggest states hold off relaxing COVID-19 lockdowns

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous states held back from easing COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday even as some states allowed small gatherings and got ready to open restaurants in line…

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FILE PHOTO: A medical personnel administers tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bondi Beach drive-through testing centre in Sydney, Australia, April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

New Zealand and Australia consider coronavirus “travel bubble”

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand and Australia are discussing the potential creation of a “travel bubble” between the two countries, sources said on Monday, even as Australia reported its highest…

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FILE PHOTO: A handful of tourists stand atop the mostly deserted steps of the Sydney Opera House, where scheduled public performances have been cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australians told restrictions must stay even as new virus infections slow

SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 150 Australian economists on Monday warned the government against easing social distancing rules aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus even as the…

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FILE PHOTO: Pastor Matt Johnson of One1Seven evangelical Anglican church wears personal protective equipment while distributing food to those in need, an approved essential service during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australia sees 3 new coronavirus deaths as govt urges app installation

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s coronavirus-related death toll rose by three to a total of 68 on Saturday, health data showed, with the government stepping up its calls for people to…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Asia virus latest: Australia domestic violence cases surge, first NZ death

Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: – Singapore cancels man’s passport – Singapore cancelled the passport of a citizen who breached his mandatory…

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FILE PHOTO: A plane releases fire retardant over forest during bushfires in South Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia November 12, 2019 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Video taken November 12,2019. IAIN BREW via REUTERS

State of emergency declared as bushfire threatens Australian capital

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday, as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel…

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Cows stand in the field with bushfire burning in the background, in Kangaroo Island, Australia January 9, 2020 in this still image obtained from social media. PAUL STANTON – PAUL’S PLACE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY/via REUTERS

“Get out”: Australians urged to flee as huge bushfires revitalize

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as soaring temperatures and erratic winds were…

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Australian authorities warn bushfire reprieve will be over soon

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities warned people on Wednesday to prepare for another wave of evacuations as temperatures in the country’s southeast began to rise after a days-long cool spell,…

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Australia begins damage assessment amid temporary respite from bushfires

Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have…

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Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

Thousands of Australians forced from their homes by rampaging bushfires now find themselves stuck in makeshift camps, fearful for the future and turned refugees in their own country. On golf…

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The sky glows red as bushfires continue to rage in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia, December 31, 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. Jonty Smith from Melbourne/via REUTERS

Thousands trapped on Australian beaches by dangerous bushfires

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and…

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Firefighters tackle a bushfire to save a home in Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 9, 2019 as they try to contain dozens of out-of-control blazes that are raging in the state of New South Wales.

Australia bushfires leave three dead, at least 150 homes lost

Catastrophic bushfires in eastern Australia have killed at least three people and forced thousands from their homes, with the death toll expected to rise as firefighters struggle towards hard-to-reach communities….

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Jurin to attend RCEP in a bid to form world’s biggest trading bloc

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to attend a ministerial conference on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Beijing later this week, in a…

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Some awed Australian pundits have declared Prime Minister Scott Morrison a campaigning ‘legend’

Australian PM heads to church, football after ‘miracle’ election win

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked his fellow Pentecostal churchgoers on Sunday after a miraculous election victory that defied years of unfavorable opinion polls and bruised a…

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Much of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet has resigned or gone into virtual hiding during the campaign because of their unpopularity.

Australia’s conservative government moves into election-winning position

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Liberal-led conservative government is in position to win the national election with more than half the votes counted on Saturday, media projected, though it is unclear…

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Bill Shorten’s Labor party has been tipped for victory in the Australian election.

Australians vote in first ‘climate election’

Australians flocked to the polls Saturday capping a bitterly fought election that may be the first anywhere decided by climate policy. Between 16 and 17 million people are expected to…

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Bahraini footballer detained 60 days awaiting extradition to Bahrain  

The Criminal Court today ordered a former Bahraini national footballer detained for 60 days pending an extradition process after the Bahraini government had requested his extradition to face charges of…

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Hun Sen slams the opposition CNRP’s election boycott a “stupid act”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party’s election boycott a “stupid act” and a miscalculation”. Days after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party claimed landslide victory…

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