Australian leader says Trump agrees to accept refugees
Australia & the Pacific

Australian leader says Trump agrees to accept refugees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — President Donald Trump had agreed to keep an Obama administration promise to resettle refugees languishing in Pacific island camps despite the U.S. toughening its stance on Muslim immigration, the Australian prime minister said Monday. Trump had agreed that during a 25-minute telephone conversation on Sunday to accept an unspecified number of … Continue reading

MH370 search crews return to port after fruitless hunt ends
Asia / Australia & the Pacific

MH370 search crews return to port after fruitless hunt ends

SYDNEY (AP) — The ship involved in the recently halted hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 returned to port in western Australia on Monday, where officials from the countries that funded the fruitless search gathered to thank them and to defend their decision to end the hunt despite recommendations from investigators that it continue. Transport … Continue reading

UN health agency trumpets ‘plain packaging’ for tobacco
Health / U.S. News

UN health agency trumpets ‘plain packaging’ for tobacco

GENEVA (AP) — The UN health agency says “plain packaging” on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives. The World Health Organization released Tuesday an 86-page report on “plain packaging,” hoping to decrease the lure of smoking on “World No Tobacco Day.” WHO Director General … Continue reading

Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia
Australia & the Pacific / Celebrities / Music

Rob Thomas apologizes for making offensive joke in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has apologized after being accused of making a racist joke during a solo concert in Australia. Thomas apologized on Facebook following the Saturday, Feb. 20, night show in Melbourne, where he made a joke about dealing with jetlag by drinking. “And then I drink until I think I’m … Continue reading

Australia tries to halt unrest at immigration detention camp
Australia & the Pacific / International News

Australia tries to halt unrest at immigration detention camp

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials were working Monday to contain unrest at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean, with protesters lighting a series of small fires and guards withdrawing from the compound. The immigration department confirmed there was a “major disturbance” at the detention center on the Australian territory of … Continue reading

Here comes the smart ring
Business

Here comes the smart ring

HELSINKI (AP) — After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. “Wellness” computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of human life. Some products, like the ring by … Continue reading

Minister signals Chris Brown won’t be allowed into Australia
Arts & Entertainment / Celebrities / Music

Minister signals Chris Brown won’t be allowed into Australia

  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government minister signaled Thursday September 24th that troubled R&B singer Chris Brown won’t be allowed to tour Australia in December because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. Michaelia Cash, who was assistant minister for Immigration and Border Protection before a Cabinet reshuffle this week, said she would … Continue reading

New Australian leader doesn’t plan constitutional change
Australia & the Pacific / Politics

New Australian leader doesn’t plan constitutional change

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull indicated on Monday that he is in no hurry to sever the nation’s constitutional links to Britain by appointing an Australian president as head of state. Turnbull led the Australian Republican Movement when the advocacy group failed at a 1999 referendum to convince Australians to … Continue reading

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Australian leader weakened after surviving party challenge

  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott emerged politically wounded after withstanding a leadership challenge from within his own party Monday, with many analysts doubting he can survive to lead his conservative government to next year’s elections. The polarizing leader’s grip on power has slipped since last month when he drew … Continue reading

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Australia’s polarizing prime minister faces political crisis

  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians are quick to criticize their polarizing, gaffe-prone and unpredictable prime minister, Tony Abbott. But his critics within the conservative government have largely held their tongues in the interests of presenting a united administration — until now. Halfway through his first 3-year term, Abbott will face a move within his … Continue reading