SYDNEY (AP) — Canberra prevented an opponent from scoring a point for the first time in six years by beating the Gold Coast Titans 21-0 Sunday in the opening round of Australia's National Rugby...
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Dutch golfer Anne van Dam wins Canberra Classic
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Anne van Dam won her fourth Ladies European Tour event with a final-round 6-under 65 and a three-stroke victory in the 54-hole Canberra Classic at Royal Canberra Golf...
Australian parliamentary network hacked; no sign data stolen
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's leading cybersecurity agency is investigating a breach of the country's federal parliamentary computing network amid speculation of hacking by a foreign nation.
Lawmakers and staff in the capital, Canberra, were made to change their passwords on the system after the overnight breach.
Australia beats Sri Lanka by 366 runs for 2-0 series win
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mitchell Starc bowled with recharged confidence to take innings figures of 5-46 and match figures of 10-100 as Australia trounced Sri Lanka by 366 runs in the second cricket test to sweep the two-match series.
One of the most intimidating bowlers in the world at his best, Starc appeared low on confidence during Australia's previous series against India, taking 13 wickets at an average of 34.5 across four tests.
Starc has 5 wickets, Khawaja 101 for Australia vs Sri Lanka
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mitchell Starc took five wickets and Usman Khawaja looks to have retained his Ashes spot with a century as Australia set Sri Lanka a victory target of 516 runs late on the third day of the second test on Sunday.
Sri Lanka was 17 without loss at stumps, still needing 499 runs to win, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne both on eight not out.
Sri Lankan opener out of hospital after hit by bouncer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was released from hospital and could return to the crease on Sunday after being hit high by a short-pitched delivery during the second test against Australia.
Karunaratne retired hurt on the second day Saturday after ducking into a short ball from Pat Cummins while on 46.
Injury to Sri Lanka opener overshadows Day 2 in Canberra
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A frightening injury to Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne overshadowed other events on the field dominated by Australia on the second day of the second cricket test on Saturday.
Karunaratne was hit by a short-pitched ball on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a motorized stretcher. He was later shown being taken to a hospital by ambulance, where he remained under observation.
Sri Lankan opener taken off field on stretcher after bouncer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hit by a bouncing delivery on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a stretcher on the second day of the test match against Australia.
Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after tea on the second day Saturday.
Aussies in good place vs Sri Lanka after 1st day, 2nd test
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Three wickets down for just 28 runs after 45 minutes into the second test against Sri Lanka, it didn't look good for the home side.
But centuries from opener Joe Burns, his fourth in tests, and No. 5 batsman Travis Head, his first, helped Australia to 384 for four at stumps on Friday after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Burns finished the day at 172 not out while Head was bowled out for 161 late in the final session Friday.
Australian rugby league team proud of Huawei sponsorship
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian rugby league team wants to continue Huawei's longest-ever sports sponsorship despite the Chinese communication giant's ban from Australia's 5G networks and legal wrangle with the United States.
Huawei has been the major sponsor of the Canberra Raiders, the national capital's only team in the National Rugby League, since 2012, and will consider this year extending its first sponsorship contract with a sports team anywhere in the world.
Sri Lanka looks for improvement in 2nd test vs Australia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sri Lanka looks to overcome a heavy loss in the first test and some selection panel changes when it begins play in the second test against Australia at Manuka Oval on Friday.
Coach Chandika Hathurusingha was removed from the team's selection panel this week. Captain Dinesh Chandimal says Hathurusingha was disappointed with no longer being a selector, but the team had to focus on an improved showing in the second test after losing by an innings and 40 runs in Brisbane.
2 divers win Australian award for Thai cave rescue
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two amateur divers who canceled their vacation plans to join what they thought was a hopeless mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand received one of Australia's most prestigious awards on Friday.
Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions.
Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South Wales state and the state government announced that 1,800 more rotting fish had since been found in Lake Hume in the state's south.
Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada has said in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire other women to flee her homeland.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview recorded in Toronto and broadcast in Australia on Tuesday that she hoped that the international attention on her flight from oppression in Saudi Arabia will be a catalyst for change.
Australia police examining packages left at consulates
SYDNEY (AP) — Several foreign diplomatic missions were evacuated in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Canberra on Wednesday after they received packages containing suspicious substances.
Police, fire crews and ambulances were seen at a number of foreign consulates in Melbourne, including those of India, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea. Officials at the U.S. and Swiss missions in the city said they had also received packages.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews to miss 2-test tour of Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — Former captain Angelo Mathews has a hamstring injury and won't be part of the Sri Lanka squad for its two-test series in Australia.
Team officials said Wednesday that Mathews tweaked his hamstring during Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand and that he had been left out of a 16-man squad for tests in Brisbane and Canberra.
Australia, Malaysia trade words over Israel embassy shift
SYDNEY (AP) — A top Australian official seized Friday on past comments from Malaysia's prime minister seen as anti-Semitic, amid a diplomatic war of words over the possibility of Canberra moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad raised the potential embassy switch in a meeting with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Singapore on Thursday, later telling reporters such a move could increase the threat of terrorism.
Trial of former Australian spy could hear evidence in secret
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawyers prosecuting a former spy and his lawyer who accuse Australia of illegally bugging the East Timorese Cabinet while negotiating a deal to share oil and gas revenue have made an application that could lead to the court being closed during the trial.
South Africa loses by 4 wickets against Australian tour side
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — South Africa's tour of Australia started poorly with a four-wicket loss to Prime Minister's XI that had just three players with international experience.
The South Africans lost a wicket on the first ball of the match Wednesday and were all out for 173 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Ex-Australia test batsman George Bailey helped the PM's XI reach the victory target within 37 overs.
Pakistan great Qadir’s son chosen for Australian PM’s XI
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The son of one of Pakistan's all-time great bowlers has been included in an Australia Prime Minister's XI to play a tour match against South Africa in Canberra.
The 25-year-old Usman Qadir's father, Abdul Qadir, took 236 wickets in 67 tests for Pakistan from 1977 to 1990 and is generally regarded as the country's best-ever legspinner.
Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at the city's Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said Tuesday that his government wants to cut the number of immigrants moving to Sydney and Melbourne in a bid to reduce congestion in Australia's two biggest cities.
Melbourne on top of NRL as Roosters falter
SYDNEY (AP) — Canberra has dented the Sydney Roosters' hopes of winning the minor premiership in Australia's National Rugby League by holding on for a 14-12 win in an influential match on Sunday.
A win would have lifted the Roosters a match clear atop the premiership ladder after 23 of 25 regular season rounds, putting them in a strong position to claim first place ahead of the playoffs.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Wednesday rejected accusations that Australia supported corruption and crime under Malaysia's former leader by harboring a high-profile fugitive since 2015.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister was visiting East Timor on Monday to repair bilateral tries after a bitter dispute over energy revenue and spying allegations.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she is the national capital Dili to meet newly elected leaders. She is the first Australian minister to visit the near neighbor in five years.
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Melbourne, Souths move up in National Rugby League
SYDNEY (AP) — Souths and Melbourne set up a top of the table clash next week in Australia's National Rugby League with contrasting wins in the weekend's 20th round.
Melbourne beat Canberra 44-10 to take first place narrowly on points difference from Souths who beat Parramatta 26-20 to join the Storm on 30 championship points.
The Roosters then continued their strong late-season run, beating St. George 36-18 to leap into third place while pushing the Dragons back to fourth.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A doctor awarded an Australian bravery medal for his pivotal work in the Thai cave rescue said he was most frightened by not knowing how much sedation to give to the weakened children.
Nine Australians involved in rescuing 12 boys and their 25 -year-old soccer coach were presented with medals at a ceremony Tuesday in the capital Canberra for putting their lives in danger during the treacherous ordeal.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Nauru has been accused of restricting press freedom by banning an Australian state-owned broadcaster from attending an international forum that the tiny Pacific atoll-nation will host in September.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Friday distanced his government from a decision to prosecute a former spy and his lawyer who accuse Australia of illegally bugging the East Timorese Cabinet while negotiating a deal to share oil and gas revenue.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former spy and his lawyer who accused the Australian government of illegally bugging the East Timorese Cabinet while negotiating a deal to share oil and gas revenue have been charged with conspiring to disclose secret information.
Brumbies winger Peni suspended again
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — ACT Brumbies Super Rugby winger Chance Peni has been suspended for six matches for a dangerous tackle in his first match back from a five-match suspension for a similar offense.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian soccer team competing at the World Cup is called the Socceroos. But a different kind of soccer-roo has dominated a pitch for half an hour in Canberra during a women's match.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Thursday he would welcome Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testifying to an Australian parliamentary committee on the social media giant's sharing of data with Chinese phone maker Huawei.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The author of the first biography of Rodrigo Duterte says the maverick Philippine president was gravitating toward China partly because of a personal animosity toward the United States and its criticisms of his human rights record.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse in a test case that holds to account church hierarchy that kept silent in the face of an international pedophile crisis.
Magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict against Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, following a magistrate-only trial.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The director of a seabed hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Tuesday disagreed with a new book's conclusion that the pilot likely flew the plane beyond the search area to deliberately sink it in unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean.
SYDNEY (AP) — A 50-meter try from St. George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty with 10 minutes remaining gave the Dragons a 25-18 win over the Canberra Raiders and a two-point first-place lead in Australia's National Rugby League.
The match was level at 18-18 when Dufty scooted past four defenders for the winning try. Dragons captain Gareth Widdop sealed the match with a 77th-minute field goal.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has dropped plans to stage a day-night test against India at Adelaide in December after the tourists rejected the pink ball format.
Australian officials say the Dec. 6-10 series-opener will be played in the traditional format after "we received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night test in Adelaide this summer."
SYDNEY (AP) — After losing their first six matches of the season, the Parramatta Eels have won back-to-back games while preventing the Wests Tigers from staying in the top four in the National Rugby League.
Crusaders take over at top of Super Rugby standings
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders surged to the top of the Super Rugby standings for the first time this season after South Africa's Lions surrendered their place at the head of the table with a surprise loss to Australia's Queensland Reds.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The acting U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Thursday the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, is the best envoy to represent the United States in South Korea.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday that Harris will not become Washington's next ambassador to Australia and will be posted to South Korea instead.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, will not become Washington's next ambassador to Australia and will be posted to South Korea instead.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was disappointed but not perturbed by the decision, which he learned about earlier this week.
President Donald Trump had nominated Harris in February to become Australia's next ambassador.
Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of WWI battle
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians gathered with descendants of former allies and enemies around the country, on a Turkish coast and in a French town Wednesday in dawn services to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I.
Australian deputy prime minister under pressure to resign
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister was under mounting pressure Wednesday to resign as his party's leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer.
AP interview: Qatar Air CEO sees growth despite Mideast spat
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qatar Airways' chief executive said Tuesday the carrier will post a loss this year because four other Arab countries have severed land, air and sea links with Qatar.
Akbar al-Baker said the ban on Qatar's flagship airline flying to neighboring Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since last summer has forced it to fly longer routes through Turkey and Iran, and has hit the company's bottom line, but not its expansion plans.
South Korea’s Jiyai Shin wins Canberra Classic
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former world No. 1 Jiyai Shin of South Korea shot an 8-under 64 Sunday to win the Canberra Classic by six shots from top-ranked Australian Minjee Lee.
Shin finished with a three-round total of 197, 19 under par at Royal Canberra, where she also won the Australian Open in 2013.