Wildfires near Canberra forces tennis tournament to move

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Canberra International tennis tournament scheduled to begin Monday will relocate to a city about 600 kilometers (370 miles) away because of continuing wildfires and smok...

Australia-New Zealand cricketers turn attention to wildfires

With the three-test series between Australia and New Zealand decided, players from both teams will momentarily turn their attention away from the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground and to the deadly w...

Smoke could affect play in 3rd test at Sydney Cricket Ground

SYDNEY (AP) — With more than 100 wildfires burning in New South Wales state there is a strong chance the smoke could affect play during the third test between Australia and New Zealand beginning Frida...

Clear sailing set for 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race

SYDNEY (AP) — The 75th Sydney to Hobart race fleet is expected to be spared from smoky haze at the start on Thursday and most yachts are unlikely to encounter strong winds on their sail south to the i...

Australian PM apologizes for family vacation amid wildfires

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday apologized for taking a family vacation in Hawaii as deadly bushfires raged across several states, destroying homes and claiming the li...

Australia battles 'catastrophic' wildfires as PM rushes home

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most populous state was paralyzed by “catastrophic” fire conditions Saturday amid souring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires also ravaged the country’...

2 firefighters die, 3 hurt as wildfires ravage Australia

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two volunteer firefighters died Thursday while battling wildfires ravaging Australia’s most populous state, forcing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cut short his family holida...

It's sizzling: Australia experiences hottest day on record

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia experienced its hottest day on record and temperatures are expected to soar even higher as heatwave conditions embrace most of the country. The Australian Bur...

Bushfire smoke sees Big Boat Challenge abandoned

SYDNEY (AP) — Smoke from bushfires surrounding Sydney has caused the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to abandon the Big Boat Challenge, a traditional prelude to the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race...

Amateurs lead Australian Open after 1st round

SYDNEY (AP) — World No. 1-ranked amateur Takumi Kanaya birdied his final two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a tie for the first-round lead with fellow Asian amateur Chun An-you of Taiwan. ...

Smoke haze provides added hazard at Australian Open

SYDNEY (AP) — Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and other players at this week’s Australian Open could have another course hazard to contend with: smoke from nearby bushfires. A t...

Australia wildfires seriously injure firefighter, raze homes

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires have left a firefighter seriously injured and destroyed several homes in an early start to the fire danger season in southeast Australia, officials said Saturday. ...

Australia headed for hottest January on record

Power authorities imposed sequential electricity cuts on households and businesses across Melbourne Friday as firefighters braced for wildfires across Australia's scorched southeast. Energy Minis...