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Sri Lankan fans take a selfie during a cricket match with Australia in Colombo.

'An air of hope': Sri Lankans see cricket as a welcome distraction from the country's economic, political woes

Australia and Sri Lanka are usually bitter rivals on the pitch during cricket matches. But Sri Lankans are welcoming the Australian team and its fans as a much-needed distraction from their country's recent political and economic turmoil.

'An air of hope': Sri Lankans see cricket as a welcome distraction from the country's economic, political woes
A building is inundated with water on the far side of the Windsor Bridge at Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city
Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese, center back, celebrates with his partner partner Jodie Haydon, right, and Labor senate leader partner Penny Wong at a Labor Party event in Sydney, Australia

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington

How effective are sanctions against Russia?

How effective are sanctions against Russia?
Mehray Mezensof with her husband Mirzat Taher

This Uyghur woman was separated from her husband by Chinese authorities. She hasn't given up hope.

This Uyghur woman was separated from her husband by Chinese authorities. She hasn't given up hope.
In this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

New Zealand and Australia send surveillance flights to assess the damage on the island nation of Tonga after an undersea volcano erupted there on Saturday.

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption
AAP Image/Terry Trewin

David Dalaithngu shaped Australian cinema — and paved the way for Indigenous actors in the industry

He was the first Indigenous actor that many people saw on the television or the big screen. Dalaithngu has died at 68.

David Dalaithngu shaped Australian cinema — and paved the way for Indigenous actors in the industry
Visitors look at the Chinese military's KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft during 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2021, in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong province

Why China’s air force is provoking Taiwan

China's military flies a record 149 flights over international airspace, prompting Taiwanese defense forces to scramble in response. Also, Australia announces it will stop sending asylum-seekers for processing to Papua New Guinea by the end of the year. And, Germany agrees to extend compensation to thousands of Holocaust survivors.

Why China’s air force is provoking Taiwan
A man is shown on his stand up paddle board with several boats docked in the distance along with Sydney's skyline.

Australia to lift 18-month COVID-19 travel ban next month

Australia has outlined plans to lift a pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November. But no date has yet been set for welcoming international tourists back.

Australia to lift 18-month COVID-19 travel ban next month
In this photo provided by US Navy, the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility

Aukus security pact sparks Chinese and French ire

China and France have condemned the new Aukus security pact between Australia, the UK and the US to build nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, French forces say they've killed the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara in Mali. And thousands of people protested the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador on the nation's bicentennial.

Aukus security pact sparks Chinese and French ire
A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state.

Charlotte McConaghy's new novel imagines reintroducing wolves to the Scottish Highlands

“Once There Were Wolves” tells a mysterious tale about a woman-led team working to reintroduce wolves to the Scottish Highlands, the people who confront them, and the deadly toll of domestic abuse.

Charlotte McConaghy's new novel imagines reintroducing wolves to the Scottish Highlands
A pickup truck is shown flying the white and black Taliban flag in the distance with two people holding rifles in the nearground.

Thousands desperate to be evacuated from Afghanistan

Top of The World: Tens of thousands of people remain stuck in Afghanistan, desperate to be evacuated following the Taliban’s takeover. And, Vice President Kamala Harris’ once low-risk trip to Asia has taken on new importance as she will attempt to reassure allies of American credibility. Also, health officials in Australia are warning that major cities like Sydney and Melbourne may be losing control of a COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the more contagious delta variant.

Thousands desperate to be evacuated from Afghanistan
Simone Biles is shown in a profile photograph looking to her right, wearing a red, white and blue uniform with the Olympic rings in the distance.

Global gymnastics star Simone Biles withdraws from all-around competition

Top of The World: Simone Biles has withdrawn from the Olympic gymnastics all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being. And, a new report from the Federation of American Scientists suggests that China is potentially expanding its nuclear arsenal in its western deserts. Also, with infections continuing to spread, pushed by the delta variant, health officials in Australia have extended the lockdown in the country’s largest city by another four weeks.

Global gymnastics star Simone Biles withdraws from all-around competition
A circular hole is shown in a in a glass windown with cracks radiating from the center and through the hole buildings can be seen.

Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle

Top of The World: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has declared an immediate ceasefire in its Tigray region after Tigrayan fighters entered and took over the regional capital Mekelle. And, a federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook that were filed by the FTC. Also, lockdowns in four of Australia’s major cities following an outbreak of the delta COVID-19 variant could impact more than 20 million Australians.

Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stand together at the Capitol

US and Afghan presidents to meet in Washington amid troop withdrawal

President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani, at the White House, as the two countries prepare for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, Australia's largest city goes into partial lockdown over a spike in the COVID-19 delta variant in Sydney. Also, Palestinians are protesting the death of popular activist Nizar Banat while in Palestinian Authority custody.

US and Afghan presidents to meet in Washington amid troop withdrawal