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CANBERRA, Australia  | Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

CANBERRA, Australia  — Australia’s prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said two weeks ago that Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should have resigned when he was convicted in May … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia  | Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

TOKYO  | Didi, SoftBank set up taxi-hailing joint venture in Japan

TOKYO  — Chinese mobile service giant Didi Chuxing and Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. have set up a joint venture for taxi-hailing in Japan. The companies announced the plan Thursday for a service that uses artificial intelligence and data analysis on a technology platform available for free to all taxi companies in Japan. The service will roll … Continue reading TOKYO  | Didi, SoftBank set up taxi-hailing joint venture in Japan

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland  | Mild breeze, fast course for start of British Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland  — Sandy Lyle of Scotland sent a mid-iron rolling along the crusty turf of Carnoustie to start the 147th playing of the British Open. Lyle was chosen to hit the opening tee shot Thursday morning under a gray sky off the North Sea. He won the Open in 1985. Also in the opening … Continue reading CARNOUSTIE, Scotland  | Mild breeze, fast course for start of British Open

NEW YORK  | Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK  — Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel’s piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, … Continue reading NEW YORK  | Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

PORTLAND, Ore.  | Tractor operator dies trying to suppress Oregon wildfire

PORTLAND, Ore.  —A tractor operator who was killed in a wildfire that scorched 70 square miles (181 kilometers) in little more than 24 hours in the Pacific Northwest appears to have died trying to restrain it, police said. The blaze east of Portland, Oregon, and near the city of The Dalles started Tuesday and spread … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore.  | Tractor operator dies trying to suppress Oregon wildfire

HONOLULU  | Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

HONOLULU  —Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. Authorities on the Big Island want to set up a lava viewing site to help, but … Continue reading HONOLULU  | Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

TOKYO  | Japan’s June trade surplus jumps, while US dealings slip

TOKYO  — Japan’s trade surplus jumped 66 percent year-on-year in June on strong growth in shipments to China and other Asian countries, though exports and imports with the U.S. weakened. Preliminary data released Thursday by the Finance Ministry showed exports rose 6.7 percent in June from a year earlier to 7.1 trillion yen ($62 billion) … Continue reading TOKYO  | Japan’s June trade surplus jumps, while US dealings slip

ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

ASPEN, Colo.  — National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’ drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump’s pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable — and perhaps perilous — seat in the administration. Trump’s remarks after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump