• Police: Hostages in deadly Sydney siege appeared ‘jovial’

    SYDNEY (AP) — A police official described a group of people being held hostage by a gunman inside a Sydney cafe during a 16-hour ordeal as “jovial,” a police commander told an inquest into the deadly siege on Monday.

  • Australian leader’s poll numbers sag 2 weeks into campaign

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity dipped slightly in a poll published Monday two weeks into what appears to be a tight campaign ahead of July 2 general elections.

  • Twice golden, Diamond doubtful for Olympics amid charges

    SYDNEY (AP) — Two-time shooting gold medalist Michael Diamond is doubtful for his seventh Olympics after being charged with driving and firearms offenses on the weekend.

  • In this Monday, June 30, 2008 file photo, urine samples from Chinese athletes are recorded upon arriving at China Anti-Doping Agency in Beijing. The IOC said Wednesday, May 17, 2016 31 athletes in six sports have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The International Olympic Committee said it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the unidentified athletes from 12 countries.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    Australian Olympic chief says drug cheats can never rest

    SYDNEY (AP) — IOC vice president John Coates says the most recent positive doping results of backdated tests from athletes competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics proves “if we don’t get you at the Games, we will get you later.”