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Tiny snake grounds plane in Australia


Hundreds of passengers scheduled to board an Australian Qantas jet were forced to spend a night in hotels after a tiny snake was found on the door of the aircraft.

Our eyes are 500m years old


Our eyes are at least half a billion years old, a good deal older than the brain - a new study has found.

Australia enforces stricter visa rule for foreign workers

Australia today implemented a new stringent visa regime for hiring of foreign workers, allowing businesses to recruit expatriates only after exhausting all local options, besides increasing the visa fees.

280 hidden Moon craters identified


Australian scientists have identified 280 new craters on the Moon that have never been mapped before, using a combination of gravity and terrain modelling.

Oz coach issues apology for sexist faux pas

Australia coach Holger Osieck apologised Wed-nesday after being caught on camera making a sexist remark that “women should shut up in public”.

Antony in Oz for security talks

Seeking to enhance India’s military ties with Australia, defence minister A.K.

‘5 cups of coffee daily lead to obesity’

Drinking five cups of coffee a day, even when decaffeinated, may lead to obesity and chronic disease, a new first-of-its-kind study has warned.

FICA demands enquiry into Siva’s ICC appointment


A miffed Federation of International Cricketers Association today demanded an ICC ethics committee enquiry into BCCI-backed L. Sivaramakrishnan’s appointment as a players’ representative in the governing body, saying captains could have been forced to vote against incumbent Tim May.

Australian captain Michael Clarke ruled out of IPL


Australian captain Michael Clarke was today ruled out of IPL, starting next week, as he has been advised to take rest for at least seven weeks under the rehabilitation programme for his chronic back injury.

Shane Watson cools on retirement threats


Axed Australian vice-captain, Shane Watson has cooled on retirement threats as he has made himself available for the Ashes and is also likely to return for the fourth and final Test against India in Delhi, starting next Friday, report in the Australian media said.

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