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Australian great Hayden quits cricket


Veteran Australian opener Matthew Hayden has called time on his glittering playing career, opting not to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 series this year, his Brisbane Heat team said on Thursday

55 rescued from missing Indonesia asylum boat


Rescuers plucked 55 survivors from the ocean on Thursday, more than a day after an asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people aboard.

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Australia gives India's GVK coal mine green light


A huge US$6.3 billion Australian coal mine to be built by Indian infrastructure giant GVK was given the green light on Thursday under strict environmental conditions to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Sweden unlikely to extradite Assange to US: Australia


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was unlikely to be extradited from Sweden to the United States if there was a risk of the death penalty or a military court, Australia's foreign minister said on Wedne

Clarke says Australia rankings 'unacceptable'


Australian captain Michael Clarke has told his team their world rankings are 'unacceptable' as he worked to fire them up ahead of upcoming matches against Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Cricket: Blake could join Bolt in Australia Twenty20


The Sydney Sixers are hoping to lure Yohan Blake to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League after fellow sprint star Usain Bolt said he wanted to turn out for the Melbourne Stars.

WikiLeaks says British raid threat 'hostile, extreme'


Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on Thursday condemned a British threat to raid the Ecuador embassy in London where its founder is holed up as a 'hostile and extreme' assault on asylum-seekers.


Australia hits out at Facebook over 'racist' page

Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has hit out at Facebook over its failure to immediately take down a page that stereotyped Aboriginal people as hopeless petrol-sniffing drunks.


Canada 'spy' sold US, Australia, UK secrets: Report


A Canadian naval officer arrested in 2012 for allegedly leaking secrets may also have compromised top level Australian, British and American intelligence, a report said on Wednesday.

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Life-supporting planet found?

Astronomers claimed to have discovered a planet that is twice the size of earth and may be capable of supporting human life.

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